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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

rosaleen master packing list
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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Gear We Use


Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.

Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.

Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking! – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

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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