Jul 24, 2018 How to be a minimalist traveler
Minimalism is a word that is thrown around a lot these days. Tiny homes, capsule wardrobes, eco purchasing, etc . . . but in a nut shell minimalism is a lifestyle centered on less.
When packing for a trip it is all about the essentials. It is figuring out how much you can do without. Its trying to fit your life into a bag and still be prepared for anything. After living out of one 20 Kilo (44 LBS) suitcase for one year, where I needed everything from a bathing suite for the beach to a winter coat for Iceland, I have a few tips to share. Whether you’re packing for a year, month, or a few days start by asking yourself these 3 questions:
1. Is it comfortable?
2. How heavy is this item? Coats, shoes, and toiletries are always the heaviest items. Make sure you don’t have a lighter option that is comparable to what you need. Do you have a smaller version of the item?
3. Will I be upset if this item gets lost, stolen, or worn out?
Theme Your Wardrobe
You need clothing items that can be matched and paired with everything in your suitcase. The best way to do this is to theme your wardrobe in a single neutral color like, black, brown, blue, or beige. Patterns are fun but really hard to implement. A clean simple look always looks stylish and chic. You can add a pop of fun with a simple accessory like a scarf or hat if your wardrobe seems to boring. Just remember each item should be able to serve multiple purposes, whether it’s being dressed up or down.
Download all your books, movies, and music to lighten your load
Does This Still Serve its Purpose?
When traveling for weeks or months this is something you should regularly ask. If I traveled with an item for 2 weeks and never used it while in the climate it was intended for I ditched it. Make sure everything you have with you is something you use! If you travel for 2 weeks in Europe after you get home and unpack check if you wore everything you brought. Do you never wear a certain pair of shoes or dress? Remember this and don’t repeat the same mistake on your next trip, who knows it might give you more space for souvenirs!