Minimalism is a tool that reduces or even eliminates stress in many spheres of life. One of them is minimalistic packing for travels. In this article you’ll find my tips on how to pack like a minimalist.
I will write you how I packed for holidays this year, what I forgot, and what were the results.
Just remember that I already have really little amount of things. Those that I have, serve me very well. In addition, if I can find multiple uses for one thing, this can again reduce the amount of needed items.
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So what does a minimalist pack for holidays? Everything!
A packing list? It’s waste of time and energy
Currently my packaging means putting everything that I have in current use to a bag or suitcase. Those are all the things that are in my closet (er … I mean in my drawer) and on my bathroom shelves.
Clothes, electronics, cosmetics, a towel, two pairs of shoes.
These are not all the items I own. Winter jackets, autumn scarf and clothes for the time after I have my second child have their place in bags on top of the wardrobe.
In the same way I pack my Son’s things. I take almost all clothes from his drawers – there are only these used on a regular basis. To this I add 3 cars, 4-5 books, potty, diapers and we are ready.
Be smart: remove something more
After packing luggage even I need a little control. In short: after you pack, remove something from the luggage.
This way I gave up two skimpy dresses (one dress is enough, and I no longer feel comfortable in skimpy outfits – my femininity doesn’t live there), a scarf for Son (one is enough), a small book (why to carry a book I would read in twenty minutes?) and a belt to carry the bag on your shoulder.
Pack like a minimalist tips for small and light luggage
On the way put on the thickest clothes you want to have on your holidays. For example long pants. You will have to put only the smallest clothes in your luggage.
I recommend you also a towel replacement idea from people who walk the way to Santiago de Compostela – on foot through the whole Spain. Some of them, instead of towels, take cotton cloth diapers* – they are small, light and get dry very quickly.
Do not worry that you’ll forget something useful
I forgot to pack my shower flip-flops, which are also my home footwear. I do not think about it as a huge problem. I can take a shower in my Husband’s flip-flops or in my sandals. And in the room I put on socks. Stress harms health more than the lack of your good old flip flops.
Do not carry everything that might be useful
Already being on holidays I still think about it, not to carry too much just in case items. Time on the beach or hiking in the mountains – if you pack as a minimalist, you can forget to take maybe one thing. Whatever it is, you will not die from the lack of it. And it probably won’t spoil your day at all.
Carrying a dozen additional just in case items – it can spoil the mood. It is unnecessary additional weight making you more or faster tired.
This point remains the advice for me. It’s about finding the right balance between being stupid and unprepared and being a pack-donkey.
Minimalistic but with glass. Travel lightly, but not at any price
If you need such a tool as minimalist packaging, it should never become the only goal – a religion that displaces any of your real values.
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I don’t want to drink water from plastic, which is why I started to carry a glass bottle. I don’t need to be trendy and labeled with logos, so I don’t use a trendy glass bottle, but a bottle that I have after having drank a juice.
The third thing is baking soda* (you can buy it in bulk* and use to clean your home), which I also keep in a glass jar and use for soaking fruits and vegetables. All these glasses are travelling with me.
Similarly, since ecology and health are important for me, I don’t replace ordinary towels with much absorbing, quick drying and ultra-light polyester or microfiber towels.
To pack like a minimalist is to pack smart, fast nad light.