10 Minimalist Packing Tips For Your Next Trip & How To Pack Better For Travel

10 Minimalist Packing Tips For Your Next Trip & How To Pack Better For Travel

– 10 tips on how to pack
better for travel right now. I’m Tom, the founder of
Pack Hacker, and we love helping people optimize
their travel experience with reviews, guides and
video content just like this. So if you’re new to the
channel, consider subscribing. I’ve even spent two years
living out of one singular 40 liter backpack, so I definitely have a lot of experience in this arena. Let’s jump into the video. [upbeat music playing] Before we get going I want
to mention that this video is sponsored by onlywhatmatters.com, an online community for
aspiring minimalists. Mac, the founder, is
all about teaching folks to live better with less stuff. He’s big on closet audits,
which enable you to declutter your wardrobe
and add more simplicity to your everyday life. Feel free to join me in the community. I’ve got a link in the description below. Let’s get into tip number one. One of the best ways to
decide what you want to take with you on a trip, and what
you want to leave at home, is to just lay everything
out in front of you – either on the table or even the floor. Maybe even your bed. With this you have a
big picture view on what you want to take with you,
what you can leave behind, and maybe what you need
a little bit more of. So when you have it all
laid out, it’s a lot easier to see all that and notice
the patterns you have going on in your selections. Pro tip – look at everything
in front of you and try to cut it in half.
Just take out one item, after item, after item and
pretty soon you’ll notice that you make it a lot more minimal. Last thing you want to do is
to have an overweight pack and be that person in the
airport rummaging through everything trying to save space – to either fit your bag in as a
carry-on, or trying to take even more things out so that
you can properly check your bag based on the airline regulation. With everything in front of
you it becomes easier to pick an organization style
that’s going to work for you. So here are a couple
that have worked for us. First – frequency of use. Something that you use
very often – say your phone. Makes sense to have that
in a quick-access pocket on your bag or luggage,
maybe even your pocket. Or, like a fanny pack or a sling. You don’t want to have
that thing, you know, in your bag in a packing
cube in another pouch. It just doesn’t make sense, so really think through your items. If there’s a jacket that’s going to be warm for the most part, the second
leg of your trip is maybe a little bit colder – put
that jacket way at the bottom of your bag, stuff it out of the way. Out of sight, out of mind. You save a lot more room for things that you want quicker access to. Secondly – you can sort by item type. It’s good to keep light
products with one another. So if you keep your socks
with your underwear, it just makes sense. You keep your long sleeve
shirt with your sweatshirt with your jacket, keep that
warm stuff compartmentalized in itself, maybe even a scarf
or some gloves in there too. That’ll help you think
through the organization if you think in themes of item types. And next – outfit packages. Consider putting items that are used in conjunction together with each other. For instance, if you’re
heading to a nicer dinner maybe there’s a separate
cube or compartment where you keep all your nicer clothing. Whereas if you’re going
to the gym, there’s a spot in your pack for all of that as well. This is kind of like
the item-based approach, however it’s different in the
fact that it’s contextual. So it’s more about the
activity that you’re going to be doing with that gear versus holding like things with one another. So again, those are three
ways that have worked for us in how to organize things,
your mileage may vary. Compartmentalize your gear. Think about storing
everything in your bag within packing cubes or pouches,
that keeps things a lot more organized overall. Even a plastic grocery bag or
a Ziploc bag can work wonders if you have it laying around your house; you don’t even have to buy anything new. This helps with the previous
tip and keeps things neat and very easy to access. We recommend strong and
lightweight packing cubes, especially if there is
compression technology. Packing cubes and pouches
come in many different sizes and allow you to cater
specific items to put inside. Grab a smaller packing cube
for socks and underwear. A larger cube for pants,
