So, you’re traveling abroad or domestically to multiple places and you don’t want to have to check your bag everywhere you go and pay that extra fee. So what do you do? Pack like a minimalist.

There will always be people that run into that issue of “but I HAVE to bring this outfit AND that one, plus those other 5 shoes…” (you know who you are).

My suggestion? Minimalism.

Easier said than done, to be a minimalist packer, you first have to become comfortable with simplicity and separate the “want” from the “need” in your life and travels.



Here are a few tips of minimalist travel and packing:

1. If you’re hesitating, don’t pack it

It is very rare that you will get to your destination and say “I wish I would have brought more clothes!” 

Open your suitcase and pack your absolute essentials first, and of course, try to avoid stuffing too much into your bag. Once you’ve packed your essentials — and I’m talking shoes (preferably one pair, while you wear the other en route), underwear, one or two shirts, a pair of pants, a few socks, toiletries with TSA-approved small-sized containers, and some other specific items.

Just think about it, if you do end up needing something, you can almost certainly buy it on the road, and depending on where you go, even cheaper than what you could buy it for at home.

2. Invest in quality items

Ever run into the issue of wanting to “save money” so you guy the cheaper version of something, only to have it break/rip a few weeks later?

Being frugal doesn’t just mean saving money—it means spending your money wisely. That also means some things may be cheap now, but actually cost you more in the long run, while other times it makes sense to spend more now for a better, longer-lasting experience.

Make note of the things you truly need and invest in buying the high-quality version instead, and stop running into the issue of your things breaking/ripping. It will save you money in the long run!

3. Multi-purpose everything

Reduce clutter and free up space with by multi-purposing certain items. Did you know that there are shampoo’s that can also be a bodywash? It does, and you can get it.

Also, pick neutral colors and styles. When every bottom pairs with every top, it means you can create different outfits out of the minimum number of clothing items. Ideally, you should be equally comfortable wearing it all in a bar, at an airport, or going on a hike in the mountains.


Saving space for packing is a never-ending travel goal. Whether it’s a business trip, week-long excursion or long-term travel, minimizing clothing, toiletries, and gadgets. Learning to pack like a minimalist is a science. But you can do it!

What are some tips you follow while packing?

Renata Sandor

Renata Sandor is a Marketing Specialist and has a Masters degree in PR and Advertising from DePaul University. She has a passion for traveling around the world and trying new things.

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