How To Pack Like a Minimalist

I’ll admit, I used to be one of those people that showed up to the airport with a large suitcase to be checked AND two carry-on bags for a trip that was only 5 days long. I consistently overpacked, only to realize after the trip that I hadn’t used 50% of the items that I deemed absolutely necessary to fit in my obnoxiously large suitcase. Many of these items were “just in case” items that I probably could have easily purchased at my destination if I really ended up needing them. My belongings always weighed me down physically and mentally, and I would always feel overwhelmed and stressed the day before leaving for a trip because I knew that I had to search every nook and cranny of my house to find any possible item I would need.

Since becoming a minimalist, packing for trips has become much less stressful. It’s actually easy and enjoyable, and gets me excited for the trip instead of anxious that I might forget to pack something. I don’t own that many items anymore, so it’s not hard to look around and see what I need to bring with me. For most trips now, I take only a backpack, which comfortably fits everything that I need. I’m about to embark on a 6 day trip to the beach with my friends, and here is everything I’m packing, divided into 3 categories of clothing and accessories, toilette trees, and tech as well as a catch-all miscellaneous area of other items that don’t fit into one of these boxes:

Clothing and Accessories:

  1. Swimsuits (2)
  2. Cover-up (1)
  3. Normal Clothes (4 bottoms and 4 tops)
  4. Casual/Athletic Clothes (2 pairs athletic shorts, 2 pair leggings, 3 workout/t-shirts)
  5. Jackets/sweatshirts (2)
  6. PJ’s (3)
  7. Shoes (3–Birkenstocks, Brooks, Flip Flops)
  8. Purse and wallet (credit cards, license, cash, hand sanitizer)
  9. Beach totes (2)
  10. Jewelry (2 necklaces, 2 pairs of earrings)
  11. Socks (5), underwear (7), and bras and sports bras (6)
  12. Sunglasses (1)
  13. Hat (1)


  1. Hygiene products (10–shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, razor, shaving cream, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss)
  2. Skincare products (2–moisturizer, sunscreen)
  3. Makeup bag (12–foundation, mascara, under eye concealer, eyeshadow palette, two makeup brushes, highlighter, eyelash curler, tweezers, nail clippers, hair ties, scrunchies)
  4. Hair straightener and hair brush


  1. MacBook (for work and studying)
  2. iPad (for reading)
  3. AirPods (for music and podcasts)
  4. G-drive (for video uploading)
  5. Garmin watch (for activity tracking)
  6. Chargers (3–phone, computer, Garmin)


  1. Resistance band and roller (2)
  2. Running belt (1)
  3. Water bottle (1)
  4. GMAT pages in folder (1)
  5. Masks (4)
  6. Protein bars/snacks (5)
  7. Tripod (1)

And that’s all! I hope that this minimalist packing list has helped you save time when preparing for a trip, or simply realize how few items you really need when traveling.

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