It’s travel time. And while we looooveeeee exploring the beautiful corners of the world, no body has got time and patience for packing that bag. Here’s the dilemma: how to pack super light and not get stuck under the rain without your umbrella. And of course, what about that fancy dinner you want to have in the historic streets of Paris. Here are my personal top tips for minimalist packing that I have found very helpful. Hope you find them useful.
ONE: Pick the Right Bag
That’s right. You can’t possibly fit a full suitcase in a rucksack or carry-on. It’s so important that you invest in a bag that is durable and lightweight. But also, before you begin packing, give yourself that ‘limited’ storage space, and chances of you over packing will be much lower.
TWO: NO What If’s
If you’re going through your stuff and justifying it with ‘what if’ – put it back in your closet and forget about it. And if you really come to need it (which I promise you won’t), you can always buy it wherever you are. Of course, I don’t mean for you to go under prepared. Check the weather and be practical.
THREE: Minimum Electronics
Laptops, phones, cameras, kindles, iPods and the list goes on and on. Think about what you’ll be doing on this trip? Maybe you can take your phone and take care of music and pictures all in one? Think about it: for every item, there’s also the charger. So it can add up taking a lot more room than you anticipated.
FOUR: Hand Wash your Delicate
Minimalist packing doesn’t mean you have to throw hygiene out of the window. But don’t over pack the socks and underwear. They dry so quickly and are so easy to wash when you’re taking a shower, with no extra time at all.
FIVE: Wear the Bulky Stuff
You know those heavy runners and that puffy jacket that you have to take with you? Wear it. This will save you a lot of room and chances are that warm coat will come in handy while traveling (planes and trains can get cold!)
SIX: Keep Personal items SOLID
Traveling with liquids is annoying for a number of reasons. You have to constantly worry about the airline guidelines, it may leak, it can get pretty heavy and it’s also bulky. Are you convinced? One thing that has really helped me is the switch from conventional shampoo and conditioner to Shampoo Bars. One small product can take care of your hair, and there’s no need for conditioner because it’s so gentle to your hair. And one small bar lasts for up to two months. I love them so much that I have switched over completely, traveling or not.
SEVEN: Material of Clothing
There are a number of reasons why the material of your clothing matters. You want to for example be sure it doesn’t quickly wrinkle and that it dries fast. But also, many travelers swear by wool because it basically never stinks. Not bad?
EIGHT: The Power of Versatility
Now, versatility – the beauty of anything minimal, and this includes of course, minimalist packing. Here are a few things you want to consider: comfortable for walking around all day but can also be dressed up for a special evening dinner; can be layered for warmer and cooler climates; goes with the rest of your clothes; light to pack.
NINE: Plan your Outfits
I literally do this every single time I travel. It sounds tedious, but I don’t have the patience to get to my hostel to see that I feel crappy with the jeans and shirt I took. I am much happier knowing I feel good and comfortable in my clothes. But also, this is how those extra T-shirts sneak into your luggage. So plan the outfits, know what goes with what, and take exactly and only what you’ll need.
TEN: Coordinate with a Friend
If you both wear contacts for example, maybe one of you can bring the solution for it, and the other one can be responsible for shampoo. We use some of the same things; so coordinate to make sure you can help each other out in keeping your bag supper light.
And of course, if you’re traveling for a long time, still pack for seven days. You can always wash you clothes. Got any cool tips for minimalist packing? Share with us in the comment section below.
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