Packing Light: Clothing List for Men
It often surprises me how many people are burdened and perplexed when it comes to packing. Packing should be easy. I believe that packing light is a blessing, not a curse. I’m a minimalist and I’ve been packing the same way for years. Heavy luggage, excess airline fees and the stress of over-packing can put a serious strain on any holiday. Packing light does not mean traveling unprepared. It also doesn’t mean dressing inappropriately, looking untidy, wrinkled or like I’m going camping in Yosemite while I’m having lunch in the Marais. Remember, your hotel in Jakarta will not call ahead to Bali and say, “He will be wearing a blue North Face shirt”. My philosophy allows me to stay focused on my travel dreams and avoid over-packing. Below you will find a detailed list of my clothing during a typical holiday.
This is my wardrobe whether I’m away for 2 weeks or 2 months. The secret to packing light like this is to prepare a flexible closet with a basic color scheme, pack quick drying socks & underwear that can be washed in the sink, and don’t be afraid to have your laundry done while your on the road. (It’s likely cheaper than you think and super convenient) Naturally, this list does vary slightly if I’m traveling to tropical or equatorial or very very cold climates.
- 3 Pairs of Socks
- 3 Underwear (Light, Quickdrying “Travel Underwear”)
- 3 T-Shirts (Light, Quickdrying)
- 1 Long Sleeve T-Shirt
- 3 Oxford Shirts (Wrinkle Resistant)
- 1 Polo Shirt
- 2 Trousers (1 black slacks, 1 grey/dark trousers)
- 1 Fleece (Optional)
- 1 Soft-Shell Jacket (Optional)
What I wear on the plane (Most of the time…)
- Dark Jeans with a simple wash/finish
- Crisp Oxford Shirt (White is timeless, classy and goes with everything)
- Grey or Dark V-Neck sweater for layering and chilly airplane temperatures
- Navy or Black Blazer. It says this isn’t my first flight and I mean business.
- Black leather shoes
- Black leather belt