You Are What You Pack: The Ultimate Minimalist Packing List for Men

minimalist packing list for men

The Only 53 Items You’ll Ever Need

In The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep’s character said, “You can always judge a woman by her bag.” (Probably. I never watched the movie.) Well, if she had been talking about a traveler, she’d have been spot on. You are what you pack. Someone with an enormous bag is overcautious, unexperienced, and indecisive. Someone who can go for months with just a daypack? That’s a happy camper who knows what’s up. And since you’re reading this blog, you probably want to be the latter and not the former, so without further do here’s my ultimate minimalist packing list:

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all 53 items from the ultimate minimalist packing list
A true minimalist doesn’t waste time making photos of what they pack look beautiful either.
Bags (3 items, 2.3 lbs / 1.1 kg)
Electronics (12 items, 5.5 lb / 2.5 kg)
Toiletries (9 items, 0.5 lb / 0.2 kg)
Clothes (16 items, 8.4 lb / 3.8 kg)
Shoes (2 items, 2.0 lb / 0.9 kg)
Miscellaneous (11 Items, 0.8 lb / 0.4 kg)
Only If Really Necessary

The Ultimate Men’s Minimalist Packing List

Altogether the ultimate men’s minimalist packing list adds up to 53 items and weighs in at only 8.9 kg or 19.6 lb. And since you normally won’t be travelling around butt naked, you’ll be typically wearing a good 5 lb of that. Everything will fit in one small, nondescript, and easy-to-carry backpack. You won’t be missing anything and will be shaking your head whenever you see a poor sucker with a needlessly giant bag.