Traveling is a favorite of mine. Even if it means going to a place I’ve been plenty of times, I just find a lot of joy in getting in a car or on an airplane and going somewhere. Traveling lightly hasn’t always been my preferred method of travel (because as a one on the Enneagram you can never be too prepared… duh) However, my family is known for their last-minute adventures that were planned maybe an hour ago. Therefore, while traveling lightly wasn’t always easy, it became much more accommodating.
Over the years, I have learned that traveling with one small bag gives me the freedom to get up and go whenever necessary.
To help give you a better idea how I prepare for travel, I will be sharing with you how I chose what to pack for my 20-day trip home for the holidays and everything that made it into my bag.
First, some questions I ask myself before I start pulling things out of my closet:
- What items are going to be the most versatile for where I am going and what I will be doing?
For this trip, I knew that I would be spending most of my time up north at our cottage. This considered, I packed my favorite and most cozy sweaters because if they’re soft and my favorite then that means that I won’t mind wearing them more than once, right?
2. What does my mom or sister already have that I can borrow, therefore, I don’t need to bring?
I know that this doesn’t always apply for everyone and every trip, but when I go home wearing the same sizes as my sister and mom works out quite nicely. For example, I never bring home leggings, shoes, or shirts for the gym because my mom has plenty to share. In addition, I knew that we would be going out for New Year’s Eve and I don’t own a cute cocktail dress (nor did I want to buy one for one night), so instead I visited my rock-star aunt’s closets for the night.
3. What do I actually need for this trip? — You don’t have to pack for the worst-case scenario. Most likely if you forgot something you really need, Target has got you covered.
This one is probably the hardest for me. As silly as it may sound, I must admit that even as someone who owns less things, the things that I do own bring me a lot of joy… so obviously, I want to bring them all. When I caught in between what to bring and what not to bring I always remind myself how nice it is to have less when I am going from place to place.
Items packed for 20 days of travel: (everything must fit in one small carry-on size duffel)
11 articles of clothing (not including undies, socks, or my family’s matching Christmas jammies)
- My favorite pair of black jeans
- 1 pair of black leggings
- 4 sweaters
- 2 long sleeve cotton shirts
- 2 short sleeve cotton shirts
- 1 pair of linen pants for lounging and sleeping
3 pairs of shoes
- Low top sneakers (an everyday type shoe)
- Leather boots
- Cute shoes (for church, dinner, and NYE)
- 1 pair of knitted gloves, 1 beanie
- Reusable coffee-cup/water bottle
3 make-up products
- Blush, Mascara, Small eye-shadow pallet
- Plant-based snacks for traveling (airport food is expensive for this college girl)
- Journal/ 1 pen
- Compact travel towel- for camp (I love this thing, it saves so much space and I paid $7 for it)
- 1 jean jacket, 1 winter coat
- Shampoo (facewash, body wash, and facewash)
- Jojoba oil (conditioner and moisturizer)
- Hair ties and Hairbrush
- Toothbrush and tooth paste
- Safety razor
- Coconut oil
During my trip, I honestly can say that I never felt like I didn’t have enough. I found ways to style one piece three different ways, and it helped me not get tired of the few items I did bring. I never got cold because I didn’t pack enough layers and I didn’t end up ever having to take a trip to Target. Keep in mind, what I brought on my trip may look completely different than what you may bring on yours. And that’s okay, if anything, it’s expected.
I hope these tips remind you to keep adventuring and challenge you to collect memories, not stuff.