Packing light or packing like a “minimalist” seems almost counterintuitive to taking an exciting or luxurious excursion. What if you arrive at your destination and you realize there aren’t hiking trails but there is an awesome mountain creek with what seems like miles of creek bed to explore? You need your hiking boots. You need your 2-in-1 Gore-Tex pants. You need your mosquito repellent. Better yet, what if you arrive at your site and discover it is just miles from a small, but swanky, line of restaurants, galleries, and theatres? Where is your blazer? At home. Where is your little black dress? Also at home. Heck, you thought you were staying in a tiny house on wheels situated on the backside of a 10-acre, working farm. Now what? Now you get creative. And you can do that much more effectively if you pack with the mindset of being ready for anything without taking everything! Let us help you pack.
Begin with the NOMATIC travel bag bundle. It is the ultimate in carry-on luggage for a 3-7 day adventure. It combines backpack, duffel bag, and general luggage, with over 20 additional packing features. Not to mention it is made of strong weather-proof material.
First off, grab those toiletries. These will go in your waterproof toiletry bag.
- Prescription medicine and doctor’s letter (if required)
- Essential Oil sample size(s)
- Basic pain medication, neosporin or allergy meds (if required)
- 8-10 band-aids
- Feminine hygiene (if required)
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Hairbrush or comb
- Redbudsuds shoofah and shower bar set
COSMETICS – if required
- Eyeshadow stick
After your toiletry bag is filled, it is time to think about what you’ll actually where when out exploring. Some items are for a purpose and some are just to feel and look good. Neither has to stay at home though if you plan out your looks, understand the benefits of layering, and carry neutral items that can serve multiple purposes.
- 7 pair underwear
- Casual, slip-on shoes
- Flip flops (for communal showers and beaches)
- Swimsuit and shorts (for workout)
- Sunhat or ball cap
- Hooded jacket (LL Bean’s Classic Anorak is always a good bet)
- 2 tops/shirts plus 1 jean and 1 khaki
- 1 neutral colored dress (on or below the knee) – women
- 1 button-up, collared shirt (no pattern) – men
- 2 t-shirts
- 5 pair socks
- 1 pair sneakers
As with every trip, you’ll forget something. Some things you’ll want to remember to bring though and they are every bit as important as clean underwear!
MISCELLANEOUS BUT STILL VERY IMPORTANT
- Smartphone charger
- Day bag
- Water bottle and/or travel mug
- Wallet with drivers license, credit card, and cash
While this is not an exhaustive list of all you may want to bring and does not apply to a specific season, it is a great start to enjoying your tiny adventure without a large amount of luggage. In fact, all of this should easily fit into the aforementioned backpack and can be brought on to a plane as carry-on, or thrown onto the backseat without needing its own seatbelt(s) for protection.
It’s probably important to note too that unless you’re traveling to the Australian bush, you can buy almost anything you need when you arrive. Otherwise, it is about leaving home behind and discovering new places and faces. It isn’t about bringing home with you!