If you want to avoid things like paying baggage fees, walking around with and carrying heavy suitcases, and losing your luggage at the airport, then maybe you should consider minimalist packing instead.
Finding Personal Freedom Through Minimalism
Today, lots of people are trying their hand at minimalism, which is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom from everything — worry, feeling overwhelmed, guilt, depression and many more. This is real freedom.
We have built our lives around the idea that if we spend our money on the things of this world we would in return be happy. But oftentimes that’s not the case.
So the next time you’re planning to take a trip, attempt to think like a minimalist. That means bringing less in order to save money on baggage fees, freeing you of this heavy burden. Doing this will also help you mentally and physically.
Mindfully think about packing the things that have purpose and value to you as a traveler rather than opting to pair your things down to a smaller amount of three to five, settling for nothing but a headache. Just get rid of the unnecessary items in your suitcase, keep the essentials and call it a day.
Remember the last time you did some spring cleaning around the house? Use the same approach to minimalist packing. If you don’t really need it, pitch it out for the things that you can’t go without. Keep it simple. Ask yourself the following:
Are you bringing this item with you because you’re thinking of “the worst-case scenario” or will you definitely use this item on your trip? The former is more worthwhile compared to the latter. Don’t overthink.
Can you find some of these things elsewhere and for free? You might not have to bring your own shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, or hair dryer because your hotel will most likely provide it for you, freeing up space in your bags.
Will you be able to wear an item multiple times with different outfits? If so, bring it! Don’t bring items that you can only wear once and don’t work well with anything else.
Are you thinking about bringing items like jewelry and irrelevant gadgets? Pitch them out. You can live without these things.
Minimalist Travelers Wardrobe List
Here’s a list of clothing that aligns with minimalist travelers, working well with future trips that you will take and will fit into your suitcase:
- One nice pair of comfortable gym shoes.
- One pair of stylish dress shoes.
- One pair of good jeans.
- Another pair of pants that you can wear for a nice time out to dinner out of town.
- One comfortable jacket that repels water just in case it rains on your trip.
- A handful of socks and underwear that will last you about a week.
- Some clothes that you can wear while you’re asleep.
- A couple of tops that you can wear while you’re on your trip that covers the duration of it, including t-shirts, tank tops, long-sleeved shirts, button-ups, and sweaters.
- One pair of gloves
- One swimsuit
- A toothbrush and toothpaste
- A comb and brush
- An iPod
Do you have some best practices for minimalist packing on your trips? Share your thoughts with us.