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  1. One of my greatest travel-packing lessons came from my wife. We were using ziploc-like vacuum bags to save space.

    She’d gentle press the extra air out…like a gentle ugayi exhale. I started imitating her, and I started becoming calmer. We were leaving and had a lot to fit in a tattered backpack, but it didn’t feel all that bad.

    There is a kind of Zen to packing–you’ve touched upon some great ideas: packing less = a less cluttered travel. Less cluttered bag –> less cluttered mind. Less cluttered mind –> a richer experience.

    For you, Courtney, this will probably mean better photographs.

    I’ve come to believe that minimalism is not just a fad, but a language and a state of mind. It’s not a choice for the Brazilian Guarani; but for a culture accustomed to muchness and manyness, it represents revolution.

    Thanks for the “example lists” and the links to other insightful places to explore.

    Enjoy your mindful travels,
    Mark

    • Courtney Carver

      Mark, I love how packing actually made you calm. I look forward to that experience!

    • Amy

      I’m so glad you pointed out that minimalism can be seen as revolution. I’ve been feeling lately that I’m not accomplishing anything, but just by acting on these ideas in my own life I’m already doing something different. To my surprise I’m actually making people angry by thinking this way. That is not the reaction I would ever have expected, but it’s evidence that I AM doing something big if it’s big enough to make people mad.

  2. Thanks for this honesty + guidance. We’re moving overseas in a few months and we’ll be taking a lot of weekend trips from our new home. I need to flip a switch on my ‘pack for every scenario’ mentality if I want to really enjoy myself. Which is the point of travel, right? Add a toddler to this mix and it will be a challenge but not impossible.
    And enjoy the PNW! I went to UW so know Seattle well. Lovely city.

    • Courtney Carver

      Thanks Rachel, Traveling with a toddler is another journey all together. I am excited to hear more about your move, but I loved having a friend in Vancouver! That is another city I would love to visit.

      • Jen

        You can be a minimalist with small kids. I don’t believe that just because I am a mommy, I have to be weighted down like a pack mule.

        For a day trip, I bring a change of pants,socks and underwear in case my potty trained toddler pees, a light windbreaker or whatever seasonal gear is appropriate and maybe a lightweight snack like a fruit leather or suckers, but I don’t believe in feeding a child every two seconds, she eats when we all eat and we drink from water fountains, etc. I may bring a water bottle if I know nothing will be nearby. A light stroller is nice if we are walking far. I don’t bring toys for her, we entertain ourselves with whatever we find. You can definitely travel for the day with a kid without toys, DVDs, wipes, purell, it is quite liberating actually and I think it is good to teach a kid that they need to adapt to their surroundings. We haven’t had any big problems traveling that we can’t find a solution for.

  3. Congrats! I’ve been very into traveling with less lately, and although it’s hard to convince myself I’ll be ok with less, I’ve been managing and it’s been great.

  4. Hilary

    I am so inspired by this post. I hadn’t thought about my minimalist life (which I LOVE) translating into my travel habits. Now I want to go somewhere just so I can practice it! – I was so delighted to open today’s post and see a picture of Seattle. My minimalist life with my husband and our little dog finally made it possible for us to relocate to Seattle this past January. I fell madly in love with Seattle two years ago on a trip and made it my mission to get up here. We moved with a trailer attached to our car and sold/gave away the other car and anything else that didn’t fit in the trailer. We live in the smallest place we ever have (about 375 sq feet, a dream come true for us) and realized we moved with more than we need and are still minimizing down more each day. – I never knew love for a city until I met Seattle. I hope that you are richly blessed and touched by this city that is so dear to me (precious enough to leave family, friends and jobs and move up here with no jobs and no place to live). I am captivated by the history of this city (which I love seeing in the famous Pike Place market) and in the Underground Tour. For THE best view of the city from above, I don’t recommend the needle, instead I recommend Columbia Center (4th and Cherry, downtown). As Seattle’s tallest building, you can view the city from 73 floors up. It’s also much cheaper than the Space Needle (I think it’s 4 or 5 dollars, cash only). I learned about it after I got a job in the 1st floor Starbucks in Col. Center :) (Col. Ctr. is only open on weekdays though, since it’s an office building :)) Taking the ferry over to Bainbridge island gives priceless views of the city from Puget Sound. Gasworks, Discovery, and Volunteer Parks are some favorites of mine. If you like coffee, my local favorites are Trabant (there’s one near Col. Ctr) and Victrola (in Capitol Hill) – Have a great trip! I hope it’s everything you hope and more and that you get great pictures :)

  5. Helen

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but this is the first time I feel a passionate urge to comment.

