Minimalistic packing

Tomorrow, I’m traveling as far away from my home as possible.

I’m traveling 18.000 km and 11 timezones away, to New Zealand. And I am doing this with nothing more than my 38 l backpack that I use as hand luggage. I have noticed that people often are surprised of how little I bring when I travel.  But I like to keep it simple and minimalistic. Nowadays, most people(me included) have too much stuff. And even though I am only gone for 5 weeks, I would bring the same bag with the same things if I where to travel for an indefinite time.

I even feel like I am bringing more than I need right now.

 

Why?

First of all, it is so convenient. I don’t have to worry about my luggage getting lost on the way, and when the plane lands, I can just take my backpack and walk away and not have to wait for my bag to come.

Another reason is that I want to live a more simple life, and not buy and own more stuff than what I actually need. I don’t like how we are taught that we always need more stuff, or change in perfectly working stuff for a newer model just to have the latest of everything.

But the biggest reason is way more simple than that. I don’t want to carry around a large and heavy backpack everywhere. And I don’t need more than what I will bring.

 

What is in my bag?

Backpack

2

Lundhags 38 liter

 

Clothes

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  • Rain/wind resistant jacket
  • Hoodie
  • Cardigan
  • Jeans
  • 2 pair of shorts
  • Jogging tights
  • 1 dress
  • 1 blouse
  • 3 short t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeved t-shirts
  • scarf
  • bikini
  • underwear

 

Shoes

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  • nikes
  • sandals

Toiletries

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  • I.d. foundation
  • brush
  • mascara
  • eyeliner
  • eyelash curler
  • tampons
  • makeup remover pads
  • foldable hairbrush with mirror
  • pocket laundry wash(50 pieces)
  • earplugs
  • solid shampoo
  • floss
  • toothbrush
  • chafe plaster
  • contact lenses
  • anti-bacterial gel
  • toothpaste
  • conditioner
  • face cream
  • birth-control pills(not on picture)

Electronics

2

  • charger for camera battery
  • charger for iphone 4
  • charger for laptop
  • camera cabel
  • compact system camera, NEX F3, 18-55 mm lens
  • macbook Air 11″
  • iphone 5(taking the photo)
  • headphones(not in picture)
  • case for laptop(not in picture)

Documents

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  • important documents, tickets etc.
  • passport
  • wallet
  • notebook
  • pens

Gear

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  • sunglasses
  • reading glasses
  • energy bars
  • blindfold
  • neck pillow
  • padlock
  • fluid replacement(to avoid hangovers)
  • travel towel
  • foldable lightweight backpack(holds 20 liters and folds into a small red ball)
  • silk travel sheets

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  • bags of different colors to organize

 

 

 

Author

Swedish female solo traveler. Been to 6 continents and 65+ countries. Nature, hiking, adrenaline, responsible travel and minimalistic packing.

14 Comments

  1. Hello! I am planning to travel alone this summer. Can you give me any tips? I have traveled a lot before, but only in a minimum 2 person setting. Before, I could afford to take the tent and sleep on the beach or in camping sites or, if we were in the middle of nowhere, there. The thing is, as I enjoyed it a lot, doing it alone raises me questions… How do you deal with accommodation? Couchsurfing, hostels?

  2. Hello Ana
    Exciting! I love sleeping in tents too, but I have not tried doing it alone. I would not have trouble doing it on locations where others are camping too, but I’m not sure I would be brave enough to do it everywhere.

    Yes, I couchsurf or stay at hostels when I travel. It’s about 50/50.
    Sometimes I stay at hotels, but that is a luxury I sure could give up easily.

    Where do you plan to travel this summer? In some places, the accommodation of hostels or bungalows are extremely cheap.

    You can use couchsurfing not only for accommodation, but to go to events or find people to meet up with. this is great, if you get lonely at times, like me 🙂

    Anything else you’re wondering about?

    Happy and safe travels!

  3. Hi Evelina, hannah here from nomaderhowfar (our little travel blog). This post is inspiring, definitely makes me feel like I could travel smaller than my 70-litre pack! We are off to travel Oz for two years so i wanted to go larger to take more stuff and leave room for extras we accumulate but i’d certainly be up for trying for something smaller along the way 🙂

  4. Jess Hunt

    Can I ask please how much did this weigh?

  5. jens wirichs

    love traveling , couchsurfing , having a couchsurfer here in two days … when the ski season is over i hope i will be able to go travel again … do you know nomads ?

  6. To cut down on tampons try a menstrual cup, they’re honestly the best thing! I use a mooncup (mooncup.co.uk) but I’ve heard of others, like the Divacup. They take up less space, are more comfortable than pads/tampons and better for the environment. Safe travels to NZ 🙂 x

  7. Hi Rhiannon!
    I plan to change to the cup, but I want to try it at home first and didn’t have time to do it before the trip.
    Thank you 🙂

  8. Hi Jess! This ended up being around 8-9 kgs.. Will probably dropp some things off along the way and get a smaller and lighter packpack for future travels .

  9. Hi Hannah! Thank you 🙂
    Well, we all travel differently, and what and how much we bring obviously differs depending on different destinations or types of travels. Have an awesome time in Oz!

  10. Hi travellers!

    As a girl living in Oz I can tell you that if you are coming here to holiday for a week or a year you dont need to bring much at all! If you are coming in summer all you will need is a bikini! Most important items to bring are your travel docs and camera then bring everything else when you get here! Our op shops (charity shops) often have some pretty amazing finds and then you could donate your clothes back to help someone in need before you leave.

  11. I agree Emma! I’m always trying to downsize my packings. People usually live where you’re going, so all you need is there!
    I really like your idea about the charity shops!! Haven’t thought about that one before 🙂

  12. Hej!
    Tänkte för första gången på min 3e långresa jorden runt resa bara med handbagage. Tack för inspirationen jag fått på din blogg 🙂 Får se hur det går.

    Kramar
    Josefine

  13. I realised when I traveled to San Francisco and Northern California this summer for 3 weeks – that I had brought way too much stuff, even though my bag was only 11 kgs (with gifts included). I ended up using only half of my stuff since I had to possibility to do my laundry 🙂 I guess the problem is if you wanna do some shopping abroad – how do you deal with that?

  14. I’m a very anti-materialistic person, so I don’t really like buying stuff. And if I buy new clothes on the trip, I usually give something old away 🙂

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