How to Pack Light & Smart – Essential Travel Packing Tips for Minimalist Traveling. Audible is offering our followers a free 30-day trial today. Sign up to check out their audio books using our special link: http://www.audible.com/exploringalternatives

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After almost 5 years of travelling, we’ve come up with our 10 best travel packing tips to help you travel light, save money, and have an easy and comfortable trip.

1. Minimalist Travel Wardrobe

We choose clothes that are all in the same colour scheme and style so they can be layered to create different outfits for different situations and climates. In our experience, packing fewer clothes is always best and if you find that you’re missing something, like a warmer sweater, you can always pick it up along the way.

2. Water

After buying and throwing out countless plastic water bottles on our travels, we finally said enough is enough. It was a waste of money and plastic. So we decided to get a portable water purifier (SteriPEN sent us one) and now we bring our own stainless steel water bottles with us and we purify tap water wherever we are.

3. Books and Guides

Books and guides are easily the heaviest things we carry on trips. To downsize the weight in our backpack or suitcase, we try to bring smaller travel journals, we don’t bring guide books (we use our iPod and free maps from airports and train stations to get around), and we’re starting to try eBooks (free from the library) and audio books from Audible (our video sponsor!).

4. Staying Clean

When travelling, there are many times (for us at least) when we don’t shower as often as we’d like, maybe a long 48 hour travel leg, or a nasty hostel shower that we don’t want to use. To stay fresh between showers, we use dry shampoo (the one in the video is from One Love Organics) and wet wipes (paraben-free). We also always travel with Dr Bronners soap because we can use it for everything: showering, dishes, and laundry.

5. Souvenirs

We no longer buy souvenirs for our friends and family. Instead, we try to send postcards to show people we’re thinking of them. It’s cheaper, less wasteful, and we feel that it’s more meaningful overall.

6. Passports

We’ve had a passport stolen, and another damaged by water. We’re not messing around with our passports anymore so we carry them in ziplock bags, inside a hidden passport pouch.

7. Food and Snacks

Food and snacks at airports and in touristy areas is usually overpriced and not necessarily healthy. We try to pack our own food and snacks as much as possible (sandwiches, granola bars, hummus and crackers, oatmeal, roasted nuts, etc.) but it’s important to check the rules about what you can bring and where.

8. Electronics

When we’re not travelling for work, we try to bring just our iPod touch. We travelled for almost one full year with just the iPod & free wifi, and we did all of our hotel and flight bookings, and even a couple of visa applications on the tiny screen. It’s not perfect, but it saves us from lugging around a couple of laptops like we do now.

We also always travel with a flashlight. We have a Foxelli headlamp that is USB rechargeable and the battery lasts forever (they sent us the headlamp a couple of years ago and we love it).

9. Reusables

Travel has a pretty big environmental footprint and while we haven’t quite gotten to the point where we’re willing to stop just for environmental reasons, we do try to minimize flying and we travel with reusable containers to limit the amount of garbage waste we’re producing. We bring stainless steel food containers (by Onyx), water bottles, and coffee mugs, as well as cloth bags and cutlery.

10. Staying Healthy

We use natural remedies like oregano oil, garlic pills, activated charcoal, and essential oils to treat things like food poisoning, cold and flu, diarrhea, headaches, etc. We also bring strong anti-nausea pills because Danielle gets motion sick in cars, planes, buses โ€” even a hammock once!

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle

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50 Comments

  1. Exploring Alternatives

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Want more travel packing tips? Check out this NEW video we made for extra light minimalist travel: https://youtu.be/-PcrLWkxZSk

    Reply

  2. Daisy May

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Has she not heard of a kindle ??

    Reply

  3. Elena Munari

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Very helpful!

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  4. B Nah

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    <3

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  5. sstrongnproud

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    This is great even if sponsored ๐Ÿ™‚ but why would you need the wet wipes? Theyโ€™re very bad for the environment ๐Ÿ™ I travel often and thereโ€™s always a way to have a shower somewhere or clean yourself just with water at a restroom.

