When traveling, many people are adopting a minimalist style. This allows them to pack lightly and quickly while still having enough to cover their needs. Frequent travellers know that many gizmos and gadgets just aren’t necessary. Here are four tips to help get you started on packing with a minimalist style.
Store clothing and items you won’t need immediately in the bottom of the bag. If you’re using a backpack, it is most comfortable to store heavy items where it will sit against the small of your back. Store what you need to be accessible in the outer pockets. Think ahead for the next 24 hours and decide what you’ll need first. For example, if you’re boarding a plane and have a book that you want to read, make sure it’s easily accessible. It’s also important to take advantage of what you are wearing en route. Don’t bring along an extra pair of sweats or shoes if you’re only going to use them on the plane.
Use a Capsule Wardrobe
A capsule wardrobe is a simplified wardrobe where you take a few items and reuse them in multiple outfits. Having a few items that are colour coordinated and can be easily mix and matched will save space and time when trying to decide what to wear. A basic capsule wardrobe for women includes 3 shirts, 2 tee shirts, 2 pairs of pants, a skirt, a dress and two pairs of shoes. For men something like 2 shirts, 2 tee shirts, 3 pairs of trousers, 2 pairs of shorts, and 2 pairs of shoes would work. Depending on the length of your stay, you can get away with much less. Make sure to include weather appropriate clothing such as a light jacket or snow boots. Beyond the basics, small, easy to carry accessories can make all the difference between looking drab and keeping it classy. Having a signature accessory like jewellery or a watch can keep you looking sharp 24/7.
It’s crazy that everyone thinks they need separate products for shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and face wash. The difference between those items is generally pretty small. There are many items that can be used for multiple reasons. We use Dr. Bronner’s bar soap for a face wash, body wash, toothpaste and deodorant. Depending on where you are staying, many hotels offer free toiletries, and knowing what is available at your accommodations can help save on space.
Pack Electronics Carefully
Electronics might seem like a necessity, but they do take up a lot of space with cords and chargers and outlet adaptors. Many computers are available at hotels, and are included in their business services. Many cafes and libraries also offer computers that you can use. If you must take electronics, storing your various cords and accessories can be a little bit of a challenge. Picking the right laptop sleeve or case can make packing and storing electronics much easier. Use a multi-port charger to save space and reduce the number of items to keep track of. A charging cord or back up battery should be stored where you can access it easily. Not being able to use your phone can cause a lot of stress, especially when traveling in a new area. Smaller electronics like a tablet/keyboard combo are great for travellers. If you need a desktop computer, always remember libraries, internet cafes, and hotels are an option.