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10 Minimalist Packing Tips For Your Next Trip & How To Pack Better For Travel

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Here are our 10 tips on how to pack better for your travels. Whether you’re off on a weekend trip or heading out for a year of perpetual travel, these tips will keep your pack organized and efficient. Sponsored by Only What Matters: https://packha.kr/rnjt – an online community for aspiring minimalists.

0:58 – Lay Everything Out
3:19 – Compartmentalize
4:32 – Multifunctional Items
6:15 – Merino Wool
7:55 – Keep Everything Fresh
9:07 – Get Some Solid Soap
10:31 – Bring A Compact Bag
12:02 – Plan Your Flight
13:12 – Strategize To Save Money
14:54 – Practice Your Trip

Packing for a trip can be challenging. Packing for long-term, extended travel can be a nightmare.

And while minimalists tend to assume this stuff will be a breeze—”I only have 3 shirts anyway”—it doesn’t always work out that way. Turns out you kind of need things like toiletry containers, outlet adapters, and other random things in order to keep living your life semi-normally.

Luckily, we’re experts in this kind of stuff. Watch the full video to discover ten tips from the Pack Hacker team that will help you keep things minimal and pack better for your next trip.

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Pack Hacker says:

What are your best packing tips?

Opulence Luxury says:

I just take a trunk. All 5 * hotels will pick it up from the airport and have it in your room before you've returned from the welcome drinks.

Starboard Bow says:

Great content trying to get out more and enjoy the in life.

Cristina Kalil says:

Wow! Loved it!

Ronnie Lim says:

a lot of Indonesian currency 13:19 haha.. hello from Indonesia

Wehttam M says:

whats the black backpack to the right of your head?

Yuri van der Meer says:

Bringing a single zoom lens instead of multiple fixed focal length lenses seems like a good recommendation, but there's some things you are giving up in return, such as speed (maximum aperture) and overall image quality. A single fixed focal lens will be even lighter than a zoom lens, so here's my suggestion: bring just a single fixed focal length lens that your are comfortable with and work with what you've got. I strongly believe that a 35mm lens (full frame equivalent) such as the Fujifilm X100 is the perfect travel lens for 95% of the people out there.

micahisaac says:

very good tips that took me years to develop on my own. Best packing video I've seen.

Fiona G says:

Please be careful if your traveling by plane and taking nuts (especially peanuts). If you can, ask people around you if they are ok with you eating nuts. People have allergies, and it is kind and respectful to ask first. You could save a life.

Ivan negado says:

what bag are you using at the end of your intro?

April Ezell says:

Simply placing a small strip of plastic wrap over the opening and then screwing on the top completely prevents spills. Placing that in a ziploc is the second extra step. No weight involved with this solution! Those bars aren't great shampoo for us ladies :))

Benjamin Vega says:

Great video! I love it when people discuss packing and travelling gear!! I went on a 3 month trip to Argentina for volunteer work back in 2013, it was my first overseas travel, so I purchased a backpack that was overpriced and overkill. The pack was $150.00 at a big chain outdoor store (which was a lot for me as a broke traveler, yet I got carried away), it was bright blue and super flashy yet a great pack-Patagonia Black Hole 35L. In Cordoba, Argentina I was commuting on bus and I realized that it was drawing too much attention, especially in the neighborhood streets, and especially one night I got lost on the wrong bus home, bahahah. When I returned a year later to stay there for 2 years, I took a more simpler looking pack instead that I found at a thrift store in California. I actually never found thrift stores in Argentina- cultural differences! If I ever wanted to upgrade travel gear I would just ask a favor from people I knew were coming to my destination and they would bring me my things in their luggage.
Any trips around Argentina or to neighboring countries I would travel carry-on only with the least possible clothes rolled up in either a packing cube or a compression sack. I would include a travel towel, flips flops, documents, etc :)))

I would suggest that if you're on a budget, do not be afraid to look around for travel gear in thrift stores! You can save up money that eventually can be used in your travels. Once you are travelling out and about, really no one cares what gear you have, only you because the gear you have will make your packing easier, convenient, and comfortable. p.s. and in my experience, invest in good socks and underwear! Your feet and nether-regions will thank you while traveling! And try travelling carry-on only if you can- it's a neat experience! ahhhhh too many tips to mention and I overspoke!!! I hope this can help someone out there :))))

TimFromWales says:

Hey Tom – I'm just heading off on a 5/6 day trip from home. 3 days away via plane, then back for 3 days away back in the UK. I was trying to figure out how to pack and keep it minimal.

Just this morning I came up with an idea to pack two sets 1 for the away trip and 1 for the second back in the UK. And decided to leave the UK stuff in my car at the airport in packing cubes – As if by magic I am now packing even lighter! And swap used and unnecessary clothes when I return to the UK.

Victoria says:

My biggest travel hang-up right now is how to best travel with medications and vitamins. I think the most space saving, wallet friendly solution is throwing them in a baggy. I'm concerned about going through TSA with a shady looking baggy of pills. Should I be concerned? Anyone have a hack for this? I feel like pill compartments are often too bulky or don't offer enough room. I've seen posh little round pill containers with 3 small divided compartments. It's nice and discreet…but it's not going to hold what I need.

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