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  6. Brendan Lee

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I know this is years later, but why don't you buy a kindle for your books the battery life is like 1 month and you won't you your phones battery up!

    Reply

  7. Aztec 420

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Haha that water tool that supposedly kills bacteria lol does,that really work ? looks like a modern day snake oil scam …

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  9. Neftali Mendez

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    My dad has been using Zote as a body wash and laundry detergent

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  10. Rachel M

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    You seem like such a nice young couple, and I hope we meet you on our travels one day! Who knows?! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  11. Dr Spaseebo

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Excellent important advice re carrying passports !

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  12. zvczvcvzxcv

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Install maps.me on your cell phone and you can use it over gps without a data connection. Just make sure to download the specific area map while you still have a connection.

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  13. Johannes

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    ipods in 2017 wow

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  14. Leland Kolson

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Just thought I would add something I picked up over the last few years traveling. Instead of carrying both the detergent bar and the Dr Bronner, just carry some Dr Bronner bar soap, you can use it to clean your clothes and yourselves. Lighten the load a bit. Great video, safe travels

    Reply

  15. Annathomas Strock

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I recommend soap berries, aka soap nuts. They are a great way to wash clothes!

    Reply

  16. `Cadambrazil

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Dry shampoo? You have got to be kidding me mate XD XD .. high maintenance travelling

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  17. Robert Williamson

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Two tips to southeast Asia, totallying a little more than six months… eating street food and meals in poor villages… never got sick. Took Dukoral before my trips…

    Reply

  18. Miles Blackson-Dunbar

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    This helped thanks

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  19. MisterHot

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    They had me at "suppository "

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  20. Patty N

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    If you have a library card, you can download ebooks for free.

    Reply

  21. ๆ™“็‡•ๅฎ‹

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    love this video๏ผŒbest of all that I have watched! Thanks.

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  22. Zaheer TV

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    nice video

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  23. zainalu

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Which universal charger is that?

    Reply

  24. Yasunari Ishii

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I agree with a lot of what you guys are doing, especially those sickness remedies. I'm looking into J.R. Liggett's shampoo bars, in order to minimize toiletry liquids. It is not only a solid shampoo bar that is made from natural oils and that eliminates the need for hair conditioner because of that, it can also be used to wash your body and clothes, and also to shave with. Now it looks like all I'm going to take is toothpaste (in contact lens cases) , concentrated hand cream (same), and maybe a tiny hand sanitizer (0.25 oz) that can also work as after-shave…..

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  26. Foxes on the Go

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Thanks for the tips. We travel quite a bit but could always use advice to make our travels easier and packing more efficient. – Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. Kevin Ryall

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    great tips here. Thanks. If I'm not mistaken, the post card you showed was in Nfld? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Made me homesick to see that view ๐Ÿ™‚ Safe travels.

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  28. cla ire

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    great video thank you. Audible isnt good for me cuz the books i like arent in audio form anywhere except for a couple dodgy home made jobs.

    Reply

  29. Emily Berkemeyer

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    What type of adapter is that?

    Reply

  30. Clara Salaam

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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  31. Venus Gillespie

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I do all my laundry by hand, and I just use Dr. Bronnerโ€™s soap for it. It works well, even with the washboard, so you could cut down the space by not taking a big laundry bar.

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  32. Esther Gerlitz

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I wish I knew about Dr Bronners soap yesterday when I spent 8$ on a shampoo bar ๐Ÿ™

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  33. Gabriel Lopez

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    5 books? are you crazy? What about the Kindle? Packing books tips, pfff!

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  34. Rita Ruiz B

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Wet wipes are bad for environment ๐Ÿ™

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  35. Johanna Klouda

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I love your video!!! The only thing: baby wipes are sooo bad for the environment, do you have something else you can use like a cloth?

