The Complete Minimalist Packing List for Men

minimalist packing list for men

A Man is Judged by the Size of His Bag

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.

A man with an enormous bag is overcautious, unexperienced, and indecisive.

A man 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 the complete minimalist packing list for men.

Men’s Minimalist Packing List

all 53 items from the ultimate minimalist packing list
A true minimalist doesn’t waste time making photos of their packing list look beautiful.

Note: Most products I recommend here are not cheap. That’s because they’re the best. They’ll last longer than low-grade alternatives, so the investment in them will pay off easily in the long run.

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

Take a Load Off

Altogether this men’s minimalist packing list contains 53 items and weighs in at only 8.9 kg or 19.6 lb. And since you normally won’t be traveling around butt naked, you’ll be typically wearing a good 5 lbs of that.

Everything will fit in one small, nondescript, and easy-to-carry backpack. You won’t be missing anything and you’ll be shaking your head every time you see a poor sucker with a needlessly giant bag.

Chris Blachut
Chris' proudest moment was when his grandma said he's the weirdest of her dozens of grandchildren. He likes different stuff, cheap stuff, sports, nachos, and Kim. He has no job but makes money.