When it comes to minimalism, there’s one question that many people ask:
How do I travel with as little as possible?
I’ve decided that the best way to cover this question is to show you two things:
- What to do before you travel
- How to pack like a minimalist
I’ll start with the “before you travel” aspect.
The most essential step to travelling minimally is to plan in advance what your travel plans will be. I recommend taking a small notebook, or making a Word Document and list all of your trip information. Here are some things you should have in your notebook/document:
- [if required] Flight details
- (check-in/take-off times, airport, seat number, terminal number)
- [if required] Bus details (take-off time, bus number, bus station)
- Trip details (what you have planned while you travel e.g. sightseeing)
- Accommodation details (hotels, guesthouses, friend’s addresses, etc.)
- Food (e.g. restaurants)
- Packing list
- Other personal details
Are you wondering what writing this list will accomplish? Well, it’s simply so you have a plan. Because if you only know your flight/bus and accommodation details, it’s hard to pack without knowing what you’ll do during your travel.
If you’re stuck for what to do while you’re away, Google is there to help! Just type in “what to do in [destination/country/city]” and something will come up.
Once you have your travelling plans (and only then) you can go onto packing!
Whenever I’m away for a weekend (typically two or three nights) this is what you’ll find in my bag:
- T-shirts (x3)
- Black leggings (x1)
- Other leggings (x1)
- Shorts (x1)
- Underwear & socks
- Dress/fancy outfit (if I’ll be going out) (x1)
- Toiletries bag
Really, for a weekend trip that’s all you need. Minimalism has really made a difference in the amount of clothes I pack for trips, and I have to say one thing: I haven’t ever brought too little. The amount of clothing I bring every single time I’m away is perfect, and ideally you would try to do the same.
If you’re one of those people who always packs a full suitcase and ends up wearing not even half of what you bring, I dare you: try to bring only the basic necessities. You’d be surprised at how much easier it is to travel with less stuff!
BEAUTY & HYGIENE
Don’t go overboard with the makeup. If you can get away with going au naturel, please do, but if you can’t – bring only the bare essentials. And only one of each product! You don’t need three lipsticks, whatever you might think.
Also, use travel-size toiletries! I cannot stress this enough. Do not lug around 1-litre bottles of shampoo with you. And a lot of beauty products are universal, so don’t panic if you forget your face mask – you can probably buy it at your destination.
Remember too, that a lot of hotels/B&B’s will provide essentials like soap and towels. Hotels also often have those small bottles of shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom.
If you can, bring a comb instead of a hairbrush, as it will take up less space in your toiletries bag. #bigbrushproblems But if you need your hairbrush, try seeing if you can purchase a smaller one, or even see what’s lying around your house?
- Don’t bring more than three pairs of shoes, at the most. Shoes are awkward to pack and weigh down your bags.
- Make sure to fold your good clothes (e.g. suit) neatly – or if you can, carry them separately in one of those dry cleaner’s bags to protect your outfit from getting creased or dirty.
- I’m begging you, DON’T BRING TOWELS. Almost every single place of accommodation will provide you with towels, and there’s no need to bring something that takes up so much space.
- Don’t go overboard with the comfy clothes either. If you’re able to survive with one t-shirt, please do.
- Also, you can always hand-wash small items such as underwear and socks! Sure, it may not be as good as a washing machine, but leave your little pieces to soak in the sink for an hour or so, rinse them, and allow to dry.
- When choosing your carry-on bag (or handbag if everything’s carry-on), go for something on your back. Believe me, I’ve been there with that annoying shoulder bag that’s constantly in the way as you rush around the airport. A small, smart-looking backpack like one of these can do the trick:
I hope you enjoyed reading this! Let me know in the comments if you’re more of a minimalist traveller, if you’re someone who always packs things “just in case”! 😉
And have my tips helped? Let me know!
See you soon ❤