In traveling to Hawaii this month, I knew I didn’t want to, nor did I really need to, take a lot with me. I’m only visiting for a week and I’m not attending any specific events – I’m volunteering for a sustainable veganic non-profit, so I wanted to keep my packing very minimal and practical.
After watching The Minimalist on Netflix a few months ago, I immediately became keen to simplifying my life and getting rid of anything that didn’t bring me pure joy. I feel like living minimally is so essential to finding true happiness; no longer are you focusing on your material objects but you are forced to turn inward and think about what you actually use/need.
Everything that I brought to Hawaii is something I plan on using everyday, and does not produce any waste. My items fit into a fairly small backpack.
clothing + shoes
I brought a total of 9 tops with me: one light jacket, two braletts, three crop tops, three t-shirts.
I brought a total of 5 bottoms: 1 pair of pants, two shorts, two pairs of workout leggings.
I only brought two pairs of shoes with me: 1 pair of comfy sandals to wear around the house and in town, plus one pair of athletic shoes for when I need to volunteer in gardening work.
Simply because I knew this trip involved gardening/outdoor work, I brought a wide brimmed hat I was able to fold into my backpack, my dad’s old gardening gloves and my Jord watch to keep track of time while working. I also brought along two different pairs of swimsuits for leisure time and two pairs of socks.
toiletries + zero-waste items
I wanted to make sure that my trip to another place didn’t involve any production of trash; take nothing but memories, leave nothing but tracks is my motto for travel. ?
To ensure this, here is a full list of what I brought:
- Klean Kanteen
- Brush with Bamboo toothbrush
- Tom’s Deodorant
- Vegan Floss
- Bar of soap (doubles as body and face wash)
- Homemade toothpaste
- Homemade chapstick
- Two cloth bags
- Two cloth napkins
- Set of wooden utensils
Again, I made it a point to bring what was practical. In terms of electronics, I only brought the necessities, including my laptop, laptop charger, phone, phone charger, earphones, portable charger, camera and its charger. I also brought one of my dad’s old flashlights since there isn’t light out on the fields at night.
Aaaaand that’s everything! ? All of this fit into a teeny thrifted backpack and went through TSA quite easily! I love implementing minimalist practices whenever I can; it truly makes me realize that there’s no need for an emphasis on material items. If you have what you truly need, therein lies happiness. Besides, traveling should be much more about collecting memories rather than worrying about loads of luggage. ?
now it’s your turn…
Do you travel lightly or have you practiced minimalism? What are your experiences? I’d love to hear it!
‘Till next time,