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…
PLAN OUT YOUR STAY
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.
PUT TOGETHER OUTFITS
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.
IF YOU CAN LEAVE IT AT HOME, DO IT
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.
THE PERFECT MINIMALIST PACKING LIST:
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.
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