jackets, and sweaters. Or medium-size cubes to
compartmentalize complete outfits. We’ve typically found that
rolling clothing saves the most space within
a cube. And the cube can take care of the rest,
and really hold its shape and make it a lot easier to
pack and organize in your bag. It’s kind of like Tetris, it’s fun. Small pouches are also good
for organizing your tech gear, your toiletries, and any small
medicines or small things that you need to carry with
you when you’re on the road. For a quick pro tip – use
packing cubes and organizers of different colors.
This will help you create mental models in your head
so you know where things are within your pack just by remembering those couple of colors in your head. Consider multi-functional items. Take an inventory of what
you’ve packed and really look for things that can
serve multiple purposes. For instance a coat,
especially a lighter weight compressible one can
double as a pillow when you’re on the road if you’re in a pinch. Take inventory of your cables. The less you bring with you, overall, the better it’s going to be. So look for small, tiny little conversion pieces. For instance if you have a
small USBC to USBA adapter, it’s a lot better than taking
two giant cords with you. Better to pack lighter weight overall. If you’re a photographer,
consider bringing zoom lenses instead of lenses with
a fixed focal length. And that’s going to save a lot of space and add versatility,
especially if you’re trying to travel lightweight and minimally. Also, pick up a buff. It’s one of our favorite
lightweight and multi-functional items that you can bring
with you on the road. You can use it as a
scarf like I have here, you can also use it as a hat. You take this, you twist
it, you fold it over itself, and boom! You’ve got a little skull cap. Look at that. I’m not going to put it on ’cause it’s going to ruin my amazing hair. Also, you can use it as a
face mask to block the light if you want to take a
nap. So … I’m just gonna. [lullaby] And then you do not have to
have a dedicated sleeping mask. And that’s a plus – two for one. Pro tip – despite all the
paring down and minimizing, sometimes it’s good to have
some redundancy if an item or a piece of clothing is
really important to you. And that’s a very personal
choice. But if you’re in more of a remote area
and it’s for a long duration, you might want to think
about that a little bit more. If you’re in a city center
where you have easy access to things, that’s not as big of a deal. Get some Merino wool. It is the optimal clothing for travel. I personally wear it every
day. So my buff right here is wool, my shirt is
wool, my socks are wool, my underwear is wool as
well – so I definitely love it and I’ve integrated it into my everyday life even when I’m not traveling. It’s nature’s magic
fabric – soft, comfortable, and antimicrobial – which
means it doesn’t stink as much when you’re on the road. Plus, when you bring a Merino
tee instead of a couple cotton tees, you can save space
and weight in your pack and potentially avoid overages in
your baggage fees if you have to check bags or carry them
on and they weigh too much. When I was on the road for two
years I had one Merino wool button up and four Merino
wool t-shirts, four pairs of Merino wool boxers and
four pairs of Merino socks. If I was going to do this again I would probably cut that in half. With two of everything it
is simple to wear one thing and one wash another, and
leave it to dry while you’re out for the day from your
hostel, hotel, Airbnb, whatever. You can wear Merino many days
before it requires a wash, especially if it’s from a
quality brand. And from a cost per wear perspective,
if it’s from a quality brand, it can be up there as well
because Merino is a tad expensive. But it’s justifiable if
you want to carry less, wear things for longer
between washes, and seriously, we love this stuff. That’s
why we created an entire guide on Merino wool over at packhacker.com. So be sure to check that out as well. Pro tip – nobody cares if
you’re wearing the same thing day after day, especially
when you’re traveling. And even if they do notice,
it’s likely that they won’t care as long as you don’t smell
super bad. And that’s what’s great about Merino – it
stays fresh for a lot longer. Keep everything fresh. Between long flights and
unplanned adventures there’s going to be times where you’re
not going to be able to shower and you’re going to be a little
bit grimier than usual. And Merino wool will
