How to Pack Like a Minimalist
Over the years I’ve changed how I’ve packed for trips and in result, it has changed the way I travel. I use to be that girl that would travel with a carry on and two suitcases for a four-day trip, not using half of the items I brought. At first, I hadn’t seen a problem with this, maybe you don’t see a problem with this either, but the more I thought and researched the more I came to understand that traveling light was the way to go. It got rid of issues like extra luggage charges, lost luggage and overall it allowed me to travel from location to location much faster.
If you’re looking to change the way you travel for the better, take a look at how I'm able to do it.
Start with a carry on
I am now a firm believer in needing nothing more than a backpack or at most a carry-on suitcase. There are a few things I consider when picking a piece; it needs to have several pockets for organization, needs to be extremely lightweight and durable, fashionable wouldn’t hurt anyone either.
Only pack what you need
In order for me to succeed in packing for a 2 week trip in a backpack, I need to narrow down which items and pieces of clothing ill actually need to bring. I prioritize products that are sent to me in press or as part of a paid gig as I am usually getting paid to create content for brands. I leave things like shampoo, soap, lotions and shower caps at home because most, if not all hotels carry these types of products. I usually will bring more tops than bottoms because let’s face it the majority of my pants are black anyways.
Use the roll method
Sometimes no matter how much I try I ended up needing to bring a bit more than I wanted to when this is the case I use the roll method to tightly roll clothing and compress them into my luggage. I haven’t folded when packing in years. I’ve linked two videos below on my two go-to methods for rolling clothes.
Don’t be afraid to do laundry
Hotels are also known for having laundry rooms. Sometimes I’ll pack half the amount of the clothing that I’ll actually need and just wash them when needed (depending on the trip). If I decide to do laundry while on my trip I always pack powdered laundry soap and double bag it to prevent powder from getting all over garments.
Hope this will help anyone struggling with packing light. I hope to eventually get down to only carrying around a small backpack or purse but with all my equipment that might not be possible.