4 Minimalist Habits To Try When Travelling
I love a good holiday! Time out, exploring, good food and lie ins. Long hikes. Discovering new nooks and crannies. Sunsets and long dinners. Unexpected conversations and deep, deep thoughts. Recharge and Relax.
It’s always, always a revelation, how little is needed on holiday. I come back ready to get rid of all my worldly possessions, especially clothes and make up. A feeling that does not last, but has always lingered. It’s the beach holiday, where I wore no make-up (It was insanely hot and just not needed) That first time I packed hand luggage only (a revelation). The lack of planning. The freed up time, which always leads to thinking and dreaming. The space and calm that makes you want to stay!
And so, my experiments with minimalism have always started when I am away. Living out of a suitcase, discovering new adventures. Slowly these ‘temporary‘ holiday habits have seeped into everyday life. The need for less clothing and clutter. Minimising routines. Creating more space and less plans.
And so I have come to realise, holidays are the perfect time, to experiment with less. Not too permanent. Not too long. A great way to test and dip your toes in. So here is what I minimise on, when traveling:
4 Minimalist Habits To Try When Travelling
1 Capsule Wardrobe
Minimalist packing, is not something that has come naturally to me. I like to be prepared and this caused me to over pack, panic pack and/or avoid packing, until the last minute. It always lead to last minute shopping, for holiday essentials, that never got used or worn. This part of the holiday was always tense… as well as the lugging of (multiple) heavy bags across London and then at the destination.
Packing a capsule is something that I have eased into. A little less with every holiday. And with every holiday, the want to pack less!
I am not going to lie, it does take planning and editing. At first it can feel quite hard and every item really important. Then you realise that 10 t-shirts for a weekend, is a bit much. Five pairs of shoes. Ditto. Three pairs of trainers. Why? So start slowly. Put all of your items on display. Count them. Edit what you feel comfortable with. At the end of the holiday. Assess!
Over the years I have found that packing a capsule means you pack clothes that go together. Pack items that fit with different outfits. Clothing that suits your break! So, whilst you may spend more time packing and editing…it really pays off on holiday, when you have exactly what you need.
2 Capsule beauty and makeup
The last five months have seen me (start to) minimising this area. For my last holiday, I pared things down considerably. I packed a cleanser, sunscreen and face oil. A moisturiser for the body. Perfume and deodorant. Two lip-balms and a concealer. Oooh and a toothbrush and toothpaste.
It meant …No mascara, no day cream or night cream. No serums or toners. I survived. My skin did too! Possibly better than it has in years! This holiday has really made me question my need for potions, lotions and cover ups. What works? Which products don’t?
It’s also a great way to give your skin a bit of a break!
3 Digital Detox
I am all for the digital detox. It could be my favourite part of holidays. I curb my phone usage to about 20/30 minutes a day. I switch of wifi and data for the rest of the time. This means a quick glance at Instagram, Facebook, my favourite blogs and newspaper articles. Its always interesting to see what I drawn to. The accounts I can’t miss and the stories that grip me. By the end of longer holidays I slip into not checking my phone at all. Reading books and magazines and just staring into space. People watching. Dreaming.
It’s something that has most recently seeped into my daily life. I use my phone less, check it at set times and then ignore it!
Life at times can feel so fast paced and planned. Rigid. Tiresome. On holidays I like to turn off the alarm (like everyone else!!), have less planned time and take the days as they come. Yes, I will research popular restaurants and must do activities. If needed, I may book a one or two activities. What I love most though, are days unfolding as and when. Some of my favourite days have been walking in no particular direction, finding beautiful alleys and streets. It’s the magic of stumbling across that perfect restaurant, gallery or beach. The feeling of discovery, with no help from Tripadvisor or Google maps!
So, next time you take that holiday or long weekend away…pack less. Plan less and make time for magic!