definitely help out with that. We also like to have,
like, pack fresheners within our bags and our luggage. Although there are a ton of
recommendations out there to carry along dryer sheets,
we’ve personally found that wooden cedar chips
are the best option for us, especially if you like that scent. The smell will last longer
than the dryer sheet while you’re on the road. Also we just prefer the
scent of something natural instead of something super synthetic. Some people also like to carry
essential oils with them – lavender oil or
potpourri sashays as well – and that’s totally fine;
your mileage may vary based on the scents that you prefer. When you’re on the road
your bag and your luggage is pretty much your constant in your life. It’s basically your home, so
why not try to keep that fresh? And one pro tip with these
cedar chips – it’s a natural deterrent for bugs and
critters that like to get into your bag and chomp away
at your clothes and things like that, especially
Merino wool. So if you keep the cedar in there it can help
deter those little critters from chomping away at your stuff. Get some solid soap. So we have covered on how
to keep your bag fresh, well, how about keeping yourself fresh when you’re on the road? Shampoo bars can do wonders. They have a small form factor so they don’t take up too much space. They’re highly concentrated
and they typically last quite a long time. They are multi-use when
you’re on the road. So use it for shampoo, soaking your body, you can even use it for
washing dishes or laundry if you’re in a pinch, depending
on the soap that you choose. And the best part? They’re
a solid – which means it’s easy to get through
TSA’s liquid allowance in airports around the world. Concentrated liquid Castile
soap also works really well – say something like Dr.
Bronner’s. However, that counts against your liquid allowance.
And when you’re going through TSA, you’re getting on an airplane, some of the pressure
changes, and there’s always – even if you’re just walking around, like your neighborhood – there’s
always a chance that whatever tube or thing that
you have that liquid soap in can bust open and spill
around the contents of what’s in your luggage or your bag. Even if you’re going on a
short weekend trip we’d still recommend bringing a
shampoo bar or liquid soap along with you. It doesn’t
take up a lot of space and you’ll be glad to have
it when you need it, especially if you’re on
some unexpected delays. Pro tip – a more fragrant
shampoo bar can actually do a great job at keeping your pack fresh in addition, or in place of,
those cedar chips that we talked about in the last tip. Bring a compact bag. If you’re going one bag
traveling – either with a backpack or some luggage – it’s good
to have a smaller, packable, compressible bag you can keep
with you and use with you as you get to your destination. So whether it’s a packable
day pack, a tote bag, or a reusable grocery bag – or maybe even one of those bags that you see
at Lululemon for instance, where they give you the
super fancy bag with whatever it is you’re buying
and then you’ve got like, 50 of ’em at home and you don’t
know what to do with them? Well, just bring one on your trip and then use it as your out and about. If you’re cafe hopping and
doing the digital nomad thing, maybe you have a packable
day pack and can use it with a padded laptop sleeve
to hold your tech gear – keyboard, mouse, laptop,
things that you need at the coffee shop to work for the day. If you’re out for a hike or
exploring the city maybe bring your phone, a
battery pack for charging, a map, some snacks, and a water. It’s great to have that stuff with you, and all the essentials with
you, when you don’t have to carry around your giant
luggage or your massive one-bag travel backpack. Pro tip – we have all been
there, we want to take home some souvenirs for our
friends and our family, but our luggage is full. Well if you have a
packable pack you can just take that out, unravel it,
whatever, put your souvenirs in there and use that
as your personal item when you’re flying home,
depending on your airline. And then boom! You don’t
have to check a bag, you don’t have to ship
anything, and then you are just good to go, friends and
family will just be thrilled. They’ll love it. Plan your flight. Having all items close to you on the trip is an underrated perk. If you’re using a packing
cube and a pouch method inside of your bag, consider
making those packing cubes a sling or some type
of fanny pack instead. Slings come in many different
