A minimal packing list for ladies

A few years back, I was a mess at packing my suitcase for holidays. I always brought too much stuff and didn’t needed it in the end. I always thought „what if I need this, what if I need that?“ So my suitcase was packed for all possible and impossible occasions.

At some point I thought, „ok, I can’t carry this heavy, thousand tons suitcase anymore“ – and my first minimalist packing list was born. I adjust this list more and more after a few trips and now I can say: I mastered my minimalist packing list I never thought I would.

The good thing is: you can do it too! So keep reading if you want to know more about how I travel with a minimal packing list.

Packing Essentials

I admit it’s a real challenge in the beginning to reduce your clothes and stuff to the minimal. Here are a few basic rules that will help you to travel with minimal luggage:

  • Leave „just-in-case“ things at home. You never need them after all. And if the worst comes to the worst, you’ll buy it on the spot.
  • Put together the clothes you take with you as small as possible. In my experience, this is where the rolling technique is best suited.
  • Less is more: Don’t pack too much clothes. No matter how long you are on the road, you always need the same number of clothes etc. No matter if 3 weeks or 4 months. You can also wash on the way.
  • I am a big fan of multifunctional things, they can be folded small and dry quickly if it should get wet. But that is a matter of taste, basically normal everyday clothes are good to go.
  • Select clothes that can be easily combined with each other. So every T-shirt can be worn with every pair of trousers.
  • Leave the generous toiletry bag at home, pack only the most necessary things and fill shampoo and shower gel into sample packs. Buying more is always possible 🙂
  • Leave the thick travel guide at home. We’re living in the digital age, there are E-Books available too!

The Minimal Packing List

Tops and Shirts

  • 1x sleep shirt (I take a normal T-shirt, you can also put it on for everyday life or vice versa)
  • 1x sweat / fleece jacket (for the flight and cold days)
  • 1x Longsleeve (for colder regions you can take 2-3x)
  • 1x Chick T-Shirt or Top
  • 1x Tank top
  • 4x T-Shirts (1x wearing on the flight. For warmer regions you can take 5-6x)
  • 1x Softshell jacket (wind and rain protection for colder regions)

Tip: Use packing cubes (I use these) to store your clothes within your bag, you can save some space with them.


  • 1x Zip-Off-Trekking-trousers (I like such trousers, they dry fast and I have packed some shorts too 🙂 pack 2-3x shorts for warmer regions instead)
  • 1x Legging (I use them as sleeping pants, but can still be used as everyday pants / sports pants)
  • 2x Jeans (1x wearing on the flight)
  • 1x Sleeping Shorts


  • 7x underpants
  • 7x short socks
  • 2x Bras (1x wearing on the flight)
  • 1x Bikini
  • 1x microfiber quick dry towel


  • 1x trekking shoes / sneakers (wearing on the flight)
  • 1x Flip-Flops
  • 1x Ballarinas


  • 1x sunglasses
  • 1x wallet (I use a men’s wallet, they are smaller than women’s wallets)
  • 1x Fitbit Fitness watch (wearing on the flight)
  • 1x earrings (a simple fashion accessory for every day – also wearing on the flight)
  • 1x belt (wearing on the flight with my jeans)
  • 1x scarf (I’m always cold during the flight and the evenings)

Toiletries & Make-up

  • Mascara & Eyeliner
  • Makeup/Concealer
  • Lipstick
  • Makeup remover
  • Hairbrush
  • Shampoo/Shower Gel (2-1 Shampoo)
  • Hair ties and clips
  • Toothbrush + Paste
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Sunscreen
  • Nail file / nail scissors (I use a manicure set, this is small and handy)
  • Tweezers
  • Q tips


  • Ibuprofen for pain
  • Medicines for nausea and diarrhoea
  • Plasters/First-Aid-Kit
  • Disinfectant
  • Other medicines (if needed)


  • Powerbank
  • Headphones
  • E-Book Reader + Charging Cable (or other entertainment stuff)
  • Tablet (or Laptop) + Charger
  • Mobile phone + charging cable
  • Charging cable for fitness watch (if needed)
  • Power Adapters for other countries (if needed)

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