    • Hilary

      My dad has been wanting me to watch JC’s “Stuff” bit for a while, and I’d had a hard time finding it at the time. So glad you posted. It was hilarious! Thanks :)

  6. You have got me itching to travel somewhere! And I used to travel with family and take everything but the kitchen sink “just in case”. And then I traveled for work where image was everything, 2-3 outfits per day plus formal wear, makeup and jewelry and hari products, nightmare! I have a mid size carry-on, I think when hubby & I do get to go somewhere, I am going to do so with that bag. Your thoughts of not having to worry with your stuff really got me to thinking!

    • Courtney Carver

      Bernice, Keep me posted if you give it a try. I have a feeling neither one of us will go back to our bag dragging days.

  7. Kristin

    Hey Courtney,

    Hope you have a great trip! I do a little photography and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Lowepro bag. I am also not a fan of backpacks but this sidesling bag allows a camera and a few personal items to be packed safely and easily. It also has an expandable section that makes the bag 30% bigger (for clothes, etc). I’ve packed minimally for up to 5 days in the bag and it’s been absolutely perfect. Also has an easy access padded area for a camera.

    My last trip was a 5 day 400+ mile moped trip with my husband in the Florida Keys. It’s so great being able to enjoy the beauty of nature (and great photog opportunities) without worrying about all of my crap!

    p.s. I promise I’m not a salesman :) I just really love my bag!

    • Courtney Carver

      Not that I’ll be buying anything new for the trip, but I would like to see that bag in person. Looks promising!

  8. Amy

    I just visited Seattle a few weeks ago for a wedding. I had a wonderful time! I definitely recommend Pike’s Place market. I took some neat pictures there (and I’m not a photographer). I also heard that the public library downtown is very cool, though I didn’t get to go. The bride and groom actually did some wedding shots there after the ceremony. If you like donuts, Top Pot was some of the best donuts I’ve ever had. I went there twice.

    As for minimalist travel, I started a “carry-on only” policy a couple of years ago. It has been fantastic. Last summer my husband and I went to Hawaii for 9 days and carried on everything, including some backpacking gear as we were doing an overnight hike while we were there. And we still took more than we needed!

  9. I’m going to pass this along to my mom ~ she’ll be traveling tomorrow, and she has the same tendency to want to bring along a lot! :) Thanks for the timely post, Courtney.

  10. This is a great post, inspirational & practical! It’s neat that you are taking a trip to enjoy solitude. I’ve never taken a trip by myself, but I’ve dreamed of it.

    I always pack too much because I have a huge fear of spilling something or getting caught in the rain and needing a change of clothes because I haaaaaaaaate wet clothing! Maybe that’s kind of silly. 90% of the time I don’t use every item I bring on a trip. But it seems the times I have gone minimalist, I’ve wished I brought something else! I suppose it’s all about bringing the RIGHT stuff, and owning versatile clothing.

    I’m in Olympia, I’ll wave as you pass from Seattle to Portland ;)

    • Courtney Carver

      Liina, I highly a little trip by yourself. As much as love traveling with my family, that time alone once or twice a year is really great.

  11. I love traveling lightly liked this. My partner is really into just bringing a day pack on big trips, and he’s taught me to travel much more lightly than I used to.

    On our recent three-week trip to Southeast Asia and Australia, we each brought one daypack, the same sized pack we would normally take for a day of hiking. I can’t believe how many people who worked in the airports asked us, “Are you sure you have all of your belongings?” People just aren’t used to seeing travelers with so little stuff. :)

  12. Abby

    Interesting post but I’ve got to wonder, wouldn’t you def need to bring one more top and one more bottom? And what about shampoo? It can also triple as shower gel and detergent to wash your undies (also bring a piece of string to dry your clothes). I’d skip the camera because my phone takes great photos but I’d take a fanny for days when I don’t want to lug the backpack if I can find a safe place for the rest of my stuff (locker?). And I can’t travel anywhere without at least one book to read.

    • Abby

      fanny pack, I mean!

    • Courtney Carver

      Abby, I am staying in a hotel so their shampoo should be fine. There will be towel racks for drying clothes. The camera, for me, is not negotiable. My iphone takes great pics but not the quality of my DSLR.

