Travelling as a Minimalist Pt. 2

Now that we know the basics of how to travel light and comfortably, let’s looks at why you should choose to wear the same clothes and save your back from “heavy carryon syndrome”. Avoid lower back problems and the paradox plenty with this list below:

Save yourself from frustration

Land, get off the plan and go. There is no waiting around for your checked bag to come around the turnstile, it’s just you your backpack and your destination to explore. By not having a checked bag, you also dodge the possibility that your airline may lose your precious clothing. Headache saver.

Cheaper flight costs

For the cheaper airlines, they charge extra to check a bag or bring a carry on that is too big. Save your wallet some stress by learning to pack light and live off of little so you can take the cheapest flight available!


There is no accommodating a large bag or suitcase when you’re a minimalist on the go. Let’s say you want to go from the airport to a restaurant to meet friends. Cannot happen with a large bag, but if you have a simple backpack, it saves you the hassle of having to account for large items.

Avoid looking the part of a tourist

In New York, we can spot tourist by their open mouths and heads tilted upwards, but also from their enormous bags that are being dragged around. Chances are you will not look the part of a tourist when you travel with a smaller bag. This can then lead to less risk of being taken advantage of by schemers and pick-pockets.

You do not need so much

Cyril Northcote Parkinson stated that work expands to fill the time that it allocated towards it. The same goes for luggage space. If you have a huge bag, you’re going to fill it up because, why not? Be realistic about what you need and how you can pack it. It makes everything easier.

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Travel Light as a Minimalist

The minimalist movement has found its way across our society, but where did it start? Travel, that’s where. We have been in the airport dragging a suitcase the size of a 50 inch box TV, struggling to wrestle it into a cab and manage all of our stuff inside. It can be daunting and inconvenient, but never fear there is a better way to travel and pack. If you are familiar with Notorious BIG then you are aware of his proclamation that if you have “Mo money” you have “Mo problems”. This same rule applies to Mo luggage, mo problems. Here is how to minimize what you travel with and live a more minimalist lifestyle on the go.

The root of minimalism is efficiency, so we need to break down a traveler’s basic needs.images-1 Here is one of the basic tools at our disposal, wool. The itchy sweater that your grandma knitted you in the third grade may have upset you then, but if it was a few sizes bigger now you would put it to great use around the world. Wool doesn’t smell bad, it is stink resistant and when you are wearing the same clothing day after day that can save you some offensive odor. It is also great at regulating body temperature by being equally breathable and insulating. Adding to its already impressive attributes, wool also dries very fast in case you are caught in a rainstorm, and an added bonus is you will always look your best because it does not wrinkle!

Moving from outerwear to underwear, stick to the wool train. They dry quickly and are incredibly comfortable for being made from wool. If you easily chaffe, pick up the boxer version to reduce friction.

For entertainment, instead of carrying a huge book around in your bag taking up space, invest in an eReader like Kindle. Not only will you save space, you will save money on each book you buy! They reduce the price because they are not printing paper and killing trees (added bonus!)

Tune in for the next installment of travelling as a minimalist!

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