A Minimalist Packing List

Minimalism, Travelling
I tried to fit everything on the picture but left underwear out of it and i also forgot my laptop.

I hope you liked my minimalist tips to pack lighter! As promised I’m going to share a “what I brought for a 10 days trip” packing list. 

I travelled to Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, and Germany in April and the weather wasn’t fantastic. I brought sport clothes as I was training for a half marathon but I would skip that if you don’t plan on working out. I recommend leaving your laptop at home and using your phone/tablet instead unless you’re a blogger like me. 

Clothes 

  • 1 pair of black jeans 
  • 1 denim jacket 
  • 1 jumper 
  • 2 long sleeved t-shirts 
  • 1 short sleeved t-shirt (for sleeping)
  • 1 set of workout clothes (leggings, sport bra, and t-shirt) 
  • 1 scarf 
  • 2 dresses (I only ended up using one) 
  • 1 pair pantyhose 
  • 7 pairs of underwear 
  • 2 bras (soft bras takes up less room than push up, etc.) 
  • 4 pairs of socks 
  • 1 pair of shoes (running shoes that I also used for daily use) 

Things 

  • A small backpack for daily use 
  • Wallet
  • Passport 
  • Computer 
  • Phone
  • Reusable drinking bottle 
  • Cutlery set 
  • Crocheting stuff 
  • A book 
  • Camera and tripod 
  • Headset  
  • Adapters for everything 
  • A small towel 
  • A tote bag 

Toiletries

I almost use no toiletries, so this was really easy  

  • Tooth brush and tooth paste 
  • Deodorant 
  • Natural soap bar (I never use shampoo as a zero waste natural soap bar works just as well for me. One bar lasts for around a year and comes with no plastic waste. It’s also firm so you can have it in your hand luggage) 
  • Face lotion 
  • Vitamin pills and other medicine 
  • Hand lotion 

I did end up buying some second hand clothes in Estonia as they had amazing thrift stores. I purchased one dress, a hat, and a pair of jeans. Luckily my boyfriend (who is an extreme minimalist) had the room for it in his luggage. 

Do you have some minimalist travel tips yourself? I’m always open to expand my knowledge and find ways to dive deeper into using less! 

BIG HUGS

Tips to Minimise your Wardrobe

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Minimising my wardrobe has been a euphoric, otherworldly experience for me. I now seldom feel anxious, insecure, or despondent about what I’m wearing for the day. When you only own your favorite outfits, you will always feel comfortable and dressed for success! Here are some tips on getting over the inevitable psychological hurdles you’ll face along the way. 

#1 Sort all of your clothes that you’ve given a subconscious “what if” label into a pile. Examples include “What if I got invited to a wedding with a butterfly print dress code”, “What if I lose 10kg”, “What if I went backpacking in east Asia and these elephant hippie pants come in handy”, and my favorite “What if I changed my style to punk”. I can answer all these what if’s with a big fat NO! Don’t keep holding onto clothes that you have squirrelled away for some intangible future daydream. Cut your wardrobe down to clothes that will enable you to live your dream today! 

#2 Everything that itches, feels tight, weird, too heavy, or just plain uncomfortable- just give it away! Life is too short to wear uncomfortable clothes and you’ll look way more attractive wearing things you feel comfortable in! 

#3 Get rid of torn/broken clothing. If your favorite t-shirt has an ink stain or your favorite jeans are torn to the point of your thighs touching then get rid of them. Contrary to popular sentiment, clothing is incapable of experiencing emotions and the nostalgia you associate with a certain pair of underwear is all in your head. If you absolutely can’t part with something due to sentimental reasons, consider re-purposing it (a pair of jeans can be sown into a tote, an old t-shirt can be fashioned into a pillow case).  

#4 Consider what you actually wear. Most of us tend to gravitate towards the same outfits over and over again. If you don’t wear it that often, you probably aren’t that fond of it. Give it to a thrift store where it will find an owner that will put it to good use! 

#5 Every time you get something new, you have to get rid of something. I have decided that I will only ever own 5 pairs of shoes – Running shoes, boots, sneakers, sandals, and a pair of flip-flops. If I want new sneakers, I have to give up my old ones. If you live in a consistent year-round climate (like the tropics or tundra) you could most likely cut this number down (Denmark has consistently unpredictable, bad weather all year so I think 5 pairs of shoes is justified).

