The Minimalist Packing Guide: For Men

Packing can be so exhausting. What do you bring? Will it all fit in your suitcase? Well, worry no more! We have a minimalist packing guide for you. We are going to show you how to fit two weeks worth of outfits into your carry-on. Plus we have some other tips and tricks to make your packing a little bit easier.

This is our minimalist packing guide for a masculine style if you would like to explore the one we've created for a more feminine style click here.


To get 14 outfits into your carry-on your packing list should include: 

  • (1) White T-Shirt
  • (1) Gray T-Shirt
  • (1) Black T-Shirt
  • (1) Black sweater (any neutral color would work)
  • (1) White button-up shirt (a black one could work as well)
  • (1) Neutral quarter-zip sweater
  • (1) Black slacks (we suggest a skinnier fit for a more modern look)
  • (2) Pairs of dark denim jeans (if you lean towards lighter denim or black denim, we suggest you bring one of each)
  • (1) Neutral jacket (a bomber jacket is a great option)
  • (1) A dressy neutral shoe
  • (1) A neutral colored sneaker
  • Jewelry of your choosing, we suggest bringing at minimum (1) watch, other options include hats, scarves, and belts.
  • (1) Neutral colored backpack

In order to have 14 complete outfits, you will be wearing the same items multiple times. If you think you may get them dirty easily, swap out the lighter colored items for darker ones. This packing list works best if you have access to a washing machine, but is doable without. 

We have put together 14 complete outfits that are ideal for a more casual trip in moderate weather. If the weather on your trip is going to be hotter you can switch out the jeans for shorts and leave the jacket at home. If the weather is going to be colder, we suggest bringing a warm coat and swapping out the t-shirts for long sleeve shirts or sweaters.

These outfits are also fairly casual, but there are a couple of nicer dinner outfits. If you plan to be attending a lot of formal dinners we suggest checking this post out. This list does not include undergarments such as socks and underwear, so make sure you bring plenty of those!

Outfit 1: This outfit is perfect for travel as well as sightseeing and exploring your destination. 

Outfit 2: To keep things simple this outfit only calls for a simple shoe change and the addition of a jacket. Take your daytime look and turn it into a dinner or bar look quickly!

Outfit 3: This outfit is a great option for a chiller day out and about. The sneakers make it perfect for doing lots of walking, but the sweater will keep you looking polished and chic.

Outfit 4: This outfit is good for a little more formal dinner or evening outing.

Outfit 5: This outfit is a good daytime outfit that will a lot of walking and exploring.

Outfit 6: This outfit is another simple switch. Drop off your backpack and add a jacket for a night out or a casual bar look.

Outfit 7: This outfit is casual and good for something like wine tasting or shopping. 

Outfit 8: This outfit is perfect for going to a show, bar or restaurant. It also works great as a daytime outfit if you're doing something more formal.

Outfit 9: This outfit is perfect for exploring your destination and taking in the sights.

Outfit 10: This outfit is a simple switch from your daytime look, just swap out your white t-shirt for a button-up for dinner!

Outfit 11: This outfit is perfect from morning until night, so grab a coffee, go sightseeing and then get cocktails at happy hour!

Outfit 12: This outfit is both comfortable and stylish and perfect from day to night.

Outfit 13: This outfit is very comfortable and perfect for any daytime activities.

Outfit 14: This outfit can be worn during the day or for grabbing a casual drink. If the weather is nice you could leave the jacket at home.


Now that your clothing is taken care of your clothing, it's time to move on to packing your other essentials. Here's 10 tips to help you keep on the minimalist packing path:

1. Buy travel-sized toiletries or purchase refillable travel-sized containers to save space.

2. Bring a lightweight eye mask to block out the light and help you get some sleep.

3. Use packing cubes or travel bags inside your suitcase to maximize space.

4. Bring along a travel scarf that can be used as a blanket, shawl or fashion accessory.

5. Always bring moisturizer with SPF even if you're not in the sunniest climate! You don't want to expose your skin to sun damage and the change in climate may cause dryness in your skin.

6. Belts can be placed in shirt collars to help them keep their shape in your suitcase.

7. Opt for either a compact neck pillow that attaches to your suitcase or one that can deflate when not in use.

8. Bringing a neutral colored backpack that can be used as a carry on item is better than bringing multiple bags.

9. Store your socks rolled up inside your shoes when packing.

10. Bring one charging base for all your USB chargers. Cords will wrap better without the bases and it's fewer pieces to worry about losing.

Well, there you go! You've got all the tips and tricks you need to successfully do some minimalist packing. If you are taking a carry on and checking a bag, we suggest checking out this carry-on packing list so you have everything on board that you need. You can even print it out so you don't forget anything!

Want to download our FREE printable minimalist packing list? Click here!

Happy travels, and don't forget to visit for all your travel essentials. 

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