  13. That sounds just absolutely lovely. I’m always curious when people provide lists… is that absolutely everything? Like no face wash or eye makeup remover for the mascara and eyeliner!?! Anyhow, those things are negligible.

    I had my first packing experience the very first weekend of doing my ODP and it was just lovely. I had to fly to Charleston and it was so much easier. But I wasn’t as paired down as one backpack. I tend to want to have lots of things with me when I travel as well and I’ve thought one roller suitcase that can go overhead and one large back that I can shove my purse into when boarding the plane so as to only have two carry ons is doing well… but, it still leaves me in all the situations you described above. And it sounds incredibly lovely to not have to consider luggage, or cart stuff all over. I think I don’t know how to exist without all the stuff I’ve so intentionally already paired down and think I have to have to go out into the world. If I consider how frequently I access the “stuff” it is not frequent, but I can imagine myself being frustrated for the times when I do want the stuff and I don’t have it to have. So is the journey of a person pairing down and more down. It certainly sounds attractive enough to try though. I’m already thinking of when I can.

    And I really wanna hear how this goes, every little detail (not just the successes).
    Thanks for a good, hard, attractive challenge, Courtney.

    • Courtney Carver

      Kristy, I would normally carry face wipes, and a little bottle of make-up remover, but I think I can make due without. I’ll report back with the dirty details!

  14. I was so bad about over-packing when going on a trip…I was the one with the over weight bags and I still don’t mind paying and checking my bags today so that I don’t have to deal with the overheads…talk about being out of sorts! Now I used a soft sided Vera Bradley duffel bag (they do fit great in the overheads) and a matching messenger bag. I prefer messenger bags over back packs because you can put the strap across your body and STILL get into your bags…whereas a a backpack has to be brought off your back in order to find your stuff ;) I don’t wear much make-up anymore so I pre-mix my moisturizer and make-up in a mini-tupperware container before each trip for quick application and less to carry. My husband always reminds me that if we forget or need something…we can always buy it when we get there…and I finally learned to listen to him. I was always trying to be so “thrifty” and it can sometimes take away from the experience all together. We travel one weekend of every month and then 3-4 weeks a year for vacations. We we drive on vacation I do tend to pack a bit more but that’s because I bring an art journal and art kit along. I swear…I get more art journaling done on vacations because I have NO distractions.

    • Courtney Carver

      Roberta, I thought about a messenger bag, but I don’t own one. It felt silly to buy something new to avoid packing a suitcase. I’ll give the backpack a try and see how it goes!

      I love that you travel so much and get plenty of distraction free time to do the things you love.

  15. I think travelling lightly for women is a completely different deal for women than for men so I wouldn’t worry about comparisons there.

    Congratulations on all that you’re doing with your new ebook and this photographic project. You are an inspiration.

    regards

    Deb

  16. I love the concept of this blog! We are great defenders of “less is more”, and we find this a beautiful blog to reach selfknowledge.

    Congratulations and will come back soon to ckeck for news!

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  17. tammy

    This is an Excellent Post. I travel for a Living and I never thought about what I focus on, when I am on a trip. All you said, is totally what I do when worrying so much about IF I may need something. I rearranged my bag recently and had a trip thinking, I just kept everything, but organized it different. Now that is crazy. Thinking Like I will never have enough or the WHAT IF’s, I may need a lipstick or a band-aid or clipper or file, OR OR OR. You are getting my drift. I pack not so much the clothes it is the smaller things that I dont use most of the time like I said above. It is those JUST IN CASE THINGS. How do you NOT pack those things? I am ready to have FREEDOM from Stuff when I travel. Minimalistic life at home needs to be MORE now for Travel. I think I would feel TONS better about the Experience like you said with yourself. Great to hear these opinions as well.

    • Courtney Carver

      Tammy, It’s funny how programmed we are to think about stuff first. I’m going to Portland, not a remote rain forest! Why would I even think about bringing more than I need. I’d love to hear back from you if you travel lightly.

  18. Firstly I am so jealous. As soon as I saw the Seattle skyline start to develop on the screen when I opened this post my heart skipped a beat. I lived there for seven years and really miss it. If you want any tips on what to see just send me an email.

    As for light packing. I went to Italy (I live in Australia) for one month last October and the backpack plus its contents only weighed 12 pound. I did go with my husband and he had the electronic gear but we even minimised that this time. No laptop ~ big gasp. Instead we made sure we had some serious camera memory cards, the camera gear and an iPod touch. We carry our passports but all the travel info in on the iPod touch (no paperwork required these days).

