Traveling With A Minimalist Wardrobe: The Seven Essentials

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Traveling With A Minimalist Wardrobe: The Seven Essentials

9 March 2018
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Do you wish you could travel and see the world without lugging around a suitcase the whole time? Many people manage to do so. They call their way of traveling minimalist travel. They go from place to place with only the essentials—and this mostly applies to their wardrobe. If you can manage to travel without a lot of bulky clothing, you can definitely do it with just a backpack! You'll just need these seven versatile clothing essentials.

Long-Sleeve Performance Tee Shirts

There are few places where you can't wear a simple, long-sleeve, black or white tee shirt. If it is nicely cut and sits well on you, then you can dress it up or dress it down. Look for one made from performance material so it breathes when it's warm outside. On warmer days, you can also roll the sleeves up over your elbows and stay a little cooler. On colder days, you can layer your jacket on top of a long-sleeve performance tee shirt for more warmth.

A Jacket

If you won't be visiting any chilly locations, you can leave this item behind. Any jacket you take traveling needs to be comfortable and able to be rolled into a log so you can attach it to the outside of your backpack. Make sure it has plenty of pockets on the inside so you can stash your passport and money securely against your body. A waterproof jacket with a hood is ideal since it allows you to leave behind your umbrella. 

Travel Pants

Pants made from breathable material that wicks moisture are perfect for traveling. There are even some made with materials that prevent odors from developing. You won't have to launder them as often or risk stinking up the hostel! Make sure the pants are loose enough around the waist that they do not pinch you or make you uncomfortable. This will be important when you are sitting on a train or plane. Make sure the pants do not have an attached metal belt, as this can make it tough to get through security at the airport.

Wool Socks

A good pair of wool socks will last you through the whole trip. Wool breathes and keeps you cool in the summer, and it also keeps you warm and toasty in the winter. It does not get smelly, which is so important when you are walking around all day, and it also helps prevent blisters. You can afford to bring two pairs of wool socks if you prefer since they don't take up much room in your pack. Just wash them in the sink with mild soap at night, and hang them to dry. They will be dry by the time morning comes.

Travel Underwear

There are companies that sell underwear made specifically for travel. This underwear is designed not to chafe and to wick moisture away. It's usually seamless, so you can wear it under almost anything without it showing. Like wool socks, you can rinse it in the sink, and it will dry within a few hours. 

A Hat

You're going to want a hat from time to time—whether to keep the water out of your eyes or to keep your head a little warmer. A beanie made from performance material is a good choice, as is a waterproof baseball cap.


You can get through your entire trip with just two pairs of shoes. You need some simple, leather walking shoes that you can dress up or down and that look good with all attire. You also need a pair of sandals for things like showering in public bathrooms and meandering around a park. 

With the items above, you will be prepared for travel—and with a lot less.