With planning for my 8-day trip to Jamaica, I wanted to minimize the amount of bags I took. I certainly didn't plan to check a bag, and decided to challenge myself to a single book bag.
Why you ask? Well, #1 I wanted a light load. I could have grabbed my overnighter, but there are no wheels on that bad boy, which would mean lots of stress on my shoulders. #2 I am far too familiar with packing and traveling, that I knew I would not use much of what was in my bag.
The initial place we were staying was an privately-owned rental, and luckily there was a washer. This helped with minimizing my belongings.
Here are three ways to help you minimize your traveling bag:
#1 Only bring what you need. Yes, the most obvious way to eliminate a bunch of trivial items in your bag is to avoid the unnecessary.
#2 Share with your travel buddies. One thing my friends and I do is call each other a few days before departing, we see who can bring what so we can share toiletries like toothpaste and shampoo.
#3 Eliminate the Just-in-case items. What's the likelihood of you getting a stomach virus, stung by a bee, having something stolen and running out of clothes in one trip? Just chill, and pack an extra $20 for emergencies.
Here’s what I packed!
In My Book Bag 2 Pairs of Shorts 3 Dresses 2 Crop Tops 1 T-Shirt 1 Dress Top 2 Bathing Suit tops 3 Bathing Suit Bottoms 5 Pairs of Underwear 1 Bra 1 Pair of No-show socks 1 Pair of Sport Socks 1 NIKON D60 1 Battery Charger 1 Extra Battery 1 Phone Charger 2 Books 1 Personal Journal
In My Train Case 1 Toothbrush 1 Homemade Toothpaste 1 Washcloth 1 Hand Towel (Used as a regular towel) 2 Menstrual Sponges 2 Regular Pads 2 Sanitary Napkins 1 Pack of Matches 1 Reusable Bottle of Mixed Oils Bobby Pins 3 Scrunchies 1 Claw Comb 1 Canvas Bag for Snacks 1 Spork 1 Mason Jar 1 Steel Straw
In My Purse 1 Wallet 1 Zip bag of Pens and Change 1 Mirror 1 Passport 1 Sunshades
In My Tiffin Box Interchangeable Snacks (Fruit/ Pita, trail mix, salad, etc.)