The Maximista Packing List
Our Signature Packing Lists are your ultimate guide to packing light. Whether you’re a fashionista or a no-frills traveler, these lists are made for you to customize to fit your own personal style.
This isn’t your average packing list! The clothing shown has been carefully selected and offers you brands, colors, fabrics, and functionality that will help make planning your travel wardrobe a breeze.
By including a combination of well-known travel brands along with your favorite retailers, you’ll find that you really can find a happy balance between travel and fashion!
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Please keep in mind that each item shown represents visual ideas of how you can create a custom travel wardrobe. Read this guide to learn how to adapt the items to the styles and color palette of your choice. For a complete introduction to creating a travel wardrobe, please read Pack Light Stylishly.
This is a roomy list offering sufficient clothing options for first time carry-on travelers or trips requiring more clothing choices.
This generous packing list is ideal for travelers who find it difficult to pack light, need a variety of clothing for multi-season trips, or want the most clothing items possible without packing their entire closet. Consisting of 15 pieces of clothing, each item is chosen specifically to provide optimal function while maximizing travel outfit options.
This list is equally perfect if you’re studying abroad, going on a two week vacation, or if you’re going on a round-the-world backpacking trip. Varied clothing options give you the ability to apply this guide in different settings. You can even create two mini capsule wardrobes for trips with two different climates.
For long trips in particular you’ll need to choose fabrics that can wash and dry quickly and easily. For trips less than two weeks you may need to rewear clothing (a common pro traveler technique).
VERSATILE PACKING LIST
WHERE AND WHEN ARE YOU TRAVELING?
This packing list is ideal for travelers that have difficulty overpacking. It’s also for travelers visiting various climates or with complicated itineraries. You can easily travel with only twelve pieces for Round the World trips or one-week vacations. Read this post for cold weather.
For more tips, please read our ten step guide to packing for any trip.
Depending on the length of your trip there’s a good chance you’ll need to do laundry. The key to traveling for more than three weeks is to do laundry once a week and just pack one week’s worth of clothing!
If you’re using the Classic Packing List for longer trips, hand washing is necessary. Make sure to choose the right fabrics for your basics is necessary to ensure maximum use and swift washing times. Suggested items to pack include a universal rubber sink plug and packable clothesline to make this process a breeze!
GUIDELINES TO CHOOSE APPROPRIATE ITEMS
As with all the lists, it is important to select clothing items that work well together and can be used interchangeably.
COLOR: One Color Story – solids, neutrals, patterns in same color story ok
FABRIC: Very flexible for short trips; Versatile for long trips: fabrics can vary, quick dry and light preferable
CUT: Good fit; every item should mix and match
STYLE: Appropriate in various settings: Beach, Temples, Villages, Cities, Treks, etc
Sample Maximista Packing List
15 Pieces of Clothing
Five Tank Tops/Short Sleeve Tops in the heat or Four Long Sleeves for Cooler Climates Synthetic fabric, quick dry, solid colors or prints in same color story to layer as needed for varying temperatures and travel outfit variety. Tunics can be versatile and can be worn in more than ways than regular length tops and the longer length is most flattering to leggings.
Ideally, all tops should mix and match with each other for the cold. Must match all bottoms to make the most of your travel wardrobe.
One Long Sleeve Shirt Light quick drying fabrics in the heat. Able to layer over other tops and dresses as a light jacket or cover up. Button up tops are versatile. Merino wool or cashmere to act as a top layer over other tops as needed.
Remember to choose sleeve lengths that you like. Some women like sleeveless and others like long sleeves. Choose what works for you.
Six sets of Bottoms Highly dependent on your destination and the weather, choose items that can be used for every activity. Should mix and match with all tops.
Whether you choose long pants, capris, shorts, or skirts is up to you. Jeans work well on vacations, trips to metropolitan cities, or cool climates. Very destination dependent. They may be thick but hardly have to be washed.
If you pack colorful or printed tops choose solid or neutral bottoms and vice versa.
Three Dresses or if you prefer separates choose skirts instead. You can go one of two ways with this: bold colors or prints or classic style with neutral color. It depends on your style.
Versatility is key. For dresses choose one that can take you from day to night with some added accessories or an extra hint of makeup. Minimum should be one day/night and one day. A classic wrap dress is always a great choice, maxi (long length) dresses are great for conservative environments, and an LBD (or your favorite color) work well.
One coat/jacket plus one layer for underneath.
One-Two Bathing Suits
Reversible bathing suits allow you to mix and match. Choose one that has a neutral shade on one side so it can easily double up as a bra under your tops.
Neutral colors that matches with all your tops. Nude tones recommended. Read about choosing the best bras for travel.
One Sports Bra
For long trips if you plan on doing activities or have long bumpy transportation journeys.
Pajamas depends on your personal preference but try to choose versatile items that can be worn outside the bedroom if needed such as running shorts and a fitness top. Silk or satin chemises and sets can be used as a light option as well.
Ten Pairs of Travel Underwear
Quick dry, avoid 100% cotton or mesh. Quantity depends on length of trip. Read these tips for extended travel.
Three Pairs of Shoes
Choose versatile footwear. Style depends greatly on your activities and the weather but one thing’s for sure: choose comfort over fashion. A balance between functionality and fashion is ideal! Should mix and match all clothing and work for all activities. Read our ten step guide to choosing the best travel shoes for any trip.
One belt that can be worn with pants and dress for practical style. Jewelry can be used to add color, change style, or add glam. Don’t forget them. Read the lazy girl’s guide to stylish travel accessories for more ideas.
Take the essentials but leave the drawer filled with makeup at home. Decanter full sizes into smaller reusable containers with only the quantity you need. Read these posts for more travel makeup tips.
Alternate Packing List Combinations
6 Tops + 6 Bottoms + 3 Dresses (versatile, shown above)
6 Tops + 4 Bottoms + 5 Dresses (good multi-climate trips or hot weather)
8 Tops + 4 Bottoms + 3 Dress (good for varying climates)
10 Tops + 5 Bottoms (good for cold climates)
15 Dresses (for resort and tropical vacations)
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READ THE REST OF OUR SIGNATURE PACKING LISTS:
- Minimalista Packing List for Summer
- Minimalista Packing List for Winter
- Essentials Packing List for Summer
- Essentials Packing List for Winter
- Classic Packing List for Summer
- Classic Packing List for Winter
- Maximista Packing List for Summer
- Maximista Packing List for Winter
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