    I took in my Rick Steves Backpack…
    5 shirts
    2 pair of light weight travel capris
    1 Light weight travel skirt
    1 dress
    8 pair of panties
    1 bra (spare)
    1 swim suit (never wore)
    1 pair of near worn out shoes that I threw away before I came home
    Toothbrush & toothpaste
    Mascara
    Eyebrow pencil (retractable type no need for sharpener)
    sunscreen
    Tinted moisuriser
    Razor (disposable)
    Light weight Rick Steves travel day bag
    Spare glasses (just in case)
    1 small microfibre cloth
    a few zip lock bags
    Passport

    I worn…
    Light weight long pants
    T-shirt
    Light weight travel jacket
    Shoes (Keen Vancouvers ~ light weight Mary-Janes style)
    Fly socks (to stop swollen feet)

    Rick Steves (http://www.ricksteves.com/) has great travel advice on packing and sells great travel gear.

    We find out in advance or go exploring once we reach a destination to work out where the nearest Laundromat is if we are at a stage that we are going to need one. We make sure we have enough closed to get us comfortably (not smelly) through for five days.

    We worry little about how fashionable we look and more about being comfortable and appropriately dress for exploring. Through you vanity out the window unless you want to carry it around on your back. That being said you can still look nice as there is plenty of stylish light weight travel clothes out there to choose from.

    Good luck with the packing and bon voyage!

  19. We traveled last week – a family of four – and took one big suitcase. I was at my mom’s so I knew I had access to laundry facilities. It was so nice to take just a few outfits and wear them a couple times.

    I’m in Portland – it would be lovely to run into you! Enjoy your time – I hope the weather cooperates and you get some lovely photos.

  20. gwoman

    I second the recommendation to check out the Rick Steves site….you could even visit his travel store located in Edmonds, WA (about 30 minutes north of Seattle). The best tip I’ve ever gotten was to use a money belt. I know how it sounds but it really does free you to only concentrate on being in the moment. No worries about losing ID/money/credit cards and keeps your hands free for your camera. (Link: http://travelstore.ricksteves.com/catalog/index.cfm?fuseaction=product&theParentId=124&id=32).

    Seattle tends to be still be quite cool and wet this time of year so your raincoat is definitely the way to go. Also consider adding another sweater to the mix. The evenings can be very chilly.

    Have fun.

  21. lotta

    Courtney,
    I love the way you blog, thank you for sharing your journey. I have been a hoarder for a very long time but the demise of my marriage and sale of my house as well as some unexpected news has seen this change. Not as smooth as I had hoped for there are days I feel I have lost a large part of myself (read Me = My STUFF… out of necessity and space restrictions) but I was already preparing myself to downsize. Funnily enough though, I travel really light. I love the feeling of unencumbered freedom. Even with my children we spent a few days in another state and took a backpack each for five days. With room to spare. Love it.

    • Courtney Carver

      Lotta, It sounds like you are going through some big changes. I’m glad you commented. Sounds like you recognize that you are not your stuff. Be good to yourself as you get used to your new normal.

  22. This is such a delightful discussion, and timely too. Thanks Courtney for letting us in on the details of your backpack and I will be looking out for further details.
    I have been traveling between two countries since I was 12 -between Turkey and the United States, you would think I would have learned a thing or two in the past 33 years. I am embarrassed to admit, no. I start with the best intentions and every time end up with all of the above.
    Last summer we rented a house in Bodrum, (on the Aegean) Turkey, for one month. Bathing suits and shorts were the regulation outfits for everyday. I took one suitcase, an extra duffel bag I stuffed in my bag and had a nice piece of carry on with more stuff. I probably would have been fine with two pairs of sandals but ended up bringing 6 or 7 pairs of shoes, 4 of which never saw the light of day. We are going again this year and I AM DETERMINED this time to travel with less but …
    I am dying to hear the rest of your adventure, I hope you have a wonderful trip steeped in awareness and joy.

    P.S. the thing I do find extremely useful are pashmina scarves, they can add color or dress up any outfit and they are great on the plane(because I am always cold) and when you go out at night.

    • Courtney Carver

      Sedef, You have had an adventurous life! I absolutely love Pashmina’s but did not build any into my Spring wardrobe for Project333. I love your well wishes for a “wonderful trip steeped in awareness and joy.” Thanks so much for that.

