Imagine traveling with just one SMALL bag. I have done it – for months.
Walking around with a hunched back carrying a rocket sized back pack isn’t fun. How about getting your luggage lost at the airport?
The solution – small bag traveling.
The pros of 1 bag, minimalist traveling:
- No fear of getting your luggage lost
- No more paying fees for extra luggage
- You don’t look like a backpacker with an rocket sized backpack
- Less stuff to carry on your back
- Less clothes, you have to constantly wash them (I do it in the shower)
- Some people think you’re homeless for wearing the same 3 shirts and 2 pants
Seasoned travelers pack light while college kids walk around with rocket sized back packs. At the end of this post, you’ll be convinced that traveling minimalist is the way to go.
What’s inside the bag?
What you need: clothes, toiletries, electronics.
(My bag: 25 liters, Jansport. If your Jansport rips, just mail it to the factory and they’ll send you a new one. That’s right – warranty for life! The bag is nothing special. Simplicity is the best)
Let’s get into the finer details …
Clothes – what you really need.
Sun glass, 2 pair of underwear, 2 shorts, 1 pair of jean, 2 shirts, slippers, 8 liter dry sack bag. What about dressing good for bars and clubs? Wear your smart casual trouser/dress shirt/blazer/smart shoes.
I traveled to Japan during winter – it was cold in Tokyo! I simply wore a jacket and fleece to keep warm. Wear 3 layers – undershirt, fleece, jacket. This is how we do it in Canada, home of roaming polar bears.
The underwear brand of choice is Ex Officio – it’s space age technology for your crotch. It’s quick drying and is comfortable like silk. Have 2 – wash one, wear one. It’s a bit pricey but worth every penny.
The latest craze is merino wool among travelers. I haven’t tried it and I won’t. Why? Too expensive, not stylish enough. Instead of a $100 merino wool t-shirt, I wear a $10 Unliqo air-ism t-shirt that is comfortable and quick drying. I would gladly pay $50 for the Unliqo t-shirt. Japan makes the best electronics and clothes.
You MUST buy a dry sac bag to do laundry with since hand washing your clothes in the shower is ineffective. Put your dirty clothes in the bag, add soap and violently shake the bag – like how you would shake a hairy feminist who’s screaming in your face.
Always bring a pair of slippers because the hostel’s washroom is dirty.
The few electronics you need
I have an e-reader loaded with 500 books. The e-reader lasts for a month without charging and you can “borrow” books off the Internet. I recommend the kobo because it accepts .epub format, which is a format that respects your freedom.
A $300 laptop (thinkpad x220) that is 12.5 inches. I need my laptop for work, otherwise I would just bring my smart phone. The less technology you bring, the better.
A plug converter that works in 150 countries. I made the novice mistake of traveling to another country without a plug converter once – how embarrassing.
E-reader, small laptop, cell phone.
I use a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 because of the superior battery life and high definition camera. The camera is so good, if I zoom in real close, I can see the woman’s fine facial hair.
Important stuff – condoms and toiletries.
It’s unusual to travel with a small bag. You don’t want to be known as “the smelly guy with oily hair who lives out of his back pack” Be obess with cleaniness, like Japanese people.
Japanese people make the best ear picks and nail clippers. The ear pick, bought in Tokyo, was crafted by a blind Japanese man who spent the past 35 years making ear picks. His mastery of this craft his breath taking (okay, I’m half kidding)
The shaver I use is Micro Shave by Force Pro – it’s one of those “as seen on TV” product. It’s tiny but packs a punch. Cheap, durable, powerful. The shaver last for 6 months before it needs to be replaced. Not bad for $10, right?
I get a haircut once every 2 weeks. I also pluck my eyebrows with a tweezer. Wait – there’s more: I trim my nose hair and eye brows. I learned this from my Japanese girlfriend, who would place my head on her lap and expertly pluck my eyebrows, trim my nose hair and eyebrows.
Important: bring your eye mask and ear plugs for sleeping on planes and buses.
Sun glass is a must. Some men like to stare at summer cleavages without shame. I, on the other hand, would tilt my sun glass down to my nose and exclaim: “My god! Look at that fine pair of cleavage! God bless you.”
Speaking of staring at things, I caught you looking at the lined up condoms.
Protip: Japan makes the best god tier condoms. Okamoto is the thinnest condom money can buy – it’s like you’re not wearing nothing at all.
Minimalist traveling is the way to go
Traveling with a small bag is the SMART way to travel.
You’ll get 2 types of reaction from people: admiration or disgust. Some will admire you because it feels free to travel so light, others will be disgusted because that’s the stereotype of a smelly, dirty hippy. Wash your clothes often and pay careful attention to hygiene, and you’re good to go.
I traveled to Hong Kong, Macau, United States, Japan and Vietnam with ONE bag – my friends were so shocked when I’m walking around with a small bag (“Seriously, where is your luggage?!”)
Traveling light makes you feel free, like a bird migrating across the globe.
So spend more time fornicating with foreign women in missionary position and less time worrying about stuff.
Once you tasted the freedom of traveling light, you will never over pack again. I started doing this 5 years ago and I haven’t looked back since.
PS: got any traveling light tips? Share below.