How to pack only what’s necessary when travelling
It’s easy to pack too many clothes as it is hard to estimate how much you really need for a longer period of time. Additionally, I often don’t want to restrict myself to certain clothes and instead want to have a variety to choose from. However, it is so much wiser to limit the amount of clothes and travel with a lighter backpack. This way you can also buy clothes abroad and have something to remind you of the good times. By now, I know how to pack sensible and want to share my advice.
1. How long is my trip?
The first thing you should keep in mind is how long are you travelling for. This is an important question. Of course you need less for a weekend trip than for three weeks Indonesia. However, I think no matter how long your trip is, you shouldn’t bring clothes for more than two weeks or even less. If your trip is longer, you can always wash your clothes along the way. On the basis of this, I always make a rough plan you many tops and bottoms I might need.
2. What will the weather be like?
The next thing you should think about is of course the weather. What will the weather in general be like? Hot or cold? Also check the weather forecast for temperatures and rain. Logically, this determines what kind of clothes you need to bring.
3. What are my plans?
Of course it is also important to have a rough idea what you want to do abroad. Do you want to do sports or go hiking or prefer to relax at the beach and party in the clubs?
4. Are there any cultural restrictions?
It is advisable to discuss any cultural norms you might have to comply with. For example, Indonesia is a mainly Muslim country, so especially as a girl you should cover your shoulders and knees to not offend anyone. Sleeveless tops and hot pants would be rather inappropriate. If you’re not sure what is appropriate, take an example of the locals. I did so and especially in Java I would have felt rather naked in hot pants.
After considering the above you can start packing. Try everything on beforehand to see if it fits and if you feel comfortable in it. Pack only things you really enjoy and love. That spares you the feeling of “I’ve got nothing to wear”.
So here is everything that I’ve packed for three weeks travelling in Indonesia. We had planned an active vacation with a lot of nature and beach time and no clubbing.
- 1 longsleeved blouse
- 5 T-shirts
- 1 sport top
- 1 Kimono-style cardigan (I would leave this one at home next time or only pack it if to cover my shoulders when bringing sleeveless tops)
- 1 rain jacket
- 1 fleece jacket (very handy for flights, airports and train journeys)
- 3 wide trousers
- 1 Shorts
- 1 Maxi skirt
- 1 leggings for hiking
- 1 pair of sneakers for long walks or hikes
- 1 pair of sandals
- 1 pair of flip flops
- 1 Pyjama
- underwear for one week
- 2 bikinis
I am quite satisfied with the amount of clothing I’ve packed. Of course, I could have reduced the amount of T-shirts or trousers, but this way I felt comfortable and I didn’t have to wash too often.
What are your essentials when travelling? Do you have any tips for minimal packing? Leave them in the comments! 🙂