It is almost impossible to become a minimalist traveler, especially if you’re a woman who can’t depart from your so-called travel essentials. But really, there is a way for you to pack smartly and travel lightly, and when you do just that, you would be a happy and stress-free traveler.
Rule #1: Bring One Backpack
Whether you are traveling for a weekend, a month or a few years on row, it’s not impossible to bring just one hand luggage. A lot of digital nomads and freelance travelers do this, so why can’t you?
First, choose a pack that you can carry and can contain essential-only travel gear. How many times have you been stuck at the luggage counter or have a hard time getting around mainly because you have too many stuff and too many giant luggage? Ease your travel movements by bringing just one luggage that you can carry around effortlessly.
Second, the pack should be compact and hardwearing. It should last despite all the bumps, weight and the scratches because it contains literally everything you need for your trip. A durable pack is always a great investment for modern-day nomads.
Rule #2: Choose Compact, Multipurpose and Light Stuff
Modern-day travelers can’t live without their gadgets, especially laptops that wire them to their freelance jobs. So it’s important to bring lightweight and compact gadgets that help you move around and do your work while you travel.
About clothes, bring only what you need, and choose pieces that you can mix and match. Three tops, two bottoms, a pair of walking sandals or fabric ballet flats, and scarf are already enough for a short holiday.
Rule #3: Pack Appropriate for Weather and Activity
Understand the characteristics of your destination. Focus your trip to activities and places where you can compose unified luggage. Plan your itinerary beforehand to know what you need to bring and what you don’t. While you might pack a bit for emergencies, these extras should not take up so much space in your luggage than they should. Again, everything you need can and should fit inside a hand carry luggage if you want to pack smartly and travel lightly.
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