I am a minimalist by nature, after all, I live in a tiny house on wheels. Packing light is not that big of a stretch for me. You’ve heard it a hundred times, but it’s true, stick to neutral colors, so everything goes together. I tend to pack black, grey and white and accessorize with color. You can choose any colors you like. Lots of people like to pack khaki but my day to day wardrobe is mostly black, so I pack what I have. While this list is primarily for women, I am sure you can adapt to your needs fellas!
1 Sweater, Lightweight Merino Cardigan. I’ve had mine for ages, it’s by Weatherproof. (Charcoal)
1 Jacket, lightweight, packable down, Eddie Bauer. I bought it about 3 years ago, and I love it! Yes, I wear a men’s jacket. What can I say, I like them better than women’s. (Black)
1 Tunic, I already had it. (Grey)
1 Long Sleeve Top, Merino Wool by Woolx. (Black)
1 T-Shirt, Merino wool, I already had it. (Black)
1 Tank Top, V Neck Stretch Bamboo Tank Shirt by TreSett. (White)
1 Casual Tops, Stretch Quick-Dry Yoga Top by Baikea. (Black)
2 Bras, 2 sports bras. (Nude/Black)
4 Underwear: Exofficio. (Black)
4 Socks: Merino wool from Costco. (Black)
1 Buff: Headband, neck warmer and beanie in one. (Multicolored)
1 travel hat (Grey)
1 Walking Shoes, KEEN Women’s Targhee II Outdoor Shoe
1 Sandal, Teva Women’s Mush Mandalyn Ola 2 Flip Flop. I love these. I literally wear them out. I am on my 4th pair! (Black)
1 FitKicks, I used FitKicks on the plane, as slippers, and as shower shoes at a hostel. (Black/Grey)
Conditioner, I have curly hair, and it tangles easily.
Dr. Bronners Liquid Soap, works as laundry soap in a pinch too.
Toner, Witch Hazel
3 Essential Oils, Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree Oil. I use them for everything from helping me go to sleep, to manage the odd heartburn and dressing cuts.
Coconut oil, I use this for lotion, face moisturizer and for after sun care. (Make sure you leakproof the jar. It becomes liquid at room temperature)
1 Solid Shampoo Bar, Lush
1 Deodorant, I use a crystal
1 Diva Cup, The Diva Cup is pretty impressive after the learning curve.
1 Brush & hair clips
1 Heel-tastic, my heels crack easily.
1 bottle of Aleve, for sore muscles and headaches.
1 Razor/extra blade, I use a safety razor.
A packet of baby wipes
1 Microfiber travel towel
Eye Mask and Ear Plugs
Oversized Scarf/Sarong, abstract print with many colors. I used this as a scarf, shawl, skirt, wrap and cocoon jacket.
Toothbrush/Toothpaste tablets, Lush toothy tabs/mini-floss
Pen & Notebook
Insulated Water Bottle/Eye Drops/Lotion/Chapstick
Worldwide Travel Adaptor
Small Flashlight or Headlamp
Tote / Foldaway Bag.
Tea Wallet, This is my luxury item, and it packs flat, I have had mine for a few years, but it allows me to pack several bags of my favorite tea. I am a tea junkie, and I find it to be a great destresser.
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1 Backpack, Osprey Stratos, 34 liter.
1 Baggallini, cross body bag. (This one I carry like a purse on the plane.)
1 Baggallini, a small cross body bag. For evenings out when I don’t want to carry my bigger baggallini.
4 Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Half Cube. I use one for pants, one for tops, and one for my underthings. One wet/dry bag for towels and such.
1 Quart Size Pouch, For my toiletries.
1 Glasses with transition lenses, so they double as sunglasses.
Jewelry, 2 pairs of earrings, 2 bracelets, 2 rings.
Passport, Drivers License, and 2 Credit Cards
This is all I need. When the weather is cold, I layered up. When the weather is warm, I wear my shorts and t-shirt. Merino key to layering up; being able to layer light merino pieces work well together to regulate your body’s temperature.
You might not think you have enough pieces to give you a variety of outfits, but it turns out you do. Besides no one keeps track of what you wear from day to day. Merino wool can be worn several times without being washed, and it doesn’t hold odor.
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What are your go-to pieces when you travel? What things did you not bring on your last trip and wish you had? Or what did you bring and not use? Tell us in the comments below!
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