      • When you mentioned Project333 just now, I realized I could probably start by minimizing my wardrobe with this project first and then figure out what to do for my summer trip from there. At least I won’t be overwhelmed with too many choices to pick from.
        Thanks :)

  23. I can relate to this post so much, Courtney! I have a history of terrible packing.
    I am aiming to pack as light as I can for a trip I’m going on this weekend. I’m not sure if I’m ready to step out like Francine (I just love her book) but I hope to be moving in that direction. Baby steps!

    Hope you have a great trip. :-)

  24. Have a great time! Make certain you hit Powells Book store in Portland. It’s historic. Seattle underground tour (I hear) is great. Lived here my whole life and one day will do that tour.

  25. Seattle must sees

    The original Starbucks
    Pike Place Markets (Especially the guy that serves the hot cinnamon donuts)
    The chewing gum wall http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/the-seattle-gum-wall-a-sticky-attraction.html
    Capitol Hill http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitol_Hill_(Seattle)
    The Olympic Sculpture Park http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/osp/
    The underground tour is good
    The international district
    The boeing plant at Everett
    A Mariners game at Safeco field
    The Ye Old Curiosity Shop on the Wharf
    The Fish ladder and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks)
    The houseboats on Lake Union
    You have got to go up the Space Needle to take photos
    Also take a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island to get great city skyline photos.
    The is a really artsy area at Kirkland

    That ought to keep you busy for a while.

  26. Susan

    I am SO inspired. I can’t tell you how many times I have flown to Portland (to see my sister) and have taken an EMPTY suitcase for all the STUFF that I just MUST HAVE while visiting consignment and thrift stores! UGH!!! My husband and I will be in Portland for three days the third week of May.
    May I share my NON-MINIMALIST list of things that I always pack? This should begin…HELLO…MY NAME IS SUSAN and I am AN OVER-PACKER…

    Keep in mind that I am working on LIGHTENING my load in every regard….at home…while traveling…etc.

    Hairdryer
    Shampoo and numerous styling products (my sister is a professional hairdresser)…don’t you ‘spose she might have some products I could use?
    Full array of make-up INCLUDING Coets and Q-Tips (heard those are tough to get in Portland)…
    Deodorant
    toothbrush and toothpaste (my sister is MEAN, too…Lord knows, she would NEVER share hers!
    Perfume
    Lotions
    Eye makeup remover
    Tiny scissors (in case I need to perform minor surgery on WHAT?)
    Medications
    Razor (like I REALLY NEED to shave ANYTHING in a 4-day span?)

    One pair of jeans per day
    One pair yoga pants
    One pair undies for each day
    3 stretchy camisoles
    4 pair of socks
    At least three pair of shoes
    American Eagle Outfitters denim jacket (a staple in my wardrobe)
    4 or 5 grey or black long-sleeved or 3/4 sleeve T-shirts
    Pajama bottoms and sleep tank top

    What I REALLY WEAR while I am with my sister…..

    ONE PAIR YOGA PANTS
    Keen Shoes
    2 long-sleeved black or grey T-shirts
    One American Eagle outfitters denim jacket
    2 pair underwear
    one stretchy camisole
    usually NO MAKE-UP….(we throw on a baseball cap when our hair looks like hell)

    So….I shall be yet again inspired by your post and this trip…ONE small leather suitcase and just the bare essentials. I always have more fun when I don’t worry about all the stuff I have toted along. I have been known to repack on a daily basis to keep my suitcase neat and tidy, too! What a waste of time!

    Have a great time in Portland and Seattle. Wish we were going to be crossing paths…perhaps someday, Courtney!

  27. Susan,
    you redeemed yourself with the keen shoes in my mind. They are the best!

    • Susan

      Colleen…I find myself seeking another pair of Keens! Not as minimalist as I’d like…does it count if I get rid of TWO PAIR of shoes that I already own?

  28. Karen T.

    In college I went on a 10-week mission trip to England with one suitcase and was fine. A few years later, my first child was born with a reflux problem and spit up two dozen or more times a day. I got used to carrying entire changes of clothes for both her and me (including another bra for when I got really soaked). My diaper bag was duffel-sized and I carried it to the grocery store, the post office, church, my mom’s house. After surgery, my daughter gradually improved, and I’ve been working on traveling lighter for the last 20 years! Now I can go for a week with a couple of pairs of pants, 2 or 3 tops, a bra, a pair of underwear and socks for each day, 1 pair of shoes, nightwear, maybe a sweater or jacket (depending on destination and time of year), and minimal toiletries (my only makeup is mascara and lipstick). I’m not a hiker, though I do take walks, so I don’t need “workout” clothes. And I must always bring my current library book!

