Minimalist Packing: How to travel with less

I’ve been living a rather minimalistic lifestyle for last 2 or so years and am enjoying it so much. As opposed to many people I know, owning less stuff makes me so much happier.

Starting a journey towards minimalism has helped me to find out what is most important to me, what adds value to my life and makes me happy and content.

And I’m regularly getting rid of things that don’t. Because we are surrounded by clutter in our everyday lives and it’s just impossible to declutter it all in one day and be done with it.

This, of course, comes down to your individual perception of what ‘clutter’ is. For me, clutter is anything and everything that doesn’t add value to my life or doesn’t make me happy – so I don’t limit it to material items only. You can have clutter everywhere; from your closet to kitchen to to-do list to relationships.


When it comes to traveling, I have the same minimalist mindset – traveling with as less stuff as possible. Minimalist travel is not really about owning less but the mentality of realizing the difference between wanting things and needing things. I have to be honest, sometimes for us – girls, it’s really tough – especially if we’re going on a beach holiday. But it’s do-able, trust me.

Carrying less stuff not only lightens the weight of the travel bag but also your inner conscious – as you know that you have everything you need, nothing more, nothing less.

I can’t remember the last time I’ve checked-in a suitcase. I travel with either a backpack or a hand-luggage.

My packing list is very basic and so is my personal style. I love simple shapes, colours, and cuts. I don’t spend money on well-known expensive brands, just because they are expensive. I much rather buy the things that last, look good on me, are durable and practical.

Obviously, everyone’s style is different – and my style may not be the same as yours, but it doesn’t mean you can’t pick up a thing or 2 from this post. Hopefully, below list will give you an overall idea of what you might need on the journey (or a long weekend in below example).


Most important things:

  • Cash and/or bank cards
  • Passport
  • Travel insurance


  • A good backpack or suitcase
  • Packing Cubes
  • A reusable water bottle
  • A foldable day bag/tote

Clothing essentials:

  • 2x basic t-shirt or shirt
  • 1x sleeveless tank top
  • 1x long sleeve shirt
  • 1x gym leggings
  • 1x warm trousers (jeans, etc.)
  • 1x compressible jacket or hoodie
  • 3 pair of underwear
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1x gym bra
  • 1x normal bra
  • Optional: your favorite accessories


  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pair of comfortable trainers
  • 1 pair of nice shoes (could be anything – boots, flats etc.)

Toiletry essentials:

  • A toiletry bag
  • Facial wash
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Travel size razor
  • Travel size perfume of your choice

Makeup (optional):

  • Concealer
  • Mascara
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Eye shadows
  • Your favourite lipstick


  • iPhone (or any smartphone!) + charger
  • Laptop + charger
  • Travel adaptor
  • Power bank
  • Camera (GoPro)+ charger

Medical kit:

  • Pain killer
  • Band-aids
  • Disinfection wipes/alcohol
  • Vitamin C tablets
  • Probiotics


  • Portable speaker


I hope you have found my minimalist packing list useful.

Over to you: do you travel minimally, or pack a lot of stuff?