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about her packing list

Welcome to Her Packing List!

If you’re an independent and adventurous travel-loving-woman…

If you want to feel less frazzled by your packing choices, and more confident while travel planning…

You’ll love it here!

Her Packing List takes the stress out of getting ready for a trip.

With 200 packing lists to destinations across the globe, hundreds of travel product reviews, and a plethora of packing tips and hacks to get you organized, we really are your one-stop-shop for packing smarter and traveling more confidently.

We believe in being approachable, practical, and helpful in all aspects of our website.


Hey, I’m Brooke!

I once packed nothing but a 12L handbag and proceeded to travel for an entire 3 weeks. Yep… you read that right – a messenger style handbag. For 3 weeks!

I’m a big promoter of packing light, and it’s for more than simply saving money on baggage fees.

Once upon a time, I was a solo traveler in small-town Poland wearing too much luggage – the old heavy backpack on the back combined with the daypack on the front. The daypack was stuffed full of my most expensive and important gear.

I was tired, weighed down, and weary… and it showed.

When one unbelievably kind and helpful Polish guy decided to unburden me of my daypack and personally escort me to my impossible-to-find tram, I was the opposite of relieved. He could have easily run off with my most important possessions and left me in the dust.

He didn’t, thankfully. But I vowed to never again be put in a position where I not only felt burdened by my luggage, but also looked it.

And thus sparked my interest in packing smarter and helping other women to do the same.


Her Packing List was born in late 2010.

HPL quickly grew to become the premier site for female travel gear and packing advice. 

Over the years, we’ve empowered thousands of women to pack that smaller bag and live the travel life of their dreams.

If you’d like to take the first step towards feeling more confident – and less frazzled – when preparing for your next trip, Her Packing List can help:


Meet Our Team

brooke schoenman, founder of HPL

Brooke Schoenman // Founder

I’m a Midwest gal living the Sydney lifestyle. My travels have taken me across the globe and to some truly interesting locations. I’ve taught English in Ukraine, studied Russian in Kyrgyzstan, and have called Australia home for the past 10 years.

While travel is my long-standing passion, I’m sometimes distracted by my love for indoor house bunnies and everything Halloween. If I’m not out on a trip, I enjoy spending time at home binging on Netflix horror movies with my boyfriend and rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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Past Team Members

Ali Garland, Assistant Blog Manager for HPL
Ali Garland

Assistant Blog Manager

Caroline Eubanks, HPL
Caroline Eubanks

Team Writer

diana edelman
Diana Edelman

Marketing & PR

Heather Palmer

Team Writer


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