Summer Packing List The Summer Packing List includes the primary clothing items I would take when travelling only in the summer, or to countries with hot climates. When travelling in high humidity, it’s especially important to choose fabrics that are quick drying and have anti-microbial properties (so they don’t stink!). Ultralight merino wool or technical synthetics with an anti-microbial shield are ideal. Cotton will be fine for a short holiday of a week or two.

What’s Included?

  • One long sleeve button-up shirt
  • Two short sleeve shirts.
  • Three tank tops.
  • Two dresses
  • Two capris, shorts or skirts
  • Travel pants (or jeans if it’s not too hot)
  • One sweatshirt

And the Rest?

  • Two swimsuits
  • Underwear – as many as you’re comfortable with. I suggest at least 5 pair or less if you don’t mind hand washing frequently.
  • One or two bras
  • Socks – if required.
  • Sun hat
  • Sarong


  • You’ll need a sweatshirt or cardigan for cool nights, or when travelling on planes/buses which tend to get pretty chilly.
  • At least one long sleeve shirt to cover up on cooler nights, or when visiting temples and churches.
  • Dresses, shorts and skirts can be modified depending on your own preferences.
  • If you’re travelling to a wet climate, you might need to also pack a rain jacket or pick up an umbrella when you get to your destination.
  • If staying in dorm rooms, you might like to add a pair of pyjama bottoms or sleep in a pair of shorts.
  • Sun hats are easily squashed. Consider picking one up at your destination.
  • If you are travelling to very conservative countries, take maxi-dresses and maxi-skirts instead of the sundresses and shorts. Take kaftans or cover-ups, or purchase a couple when you arrive in your destination.

This is the first of a series of packing lists designed to give you an idea of what to take on your journey, so you eliminate unnecessary bulk and carry only what you need. Ultimately, the decision over what to take is very personal, but this list should serve as a basic guide that you can tweak to fit your own particular needs and circumstances. Also check out the Winter Packing List.