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.

How to Pack 5 Days in a Backpack

#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!

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#6.  Transfer any of your large toiletries into little travel sized containers, or just go buy mini travel size toiletries.
#7. Do everything you can to make everything multipurpose. A scarf can be used as a blanket when chilly and yoga pants can be used for sleeping, exercise, or to keep your legs warm under your jeans!
#8. Pack neutrals with a few bursts of color. You’ll be able to make more outfits that way.
#9. Don’t pack any “just in case” items. Visualize your daily activities and commit to what you’ll be wearing each day.
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#10. Make it a personal challenge! Envision how much time you’ll save waiting for your bag, how much money you’ll save not checking bags, adn how much more portable you’ll be!
How to Pack 5 Days in a Backpack
 In the photo above, I laid out only what needed to go into my backpack. Everything that is gone from the photos above is what I was choosing to wear on the plane.
How to Pack 5 Days in a Backpack
Everything fit easily in my backpack and I only ended up using the main pocket, so I had room for some snacks in the front smaller pockets! I’ve included a list below of everything I packed, so you have an idea of what I deem as the essentials.
We absolutely love packing light and hope these tips inspire you to simplify your travel!
5 Day Minimal Packing List

2 thoughts on “10 Tips for Packing a 5 Day Trip into a Backpack

  1. Hi Jessie,
    Awesome list for a 5 day trip. I always like to keep A travel charger and a power bank in my list.

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