BIG HUGS 

Minimalist Packing Tips

Minimalism

I spent the Easter holiday break travelling to Tallinn, Vilnius, Warsaw, and Berlin. By packing lightly for the trip I was able to experience a high amount of physical freedom and I was being able to help my boyfriend carry some of his music equipment. 

As most of us, I used to fill up my suitcase before embarking on a trip, only to realize I overpacked when the trip was over. These are some tips for starting to pack lighter, especially if you don’t know where to start. 

  1. Don’t be afraid to do laundry. Boring as it may sound, I have actually found some pleasant laundry mats abroad. It can also be a great time to escape from the daily stress travel brings and escape in a good book or Netflix show. 
  2. Bring a smaller bag. You will have no choice but to pack lighter. 
  3. Only bring your favourite things. There is no need for special vacation clothes. See travel as an extension of your life, not an escape from it. 
  4. Bring one of each- one pair of shoes, one hat, one pair of underwear (jk maybe bring two). Wardrobes are not responsible for those life-changing moments that happen on the road. Pack so that when one of those moments comes, you can experience it to the fullest instead of fretting over which pair of shoes to wear to dinner. 
  5. Cut your toiletries down to the bare essentials like a toothbrush and deodorant. No one needs a face-full of makeup weighing them down when summer is in full swing. 
  6. Pack for the weather. As much as you might wish for an early spring in Iceland, realize that it most likely won’t happen and your swimsuit will be left to lay in your suitcase. Likewise, your Russian Bomber jacket will only take up space on your trip to Spain.

I hope this can help you to get the ball rolling on packing lighter for your next trip. Let me know what you do to pack less in the comments. 

BIG HUGS

What is it like living in 2019 without a smartphone?

Minimalism

Hi Guys <33

I’m very focused on how much time I use daily on my phone. I know I’m wasting too many hours on trivial things and I want to fight my phone addiction. The only person I know who doesn’t own a smartphone is my boyfriend Jackson. I’ve conducted a little interview with him on living in 2019 without a smartphone and how he perceives to be surrounded by phone zombies.

Have you ever owned a smartphone? 

Yes, I have. I had an i-Phone from 2012-2015 and an LG type of smartphone from 2015-2016.

Is it a conscious choice not to own a smartphone? 

At this point is certainly is. I moved to Montreal, Canada in 2017 and was adamant that I didn’t want to start my expat life chained to a screen. My family wasn’t too keen on the idea and I got a few offers from them to help pay for a monthly plan, just so they could reach me at any moment. But freeing yourself from the constantly connected world means more financial freedom as well as the mental freedom to pursue more worthwhile ventures. I use this free program called TextNow that I can access from a normal desktop or laptop computer. It works fairly well and I am able to call my family in the United States from Canada and Europe for free. 

Do you ever miss having a smartphone?

Hell no. I have an Ipad that I use at home and when I know I’m going to be at a coffee shop or other public place with Wifi; but even that seems a bit too much. I would like to get rid of it before I turn 30, which is less than two years away. I would like to get to the point where I only have a land-line chorded phone and a desktop type computer housed at a facility away from my home. 

How do you get around without google maps? 

I study the map and directions extensively then try to memorize my route as best as possible. I use a lot of nursery rhyme tricks to help me remember street names and the like. This is hardly foolproof though, and I often find myself maddeningly lost. 

Do you own any other electronics? 

In addition to my Ipad I have a dumb brick phone and a good amount of musical equipment. I have a Tascam DP-008 digital multi-track recorder I use to record and produce my music. I own a Boss RC-30 looping pedal and Schertler PA that I use for busking. 

How many times a day do you use Instagram?

More often than I would like to admit. As a performing artist and musician, I feel that it is a necessary tool to connect with my fans. 

Do you feel the “urge” to check Instagram/likes/news when you aren’t capable? 

Yes, just like anyone else my age living in 2019. It is very easy to sucked into a toxic cycle of instant gratification and I am not immune. 

Do you get annoyed when other uses their smartphones? 

