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

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?

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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