sizes and they’re perfect for the road because
they can hold just about the right amount of stuff you want to carry with you on a small excursion. It’s basically a fanny
pack with a larger strap that you can wear messenger style. Some examples of what
you can bring along as your essentials in flight
are the following ideas: water, drinks, and snacks.
An eye mask and earplugs to help you sleep, USB cable,
headphones, your phone, and a cord to plug into the
seat monitor in front of you for charging. A notepad
and pen for any wild ideas that come to you in the air,
plus you’ll like having that pen when it comes time to
fill out the customs forms before you arrive at your
destination if you are going to a different country
rather than your own. Get creative, you can definitely
put a lot of stuff in here. I personally like putting
everything that are in my pockets inside of the sling.
That way when I get to the airport checkpoint,
go through security, instead of emptying your
pockets, taking everything off, you just already have it in your sling. Pop that through security
and you are good to go. Strategize to save money. A little bit of planning
will help you save some cash while you’re on the road. Starting with food. Eating on the road – especially
in transit – is usually inconvenient, unhealthy, and expensive. On a plane trip you need to
wait for specific times to eat, and if it’s a short enough
flight you may not even be able to eat at all. Always good to prepare and bring some snacks along with you. For optimal packing we
recommend high calorie, high density, and low
weight non-perishable foods. You’ll get the most bang
for your buck this way, and generally the space and
weight to usage ratio is great. For example – nuts, trail
mix, and protein bars seem to do really well on the road. Next up – being prepared
with electronic cords, international converters, SIM
cards, and cables is great. Oftentimes, products sold at
airports or more generally touristy areas are overly
expensive and cheaply made. Take some time to think
through your needs on the road. Your wallet will thank you. Consider loading up your
bandwidth hungry content at home locally on your devices before
you leave for your trips – whether it’s an eBook on
your Kindle or your iPad or video content, movies,
tv shows, et cetera. Load all that up at home. In flight and at a hotel,
speeds can be quite low. In the worst case scenario
you’ll be charged for either megabytes or gigabytes of
bandwidth that you’ve used. Not to mention international
phone plans or temporary data plans with SIM cards
that have a bandwidth cap. There are a ton of different
ways to plan and save money – these are just three examples. And for a quick pro tip –
be sure to bring your own empty water bottle through
TSA security checkpoint, fill it up with water
after you get through, and that’s going to save you at
least three bucks every trip. Practice your trip. We often get asked what
the best travel backpack is or what the best travel gear
is, and we love and we’re honored to be experts in this space. However, at the end of the
day it’s all about you – your travel style, and what uniquely fits into your lifestyle. With all of this, the
best advice we can give is to practice your trip beforehand. Load everything up in your
bag a week before you leave. Take it to work with you. Only use the gear that’s inside for an entire week or two, maybe even a month. At the end of the week,
take a look back at what you used a lot, what you didn’t use. Cut things out, add things
in, iterate and test. Coming from me, a person
that’s lived out of a backpack for nearly two years, try
to cut some of the clutter out of your life, you’ll
definitely thank yourself for it. Pro tip – be mindful of what you buy. You probably don’t need
to go out and buy that shiny new thing every couple of months. Starting with what you
have and slowly upgrading with high quality items that
have high durability and last a long time, is one of the
best ways to go about things. Thanks for checking this
out, we would love to know your favorite travel tips
in the comments below. Be sure to head over
to onlywhatmatters.com and join me for advice and conversation on how to simplify not only your
packing and travel style, but simplifying other
aspects of your life as well. Thanks for taking a look at this video, we’ll see you the next one. The … you … [trills tongue] Or medium sized cubes to commentalize… [laughs] Before we get going I want to mention zzt… this video … [trills tongue]

