Minimalist Packing (a.k.a. One-Bagging, Ultralight Travel…)

What’s the point of this? To put it as a dichotomy…

Pack Heavy

  • You go with the false sense of security that you have everything you made need for total comfort, just like at home.
  • You blow more of your travel budget on a taxi on arrival to deal with getting all your stuff to your lodging—and you have to stay in a hotel rather than in a quaint Barcelona walkup because you can’t do stairs with all that stuff.
  • You have fewer new experiences, because your stuff and carried comfort separates you from how locals do things.
  • Your back gets messed up from carrying weight; you can’t walk to new trails or hit new dance floors.
  • You have constant worries about keeping all that stuff secure.

Pack Lightly

What are the strategies for going lighter and what few things are really worth carrying? Well, see our minimalist packing list.

And, while we urge you to not buy new anything that you already have, it is wise to have the few things you carry work really well. We can help with our reviews of specific gear.

Our Articles About Minimalist Packing and Gear Reviews

A Quality Leather Men’s City Bag with Thoughtful Organization for Travel: Our Review of the Grams28 154 City Pack

Traveler daypacks don’t have to be fluorescent colors and don’t have to be fanny packs nor paired-down backpacker packs with hydration tubes sticking out. They can be classy and yet well-thought-out organizational features. We’ve spent a few weeks trying out one such option from Grams28: The 154 City Pack. It’s quite a bit different from…

Read more… A Quality Leather Men’s City Bag with Thoughtful Organization for Travel: Our Review of the Grams28 154 City Pack

The Differences in the Top Osprey Daypacks — And How to Choose the Perfect Smaller Pack for Daily Use

I’m obsessed with lightweight travel and have been using Osprey packs and daypacks for years. I also think they’re very much worth recommending for school, hiking, cycling, outdoor sports, shopping, carrying laptops and gear for work, and more. Me with my current favorite, especially when on the road: The Osprey Farpoint Fairview Travel Daypack I’m…

Read more… The Differences in the Top Osprey Daypacks — And How to Choose the Perfect Smaller Pack for Daily Use

Wheeled Backpacks for Girls: Cute Designs that Will Roll Through the School Year

Your Backpack Guide Mose Hayward Prefers Wheels What are the cutest, funnest backpacks for girls with the convenience of wheels? We’ve put together photos of the designs along with our thoughts on what are the most durable and useful options for elementary, middle and high school use. There are cute options that are also quite…

Read more… Wheeled Backpacks for Girls: Cute Designs that Will Roll Through the School Year

How to Choose Between Eagle Creek Convertible Carry-Ons: The Caldera International, Gear Warrior, and Expanse International

Your Guide Mose Hayward Convertible Backpacker As someone who for for more than a decade has basically lived out of various convertible rolling backpack carry-ons, I feel like I know what to look for when comparing them. So I recently took an interest in the Eagle Creek lineup of bags with both backpack straps and…

Read more… How to Choose Between Eagle Creek Convertible Carry-Ons: The Caldera International, Gear Warrior, and Expanse International

The Best Larger, All-in-One Toiletry Bag for Digital Nomadism and Long-Term Travel

Here we’ll review the Eagle Creek Pack-It Wallaby Organizer and some other options for those who carry a full set of cosmetics and toiletries while travelling. Your Guide Mose Hayward Minimalist-ish Traveler We pooled wisdom of a few long-term digital nomads, including especially women, who have somewhat larger arsenals of grooming products, soaps, and cosmetics…

Read more… The Best Larger, All-in-One Toiletry Bag for Digital Nomadism and Long-Term Travel

Review of the Osprey UltraLight Zip Organizer—After Years of Constant Travel Use

Your Guide Mose Hayward Minimalist Vagabond I have used the Osprey UltraLight Zip Organizer for over four years of nearly constant travel, and yes, in that period I have frequently brushed my teeth, shaved, and even showered. This small toiletry bag has stood by me for all of those adventures, storing and organizing my implements…

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Our Top Choices in Minimalist Toiletry Bags—Simple, No-Frills, and Ultra-Lightweight

A selection of lightweight minimalist toiletry bags that we have tested Your Guide Mose Hayward Minimalist Packing Nerd What’s the best minimalist toiletry bag? It depends a bit on what you mean by “minimalist”—we’ve experimented in our constant travels with both solutions for simplicity in design and for travelling very light. Be warned that the…

Read more… Our Top Choices in Minimalist Toiletry Bags—Simple, No-Frills, and Ultra-Lightweight

Minimalist Packing: I’ve Been Traveling Nearly Constantly for Two Decades—Here’s What I Learned Is Worth Carrying, and Not Carrying

Your Travel Guide Mose Hayward Minimalist-ish After years of wandering from country to country with just a carry-on, I’ve learned to minimize. That’s not surprising; travelling light becomes an art for any experienced traveller. Each time I go, the load gets a little lighter as I realize what I don’t actually need. So what I’m…

Read more… Minimalist Packing: I’ve Been Traveling Nearly Constantly for Two Decades—Here’s What I Learned Is Worth Carrying, and Not Carrying

Rolling Backpacks: For the Lightest, Most Comfortable One-Bag Travel

Your Backpack Tester Mose Hayward Minimalist-ish Vagabond A carry-on backpack that rolls? This, for minimalist travel, is the sweet spot. I’ve traveled constantly with one small rolling backpack or another for the past decade. I have also been updating this article for nearly as long, every time I’ve tried a different wheeled backpack. My favorites…

Read more… Rolling Backpacks: For the Lightest, Most Comfortable One-Bag Travel


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