5+ tips for minimalist packing

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writer:ona rihu
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Packing your life away in a suitcase is stressful. Whether you’re going away for a week or two months, planning is key in every situation. Use these tips to make your luggage more functional and easy to manage. 

1.Pack clothes that work with all kinds of outfit combinations

 A sweater that looks as cute tucked into jeans as it does as a cover-up at the beach. A fake leather jacket you can rock on a late night out, and also warm you up when layered with other pieces. For me it was all about light materials and layering. Also, you're going to have to ask yourself if you really need 3 different skirts and 5 different kinds of trousers. If you get bored of wearing the same outfits you can always accessorize with belts and jewelry!

2.Use packing cubes.

They don't have to be spesifically made for packing, they can be shoe bags, toiletry bags, use your imagination! If you can't find enough, raid a friend's closet. They save space and keep your luggage organized.
Tip: Roll your clothes instead of folding them. It saves space!

3.Soap nuts

Soap nuts are an excellent, cost efficient and environmentally friendly way to do laundry. You can use them up to 5 times and always get a squeaky clean result. + they don’t take that much space and you won’t have to worry about having extra liquids when flying. Get into a habit of having a laundry day every week or so, and you’ll never run out of clean clothes.


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4.Opt for multi-purpose cosmetics

This might sound crazy to some people, but I packed coconut oil instead of facial cleanser, conditioner & body lotion. If you’re used to using coconut oil like this it’s perfect. If not, I recommend trying it first at home. I also switched my shower gel and shampoo to soap bars and shampoo bars. If you’re flying with a carry-on, you have to think carefully about what liquids are absolutely essential to you, and what you can live without. You can replace your toothpaste with toothpaste capsules, your liquid soaps with bar soaps and so on. It’s also a lot more environmentally friendly, if you give up disposable plastic packaging.


It all comes down to how much material you actually NEED. Observe your daily habits and try to see which items are not absolutely necessary. I would recommend leaving a little space in your luggage or packing a few tote bags incase you want to buy something on your journey. When packing an item of clothing, think about how well it works with everything else in your luggage and what kind of outfits you can build with it. Finally, you can make a list of all the clothes you’re thinking of packing and see the overall picture.

I always fly wearing the clothes that take up the most space, and carrying all of my valuables in an extra tote bag.