Minimising My Minimalist Packing Routine

30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags

If you have been reading for awhile, you know that I love the South West, and travel there whenever possible. This month has been no exception, and I drove down for a couple of nights last week.

The last time I did a minimalist packing post for the South West I was travelling with a carry on. Over the last few trips I have managed to reduce this down to a small backpack.

I was actually surprised that I was able to pack so light considering it is winter here. I picked up my backpack from a local department store for a hiking trip last year. It has served its purpose well, considering how little I spent on it. If I were to invest in something sturdier in a similar size now, I would consider this, this, or this.

The photographs below show everything I brought with me, excluding underwear and socks.



I packed seven items from my day-to-day wardrobe; a long merino knit, a cashmere turtleneck, a tight merino knit, a shirt dress, an ultra light down jacket, joggers and black boots.


I chose items that would be simultaneously warm and lightweight, and could easily be matched with each other. Since I was only bringing merino tights for my bottom half, the shirt dress was used as a modesty layer under the turtleneck. Nobody wants camel toe on holiday.



You won’t see the ultra light down jacket on my Instagram feed, as I only wear it during weekend adventures. I can assure you, however, that it gets a lot of use. It is one of the smartest purchases I’ve made because it is simultaneously lightweight, warm and water resistant. I brought my trusty beanie, which is a must at the icy South West beaches.



The other clothing items are from my leisure/sleepwear drawer. The grey thermal top and tights served as my sleep wear on the trip, and the cami as a base layer under the knits.



I brought a book for entertainment, On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads by Tim Cope. This is actually the second time I’m reading it, but it’s one of my favourites, and the read is just as good as the first time around. I recommend it if there is a secret nomad hiding inside of you.

I have managed to cut down on travel toiletries. These used to be the bane of my existence when I travelled further afield. I now bring a container with exfoliator, which I use on both my face and body, dry shampoo, to avoid washing my hair, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, a hairbrush and basic makeup – just enough to not look like a zombie – powder foundation, mascara, and eyebrow pencil.

On the drive down I wore the long merino knit with the tights and boots (with base layer and occasional jacket wear). Everything else easily fit into the back pack, with space to spare. Voila!


My key tip for packing light is to be realistic about the destination climate, the kinds of things you intend to do on your trip, all while considering the versatility of what you bring.

Below is my weekend packing video I made earlier in the year, as a comparison. Check out my YouTube channel for more videos, my Instagram account for daily outfits, and my Facebook account for minimalist resources and updates. I also recently started a Patreon account where for a small donation you can view additional content!

Enjoy! ❤



  1. This is impressive.
    Is the jacket from Uniqlo? It looks just like one I have in green. I love how easy it is to pack up and it’s definitely warm enough with a good sweater underneath.

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  2. I’ve sent my two sisters a link to your blog. When they travel they look as if they’re moving heart and home! I reckon they could learn a lot from you but whether they will………………..

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  3. Wow! I can’t even imagine packing that little, but I like how you can mix and match. Your pack is a bit monochromatic, do you think minimalist packing can work with color? Thank you for stopping by my book review blog earlier.

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  4. Woah talk about compact! Great job on the space reduction! I frequently go away from home on the weekends, but I’m still having a rough time packing down, so I’ll be taking some of these tips into account for tomorrow! 😁

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  5. Nice!
    We pack with one small duffle each a case/purse for any length of time up to a month.
    We pack one, under 50lb. Suit case and a duffle, along with or case/purse for over one month vacations or business trips.

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  6. The first backpack you linked really looks like your style. Simple and monochrome. I actually really like the color of the third backpack you linked. Purple is a very ‘me’ color. I miss winter so much right now. Our heat index is is in the 100s for the new few days (37-40 degrees C).

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing this! I travel a few times a year for work & seeing family. I am just recently starting to live a more minimalistic lifestyle and I need all the advice I can get! I’m so glad I found your blog.

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  8. Hi there! Love the merino wool sweater, could you please tell me where is that one from? 🙂 I’ve been looking for a similar one for ages! love your style, mine is about this clean and minimal, it’s the best feeling to have a wardrobe full of basic items you can reach for anytime 🙂

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