Today I want to talk to you guys about packing and how it can affect your travel experience.
Packing can be painful and can take up a large chunk of your time, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be if you follow these tips 🙂
Step 1: Identify the bags that you are going to bring on your trip
If you’re into minimalist backpacking like me, you probably won’t need to waste your time reading this. But if you’re new to traveling and would like to learn a few tips and tricks, then stay tuned.
Let me rephrase the title of step one into: Identify the bag that you are going to bring on your trip. Yes you have read it right! Bring only one bag with you on your trip, preferably a backpack-sized bag. Depends on where you’re going and which airline you’re flying with, the weight limits will be different, so make sure to check with your airline carry-on policy online before you leave for the airport.
I personally travel with this bag, Ascend D3000. It’s light, has many useful features, and also is very comfortable. Since this post is geared toward packing, I won’t go too much into what’s the perfect bag for backpacking.
Once you have identified the bag that you like, make sure that it fits with the airline’s dimension/size limits before you proceed to purchase it.
Step 2: Bring only the essentials
I won’t get too much into ultra-light backpacking, travel with nothing but the clothes you’re wearing, but I’ll cover some of the basic items to bring on your trip.
What I usually bring on my trip:
- T-shirts: 7
- 1 Long sleeved shirt or a sweater
- Shorts: 1 pair
- Pants: 1 pair
- Underwear: 7
- Socks: 7
- Shoes: 2 pairs (Formal/Casual/Workout, bring a pair that you could use for more than 1 of these activity categories)
This should last you a week, and if it doesn’t then do some laundry! I’m sure you can devote 1-2 hours a week on this task, in return you’ll won’t have to carry extra unnecessary weight.
Alternate between the shorts and pants and you will have different clothing combinations.
- Shampoo/Conditioner (or buy the all in one kind)
If you really want to skip the hassle at the TSA security check points, I would just leave all the liquid items at home. You could buy these items once you arrive at your destination for cheap, utilize their version of the 99 cents store. I usually bring them with me in small travel-sized containers and put them inside a clear ziploc bag.
I know that this clothing section doesn’t really cover much on the girls side, but the same principles can be applied! If you are female and have any tips on what to pack, feel free to leave a comment 🙂
Step 3: Pack Smart
- Roll your shirts/shorts/pants instead of folding them.
- Roll your underwear and wrap a pair of socks around it.
- Wear your jacket/sweater to free up space in your bag.
Below is an example:
Pack clothing items at the bottom, and leave the ziploc bag with hygiene items inside on top. That way you’ll have quicker access to it when you’re at the TSA checkpoints. Do the same for your laptop and electronic items if you decide to bring any, keep your laptop where you can quickly take it out.
And that’s it! The basic of minimalist backpacking.
Feel free to leave me comments if you have any questions or feedback about this post.
Once again, thank you for reading my article. I wish you a safe and awesome trip!
Duy A Nguyen