Welcome to another session of Kungfuprincess rants!
As some of you might know, I am currently travelling in Ireland. And as any good planner I wanted to prepare myself and watched several packing videos to check out new tips and tricks and to figure out how to make the most out of my clothes and my backpack.
And I was totally stunned. Did you see those Carry-On travellers????
There is no way on earth that I would be able to pack all my stuff for 3 weeks into a little piece of luggage.
And I didn’t even want to try to! Most of these packing tips are for hot regions or at least warm ones, others are just for a short amount of time and then there are people who are just tiny.
So my excuse is, I am bigger I need more space 😛
No really, going minimalist is an art. I admire you for doing so, but let’s be honest!
How often do you have to wash your clothes????!
These videos really intimidated me at first. I am travelling since years and yes I did my share of overpacking.
For example my luggage for one week of Rome was so big, that I got over the 20 kilo limit xD But it was Rome!!! I just needed fashionable clothes and to be honest my luggage also was stuffed with food, because I love to be prepared and am the queen of late night snacks 😀
But from that time 5 years ago, my stuff became less and less.
Now I am travelling with one backpack (10-12 kilos) and a daypack with all the stuff I need for work. Camera stuff and my laptop and idea book.
I am able to travel in a carry-on, if I am on the road for less than 5 days, but definitely not for 3 weeks.
So here I am saying you it is ok to not go minimalist. While it is great to carry so less, it has it downsides too. You will need to wash your stuff more often, there will be just room for one pullover and a jacket, which can get boring soon, especially if you like fashion 😉 and last but not least, buying essentials on the road is kinda stupid if you have them at home!
For Ireland my backpack was not really full. I left a bit of space for shopping and when the food is gone (just some tiny snacks, gotta be careful to always have something with me for health reasons) there will be even more space 😉
I am saying stop the minimalist madness and YES take that extra shirt with you, if you look stunning in it.
You don’t need to feel ashamed for having one unnecessary piece with you, even I as an experienced traveller ( I lived in other countries more than two years+ 2-3 shorter trips a year) am not able to go minimalist.
Just remember you still have to carry it, if you are like me, you will take the extra kilo and see it as a special exercise 😉
Ps. SHhhhhh don’t tell I have four pairs of shoes with me. No way a woman can go with less xD
So what are you?? Chronic overpacker or absolute minimalist? How much do you carry with you??