Minimalist Travel

I’m proud to say that during my last couple of 3-week trips I have traveled with nothing more than a 28-liter backpack!

I have taken my minimalistic packing to the next level.

I’m a firm believer that you can travel light while still having everything you need.

What is essential to me may not be the same for everyone, but I’m sure the strategies below will help make your packing process easier and your bag lighter.

So let’s get started by taking a look at why traveling light is important (at least to me):

It Saves Time

Moving through airports is much easier when bags are lighter and more manageable.

You don’t waste time checking and collecting bags.

It Saves Money

When you travel with minimal items, it means you don’t have to pay extra luggage costs.

It Saves Energy

Carrying around fewer items translates into less physical effort on your part. And you don’t have to deal with lost or delayed luggage.

It’s Easier To Stay Organized

Keeping track of fewer items makes it simpler to stay neat and tidy during your travels, which can help reduce stress levels.

And it’s probably the most important for me. Fewer things mean fewer distractions.

You Become More Conscious About What You Need

Bringing only the essentials encourages you to make mindful decisions about what is truly necessary for you. This helps keep packing lighter and more sustainable in the long term!

Tips On Creating Your Own Minimalist Packing List:

  • If it’s an item that can be bought wherever you travel, it’s probably not worth bringing along with you (e.g., sunscreen, shampoo).
  • Streamline your toiletries – pick one cleanser, moisturizer/face cream and a quart size bag to keep things organized.
  • Stick to small 100 ml containers/travel-sized bottles for all your liquids.
  • Prioritize multi-purpose items – such as dresses that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.(e.g., sarongs that can also double as blankets or towels).
  • Opt for pieces that can be easily mixed & matched into multiple outfits.
  • Stick to a handful of colors – having a few core colors makes it easier to mix and match pieces into different looks, so you can make the most out of what’s available rather than having an item for every occasion; if undecided on which shades to choose, opt for timeless hues such as navy or black.
  • Choose items that are lightweight and easy to pack.
  • Choose shoes wisely – take time when choosing which shoes you pack as these can be the most bulky in your luggage; prioritize sneakers and other lightweight shoes such as sandals, since these are highly versatile and better suited for long hikes and sightseeing trips.
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