Traveling has become a constant in my recent years. Nothing to complain here. I’m pretty blessed to have the opportunity to travel to so many amazing places but I like to keep things simple when on the go. Simplifying my traveling routine has helped so much in keeping things easy and flowing at times when we are at our busiest time.
No matter if you are traveling to hot or cold climates. Maintaining a simple list and a very clear and minimalist mindset helps to travel better while treading a light lighter in our planet.
It’s no secret that I always keep my travel kit with me and if you haven’t checked that post yet, now it’s a good time.
This time though I want to talk about something I’ve been interested in quite a while: a capsule wardrobe. A travel one for that matter.
Based on a major minimalist journey since we traveled the world with a 11kg bag for 9 months (that’s pretty minimalist for me at least) I’ve been perfecting it each time. And although I definitely won’t be traveling for such a long time anymore, I really appreciated the experience of living off a backpack and having everything we needed on hand.
When we travel anywhere now, we try to keep things to a minimum and use our creativity but also planning to minimise weight, worry and waste.
My Travel Capsule Wardrobe
Traveling for the first time to a really cold climate, I was a little worried I would forget things or under pack. This time my partner and I shared a 20kg bag + our laptop bags each. In that I managed to pack all my toiletries, clothes, shoes, underwear, accessories, computer, cameras, zero waste kit [link] and even a work book for emergencies (oh the joys).
Here’s my Travel Capsule:
- 1 pair of jeans
- 2 pair of leggings
- 2 sets of worm skins (pants and tops)
- 2 tops
- 2 hoodies
- 1 wind/waterproof shell
- 3 cardigans
- Gloves and beanies
- Snow jacket
- Trekking boots
- 1 scarf
- Soap bar
- Homemade deodorant
- Make up
- Lip balm (essential in the cold weather)
- Safety razor (blades separately on dispatched luggage)
- Face serum
- Bamboo toothbrush
- Bamboo brush
- Essential oils (for perfume, relaxation, nausea…)
- Wallet (credit cards, ID, medicare…)
- Mobile + charger
- Computer + charger (totally optional, kinda essential for me)
- Journal (for work and personal annotations)
- Mirrorless camera (smaller and lighter, perfect for travelling)
- Zero Waste Kit
Phew! It seems like a long list but I honestly feel like everyone will find their own sweet spot. We are happy with a shared 20kg bag and 1 carry on with all essentials. For me, having a super light bag and not being able to work when I need would be useless. So for me, this is minimalism. Having what I need with mobility and convenience.
Do you pack more or less when traveling? What does minimalism looks like to you when traveling?
Peace & Love,