    Reply

  36. Agnes Tjiong

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I put my passport in a zip lock bag

    Reply

  37. Ellie-mai Mycock

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I love your channel and I have learned from it

    Reply

  38. Debra Moss

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Love Audible, the language books by Paul Noble are fab, easy (I have neurological challenges) especially if you're going around Europe, Thanks. Have you tried bamboo 'kitchen wipes', they are reusable and organic got ours on Amazon.

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  39. Promdi Down Under

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    this is so cool thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  40. Bob johnson

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    that little pen you use for purifying the water does nothing about lead and other metals

    Reply

  41. Totally Doable Family Travel

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Thank you. Some great tips here

    Reply

  42. Mr Conservative

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    The second he said "like omg we felt so bad about buying water " I was gone

    Reply

  43. Badgyal Denise

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Omgawd great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ tips

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  44. thestorygirl

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I travel alot, and I use my local library for ebooks, audiobooks and free music! Libby or Overdrive should work with a local Canadian library card (definitely in Ontario at least). It's one of my best travel hacks and I've never spent money on ebooks or audiobooks while I travel. Download them while you have wifi and you're good to go anywhere offline. Audible sounds great, but why pay when you can get it for free through your local library downloaded right to your device? highly recommend.

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  45. Bailey Allen

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    If I can back ANYTHING in this video, itโ€™s dr. broners soap. Itโ€™s SO SO SO versatile, good for hair, body, laundry, dishes, ETC and it lasts forever, especially since you //need// to dilute it!

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  46. Grunt Hog

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Dr Bronner sells bar soaps. I use it for everything from hair to clothing. Solid oil is also what I use from face to toes, not cream or moisturizer. In a pinch I use salt as toothpaste.

    I have all the numbers (cc card theft preventing and embassy) and addresses, copy of passport/cc cards, any confirmation or insurance info on a draft form saved in my email. I still have a hard copy of the same in case I canโ€™t quickly get to email.

    Headlamp is very handy and useful, never leave home without it. Also a small compass is good to have tethered to my handbag.

    I used to have 7 audio books in my iPod. Now I use OverDrive to borrow library books to listen or read on my iPad. I also take photos of trail map at the trail head. I take screen shots of Google map routes to have a reference in case WiFi isnโ€™t available when I am out.

    I take one tee, one fleece 1/4 zip, one tank, one thin merino wool sweater, one scarf, one beanie, one pair of pants (not jeans), and one pair of leggings. I have one soft bra and 2 panties. 2 pair of socks (toe socks and thin merino wool socks). One jacket. One pair of flip flops. One pair of sturdy shoes or light ankle boosts I wear and another light weight running sneakers for city walking. I can go from hot to high 30s for a month. If I got tired of something I just find a charity shop to buy something โ€œnewโ€ and leave something behind. I also get umbrellas from charity shops, too. I am not really a rain jacket person. Umbrella is better at rain proofing unless in gale force wind.

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  47. Zeenat Zeenat

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Hi, It's a great helpful informations on this video, one question in request, " in Toronto where I can buy " water purifier " which kills germs in water and very handy. Thanks ๐Ÿ™ Zz

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  48. Jeannie Gruber

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    2018?

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  49. Carmen Terrell

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Since you are interested in more natural remedies, I have found camomile tea (I use Twinings pure camomile) to work for both constipation and diarrhea. It is also more gentle on my system than Imodium (with Imodium, I end up not going for three or four days). Basically, it just soothes my stomach and fixes constipation without causing diarrhea or fixes diarrhea without stopping me up completely. It may not work as extensively as pharmaceuticals, and your mileage may vary, but it works really well for me. It also helped with my hubbyโ€™s heartburn, though not as quickly and perhaps not as effectively as storebought antacids.

    Reply

  50. jennyincr

    August 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    he refers to his phone as an ipod…is that really an ipod or an iphone?

    Reply

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