Traveling with less isn’t as difficult as it once was for me. As many of you know, Sam and I recently traveled to Florida. I don’t travel much via plane, so this was a great way for me to test my limits to see what exactly I packed was actually necessary and what was not. Sam and I shared a suitcase. He brought a backpack for his carry on that carried important electronics such as our nice camera. I only brought my small backpack to carry my essentials like my wallet, a layering piece, and a book for the plane ride. Here is a list of helpful hints to use when traveling:
First thing I can definitely recommend, you want to bring denim. I had a pair of denim shorts and jeans. I wore this almost everyday. Jeans were necessary for the evenings when we went out to dinner. Denim is the easiest thing to match everything with.
This is something I am still working on. I really only wore this shirt in the picture multiple times. I had another tank top I wore maybe once. Learning to live a minimalist lifestyle is not something that happens overnight. This trip taught me to stop purchasing pieces that are ‘trendy’. The reason I wore this top repeatedly is because I like the way it fits and its a timeless piece. Stripes can never really go out of style. The one thing I forgot to bring was a light jacket or long-sleeved top for the evenings once it got colder.
Little to No Make Up
I’m constantly learning how to be okay with myself without any make up. I think most women can relate – its easy to find imperfections and think negatively of yourself. I’m not going to lie – I brought almost all my make up with. I barely used it. Part of going on vacation is to worry less and just relax.
Book a Room with a Kitchenette
When traveling, its difficult to limit your waste because you don’t know the areas all that well. We booked through Air B&B, I knew we needed a room with a small kitchenette. We found the local grocery store called Publix (Similar to Jewel Osco in Chicago area). Candidly speaking, we couldn’t completely zero waste grocery shop. I mean, I am still working on that even in Chicago. We did our best. One thing I forgot to pack was produce bags for shopping (fail). I would highly recommend bringing those along with your reusable totes. Having the kitchenette did help us save money while we were down there because we didn’t have to go out to eat for every meal. When you do go out to eat, bring a reusable napkin and avoid all straws.
What other tips to do have for traveling with less? Comment below!