Versatile 16L Minimalist Packing List

Before we get to the list, here are three golden rules you should ask yourself while packing: 1. Do I love this item? 2. Is is lightweight? 3. Does it do double duty?

1 tank top: I pack something made of sweat wicking material. – 1 sleeping shirt: a small tank top will do. – 1 sleeveless top: a chance to pack something a little fancy. – 1 t-shirt: I told you we were going extra light.


1 pair of shoes: I would suggest sneakers over boots, but ultimately it depends on what climate you’ll be spending more time in. – 1 packable down jacket: UNIQLO makes great down layers that won’t break the budget.

Shoes and Outerwear

Face cleanser: Dry skin? Try an oil-based cleanser and you won’t need moisturizer. – Sunscreen: Because of my acne prone skin I pack one for face and one for body. – Lip chap: Bonus points for SPF versions.


Any medication: I always carry pain killers, gravol, pepto bismol, and ginger chews. – Glasses, contacts, contact solutionMini mirrorRazor

Optional & Speciality items:

Pare down to your three most used items. For me it’s: – Red lipstickLiquid EyelinerConcealer


CarabinerPad lock: for hostels – SporkKnife: I have a plastic one that can go through security. – Collapsible cup: I love these, they have come in so handy!

Essential Gear

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