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MINIMALIST PACKING: 3 Weeks in Europe

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Hi everyone! Today I want to share with you what I’m packing for a three week trip to England and Spain. Several month ago, I made a video on how I pack my backpack for shorter trips. And I’ll put that up in the cards if you haven’t had a chance to see it. But this video is going to be how I pack my carry-on suitcase for much longer trips. I’m also going to show you how I pack my travel clutch, which is something I only use at the airport and on the plane. We’re heading to England this year to spend Christmas with my husband’s family. So I’m really excited about that! And then afterwards, for a few nights were going to stop in Barcelona just to have some fun and practice our Spanish. So I’m excited for that too. Alright, so now that you know the plan let’s check out my suitcase. Alright, in here we have five tops In here we have two heat techs and this is something I use when I take a shower to keep my hair dry. We also have four pieces of loungewear / pyjamas, and my sunglasses This is my purse. I won’t be using this at the airport and I’ll also keep a canvas bag inside in case I want to buy something or I need to take anything out. This is a clear bag which I’ll use for toiletries. I will put my toner in there, some apple cider vinegar which I use as a conditioner. This is Shampoo, which is in a silicon container, my deodorant and my facial cleanser. This is OraWellness tooth oil, which I use to brush my teeth. This is a small jar of jojoba oil, which I use for under my eyes. It just helps my concealer to go on easier. And this is tea tree oil, which I use in case I get a blemish. This is a packing cube where I have my hat, my mittens, my underwear and some socks. These are my black ankle boots. I’ll be wearing my tan boots on the plane. This is my hair straightener. It does have a pocket on the back where you can put the cord, but I want it to lie flat. So I’m just going to put the cord here on the side. This is the cord for my camera charger And in this space, I’m going to put my camera, this is my small camera. I’m also going to put my phone charger, as well as the battery pack for my camera and the charger. This is all of my makeup, along with a couple hair ties. I’m going to add a lotion bar which I can use for moisturizing the rest of my body, as well as a toothbrush and a tongue scraper. Nail clippers and tweezers. This is my floss, Diva cup and ayate washcloth. And that’s a razor. I’ll put my Lady Comp here, and my hairbrush. So that’s pretty much it for the suitcase. Let’s get it all zipped up. This ended up weighing just over 9 kilos. This is my travel clutch, and I use this at the airport and on the plane. I already have my passport inside, so I’m just going to put in my Oyster card and some other credit cards and I.D. This is also the space where I’ll put my boarding pass. Then in the first pocket here, I’m going to put in some lip balm as well as some earplugs. And a pen and my headphones. Then on the other side in the last pocket I’m going to put some travel socks. These are socks that I’m only going to wear on the plane, as well as a reusable hankie, my face mask, and an eye mask. So let’s get this zipped up. This is just something I carry around at the airport and then it’s thin enough that it can slide into the seat in front of me while I’m on the plane in case I need anything. These are the clothes I’m wearing on my travel day: Black pants, belt, gray flannel shirt and some socks. I’ll also have this ultralight down jacket on the plane, and I’ll be wearing my wool jacket too, but that’ll probably go in the overhead bin while I’m flying.

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100 thoughts on “MINIMALIST PACKING: 3 Weeks in Europe”

  1. yesiownfrodo says:

    No casual shoes, no pants except for loungewear, no q-tips, no journal or anything to write on, not even one aspirin much less anything else, there were SO many things missing, and yes, I am an experienced traveler, and I travel with one carry on. I think this was more about how the suitcase "looked" than how traveling really functions.

  2. MIKE ROZEN says:

    great video very helpful. very orginazed.

  3. Priscila B. says:

    apple cider vinegar as conditioner? wow!

  4. Unsweetened Black Tea says:

    how do you use oil to brush your teeth?

  5. withevery says:

    thanks. i'm going to the phillippines for 3 weeks on July 4 for a family visit.

  6. Alina Trofimov says:

    Great video! Did you have any issues taking your makeup in a separate container (as in not following the liquid rule)–I think I saw a mascara? although I'm not sure what kind of liquid makeup you had. Thanks!

  7. SarSrik ss98 says:

    awesome…just a little tip…try to keep the passport and cards in a ziploc bag so nothing leaks or spills on it…once my friend's pen leaked and all documents got ink on it…:)

  8. Sharon Bear says:

    are you doing laundry? Cause that isn't enough clothes

  9. Jennifer Davis says:

    You didn't pack any pants!

