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The UnPacking List #6: How to Pack a Light & Versatile Wardrobe

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A self-proclaimed ultralight packer, Rosaleen Trambley has her packing down to a science. She works off a master packing list and follows a packing light philosophy that results in her packing school-sized backpacks for trips of any length.

And in that process she has figured out the key to packing a light and versatile wardrobe that works for her and her active – yet refined – travel style.

If you are looking for tips and tricks to make your travel wardrobe both smaller and more versatile, this is the episode for you!

Note: This audio was taken from a live video chat event we had in our community, HPLWorld.

What You’ll Learn:

  • The philosophy behind Rosaleen’s packing light success – this is key!
  • How many outfits she packs for every trip, no matter the length.
  • The biggest game-changer for her when trying to pack ultralight.
  • The products and brands she uses regularly in her travel wardrobe.
  • Her best tip for someone who struggles with packing a light and versatile wardrobe.

Rosaleen’s Master Packing List

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Rosaleen’s base packing list that she modifies for just about every trip.

Links of Interest:

Rosaleen in running dress with Tieks
Rosaleen in her Tieks and a Nuu-Muu running dress with her packed leather backpack.

Take Action

What tips are YOU taking from this episode that will help you pack your light and versatile wardrobe?

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 planning adventures or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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HPL Learnables

Handbag Packing Masterclass – Learn to pack your lightest bag ever in this revolutionary packing class run by HPL founder, Brooke.

Creative Ways to Minimize Your Toiletry & Beauty Kit – Practical tips alongside DIY recipes designed to help you pack lighter, smaller & with fewer liquids. (Also included as a bonus to Handbag Packing Masterclass.)

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Reader Interactions


  1. Emma Leeper says

    A bit late to be leaving a comment – this was uploaded ages ago! But I did the handbag packing course with Rosaleen, so am delighted to see this post going in to more detail as to how she puts her wardrobe together, as it’s something I asked her about in the course.
    Wanted to ask Rosaleen about the shoes she notes in her packing list… I know Tieks, but what are the others? SGC/ OB/ Torties? What are these? Also the ‘bike tee’ – what is this?

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