Minimalist Travel Packing – How to Mix and Match 4 Pieces of Clothes

Published On August 11, 2012 | By alex | FASHION, Travel Outfits, Travel Style

Traveling with just 4 items of clothing as suggested in the Minimalista Packing Guide may sound unrealistic but for some travelers like ultra light packer, Deanne Ballard, this is considered standard packing.  Her packing list consists of just four travel items: 1 convertible pair of pants (that also turn into shorts), 1 tank top, 1 long sleeve shirt, and 1 dress.


Travel Fashion Girl Stylist: Style-Mix

Minimalista Packing List: 4 Items of Clothing = 8 Travel Outfits


By being creative and learning how to mix and match clothes, you too can easily travel with just four items of clothing!

In this Travel Fashion Girl Stylist Style-Mix, we show you how to make 8 entirely unique fashion ensembles with just 4 items. That’s more than one week’s worth of travel outfits!



This Travel Fashion Ultra Light Packing List includes:


1) 1 tank top in a neutral color

2) 1 button up long sleeve shirt in the same color palette

3) 1 dark set of convertible pants

4) 1 plain “little black travel dress”

5) 1 travel handbag

6) 5 travel accessories: 2 scarves, 1 pair of earrings, 1 belt, and 1 hat

7) 1 pair of flip flops

8) 1 pair of sunglasses


I love how a standard LBD an also be used as a skirt! Check out my Top 5 Travel Dresses.


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12 Responses to Minimalist Travel Packing – How to Mix and Match 4 Pieces of Clothes

  1. cathy says:

    any ideas for the camino de santiago??

  2. josly says:

    Love your blog and refer to it often when packing my carry on. Looking at this combination though, all these pieces will not fit as well as shown, cause they are altered in the pictures. White shirt is long then short…tucking it in will create inevitable bulkiness. White tank over black dress…the black top part will poke out in areas, unless perfectly matched. Plus the black dress is bloused in some pictures, and then fitted under the white tank. Using 4 pieces is not as easy as pictures, that have been altered. Inspirational though for those wanting to travel lighter. Please keep up the fantastic work, but please show us the real deal.

  3. Kathleen says:

    Thanks! Getting ready for a trip to London. As a stay-at-home-mom, I’m feeling a bit “out of practice” when it comes to fashion and/or travel. Browsing your site has been super-helpful.

  4. Sarah says:

    I love some of these pieces of clothing! Can you say where they are from, specifically the flip flop/sandals, belt, black dress, and bag? Thanks for your travel help!

  5. Madeline says:

    Would love to see clothes modeled for larger women. 14-16 Your cloths look lovely on the slimmer figure but what about the rest of us.

    • alex says:

      Hi Madeline, thanks for your comment! The clothes are only meant to represent clothing types with the hopes that each individual can apply the styling ideas to meet their unique needs.

      If you let me know what your favorite brands are, I can replicate this list for you if you’d like :-)

  6. Elaine says:

    These are great tips, Alex. I’m a tour director so I always have to look nice on tour for the guests, however, I have a lot of extra tour “stuff” I must carry that does not include my wardrobe. I’ll be implementing these strategies during my next tour.

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