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.
1 pair of black jeans
1 denim jacket
2 long sleeved t-shirts
1 short sleeved t-shirt (for sleeping)
1 set of workout clothes (leggings, sport bra, and t-shirt)
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)
A small backpack for daily use
Reusable drinking bottle
Camera and tripod
Adapters for everything
A small towel
A tote bag
I almost use no toiletries, so this was really easy
Tooth brush and tooth paste
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)
Vitamin pills and other medicine
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!
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.
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.
Bring a smaller bag. You will have no choice but to pack lighter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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
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
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. 😉