When I travel, my minimalist travel packing list is what saves me. When you’re traveling from city to city – using various modes of transport, the last thing you need is a big, chunky suitcase. I don’t like having a bunch of things I won’t wear or use, and I’m not really into considering all the “what if” scenarios. And most importantly, I think about the aftermath: the unpacking with all the laundry left for you once you return home, most likely jetlagged. No thanks!
You get the point. I have so many reasons for traveling light, and I am happy to say, that over the years, I’ve become pretty darn good at it. I seem to always be prepared, have what I need, and never have too much. For me, it all comes down to planning. There are a few things I always consider before packing that help me keeps my bag light. Today, I’m here to share my packing tips with you.
Plan Your Minimalist Travel Packing List
Planning is the first important step. There are many factors you should consider: the weather, the activities you’ll be doing, and of course, the duration of your trip. What then makes it to your minimalist travel packing list, all depends on the type of trip you’re going on.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself:
- Will this be a nature adventure or will I be spending most of my time in the city?
- Will I be dealing with changing climates or am I looking at a stable weather forecast (if that even exists)?
- Where will I be staying? Will I have access to a kitchen? Can I wash my clothes? Will I have towels?
- Will I be moving around a lot or be in one place the whole time?
- What kind of transport will I be using?
- Am I traveling solo or with a group?
Once you know the answers to your questions, you can begin to think about your packing list.
Tips to Help You Pack Light
The size of my bag, the type of bag I take with me, and the items I carry around with me obviously changes from place to place, and season to season. That said, there are a few rules I abide by no matter where I go. These rules help keep my bag light.
Take versatile clothing. This is one of the first rules of minimalism in general. Make sure all the pieces in your wardrobe go together so that you can come up with as many outfits as possible. Also, keep your travel wardrobe versatile so that they can take you from museums, to parks, and to cafes.
Minimize Your Beauty/Personal Products
When it comes to personal and beauty items, I carry my own. I like to use zero-waste, eco-friendly and natural products. This usually means, I often have to take my own stuff with me. My Shampoo Bars are a lifesaver when it comes to traveling light. A bar can last for up to two months, and you don’t have to worry about security because it’s solid. And the natural and quality ingredients in it also mean that I can easily avoid conditioners.
We spoke about versatility when it came to our clothes. The same applies here: I often take a facial oil that works face, body and even hair. Here’s a tip: if you want to travel light, start with your everyday life and only buy and consume what you really need. Keep your shelves clutter-free. This way, that when it comes to traveling, you would’ve had lots of practice.
Share with Friends
Are you traveling solo or in a group? If you’re traveling with family or friends, then get in touch beforehand and see if there are any overlaps. Maybe you can share some of the items between you. This helps you all keep your bags light, and it’s a great way of making sure you’ve got everything you need.
Take Some Detergent
This is something I’ve recently started doing and when it comes to longer trips, it’s a lifesaver. Take some laundry detergent along with you! When I travel I wish my intimates and socks daily, and every few days, if need be, I wash my tops and let them dry.
Think About the Bigger Picture
When it comes to my minimalist travel packing list, one thing that makes it easy is thinking about the bigger picture. Remember, you want to think about the place you’re traveling to, and not the things you take with you. The objects you take have to serve you and help make your trip easy and accessible – nothing else. The trip is about the experiences you’ll have, not the clothes you’ll wear. So keep that in mind, think about your comfort and the beautiful experience you’ll be having.
There you have it: a minimalist travel packing list to help you downsize and enjoy those holidays coming up this Summer.