As cliched as it sounds, the saying “Less is more,” really fits into the practice of minimalist packing. Being able to utilize your tools of travel in the best possible way will reduce how much you bring with you and improve your travel experience.
- Maximize the versatility of each item: This applies especially to clothing and technology as those are usually the items people bring the most of. When it comes to clothing, you won’t need as much as you think. Try to make each item work in several outfits so you can get the most use possible out of it. For example, to dress up jeans, pair them with a nicer top and then for a more casual look you can wear a normal t-shirt. Most of the time, the people you encounter while traveling won’t be seeing you during the entirety of your trip, so who cares if you wear the same shirt half the time! As for multi-use tech, try to cut it down to what you really need. A smartphone can be used for a clock, camera, and entertainment device all in one. Tip: bring a travel size bottle of laundry soap so that you can wash clothes in a sink or shower if you really need to.
- Have an excellent bag or suitcase: Having a bag that can fit everything you need in an easy to carry package is one of the most important aspects of minimalist traveling. Bags or suitcases with pockets and sturdy zippers are key to keeping your stuff organized and secure. Don’t forget the TSA approved lock for added security at the airport and in any shared sleeping spaces, such as hostels. My favorite feature of my Eagle Creek suitcase I use for longer trips is the small backpack that zips off the front of the case. It is great for using on day trips or short side trips away from my main location!
- Pack items into every space you can: Making sure you store your items in the most space efficient manner can help keep you organized and knowing exactly where everything is when you need it. One example of this is stuffing shoes with smaller items like jewelry, socks, or t-shirts. By rolling items, they’ll be less wrinkled and easier to push together inside your bag. I always keep important items, or items I’ll need to access often, at the top or in the front pockets of my bag. These might be my phone, pens, ID, or snacks.
Following these three easy steps, you can quickly transform yourself into a minimalist traveler and make sure your adventures aren’t weighed down by things you don’t need strapped into cumbersome luggage.