100 thoughts on “10 Minimalist Packing Tips For Your Next Trip & How To Pack Better For Travel

  1. I’ve been putting together a list of the small things people “should” almost always have when they travel (especially long term) which I’ll share soon but one item that’s really caught my attention is Soap Nuts and I couldn’t wait to share after our washing merino wool conversation…

    Soap nuts are the dried husk of a berry that has the highest concentration of Sapanella, a compound that works like (or is) a non-lathering soap that’s been around since people started washing their clothes (or for a very long time anyway ;). It was used (very extensively) during WW2 due to soap shortages in the UK because of rationing, etc but unlike the nuts back then it came from the Sapanella plant and you needed a LOT more material to extract the same “soap” quantity. Oh and the quality of Sapanella extracted from nuts has the highest concentration of the soap compound.

    Because the nuts are dry, all natural and non-lathering as well as being the gentlest type of soap available they’re probably the perfect soap for washing Merino wool and washing while travelling in general (since there’s no liquid or powder to get everywhere or be confiscated).

    A very small bag does like 500 loads of laundry so imaging how far that would go if you’re doing small batch hand washing. Like I said I think it may be the perfect product for washing merino wool or any type of clothes on the road.

    Big list of little things to bring is coming soon as well as my full clothes packing list plus a review of Thunderbolt sportswear jeans and pants from 2 other vendors.

    Cheers. 🙂

  2. Great vid man, I really enjoyed watching it 🙂 I use the Osprey porter 46 and packing cubes but because i like photography and film making Im forced to use two bags. The porter 46 and also the lowepro flipside, The flipside holds all my camera gear including drone etc and everything i need in flight. Once in a destination i empty it as much as possible and it becomes my day bag. i also have a stow able bag that i sometimes use when going out at nights or on day drips when i dont want to take my cameras and drone. Once again…a great video, thank you for sharing

  3. I love this video. I've started to think about what I pack / carry and am trying to use 1 bag for work, rest and play. Pouches are the way forward.

  4. Excellent tips. Having packed cabin luggage only for the last 4 overseas holidays your ideas are spot on. Mix and match clothing, layering, lightweight rain jacket with hood, underwear and socks in 3s, 2 pairs shoes – runners and for good – one on plane, other in bag. 2 scarves to switch out outfits. Wash clothes at laundromat and meet the locals. Small tech bag. Small makeup bag. Digital documents/tickets on mobile phone – Apple wallet. Post home gifts. To name a few. Now I have itchy feet. Argh! 😄

  5. OMG, I use merino wool, solid shampoo/conditioner, cedar wood and few other things you mentioned during my trips. Great video!!

  6. I’m a huge fan of merino, I have several t shirts from icebreaker and ibex, but some of their t shirts are too light and airy imo. For some reason I sweat through merino very quickly compared to a cotton shirt. Do you have any brands with thicker, more substantial fabric?

  7. Some good tips. I recommend that you look at what you're doing, and why you're going. Those things that you are required to have are "Mission Critical" and take priority over anything else. If you're going to be somewhere for a few days you can buy soap when you get there.
    Put any mission critical items in ziploc bags. This protects those items from liquids not just from inside your bag but also from liquids that can get into your bag. The tip about field testing your items is absolutely right on and I couldn't stress that enough.
    Good luck out there and keep your head on a swivel.

  8. I sewed a ‘U’ shaped neck pillow out of ripstop and stuffed my nano puff jacket into it. I wear it around my neck as I board the plane.

  9. You can freeze water in your bottle and TSA will allow it to go through as ice is considered a solid 😃

  10. Love this! Question: I'm avoiding wool (various reasons, husband's allergies #1). Any other fabrics or brands that you can recommend?

  11. My best packing tip is definitely that if you're not sure you need it, leave it. Aka if you're in doubt, take it out! Not saying not to be prepared, but no need to over-prepare (which is my unfortunate tendency).

  12. My tip: track how long your consumables last on every trip, so you know how much you'll need next time. For example I know that one of those tiny 0.85 oz tubes of toothpaste lasts me at least a week with twice daily brushing, a full bar of soap lasts for about 50 showers, 3 oz of conditioner is more than enough for me for three weeks, etc. The more data you collect, the less likely you are to over-pack and carry around extra stuff (or underpack and have to buy cheap replacements along the way).