Yes, especially during meals and other social rituals. And when I’m having a seemingly nice conversation with someone and they pull out their phone and space out followed by a compulsory “sorry I was just checking Instagram/the score/my texts/Game of Thrones message board and didn’t hear a word you said”. I find nothing more infuriating. 

When are people most distracted by their smartphones? 

When they feel like their current situation isn’t giving them the constant drip of self-gratification they’ve been conditioned to feel entitled to. 

What do you gain by not having smartphone?

I’m not sure yet. While I’m still a young adult I hope to develop better, different habits to set myself up for a lifetime of genuine self-discovery and adventure. 

Any advice for someone who wants to spend less time on their smartphone? 

Just get rid of it and don’t think about the consequences. I’m a pretty extreme person and I hate doing things gradually or in moderation. Cancel your monthly contract and sell your phone on Craigslist. Use the money to buy a bus/train/plane ticket or treat yourself to a nice Italian dinner. Just get rid of it. 

What do you guys think about living without a smartphone? I have a hard time pictureing it!

BIG HUGS

Do I Have to Get Rid of All My Non-Vegan Stuff when Adopting Veganism?

Minimalism, Veganism

When I started my vegan journey I was surprised by how much of my stuff contained animal products. There are animal products in a horrendously shocking amount of household, beauty, and personal items.

Most vegans would not go out and by leather, fur, or beauty products that have been tested on animals. However, if you’re just delving into veganism you more than likely own many non-vegan household products, beauty items, and clothing. So what should you do with all this stuff?

I don’t believe that throwing it all away does any good. It has already been purchased and, although buying vegan is better than buying animal products, nothing is better for the environment than NOT CONSUMING. While I will never again support the leather industry with my money, I feel like buying something completely new violates my sense of the spirit of veganism. Use what you have until the time comes to replace.

I have a great pair of six-year old leather Dr. Marten’s. Fortunately, when they wear out I will be able to buy a new vegan pair (yes, Dr. Marten’s makes vegan boots now!)

BIG HUGS

Life is to Happy to Wear Uncomfortable Underwear!

Minimalism, Sustainability

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There is nothing I hate more than itchy, ill-fitting, synthetic fiber underwear. I have wasted so much money on underwear that only served to make my poor body uncomfortable. I cannot express in words how much discomfort that itchy, sweaty underwear felling leaves me with.

I want my underwear to be made out of comfortable fabric and made with sustainable, minimalist principles in mind. I’m so over leopard print, bows, and pink laces. Fortunately, I’ve discovered Organic Basics, a Danish company that produces sustainable, organic underwear made in European factories.

I had to order the Red Nude Triangle Bra as soon as I saw it. Everything is so comfortable, well-made, and affordable; a much wiser investment than the generic garbage peddled at H&M. Their men section is also great. I dream of my boyfriend in this pair of grey boxers

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How to Spend More Time Away From Your Phone

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I think most of us can relate to the feeling of being swallowed up by our phone’s screen for hours. My boyfriend recently gave me the nickname “Phone Zombie” (he loves to self-righteously mention that he doesn’t even own a smartphone). NOT FLATTERING. I think its problematic when we get sucked into a virtual world and forget to be presence in our “real” world (no, I don’t believe we’re living in a computer simulation run by alien overlords). Below are some habits I created for myself; maybe you can find them useful too.  

  • No phones or electronics in the bedroom

My Boyfriend and I made this rule for 2019 and it has significantly cut down on our screen time. We have invested in an old-fashioned alarm clock so we don’t have to use my smartphone as an alarm (I am not going to mention the model or brand of my smartphone because major electronic companies are a problematic detriment to society and the environment and don’t want to give corporations free advertising). Its so easy to waste hours of precious sleep time by scrolling endlessly through Instagram and Facebook. After I stopped taking the phone to the bedroom I’ve found myself reading a lot more before bedtime. Reading is important to me, and doing before bed really helps me fall asleep.   

  • Clean up who you follow on Instagram

I recently did some spring-cleaning in regards to my social media accounts. I started by un-following people who weren’t inspiring me. If you’re following someone just because they’re rich and famous and want a peak into their lifestyle, maybe you should un-follow them. I’ve found that by following fewer people I’m not using Instagram as much because there just isn’t as much garbage on my feed.

  • Install an app to control how much time you use.