    Thanks for an interesting post. Have a lovely and safe trip, and take beautiful and exciting photographs!

  29. Your posts are always uncanny in their timing. I’m traveling next week and am already getting myself worked up over what to take. Part of my issue is that I’m seeing people I haven’t seen in 15 years and I want to look great, so I’m stressing over wardrobe.

    In addition to lessening the amount of stuff I’m taking with me, I’m also trying to fix myself in a mindset where I don’t maximize the things I usually maximize on vacation: Food, drink and shopping.

    For me it’s not always about what I take, but often what I pick up once I get there.

  30. Courtney, I really dislike packing. Now, I pack for my kids and myself and it takes me hours, worrying about what I might forget. I keep a toiletries bag already packed in my closet, but that’s about all I’ve simplified. What a great challenge for the next time I travel.

    As far as Seattle, it is beautiful, mountains, trees, water. I really enjoyed the downtown area, especially Experience Music museum and Pikes Place market. If you have time to travel, check out Lake Quinault, waterfalls, hiking, huge trees, etc… Enjoy!

  31. Kate

    I’ve always been a light packer. I’m going out of town for 3 days next month and taking 2 comfortable dresses, a bathing suit, a nightgown, a couple of pairs of underwear, and a dress and shoes for a wedding I must attend while there. Then a 1qt plastic bag of my toiletries. This is in addition to the dress, flip flops, and cardigan I’m wearing on the plane. I love traveling in warm weather, it is so easy! The hardest thing to leave behind is my blowdryer and flatiron.

  32. Hi Courtney,

    This is super-timely for me, as I’m traveling to North Carolina tomorrow. I, like you, used to bring an extra bag in order to acquire things, but no more! I also used to do the “what if?” while I was packing, and often brought several pieces of clothing that would never get worn. Over the last year, as I’ve pared way down, I’ve dropped that bad habit, and now I bring what I know I’ll wear; this has required coming to the truth of my lifestyle: I’m a t-shirt and jeans sort of girl and there is nothing wrong with that! The only thing I continue to overpack is socks. I always have cold feet!

    Have a great time in the northwest! sara

  33. Jennifer

    Great article! I was in Japan this Jan. with my two teenage children who bought so much stuff because they are total otaku (geeks)and I was beyond stressed when it came to packing for home. We were there for 3 weeks and I thought I had planned ahead with not packing too many clothes and having a relatively light bag but I only used half of what I packed anyway. So in the end I had to ship some stuff off through the post and leave behind two pairs of shoes and pack two jackets into a box and send home because we just simply didn’t have enough room. It was unbelievably stressful for me. Then there was the stress at check-in, was I over the weight limit, would I have to pay more? Aaaagh! When I go back next year I am going to travel soooo lightly. I will keep this article and re-read to remind me! That’s why you go on holiday … to not stress! And to enjoy!

  34. I do have 2 questions about practicality.
    How long will you be gone?
    What’s your laundry plans?
    Thanks

  35. For me, the real travel is WITHOUT computer, phone, and watch. Only the camera to open up your eyes to the beauty of street details.
    I sometimes put my phone, watch and computer in a box and go for a walk with my camera.
    Priceless time.

  36. Very well articulated. I particularly like the idea that ridding yourself of excess allows your mind to really be present and enjoy your experiences rather than being distracted by your belongings. The psychology of minimalism is so powerful and really brings a sense of clarity and helps eliminate distraction and stress. Thanks for this post!

  37. Carole

    Another thing to consider is the extra weight larger size clothes are and the space they take up. If you need to lose a few pounds this is a great motivator to cut back.

  38. Heather

    We just returned from our trip for Christmas and I ended up NOT using about 8 things I packed. We did a small load of laundry- mostly underclothes, socks and pants, and we survived lovely. We also were able to downsize to 1 duffle bag and we each had a pack back but not overly stuffed. It was awesome!!!

  39. Heidi

    Welcome to the northwest! You’re going to love it. Layers are good but it sounds as if you will have everything you need. I, however, always, always bring my bathing suit.

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