  13. Pro tip. Wear sweatpants/tracksuits, shorts with elastic strap or joggers to avoid checking in your belt at the tsa. Saves a lot of time..

  14. Really great tips! Very cool to see you walk by Traffic Jam at 11:35 haha. We live down there and family friends own that restaurant!

  15. Wow! So many great tips! I really liked the "Practice your trip" one, drilling and rehearsing a situation to see what you'll need most and what you need least is a golden tip! Thank you so much for this wonderful video!

  16. My biggest travel hang-up right now is how to best travel with medications and vitamins. I think the most space saving, wallet friendly solution is throwing them in a baggy. I'm concerned about going through TSA with a shady looking baggy of pills. Should I be concerned? Anyone have a hack for this? I feel like pill compartments are often too bulky or don't offer enough room. I've seen posh little round pill containers with 3 small divided compartments. It's nice and discreet…but it's not going to hold what I need.

  17. Hey Tom – I'm just heading off on a 5/6 day trip from home. 3 days away via plane, then back for 3 days away back in the UK. I was trying to figure out how to pack and keep it minimal.

    Just this morning I came up with an idea to pack two sets 1 for the away trip and 1 for the second back in the UK. And decided to leave the UK stuff in my car at the airport in packing cubes – As if by magic I am now packing even lighter! And swap used and unnecessary clothes when I return to the UK.

  18. Great video! I love it when people discuss packing and travelling gear!! I went on a 3 month trip to Argentina for volunteer work back in 2013, it was my first overseas travel, so I purchased a backpack that was overpriced and overkill. The pack was $150.00 at a big chain outdoor store (which was a lot for me as a broke traveler, yet I got carried away), it was bright blue and super flashy yet a great pack-Patagonia Black Hole 35L. In Cordoba, Argentina I was commuting on bus and I realized that it was drawing too much attention, especially in the neighborhood streets, and especially one night I got lost on the wrong bus home, bahahah. When I returned a year later to stay there for 2 years, I took a more simpler looking pack instead that I found at a thrift store in California. I actually never found thrift stores in Argentina- cultural differences! If I ever wanted to upgrade travel gear I would just ask a favor from people I knew were coming to my destination and they would bring me my things in their luggage.
    Any trips around Argentina or to neighboring countries I would travel carry-on only with the least possible clothes rolled up in either a packing cube or a compression sack. I would include a travel towel, flips flops, documents, etc :)))

    I would suggest that if you're on a budget, do not be afraid to look around for travel gear in thrift stores! You can save up money that eventually can be used in your travels. Once you are travelling out and about, really no one cares what gear you have, only you because the gear you have will make your packing easier, convenient, and comfortable. p.s. and in my experience, invest in good socks and underwear! Your feet and nether-regions will thank you while traveling! And try travelling carry-on only if you can- it's a neat experience! ahhhhh too many tips to mention and I overspoke!!! I hope this can help someone out there :))))

  19. Simply placing a small strip of plastic wrap over the opening and then screwing on the top completely prevents spills. Placing that in a ziploc is the second extra step. No weight involved with this solution! Those bars aren't great shampoo for us ladies :))

  20. Please be careful if your traveling by plane and taking nuts (especially peanuts). If you can, ask people around you if they are ok with you eating nuts. People have allergies, and it is kind and respectful to ask first. You could save a life.

  21. Bringing a single zoom lens instead of multiple fixed focal length lenses seems like a good recommendation, but there's some things you are giving up in return, such as speed (maximum aperture) and overall image quality. A single fixed focal lens will be even lighter than a zoom lens, so here's my suggestion: bring just a single fixed focal length lens that your are comfortable with and work with what you've got. I strongly believe that a 35mm lens (full frame equivalent) such as the Fujifilm X100 is the perfect travel lens for 95% of the people out there.

