There are a lot of benefits of packing light and yes you can go completely minimalist and wear the same one or two things the whole trip, but while I love traveling light, I also appreciate a little variety and having an outfit I am proud of while abroad :)… So today I will share with you my packing list for the 2 week trip I am currently on – where I am carrying a backpack on my back + 1 over the shoulder carry on (that also acts as a beach bag)! This is not for everyone of course, because some people have no interest in lightening their load… but I do get asked by certain family members and friends often how to pack lighter so I figured I would just share my list! One caveat to remember, beach or warm weather vacations are FAR easier to pack for than having to bundle up in the cold! There a lot of links here to travel items that I love so enjoy! Here’s to making your travels a little lighter 🙂
Chelsea’s Costa Rica Packing List for 13 days & 13 nights
2 maxi dresses – one casual (although often times simply wearing a long dress makes you appear more dressed up) and one that can be dressed up
5 short dresses – all can be worn out at night or during the day
2 pairs of shorts – one jean, one white
5 tops – 2 mainly for day time and 3 that can be worn out at night or during the day
***All of the tops/shorts I brought can be mixed and matched – a VERY important tip in packing light: never bring something that cannot be worn with more than one other item. This gives me the option of 10-12 different night time outfits and about 5 day time outfits (which is ok since I’ll be spending most of my days in a bathing suit).
1 beach cover up + 1 sarong – which I wore as a scarf on the plane (it’s a nice for a blanket or evening shawl as well)!
3 bathing suits – also that can be mixed and matched
1 sweater – I wore this on the plane and can wear at night if it gets cold.
2 work out bottoms – 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of crops (which I wore on the plane)
2 tanks to work out in – I wore 1 on the plane because it doesn’t really look like a work out top – I don’t like looking like a slouch while traveling but do enjoy being comfy. It is perfect to wear over a suit while working out or as a day time tank.
2 sports bras which can also act as a comfortable bra under certain shirts/tanks – I wore 1 on the plane
2 pairs of flip flops – 1 casual, 1 nicer (in the past I have brought wedges for when I want to dress up and in certain places I would still do so but I did not think they were necessary on this trip).
1 pair of Toms – I wore these on the plane because they are super comfy and look better than my workout shoes (once again, slouch is not the look I am going for!). These are also my preferred shoes to walk around a city in because flip flops just don’t cut it when you are walking all day…
1 pair of lightweight workout shoes – I got these specifically for travel. They work as a running/hiking shoe but are also lightweight enough to be a water shoe… oh and they are a super space saver compared to most athletic shoes.
1 pair of quick dry socks – The above shoe can be worn without socks so I only need one pair.
2 bras – 1 strapless (as this is needed for a few of the dresses) and 1 regular — if I wanted to pack even lighter, I would have only picked dresses/tanks that could be worn with the sports bra or one of these bras to avoid bringing two but I wasn’t too worried since my pack was so light anyway.
7 pairs of underwear – I plan to do wash while out there
1 pair of jammies – I plan to do wash while out there but can also sleep in a few of the tanks that I brought if needed
1 beach hat – gotta protect my face from those rays!
1 clutch that I can carry out with me at night.
Goggles + rash guard – for water activities
A few pieces of non expensive jewelry – I never travel with any sentimental jewelry but still like to spice up an outfit with a colorful necklace or pair of earrings. I also love acquiring items like this during my travels. In fact, last night I found a guy that let me pick my stone and made me a necklace while I grabbed an Imperial at the bar next door!
Toiletries – travel size everything! – brush, shower products, etc. although we tend to buy sunscreen, bug repellent, etc. when we arrive.
Electronics – phone, computer (since I will be working out there), camera, kindle, etc.
And that’s a wrap. It is so freeing to have few decisions to make while traveling and to not have to haul around a huge bag everywhere we go. I hope this list will help you on your next trip!