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


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    Cédric Ly

    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!

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    Victoria

    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.

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    TimFromWales

    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.

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    Benjamin Vega

    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 :))))

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    April Ezell

    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 :))

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    Zoe K

    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.

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    Yuri van der Meer

    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.

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    Opulence Luxury

    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.

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    Caroline Wendon

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

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    We Be Trippin Europe

    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.

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    RVing Live The Dream

    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.

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    LIBRA SINGER

    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?

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    Jennifer Ho

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

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    Hannah Walker

    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.

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    spicecrop

    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.

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    LordArioh

    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.

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    Phillip Rhoades

    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.

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    Lowre Aristil

    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?

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    Lezrleia

    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

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    nhiu pham

    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.

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    Dutch Courage

    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 😉

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    Roslyn Black

    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.

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    DJ Ness

    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.

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    FaerieDust

    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!

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    orange sunset

    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. 😊

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    Susan Wang

    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.

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    Charlotte Rose

    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

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    Robert Thorn

    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.

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    Molon Labe

    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!

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    Fred Appleyard

    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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    David Desrosiers

    Merino wool is really only useful when it's cool/colder outside, which for many, is only a couple of months a year. For the rest of the year, you need a wicking-style shirt, but only if you're NOT layering it, because wicking only works when it can reach the outside air. If you're wearing body armor, coat, dress shirt over the top of that t-shirt, it's going to get soaked no matter what.

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    Steve Wright

    Some great travel tips! Just a comment on Zips. When a zip fails that is usually game over – coats, jackets, bags, pouches – buying cheap is definetlty a false economy, buying light means more fragile, so a good shout to think about zip usage – once a day usage packing cube – light and / or lower cost, frequent daily use – go with high quality gear. I have a Lowe Alpine day pack – used daily for some ten years – the fabric is now wearing at rub points – but the Zips still work great! Happy travels…

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    Jerry Kinnin

    I'm a truck driver. What is the best way to live out of one bag. But keep your dirty clothes seperate from your clean clothes. That has been an ongoing issue.

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    Maddie Karp

    Never heard that tip before, practice your trip. Seems simple but kind of blew my mind lol. I'm very nervous about traveling, but will definitely try this. Thank you so much!

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