A few years back, I was a mess at packing my suitcase for holidays. I always brought too much stuff and didn’t needed it in the end. I always thought „what if I need this, what if I need that?“ So my suitcase was packed for all possible and impossible occasions.
At some point I thought, „ok, I can’t carry this heavy, thousand tons suitcase anymore“ – and my first minimalist packing list was born. I adjust this list more and more after a few trips and now I can say: I mastered my minimalist packing list I never thought I would.
The good thing is: you can do it too! So keep reading if you want to know more about how I travel with a minimal packing list.
I admit it’s a real challenge in the beginning to reduce your clothes and stuff to the minimal. Here are a few basic rules that will help you to travel with minimal luggage:
- Leave „just-in-case“ things at home. You never need them after all. And if the worst comes to the worst, you’ll buy it on the spot.
- Put together the clothes you take with you as small as possible. In my experience, this is where the rolling technique is best suited.
- Less is more: Don’t pack too much clothes. No matter how long you are on the road, you always need the same number of clothes etc. No matter if 3 weeks or 4 months. You can also wash on the way.
- I am a big fan of multifunctional things, they can be folded small and dry quickly if it should get wet. But that is a matter of taste, basically normal everyday clothes are good to go.
- Select clothes that can be easily combined with each other. So every T-shirt can be worn with every pair of trousers.
- Leave the generous toiletry bag at home, pack only the most necessary things and fill shampoo and shower gel into sample packs. Buying more is always possible 🙂
- Leave the thick travel guide at home. We’re living in the digital age, there are E-Books available too!
The Minimal Packing List
Tops and Shirts
- 1x sleep shirt (I take a normal T-shirt, you can also put it on for everyday life or vice versa)
- 1x sweat / fleece jacket (for the flight and cold days)
- 1x Longsleeve (for colder regions you can take 2-3x)
- 1x Chick T-Shirt or Top
- 1x Tank top
- 4x T-Shirts (1x wearing on the flight. For warmer regions you can take 5-6x)
- 1x Softshell jacket (wind and rain protection for colder regions)
Tip: Use packing cubes (I use these) to store your clothes within your bag, you can save some space with them.
- 1x Zip-Off-Trekking-trousers (I like such trousers, they dry fast and I have packed some shorts too 🙂 pack 2-3x shorts for warmer regions instead)
- 1x Legging (I use them as sleeping pants, but can still be used as everyday pants / sports pants)
- 2x Jeans (1x wearing on the flight)
- 1x Sleeping Shorts
- 7x underpants
- 7x short socks
- 2x Bras (1x wearing on the flight)
- 1x Bikini
- 1x microfiber quick dry towel
- 1x trekking shoes / sneakers (wearing on the flight)
- 1x Flip-Flops
- 1x Ballarinas
- 1x sunglasses
- 1x wallet (I use a men’s wallet, they are smaller than women’s wallets)
- 1x Fitbit Fitness watch (wearing on the flight)
- 1x earrings (a simple fashion accessory for every day – also wearing on the flight)
- 1x belt (wearing on the flight with my jeans)
- 1x scarf (I’m always cold during the flight and the evenings)
Toiletries & Make-up
- Mascara & Eyeliner
- Makeup remover
- Shampoo/Shower Gel (2-1 Shampoo)
- Hair ties and clips
- Toothbrush + Paste
- Nail file / nail scissors (I use a manicure set, this is small and handy)
- Q tips
- Ibuprofen for pain
- Medicines for nausea and diarrhoea
- Other medicines (if needed)
- E-Book Reader + Charging Cable (or other entertainment stuff)
- Tablet (or Laptop) + Charger
- Mobile phone + charging cable
- Charging cable for fitness watch (if needed)
- Power Adapters for other countries (if needed)