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. 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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