My backpack and duffle bag have become my trusty companions for the next 6 months. Traveling minimal is actually quite new for me, so I really had to experiment with what it is I actually need in addition to doing some research.
I’d be lying if I said I never used to overpack on my trips. However, I’ve actually found that having less things makes life so much easier on the go and also makes the experience much more fun! It’s nice to know that you’re using everything that you bring and also leaving space both mentally and physically to enjoy the experience and people around you. The key to traveling as minimal as possible is to pack items that can be used for multiple purposes.
After much trial and error, I thought I’d share with you my top 8 minimalist, vegan, and sustainable must haves that have helped me with my recent traveling.
1. Bamboo Utensils
I literally use my bamboo utensils every day, I don’t know what I would do without them! Having my own spoon for oats, fork for fruit, and knife to cut fruit has been so helpful and convenient. You never know where your adventures are going to take you and having your own utensils makes life so much easier.
2. Microfiber Towel
Microfiber towels are very handy because they’re fast drying and much more compactable than a traditional towel, so they will save you space in your bag! I’ve used mine for showering, yoga, laying on the beach, beach workouts, to cover the sun, or even as a blanket on the plane!
3. Dr Bronner’s Soap
Dr Bronner’s has been a lifesaver during my travels. If you haven’t heard of Dr Bronners, you should definitely check it out! Basically, its an all natural soap made from essential oils that can be used 18 different ways! So far, I’ve used it as body wash, shampoo, dish soap, laundry detergent, fruit/ veg wash, and hand wash at the beach! It’s so handy and all you need is a few drops, so it lasts a long time.
4. Packing Cubes
My whole life changed when I started using packing cubes. Theyre amazing for saving space and staying organized. You can find these at most places and they come in all shapes and sizes. They’re also great because you can use them to separate dirty clothes from clean clothes!
5. Mason Jar
Everybody knows multifunctional mason jars are – but traveling with one is a game changer! They’re especially helpful to soak oats in, store fruit, or just use for drinking. Plus, carrying your own jar ( along with having the utensils ) will help reduce your environmental footprint and use less plastic.
6. Earplugs & Eyemask
Simply because sometimes – the most comfortable sleep you’re going to get while traveling is on a loud bus in the middle of the day, a noisy airbnb, or a room with a bright light air conditioning light that will not shut off.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is another must have multi-use product. I use mine for a moisturizer, hair treatment, after sun care, and natural antibacterial. It’s much better for you than other moisturizers filled with chemicals and I find it works even better!
8. Drawstring Bag
The last thing I will mention that comes in super handy is having a drawstring bag. They pretty much take up no space and are good to have for going to the beach, on hikes, or even just going around town. I find it’s much more comfortable and effective than a purse and ultimately, you don’t want to be stuck carrying your huge backpack that you took on the airplane with you!
So those are my top 8 minimalist, vegan, and sustainable travel essentials! I hope you got some ideas for what to bring with you on your next trip and some inspiration for traveling more minimal!
Safe travels! 🙂