Being minimalist is not easy, we are used to having more than we need and we fill our houses with all kind of stuff. But once you get into the world of minimalism, you realize how little you need in your daily life.

I started my journey into minimalism some years ago and by 2019 I got to live in a house without TV, Wi-fi, hair-dryer, microwave, toaster, books (I take them from the library and return once I'm finished),  vehicle (we lived in the old town so we could walk everywhere and we used the public bikes) or iron (if you need to, hang the clothes in the bathroom when you shower and the steam will do it!).
For me this meant spending less time in the house (cleaning and organizing all the stuff) and more time doing things I like (travel, read, spend time outdoors, enjoy Palma's social life, go to the beach or to the park...).

Not everyone will have the same definition for 'minimalism', there's not a certain criteria on what things you have to get rid of and what things you can keep.  In general it's the effort of getting rid of the things that are not completely necessary or things that are not noticeably useful, but this of course depends on the person. For instance, if you have long hair and you get cold easily, it can be necessary to have a hairdryer. Or if you work from home you need to have Wi-fi, of course. Or maybe you are a book lover and you can live without TV or kettle but not without a book collection. Minimalism is different for everyone, the key is to try to live with less to have more time for what really matters.

Cactus are minimalist plants: they don't need that much to survive :) 

Minimalism also taught me to be more conscious of what I buy. Now I prefer quality over quantity, I prefer to spend more money in buying stuff that will last longer, rather than buying inexpensive things that won't last very long. I also prefer reusable things and I always try to reduce the use of plastic at the very minimum. 

So minimalism is just the tip of the iceberg! It's a lifestyle that teaches you something new everyday and opens your eyes to a more conscious life.

We haven't reached that level yet!

When we travel, Manuel and I are kind of "forced" to be minimalist, because we choose the low-cost companies to have lower prices, and they usually have baggage restrictions. If you look at the bright side this is a great opportunity to pack the minimal way, a challenge if you want to say. When you get used to that, at some point you stop thinking about taking a big luggage, even if you can check it in for free! 

We want to share with you our personal experience as minimalist travelers, which we also apply in our daily life. Here are the 10 tips to travel light: 

1. Small backpack/suitcase. As we said, we usually fly with low-cost companies so it's expensive to bring a big suitcase, and that's motivation to travel light! Overall it also makes travel easier and it saves you time.

2. Solid shampoo and soap bar. This is a huge plastic-free step and it makes me very happy! It makes you feel very free to realize that you don't need any fancy products to clean your body and hair, only the natural and traditional bar of soap! Nowadays you can find all types of bars of soap and shampoos with herbs, oils... And some of them come in paper wrap instead of plastic, win-win!

3. Microfiber towel. It weights less than a regular towel, it takes less space and it dries fast. The best travel partner! The only inconvenient is that dries less than a regular towel, but as the song says: you can't always get what you want... And I think it has many advantages, so is worth it!

4. Coconut oil. I think by now everyone knows how amazing coconut oil is, but in case you haven't tried it yet, let me tell you all the possible uses: make up remover, hair conditioner/mask/serum, overnight mask, body lotion, toothpaste, to do oil pulling in the morning, lip balm, to make homemade deodorant or body scrub... How cool is that?! Instead of 10 different products, you need only one! We usually buy a big 1 liter jar and we fill the small travel size one. For more uses and recipes check this list from Wellnessmama blog.

5. Versatile clothes with plain colors. I try to buy clothes that I can mix and match. I use colorful accessories to change the look easily. I also try to buy cotton and organic materials and clothes than don't need to be ironed. Some of my go to's are black leggings (very comfortable to travel, to do yoga, to go out...), classic jeans that combine with everything, brown cardigan, light jean jacket and plain color shirts. I also have red pants that I found in the souk in Morocco, the color may seem difficult but they combine with many things and can make any look more special.

6. Moon cup. This is another amazing swap, it changed my life and my relationship with my period. Besides of being a zero waste solution (we use an average of 11.000 disposable menstrual products in a lifetime, which are usually made with plastic) you save TONS of money.  This has been very convenient while traveling because I don't have to spend time or research looking for the right menstrual products in a different country. Another thing is that I feel a lot more connected to my body.  I am in direct contact with the blood and I feel more aware of the amount, color, etc.  I feel so much more in tune with my body now instead of using a new piece of plastic every month, now I have a relationship with my body, me, my period and my moon cup :) Society makes it look like something disgusting, that we should avoid talking about it, but it's something natural and it's very important to know your period to have the control of your body and be aware if something is going wrong.
7. Make up. I almost never us make up in my daily life, only for special occasions. I use only liner, mascara (for very special occasions) and red lipstick. Next step would be zero make up :) Always make sure that your make up is not tested on animals! And made with organic ingredients if possible. I also like the vegan balm lip from Sprouts, which I use daily.
The only make up and lip balm I use

8. Reusable cotton pads. Some women use them every day to remove their make up.  Imagine how many cotton pads you toss in one month, that's so much waste for the planet! I have reusable ones that I can wash and reuse every time and they don't take that much space in the bag.  Again it's one less trip to the supermarket in a new place ;)

9. Inflatable neck pillow. A neck pillow can be very useful for long trips if you want to sleep in the plane, and it becomes your best friend in long distance flights! But it takes a lot of space, so my dad gave me this inflatable one as a gift. It is a little bit less comfortable than the regular one, but still very useful and takes very little space.
Regular neck pillow vs. inflatable neck pillow

10. Big scarf / sarong. Another item that can have many uses, besides covering the neck. It can be a light blanket when you are in the plane, a towel on the beach, a dress or skirt, a picnic cloth in the park or you can cover shoulders or head when going into a religious place. It's very versatile and you won't regret having it! For more uses check the blog from the experienced travelers Dave and Deb The Planet D.

And this is our experience so far on how to travel light. Let us know if you have any other tips that make your life and travels easier! We always want to learn more tips!

We recommend you read the post from our friend Lectora Nómada if you want more useful tips for traveling and some good Plastic-free tips! 


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