I try to follow a rule where I only use my phone two hours a day. I have an app called “Moment” that helps me track my self-allotted time (and overtime) per day. I always experience a nagging sense of shame whenever I go over, so it’s a great way to discipline yourself.

  • Start crocheting  (or another creative hobby)

After seeing a friend´s picture of crotchet make-up removers she made herself, I became inspired to start doing it myself. I love to do it when I’m using public transport, watching TV, or even having light conversations with friends and family.

  • Stop taking your phone to the table

Leave the phone in your bag! There is nothing more unattractive than someone texting at a restaurant or the family dinner table. It’s so rude to use your phone while you’re supposed to be having quality time with friends and loved ones. My boyfriend and I are constantly noticing when friends and family do this and it feels like we’re being robbed of human interaction.  

*When you clean up your Instagram REMEMBER TO KEEP FOLLOWING ME (unless I’m a complete inspirational failure ;))  

BIG HUGS

6 Tips to start your Minimalism Journey

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  • There aren’t any hard rules, so you can make your own and be a minimalist in your own way. Start by asking yourself why you want to start this journey. You need to be passionate and curious to get the best start. 
  • Start small. Make a habit to question everything you want to buy. Do you really need it? Or is it an impulsive buy? Leave what you want to buy at the store and come back if you can find a legitimate reason to buy it. Some stores might put the item aside for you while you think.
  • Look at your wardrobe. Clothes and shoes are items that most of us own too many of. A way to start is: make three piles: keeping, maybe keeping and getting rid of. Put everything in the maybe pile in a bag and store it somewhere out of sight. If you miss or need something you can easily retrieve it. If you don’t you can give it to someone whom it will bring more joy to. After a three-month period, try sorting again. You will be surprised how much you can live without. 
  • Change your mindset about sales and online shopping. Commercials and sales are designed in a way to trick our brains into buying something we don’t need. I avoid big retail sales (like Black Friday), and I give anything I buy online serious thought and consideration. Waiting a week is a good practice before ordering something. I know lots of people shop online when they are bored. That’s just a giant money pit! If you find yourself bored with the urge to shop pull up YouTube instead and get some fresh motivation by watching videos on minimalism.
  • If you just can’t control your “shopaholic panic”, go to thrift stores. They are often filled with things few people want to buy and it will take longer to find those unique pieces (thus, giving you much more satisfaction than easily picking something off the rack at H&M). Since this takes longer, your “shopaholic panic” will probably be gone after one store.
  • Adopt the mindset: Quality rather than quantity. Instead of having 10 cheaply made sweaters that will soon be worn out and discolored,  invest in a well-made, durable one from a sustainable company. Having one great sweater you put thought and consideration into buying will give you more satisfaction than 10 pairs of “arhh, they are cheap and go with my pants” sweaters.  😉 

BIG HUGS

Minimalism

Minimalism, Personal

I really embraced minimalism when I got together with my boyfriend Jackson last year. He really inspired with the kind of lifestyle he chooses to live. He owns a few essential clothing pieces (one pair of pants, two pairs of shoes, one sweater, three shirts) and his music equipment… that’s it.

I started my minimalism journey by getting rid of most of my clothes. I only kept clothes I loved and felt comfortable wearing. I currently own about 25 pieces of clothing (without underwear and socks). The biggest impact of having a minimal amount of clothing is that I NEVER have the feeling that I have nothing to wear. I know a lot of girls tend to feel that and fill the void by shopping.

Minimalism means a lot less stress. I really used to struggle budgeting at the end of the month due to impulsive “bargain buys”. Now when I see a good buy I think about the product in question waisting away in the corner, having no use and taking up space. I feel like I’m earning money every time I tell myself no.

My favorite thing about minimalism is getting down to the essentials and only owning stuff that has value to you. When de-cluttering I give my clothes to thrift-stores and friends and family since I myself almost exclusively get my clothes and electronics second-hand. It’s my way of not supporting our catastrophic consumer culture that piles on to climate change.  

Minimalism doesn’t really have any hard rules. I only know that it inspires people to travel and search for alternative ways of living. My boyfriend and I are saving up to buy a used small crossover SUV to live the van-life in. We are both after the type of feeling you get when you have a certain kind of freedom in a world of strict constraints. I wanna explore that in the future.

BIG HUGS