The UnPacking List #16: What Your Enneagram Type Says About Your Packing Style

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Have you ever wondered why you struggle to pack a bag without packing list approval from a friend? Or maybe why you absolutely MUST find space in your luggage for souvenirs while other people could care less?

Well it could have something to do with your Enneagram type!

If you don’t know what the Enneagram is, it’s basically a personality mapping system with 9 main types based on views of how the world works. And, personally, I think it’s pretty darn accurate!

In this episode, Emily Weiblen and I chat all about the interesting aspects of each Enneagram type and how that might translate into different packing styles across the board. Have a listen!

What You’ll Learn

  • All 9 Enneagram types and their basic descriptions
  • How your Enneagram type could be impacting your packing and travel style
  • A little extra insight into the 3w2 (Emily) and the 4w3 (Brooke)

Episode Breakdown

Know your type (get a full breakdown here) and want to jump directly to this part of the episode?

  • Type 1 – The Reformer – Jump to 6:57
  • Type 2 – The Helper – Jump to 12:40
  • Type 3 – The Achiever – Jump to 17:19
  • Type 4 – The Individualist – Jump to 25:15
  • Type 5 – The Investigator – Jump to 35:00
  • Type 6 – The Loyalist – Jump to 43:55
  • Type 7 – The Enthusiast – Jump to 51:15
  • Type 8 – The Challenger – Jump to 59:28
  • Type 9 – The Peacemaker – Jump to 67:19

Take Action

Take a free Enneagram test and then let us know how accurate or inaccurate we were with our packing predictions!

And don’t forget to

Written by Brooke

I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag. When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm producing episodes of The UnPacking List or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Anne L says

    Type 7 here (Wing 6)! Your 7 predictions were pretty spot on with the my travel style but in slightly different ways. Let me know if you decide to do a follow-up Ep! We could def discuss together! 👍

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