Minimalist packing!

After my experience of “lost” luggage on my trip to US last year (it took them 4 days to find it), I’ve decided to try a more minimalistic approach to my packing.

I’ve come across a lot of ultralight packing sites lately, where they travel with 20-32 litres bags, for months at a time. Now, there is no way I’ll ever be on their level of “small” luggage, but I should be able to travel for a week with hand luggage only, wouldn’t you think?

Here is the plan, one carry on and a purse of some sort! Now that can’t be too bad, I am after all only going to be gone for a week, so shouldn’t really need all that much stuff… right?

It all sounded fine, until I got mums shopping list, for Norwegian jam and mayonnaise, and then there is the chocolate I need to bring, a book or two for my mum… Β What it boils down to, is that since the jam jar are bigger than the allowed 100 ml carry on bottles, the luggage have to go into the belly of the plane. As I’m travelling with a friend of mine (B), we’ve decided to send one of our carry ons as regular luggage and bring the other into the cabin. With only one carry on each, we still get to practice packing a “lighter” load.

So what am I bringing?

Well.. let’s see.

Beside all the goodies for my mum and my brother, this is pretty much my packing list for a week in England:

  • 1 blue jeans (wearing on the plane)
  • 1 white jeans (for dressing up)
  • 1 blue top (for dressing up)
  • 4 t-shirts (1 for the plane)
  • 1 thin long sleeved shirt
  • 1 tank tops
  • 1 hooded top (wearing)
  • 1 very thin sweater (for dressing up)
  • 1 short
  • 1 belt for shorts
  • 1 belt for jeans (wearing)
  • flip plops
  • jogging shoes (wearing)
  • thin rain jacket
  • thin down packable jacked (wearing)
  • 2 sleep shorts
  • 1 lounge pant
  • underwear/bra
  • 3 pair of socks (wearing 1)
  • thin neck scarf (to protect me from getting cold on the plane)
  • toiletries – the regular stuff like toothbrush/paste, face and body oil, shampoo, contact lenses, medication ++
  • 2 iPads + chargers (my mini, and mums Christmas present (yes, the one she hasn’t gotten yet))
  • small camera
  • phone + charger + ear buds
  • book to read on the trip
  • passport, money and e-ticket
  • sunglasses
  • regular glasses for the evenings
  • travel adapter
  • 1 box of Nescafe Cafe au Chocolate – gotta have my choca mocha fix, you know;-)

My gosh.. that is one awful long list of things.. doesn’t seem very minimalistic now, does it?

I’m sure I’ve packed more than I’ll need, but never mind. It’s not like I’ll be trekking this luggage all over the world now, is it? It’s only a quick trip to hang out with family. Still, it’s a good way to test how little I can get away with for a weeks trip.

So is all this stuff going to fit into my small carry on?

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Well… take a look, and see for yourself πŸ™‚


It all fit!

Thankfully, half of the stuff is not coming back home with me. Which means, when it comes down to it, I packed with space to spare πŸ˜‰

So, off I go, tomorrow morning… See you in London!

17 thoughts on “Minimalist packing!

    1. I’m quite sure I have “overpacked” (I tend to do that), but I’m not planning on doing any washing while I’m gone so figured better safe than sorry. My mum has high standards so I’m already borderline “bad” on not bringing enought dressy stuff πŸ˜‰ I’ll do a review at the end with what I actually used. So that I hopefully can do even better, next time πŸ˜‰

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  1. I think you’ve overpacked too πŸ˜‰ i am almost always traveling with just a carry on, and always with room to spare, but I mostly don’t have dressier occasions planned when I go, so maybe that makes it easier.
    Anyhow, it’s such a relief to not have to care about the checked luggage!
    Have a great trip!


    1. Yes, its great not having to worry about checked luggage. If it had’nt been for mums stuff, I would have had room to spare too πŸ˜‰ and if I had not needed “dressier” stuff… I think we could have gotten away with only one carry on between us this time… Oh well… Next time maybe? Anyhow, its good practice πŸ˜‰

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    1. That would be fun, meeting up πŸ™‚ Coming to London tomorrow for brothers birthday, Sunday is sort of filled up and we go back on Monday around 4 pm. So this time prob won’t work. But next time for sure πŸ™‚ It’s fun to meet new people with same interest, we could compare notes πŸ˜‰


        1. Yeah, the rain might just put a stop for my brothers plan of picnic in Regency Park, if it does, I’m sure we will find a pub close by instead πŸ˜‰ Anyways, I’m sure we will manage to party it up regardless πŸ˜‰

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