After having traveled all across Europe with my family, I am regularly asked about minimalist packing for women. I’m traveling alone today on an overnight trip. While putting my gear together last night I thought I’d snap a few pics with my phone in case you want to see what minimalist travel looks like.
I keep a clear bag of travel size (3 oz. or smaller) toiletries in my linen closet. This bag has a comb, deodorant, contact solution, hairspray, a hair detangler and heat protectant. Shown also are my glasses in their case, my toothbrush, and the jewelry I’ll wear all days of my travel.
Here is a small (approx. 3″x5″) travel cosmetics bag I use every day to apply makeup in 3 minutes or less. Inside the bag are these items: mascara, eye shadow, concealer and pressed powder, a lipstick stain, eyeliner and blush.
I pack these and all the clothing and work supplies I need in a backpack for any trips of 4-5 days or less so I may carry them on to the airplane, saving time by not dealing with the luggage carousel and avoiding losing baggage. Because this trip is only overnight, I have a very light load to carry. Were I traveling more days, I’d simply use mild hotel shampoo to wash out my clothing and hang them to dry in the hotel room to avoid taking additional bulky items.
What’s your best tip for making travel simple?