  22. I just take a trunk. All 5 * hotels will pick it up from the airport and have it in your room before you've returned from the welcome drinks.

  23. Just a heads up, you can’t bring any wood or woode or seed items into Australia. They’ll be confiscated

  24. Love the advice at the very end. We're prepping for a 1 year trip where we will be living out of our packs.
    We are currently "practicing" our trip and just using the gear we would have on our trip (for the most part). Great advice.

  25. Great tips. Love the practice before you travel. Been traveling for nine years in our RV. Great tips are always appreciated.
    I use solar and rechargeable batteries that are solar charged. I have usb chargeable flashlight on my key chain, love it and use it all the time. I’ll have to do a review on it, it’s too cool.

  26. yes but I don't think a computer would be nice to handle on this cheap and light bag , its not confortable and quite dangerous for the back if we have our computer everyday? so we need a good daily bag pack but packable. does that exists?

  27. Great packing video! Would love to see links to the things that you mentioned in the video (ex. the reusable ziplock bag)! 🙂

  28. This really helps me. I always overpack or severely under pack. I never have the right amount. I’m going away on a vacation for over a week. Souvenirs always fill up the car, so my mom said I’m on packing lockdown. The car needs extra room for when we buy treats in the week. I needed this video.

  29. Rolling clothes sucks. People think WRONGLY that it make clothes less bulky. Not true and total bullshit. Take a bunch of rolled clothes and put them in a laundry basket. Then take those same clothes out and fold them one time over, and lay flat. You will quickly see that you have more room in the laundry basket than before. Especially with jeans and bulky jackets/sweaters. Plus rolling gives roll wrinkles are far worse than one single crease. Because you are folding AND rolling. You can use large tissue paper when folding clothes that eliminates all wrinkles.

  30. couple of weeks before deadline I take out my white board and start making a list. Then 3 days before I throw every item on a couch. I found out that having something you might probably use is better than trying to find it in another country.
    The zoom lens is not an option for a photographer. What's the point of having expensive glass if it's just laying around at home. I usually take 2-3 primes of wider angle and 70-200. Depending on an images I'm considering.
    got in my backpack all important and valuable stuff. and a reasonably sized case with wheels where I squish all that can go into luggage. Little hustle riding it around from until you get to the hotel, on plus side you don't carry ALL your stuff on your shoulders, and have more luggage space so you have more stuff or can bring home specific stuff you wanna buy at the destination.

  31. If you have an old backpack that the main bag has given out on, you can cut the small pockets off and they become packing cubes.

  32. I really like the packable bag tip! I would love to get the blu-ish green one that the girl was using in the video. Where did you get it?

  33. do not agree with bringing adapators instead of multiple cables. if you need multiple devices working the last thing you want on a tight schedule is to be finding long periods where you're charging different devices at different times rather than in synchro

  34. 1. Lay everything out 1:00 – frequency of use, outfit packages, etc.
    2. Compartmentalize 3:20 – packing cubes, Ziploc bags, etc. Use cubes of different colors for organization.
    3. Multifunctional items 4:33 – Look for things that can serve multiple purposes.

    4. Merino Wool 6:16 – Optimal clothing for travel. PRO TIP: it's ok to wear the same piece of clothing multiple times, as long as you don't smell.
    5. Keep Fresh 7:56 – pack fresheners. Ex: Wooden cedar chips. They also keep bugs away from your stuff as well.
    6. Soap 9:10 – Ex: Lush Shampoo Bar, Dr. Bronner's. Note that liquid soaps will count towards your liquid allowance at the airport.

    7. Bring a compact bag 10:31 – A smaller bag for day trips so you don't have to take your large bag everywhere.
    8. Plan flight 12:03 – Have what you'll need for your flight readily available
    9. Strategize to save 13:09 – Prepare snacks and water before a trip. it's healthier and cheaper.
    10. Practice your trip 14:54 – Prepare your pack well before your trip, and work out from your pack if possible. Probably the best tip from this list.

