The Minimalist Packing List

The Universal Packing Lists are your ultimate minimalist guide to packing light. Whether you’re a fashionista or a no-frills traveler, these lists are made for you to customize them to fit your own personal style.

This isn’t your average packing list! The clothing shown has been carefully selected and offers you brands, colors, fabrics, and functionality that will help make planning your travel wardrobe a breeze. By including a combination of well-known travel brands along with your favorite retailers, you’ll find that you really can find a happy balance between travel and fashion!


Please keep in mind that each item shown is only used to represent visual ideas of how you can create your own custom list with the style and color palette of your personal preference. Have fun with it and get ready to have your own personal travel fashion show.






Minimalista Packing List!

PLEASE NOTE: The dress featured in this set is SOLD OUT. It was originally from

This packing list is ideal for travelers that want to travel with a carry-on or less, no matter the destination or the length of the journey.

Consisting of six pieces of clothing, each item is chosen specifically to provide you with optimal function while maximizing your travel outfits.

You can use this list if you’re going on a weekend getaway or if you’re an ultra-minimalist traveler going on a long term trip.

Choose ultra-light travel clothing that provides form, function, and fashion. Because you only have a few items to wear you have to ensure that you can mix and match each item. Quick dry fabrics or synthetic fabrics are essential!









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Where and when are you traveling?

This packing list is ideal for low maintenance women traveling in one region or in warm climates. For cold weather, consider the Essentials Packing List.









Other than a weekend trips, hand washing is necessary if you pack six items for a longer trip. Choosing the right fabrics for your basics is necessary to ensure maximum use and swift washing times.

Suggested items to pack include a universal rubber sink plug and laundry clothesline to make this process a breeze!








to choose appropriate items:

As with all the lists, it is important to select clothing items that work well together and can be used interchangeably.



 For a complete guide to choosing your perfect wardrobe, sign up for the free Minimalista Packing Guide e-book.


One Color Story – solids, patterns within the same color story



Durable, quick dry, synthetics



Good Fit, classic styles that match with everything



Appropriate in various settings: Beach, Temples, Villages, Cities, Treks, etc



35 Liter Backpack suggested or carryon size weekender bag.







Sample Packing List


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Vintage Dress / Racerback Tank / Lightweight Blouse / T-shirt / Slim-fit Jeans / Printed Shorts / Top Sider / Sandals / Tote Bag




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Two Tank Tops/Short Sleeve Tops in the heat or Two Long Sleeve for Cooler Climates

Synthetic fabric, quick dry, solid colors or simple prints. Classic cut that can be worn under dress or button up shirt to match and provide extra coverage if needed

One Long Sleeve Button Up Shirt

Light Fabric, Synthetics, polyester, or silk blend. Able to layer over other tops and dresses as a light jacket or cover up





One set of Trousers

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Highly dependent on your destination, choose a pair that can be used for every activity




One Dress/Skirt

 Solid Color/Print or Neutral Khaki/Little Black Dress.
Versatility is key – worn casually during the day and dressed up at night.
Convertible dress/skirts are ideal.







Two Outerwear

One Fleece/Hoodie/Cardigan and /or Water Resistant Jacket/Coat



One Bathing Suit

Reversible bathing suits allow you to mix and match. Choose one that has a neutral shade on one side so it can easily double up as a bra under your tops



One Bra

Neutral color that matches with all your tops. Nude tones recommended. Read about choosing the best bras for travel.



One Sports Bra

If you plan on doing activities or have long bumpy transportation journeys



Five Pairs of Travel Underwear

Quick dry, avoid 100% cotton or mesh



Two pairs of shoes

Depending on your activities One Pair of Flip Flops/Sandals/Flats and One Pair of Trainers/Hiking Hybrids. Should match all clothing and work for all activities. Read more about finding fashionable and comfortable travel shoes.




One belt that can be worn with pants and dress for practical style. Earrings and/or another jewelry item of your choice that are in neutral colors and/or stones that add a pop of color and match with everything




Multi-use Stick (check out the Nars Multiple Stick) / Mascara or Eye Liner







Alternate Packing List Combinations

➌ Tops + ➋ Bottoms + ➊ Dress/Skirt

(versatile, shown above)


➍ Tops + ➋ Bottoms

(good for cold climates)


➋ Dresses + ➌ Tops + ➊ Bottom

(good varying climates)


➋ Dresses + ➋ Tops + ➋ Bottoms

(good for mild to warm climate)


➏ Dresses

(good for hot weather)





If you want to pack light but need more than a handful of clothing items, check out the other Universal Packing Lists and to shop functional and stylish travel gear, check out the Travel Fashion Girl Shop.





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Don’t forget to check out Diane Ballard’s interview – the backpacker who inspired the minimalist travel packing list! If you found this post helpful, please re-tweet and share. Thanks!

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