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Minimalist Travel Guide To Packing Light

In the past, whenever I would go on a week long or even a weekend getaway, I thought I had to pack my entire life away. To say I was an over packer is quite accurate. With the help of minimalism & living with less, I’ve managed to learn how to bring as little as possible. I posted on my Instagram stories of my small Hershel backpack & stated I fit everything I could need for a weekend getaway to the beach. I received a lot of questions & requests to let you all in on some of my tips & tricks on packing lighter. So let’s get into it…


First & foremost, I love to make an itinerary of some sorts whenever I am preparing for any type of vacation or getaway. I figure out how long I’m staying, what the weather will be like & whether we are driving or flying there. All of these factors determine how I pack. For a beach weekend for instance, we are lucky enough to have a family beach house that has a lot of amenities already there. This in itself cuts down on the amount of items we bring. But in general, mapping out a game plan such as this helps you organize what you need & what you can leave behind.


I love to plan out the types of outfits I can possibly wear ahead of time. I’ve learned from capsule wardrobes that you can create a number of outfits with fewer clothing pieces. Embrace being an outfit repeater & cut down the amount of items you will be bringing. Over the years, I’ve learned when I packed more than I needed, I would usually never even touch half of what I brought. Being realistic with yourself is the mindset you need when wanting to be a light packer. Not to mention you’ll cut down on the amount of laundry you’ll be doing when you return.


Get rid of that what if mindset & leave those just in case items at home. Really ask yourself, “will this item benefit me or is it pointless?” If you really end up needing something, you can always purchase it when you get to your destination. But the best way to be is to make do with what you have. For example, when it comes to makeup, I don’t always bring every product. I sometimes bring an item for multiple uses instead. Bronzer for instance can be used as eyeshadow as well. Find ways to condense the amount of items by finding multiple ways to use it.


As a reference, I wanted to share with you what I would deem as an ideal minimalist packing list. I hope this gives you some insight & inspiration on your next adventure. Whether you are traveling for a week or a month, this list shall be your guideline.

Where would you like to travel to next?


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34 thoughts on “Minimalist Travel Guide To Packing Light”

  1. Travelling light is the best way to go! No one likes digging through their luggage to find something when it’s stuffed as full as it can be. Then you have to dump out all the clothes to finally find it. I’ve had to do that too many times.

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  2. It’s a helpful post Katie! Traveling with a bunch of luggage sucks sometimes, the way you’ve described the significance of each factor are very much practical to relate. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

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  3. I can so relate to this! I used to be a HUGE overpacker! Like out of control! Fast forward to now (after embracing minimalism) and wow, what a change. I find it almost a challenge to see what is the least I can pack…lol I find packing less actually causes less stress! Great post and great packing list!!! Thanks for posting! 🙂

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  4. In my twenties, I traveled around Europe for three weeks with a tiny school backpack. Now that I’m older, unfortunately I need to bring a bag of medications along. However, I can still manage the rest of your list. Another trick is buying the lightest pants possible and rolling up your clothes like Marie Kondo. It is an artform for sure.

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  5. Love this. I have learned from years of business travel to pack light. Unless I’m going to be away for a week or more, I travel with just a carry-on. I remember hearing years ago that you should decide what you want to pack, and then put half of it back and you’ll have what you need. Very wise advice!

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  6. To answer your question: definitely Cuba 🙂 Travelling light is something I aspire to but don’t always manage, so I’m grateful for these tips. My only consolation is that my husband packs way more clothes than I do 🙂

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  7. I love your traveling checklist so much! I personally have one which is even more minimal but I realize not everybody I know would be willing to do that. I’ll be using your checklist from now on. Thank you 😘😘

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  8. This is such a great starting point to build our own travel list! I agree that packing light is the way to go – especially when you’re having to travel on trains! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. This is wonderful and what an AWESOME list you’ve provided. I’m always someone who starts out with every intention of packing light and somehow by the end that’s a distant memory -haha. I love this post and I’ll use these tips next time I pack! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Great tips! Packing lighter is something I’ve been working on over the past few summers and so far it’s been working well. I try not to pack for too many what-if situations, and just keep it to essentials. Planning out outfits beforehand is another great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I cannot wait to be able to travel again and this is such a useful guide for when that time comes. Packing light makes everything easier. Your list at the end is really helpful. The bit about how to pack clothes is particularly necessary for me because even though I am a proud outfit repeater at home, I tend to bring too many outfits when I go away somewhere so I can have pictures in different ones. That is a habit I will work on breaking. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I’m glad it’s going to be helpful to you! I’m the same way, I can’t wait to travel again! Plus, im guilty of bringing so many clothing options because when I’m on vacation my alter ego comes out 😂


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