Tricks for Packing Like A Minimalist

We tend to underestimate the power of keeping things simple, so learn my favorite tips and tricks by packing like a minimalist.

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Tricks for Packing Like a Minimalist

Pack Less Like A Pro

The purpose of travel is to chase that fleeting feeling of wonder, experience new and refreshing cultures other than your own, and regenerate yourself away from the monotony of daily life. Don’t make things more challenging for yourself with your packing list, travel is supposed to take the stress away. We tend to underestimate the power of keeping things simple, so learn my favorite tips and tricks by packing like a minimalist.

On the edge of Zion.

Julia standing by the end.

Start With A Small Bag

Carry-ons are your friend, my dude.

One of the most significant ways to ensure you can fit an entire week’s worth of clothing in a small bag is to force yourself to use that bag. Setting parameters are step one in ensuring you’ve got a minimalist mindset. By having a giant suitcase, we have the habit of thinking “Oh, I can fit just one more shirt,” when in reality — you’ll be sitting on top of the suitcase trying to zip it up. We don’t want that.

Train travel with the Peak Design 20L.

Peak Design Bag 20L.

Know Your Essentials

Write a list of necessary items you can’t live without. Make it short, really think about what it is you need to survive a week away from home. Analyze your current list and think to yourself a few simple tricks:

  • What are your rarely used items the last time you vacationed?
  • Are there any habits you could break from your routine?
  • Are there other more compact versions or variations of the same thing you usually bring?

Additionally, you can apply the KonMari method of asking yourself “does this item spark joy?”. If yes, keep it in the bag, but if not, then discard.

Packing only what you need.

f-stop Packing Cell Kit

Pack everything you need from toiletries to Moment gear.

Rethink Your Clothing

Minimalist packing is about 1.) thinking about what it is you’re deciding to pack, and 2.) understanding what needs to be left behind. Clothing is one of the most challenging parts of your packing list, as they take up the most space and can be a hassle for us those who want options when traveling. Training ourselves to ONLY bring your favorite pairs of shirts/pants/dresses will help eliminate the stress of looking good while roaming the streets.

Here’s a clothing packing list I last curated on my trip to NYC for five days:

  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 1 jumpsuit
  • 3 shirts
  • 1 dress
  • 1 Coat
  • 2 Shoes
  • Underwear

If you’re traveling anything longer than a week, consider washing your clothes in hotels or Airbnb’s. Doing so will make you feel less disgusting when wandering, but it, more importantly, ensures you have only brought the essentials. Additionally, sticking to a particular color palette of choice will make it easier to know what to bring. I love warm-colored, neutral tones so I’ll opt to bring only my favorites of that variety.

Our friend, Kyle!

The three stooges.

Casual candids.


Minimize Your Toiletries

This one varies quite a bit between individual to individual. If you’re like me and care about your skincare products, try thinking either 1.) putting the contents into smaller containers, or 2.) only bring what you know you need. Try fitting everything you need into just ONE toiletry bag, makeup included.

While this might seem bare to most, here’s what I pack in that little bag:

  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Body Lotion
  • Face Moisturizer
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo + Conditioner (optional, you can take a gamble with your accommodations)
  • Skin concealer
  • Mascara
  • Lipstick

With this tip, I also remember to be kind to myself. It’s okay to bring what makes you feel the most confident and happy. Secondarily, search for products that can do more (i.e., what single product is made for both styling AND de-frizzing?).

Caleb and his F-Stop bag.

Caleb and his F-Stop bag.

Compartmentalize: Pack Bags + Stuff Sacks

A great way to organize your bag full of “stuff” is to compartmentalize. Use stuff sacks or pack bags, like this one, to place both categories of clothing and electronics in. Sectionalizing will also help train you how to pack these items more neatly. Can what you chose to bring fit entirely in one of these bags? If yes, great. If not, rethink what you’re considering.

Moment Travel Case.

I hope these tips and tricks have served a great deal of importance to you.

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