  35. My best tip (from experience, for trips under a couple of weeks) if you don't want to do the whole month thing, do at least this. Pack your bag 3 days in advance … why, because how often do you get to your destination and think 'crap i should have' … so i noticed that the first time i pack i pack what i know i need, once all of that is out of my head (basically) apparently the brain starts to make room for a lot of other considerations. Packing 3 days before hand gives you some time to give your subconscious brain some time to go through less then straight forward situations, it knows you got the essentials and you could thus leave in ease, 'but', well now you have time to add 'that thing'. And normally these are just a few things, like for example that extra foldup bag, that will make your trip a much better experience, mainly because you won't be frustrated you forgot, but happy you gave yourself some time to think of it 😉

  36. How did you go travelling with a backpack and pick pockets? Any tips so I can avoid that happening?

    My trip tip is good shoes, dress like the locals,don't draw unnecessary attention to yourself. And remember to be respectful of the country your visiting culture.

  37. Ive heard that fanny packs does not go against your personal item use. So you could potentially take a fanny pack, backpack, carry on luggage. If anyone could confirm this, thank you.

  38. A good, ORGANIZED wallet!! I live in Sweden – my daily carry is my bus pass, debit card, and ID. I genuinely can't remember the last time I carried cash, and you're more likely to find card only places than cash only here.

    It got damn confusing for me when I landed in Germany and a lot of places were cash (or German card) only. The euro has EIGHT different coins, compared to the Swedish krona's three, so a small wallet or coin purse with more compartments to sort the coins in made life much easier when paying for stuff. I ended up finding a quite small leather thing with one zipper, but divided in three larger and two smaller compartments + two keyrings (one of which I clipped to a loop in my crossbody day pack so I wouldn't accidentally leave it somewhere).

    The two smaller compartments weren't very useful tbh, but just splitting the coins in three categories helped me a lot. Now if I could just find something more or less identical but with a space for bills and maybe an exterior pocket for metro passes, I'd be happy!

  39. Great video! Thanks for the tips! I also love bamboo clothes for hot weather. They are awesome! And havaianas! You only need shoes for hiking in addition to those. 😊

  40. I always bring a sarong, which can be used on the beach, both as a cover-up and as a place to lie down/sit on, as a blanket, or even as a scarf if it gets cold.

    I also love these laundry soap sheets, can use them in a washer or also just pick off little pieces for hand washing clothing.

    Lucky FiJi LG Laundry Detergent Sheets Power Sheet, More Efficient and Convenient Than Liquid, Pods, or Pacs – Travel & Eco Friendly – Portable Individual Packages – 30 Loads https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N32J44Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_fZ.oDb2GCY8XR

    Also love using spacesaver bags that don’t require a vacuum, just roll and go.

  41. this is why being in the EU is awesome – we can go to any country in Europe and use our phone sim and data as if we were still at home

  42. For shoes, read up on zero drop shoes and their benefits, I found Lems (Primal 2) fit the bill as close to the perfect travel shoe. My Lems pack small, super comfortable and multipurpose. Another tip, always get your shoes in black, which goes with everything. In addition to my Lems ,I always pack a pair of sandals (xero Z-trail) which packs small and light also good for shower shoes as well.

  43. This is by far the best travel tip video I have watched on YouTube. You know what you're talking about, unlike many people trying to pass off their videos as packing light videos. One guy was packing a big electric toothbrush and full size electric hair clippers (trimmers) as his razor….OMG! Merino wool is the way to go and traveling isn't about being a fashion show….just as you say. 2 years with a 40 liter backpack gets my respect. Good job!

  44. Good video. I don't recommend one of those light weight packable day packs. They are too flimsy for any serious use. I had 2 of them rip apart at the seams in Colorado, the replacement bag once spilling out the entire contents while crossing a road, so I bought a high quality Osprey DayLite and never had a problem.

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