[Day 26] How to Pack Like an Expert and Adapt to a Minimalist Lifestyle

I’m pretty excited about today’s challenge because it’s something I have a lot of experience in. So I went all out with this video to share my knowledge on what it takes to live out of a suitcase.

It’s also a question I’ve been wanting to answer for quite some time, so I’m glad that Rodney, a long-time reader of my blog, asked me to provide some advice on living out a suitcase, what to pack and what type of suitcase is best.

But ultimately what we’re talking about here is the art of minimalism and recognizing what your essential items are, and what you really don’t need on your travels.

Day 26 - How to Pack Like an Expert and Adapt to a Minimalist Lifestyle

In my experience, there have been more than a few times where I’ve short changed myself on time and had to pack in a rush to get to the airport to catch my flight.

What’s helpful is that I don’t have a ton of stuff to pack up when I leave a place because I’ve gotten so used to living out of a suitcase, and I have some systems that I follow to make it much easier to organize myself life.

I have loads of tips I’ve learned over the years, and we’ll discuss a bulk of them in this video.

In chapter 12 of my book, I dive deeper into not only what to pack, but the benefits of minimalism, what happens after you arrive at a destination and the best ways to acclimate to your new environment.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this video:

  • What the most reliable type of suitcase is and how it’s saved me money
  • Which clothing items are absolutely essential and;
  • Which items you can buy while you travel
  • What you can use to make sure your toiletries don’t leak on all of your things
  • And I may even make you laugh at 5 mins 41 sec….

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Natalie’s other tips for packing:

  • Make sure that you can throw all of your clothing items together in the washing machine without any drama.
  • Linen and rayon are not your travel friends. Wool (and knit fabrics in general) and synthetics work great.
  • Some items that are smart to take along with you are sunscreen, medical supplies, electronics, and quality shoes.

Don’t forget to pick up my free Essentials Packing List under Chapter 11 of the resources section of my book website.

Day 26 Blog Challenge to accept in 3 easy steps

1. Write a response blog post to this question:

Could you live a minimalist lifestyle? Why or why not? OR What does minimalism mean to you in the context of your ideal lifestyle?

Top Tip: Look back and reflect over what you wrote during the first few days of this challenge where you worked on your perfect day plan, and what a business and life you loved look like.

2. Share your blog post response:

Don’t forget to leave a comment below or a trackback to your blog response. Share your post from your own site on social media using #TSE30DC at the end of your tweet or post.

3. Embed the 30 Day Blog Challenge badge in your post:

Choose the badge you most like from right here. Then just COPY the HTML code already pre done for you, and PASTE it into the HTML tab of your post.

Read these resource posts to help you

Check out this post to learn more – Top Tips for Savvy Business Travel

What’s next in the 30 Day Blog Challenge?

new_twitter_logoHow do you pack like a pro and are you a minimalist at heart? #TSE30DC #minimalism #packingtips

Follow the 30 Day Blog Challenge Pinterest board (and see if you can spot your own post there)

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post for Day 27 What You Need to Know to Become a Travel Hacking Pro!

Summary of your posts today




  1. Kim Kalan says

    I figured a long time ago I am not a traveler I like being living in one spot planting roots and being a regular at my favorite coffee house or lunch cafe. I like going back to the same travel spot to build roots in that one spot. Building Tradition is feeling like the best way to describe it.


  2. Janna Melissa says

    Could you please share what you do for your business equipment? You mentioned that you keep certain things in your carry on bag. How many bags total do you carry and how do you fit all of your electronics and business supplies?

  3. says

    Just saw this comment arrive as I was on this post! Freaky. I have just one suitcase, and one either laptop bag or small backpack. Currently the small backpack has around 350 digital cards of my Suitcase Entrepreneur book, travel adaptor and some electronics like battery chargers, plus currency, passport and important bits of paper I haven’t scanned yet or want to keep with me, plus a paperback book. It also fits my iPad would you believe and my laptop if well packed.

  4. Janna Melissa says

    Haha thank you for the quick response! This is something I’m struggling with as I prepare for my first location independent work experiment. Since I’m an employee, I have to bring a portable scanner, printer, and external monitor. I found lightweight compact versions of all of these, but it’s still a lot to lug around! Maybe when I finally move over to “entrepreneur” I can free myself of such devices and just carry a small suitcase and backpack, that would be a dream. Until then I’ll keep struggling to find the right combination haha

  5. Karen Wojciechowski says

    Great tips I definitely packed too much for the trip I’m currently on and will learn from it for next time. :)

  6. Change Fear says

    Hi there, not sure how helpful this would be but I thought I’d mention it just in case. There’s an online service called hellofax and hellosign that I use and saves me having to print and scan. Basically how hellosign works is you can take the document file from your email add it to the program and you can fill your document online. It even allows you to store your signature online for easy signing. Once you complete the document you can either send it via email or fax it without even printing anything. You can use it for multipage documents as well. If you’re unable to get a digital copy of your forms (ie via email or downloadable online), there are also some good apps out there that can convert your iPad/iPod/tablet/android into a scanner as well.

    Hope it helps!


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