Minimalist Travel: 5 Benefits of Packing Light

Minimalism has been the “center of attention” for quite some time now in the blogging and digital nomad community. And it seems like everyone who’s traveled with a single carry-on suitcase or a simple backpack came to the same conclusion: “Less is More.”

But what does “minimalism” even mean in our society? We think the guys from theminimalists.com summed it up in the most appropriate way:

Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.

theminimalists.com

Thinking that living as a minimalist gives you the greatest experience of freedom might sound a little too… strange or odd to some people. But minimalist travel does indeed bring plenty of advantages:

  1. If you travel with a carry-If you travel with a carry-on or backpack, you can usually go directly through the security check and then head straight to your gate. This will considerably reduce your travel time, as you will only need to be at the airport one hour before departure and not 2 hours.
  1. Traveling without a large suitcase has become much cheaper now, as many airlines charge extra for check-in luggage. Especially if you’re short on cash, but still have to fly, this could be a real argument.
  1. If you carry fewer things, you don’t have to spend time finding them. Also, if you have a backpack that has many pockets and compartments, you always know where everything is. You are not the one who attracts the grudge of other travelers when waiting in a line.
  1. You can get off a plane without dealing with the baggage claim. This is crucial if you’re in a hurry. Also, you don’t have to deal with all the struggles that arise if your luggage didn’t come with the same flight. Or, even worse, your bag never arrives.
  1. You travel much more relaxed if you don’t have to carry so much luggage. Since the weight of carry-on baggage is limited, you will take a maximum of 10 kg / 22 lbs with you. This makes the arrival and departure a lot easier.

To be a minimalist packer, you first have to become comfortable with simplicity and separate the “want” from “need” in your life and travels. With that in mind, you can fully embrace minimalist travel and focus on the things in life that really matter.