My Minimalist Travel Wardrobe

I am traveling all of 2018 (and some) and this is my minimalist travel wardrobe. Everything that I brought with me fits into just two medium-sized packing cubes. I knew I’d be in countries with a radically different climate and needed to pack accordingly.

My minimalist travel wardrobe

What I have with me right now is roughly 1/3 of my wardrobe and 1/4 of everything that I own.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to pack and what to leave behind and this is a complete list of what I packed for one year of travel.

Please note, everything that I travel with (except for my yoga mat) fits into a 40L backpack.

minimalist travel wardrobe-backpack
Everything that I currently travel with (except my yoga mat) fits into this 40L backpack. This is roughly 1/4 of everything that I own.

Let me share with you what clothing items I exactly ended up bringing and why.

My minimalist Travel wardrobe

  • Outerwear

    • 1 REI jacket with synthetic filling: This jacket weighs around 500g, can be packed up fairly small and keeps me warm in the spring, fall and winter.
    • 1 rain jacket: I usually wear this jacket on top of my winter jacket when it’s cold. It’s an extra layer that keeps me warm, and most importantly, dry.

My minimalist travel wardrobe-outerwear

  • Tops

    • 6 basic tops (Everlane + thrift): I started my trip with just four t-shirts. My best friend gifted me a t-shirt in December that no longer fitted him. I also ended up buying another top on the road at a thrift store in Vietnam. That makes six basic tops!
    • 1 jumper: I brought one jumper with me to stay extra warm. On extremely cold days (think –5°C) I usually wear my long-sleeve thermal top, a t-shirt, my jumper, my winter jacket, and my rain jacket. That’s 5 layers!
    • 2 tank tops > 1 tank top: I forgot one of my tank tops in Shanghai and I was gutted because I had this top for three years and it was still in amazing shape! I am now down to one. I wear my current tank top around the house and when doing yoga.
    • 1 long-sleeve thermal top: This keeps me extremely warm when it’s cold.

My minimalist travel wardrobe-tops

  • Bottoms

    • 1 linen shorts: These linen shorts are perfect for traveling! I can wear them for prolonged periods of time without washing and whenever I do wash them they are dry within less than a day.
    • 1 thermal legging: I wear these underneath my regular leggings whenever it’s extremely cold. I’ve worn them on flights, for yoga and for just walking around. I love combining these with my linen shorts!
    • 1 cotton pants: I bought these pants in India and they haven’t worn that great. I’ll definitely need to get these patched up and dyed. That being said, they keep me cool and protected when it’s hot and I love wearing them!
    • 2 leggings: I bought these leggings prior to embarking on the trip and have completely worn them out. I’ve given one away and I am currently looking for replacements. As soon as I have a replacement I will let go of the second pair.

My minimalist travel wardrobe-bottoms

  • Etc.

    • 3.5 pairs of socks >  2.5 pairs of socks: My socks were worn beyond repair and I let go of two pairs. I have since purchased a replacement pair that I’ve been wearing non-stop.
    • 8 underpants: Most of my underpants are extremely worn. I’ve since ordered replacements and had them shipped to a relative. She will be visiting me soon and I can’t wait to replace the ones that are worn out with new ones.
    • 1 sneaker: I wear these whos 24/7 and they’ve been holding up extremely well! They are great for hiking and for just walking around in cities.
    • 1 dress: I believe I bought this dress back in 2014. On eBay. It’s been a staple of mine ever since. I wear it in the spring, summer, fall, and winter and absolutely love it!
    • 1 sandals: Around 5 months into the trip my sandals ripped. I fixed them up with dental floss and just continued wearing them. After more than 5 months of fixing them up on a regular basis, I decided to throw them out. I am back in Europe and because of the weather, I no longer have a need for sandals. PS: I ended up getting a replacement pair free of charge that I had shipped to Austria and have yet to pick them up. I was unable to receive mail on the road at the time and had them shipped there for this reason.

My minimalist travel wardrobe-etc

  • Accessories

    • 1 neckwarmer: For staying warm during the winter.
    • 1 pair of gloves: For staying warm during the winter.
    • 3 headbands: I started out with two headbands and got another one on the road. I wear my headbands every day for yoga and every four days, to tame the grease.My minimalist travel wardrobe-accessories

Items purchased in October 2018

I made a few purchases (underwear) prior to the shopping ban and some in the fall of this year. I had everything shipped to a relative and I finally got to see her again.

She also gave me a handful of things and all in all it did add a significant amount of weight to my load. However, given that my trip is almost over and I won’t be taking any more flights it doesn’t really matter.

Items that I purchased:

  • 2 T-Shirts (replacements)
  • 2 Dresses
  • 1 Pair of Jeans
  • 2 Leggings (replacements)
  • 10 Pairs of Underwear

Items that were given to me in October 2018:

  • 1 Headband
  • 1 Pair of Socks

This is everything that I brought with me for my one-year long trip.

I must say that I am pretty happy with it and don’t miss a thing. For me, it’s the perfect minimalist travel wardrobe.

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Updated: November 2018

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