My husband and I recently took a trip to Azerbaijan for a 5-day holiday. This trip, I wanted to test myself to pack like a minimalist for leisure travel, which means that I could only carry a backpack and a handbag. No check-in at the airport counter and no stress over space of overhead bins.
I recently shared my minimalist guide for 5-day business travel packing. For some reason, I observe that I haven’t applied similar minimalist mindset to my leisure travels. Hence, I often end up carrying 20% of stuff that I’ve never used or worn during a trip.
I talked about packing minimalist-ly for business travel, and that means only taking items that serve a need and spark happiness when you use or wear them. And for leisure travel, packing minimalist-ly means only carrying things that serve a need, and which should make you feel free and light through out a trip.
This Azerbaijan holiday travel proves that I could pack minimalist-ly. Every item in my backpack was used throughout 5 days. And, to my own surprise, 1 backpack is just the right size to train my brain to limit things that I truly need and feel good about.
My formula of minimalist packing for leisure travel,
- Cotton T-Shirts: Bring 1 t-shirt for each of your travel day. T-shirts are the lightest to pack and the best back-up plan. I love v-neck t-shirts which can go either informal or formal these days. Bring both dark and light colors, and both long and short sleeves.
- Yoga Pants: Bring a pair of yoga pants. It’s light to pack and can serve like leggings.
- Scarves: Bring 2 scarves , 1 cotton and 1 silk, to combat coldness on the plane and upscale for a formal look at dinner.
- Dress: Bring 1 nylon knee-length dress that can be folded. Nylon is so versatile and no ironing required.
- Foldable Ballet flats: Bring 1 pair of dark color foldable flats. Leave your high heels at home, really!
- Wear Heavier Clothing on the plane: to conserve space in the backpack and keep yourself warm, wear heavier items, like jeans, jackets, sneakers, etc, when you are on the plane.
Happy travel, all! Minimalist-ly and freely.