As you can see, today’s a bit different because I’m not bringing you a recipe. Kev and I absolutely love traveling and over the last couple of years we’ve made it our goal to travel as smart and as light as possible. Our Europe trip last spring was the first time that we truly made it a point to pack our bags with a minimalist mindset and after we got home we had even felt like we had brought too much. So, each trip since then we’ve been able to slowly cut down on what we bring. This past weekend we took a 5 day trip to visit friends and family in Minnesota, and we flew Frontier, which makes you pay an excessive amount for both carry-ons and stowed baggage. No problem though! There’s no extra cost for your personal carry-on, which can be a backpack as long as it can stow under the seat in front of you. So, that’s what we set out to do!
We love packing light and so I wanted to share with you 10 tips to help you be a minimal packer as well!
#1. You don’t need as much as you think. Set out everything you plan to take 3 days in advance, and then each day take an item or 2 off the list.
#2. Pack your socks/underwear/tanks into your extra pair of shoes to conserve space!
#3. Figure out what amenities there might be wherever you’re staying. If you don’t need to bring a hairdryer or shampoo or conditioner, you can save space in that way!
#4. Wear your bulkiest articles of clothing on the plane. It’s always cold in airports and on the plane anyways!
#5. Be selective with your entertainment. You probably won’t read 3 books in 5 days, so slim it down to 1 or none. Ebooks on your phone or iPad are always a great idea too!
2 thoughts on “10 Tips for Packing a 5 Day Trip into a Backpack”
Awesome list for a 5 day trip. I always like to keep A travel charger and a power bank in my list.
Great idea! We haven’t invested in a power bank yet, but I think that’s definitely a great thought.
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