  10. sofia ciani says:

    Love the video but I think you forgot bras!!! Lol

  11. Ela moon says:

    My lady what?

  12. Macarena says:

    No pants, only tops?????

  13. Julian Weber says:

    I found this cool website with packing lists: http://travel-checklist.com/

  14. Shashank Singh says:

    can u send me the link of this bag cause i am going to buy this…. which series of american tourister is this

  15. Quaoce Lonewolf says:

    i finally found the little bag online. I will be using it this year for travel. You have great ideas and good travel advice.

  16. Donna Pete says:

    Awesome video! You dress more casually like me, so this would work. For someone who dresses more fancy, it would drive them crazy to bring such little stuff. At times I pack less then my husband. I always make sure our destination has a washer/dryer so I can pack small.

  17. simple white blossom says:

    Beautifully done.

  18. Quaoce Lonewolf says:

    i used the little bag on my last trip to Amsterdam. it saved my trip! everything I needed was put in that little bag, which I used everyday! thank you so much for the info!

  19. Rose L. says:

    Hi Tara, found your video and thought it was really insightful! Saw some good products I want to add to my travel pack. I have some questions I hope you can answer:
    1) Is the Clear Toiletries Bag leak proof? I have had a few accidents with my toiletries bags…and it was not fun at all!!
    2) I really like your Travel Clutch but the link doesn't work (might have been discontinued). Doing some investigation, I found the Smateria Macro, which looks similar to yours. Can you tell the dimension of your clutch? The Macro has 2 sizes – S: L20 x H12 cm / L: L24 x H14 cm
    http://smateria.com/shop/macro/

  20. oLi102 says:

    Just one pair of pants??

    I really like your idea of having an in-flight slim pouch

  21. Rebecca Hulon says:

    What, no pants in Europe!!!!!

  22. Mingwei Ye says:

    Qns: Do you wear 2 jackets onto the plane? Or, do you wear one and carry another one onto the plane?

  23. Sandry Wallon says:

    Oh my god, my first significant experience of what is travelling light… from a female point of view.

  24. Helen Levitt says:

    for some reason I thought the eye mask was some sort of bra im so stupid

  25. Venny Laturette says:

    Hi what is ur luggage size?

  26. Queen of Fun Travel says:

    That was amazing! I love how everything fits in that travel clutch.

  27. cindyca87 says:

    How do you only wear one pair of jeans for 3 weeks? How often do you wash them? Jeans take a lot of space and I'd like to know how you do it so I can implement this in my travels. Thank you!

  28. Bella Mercado says:

    How do you find your suitcase holding up while travelling?

  29. A Fellow Homo Sapien says:

    Anybody else realize she didn’t pack pants

  30. Jenny V says:

    So you don’t wear pants?

  31. Caitlyn Maile says:

    May I ask what brand is your purse? It is so nice and simple and small. Thank you!

  32. Hazel Ito says:

    What brand is your purse, please? Love it!

  33. Rachael Williams says:

    Thank you so much for this video! I've always been a heavy packer and it added a lot of stress on trips. I didn't know there was another way. It's really satisfying and calming seeing how organized and light packing can be. I'll be using this strategy for my upcoming trip!

  34. Tracy Anderson says:

    This is the best !! Thanks

  35. carochan86 says:

    I had to google lady comp because I had no idea what it was. You didn't pack entertainment on your carry on. So what do you do for your 18 to 22 hour flights for entertainment?

  36. Anastasia Sonia says:

    Where is your underwear??

  37. Denise R says:

    I didn’t see her pack underwear or bras…..medication (aspirin) bottoms except for pj’s??? Unless I missed something. I love those vacuum bags you can put so much in and shrink everything down….of course you have the watch the weight cause you can get lots more in the suitcase

  38. G Mos says:

    Please don't make a video called "Minimalist packing" or "Minimal packing" or "Ultra light packing" and then show how you packed your maximum size wheeled hard sided suitcase. You should be aiming for 9 lb total (including the weight of the suitcase) not 9 kilos! Plus the clothes you took are bulky and you have too many clothes to be calling this "Minimalist". Very organized though, and smart of you to utilize packing cubes. I also did love your 'on the plane' little green bag. That thing is genius. What's the difference between your "face mask" and your "eye mask" that was a little confusing. Also love the jackets you took. Perfect for Europe. Also an umbrella for Europe especially UK because it's basically like Seattle weather. I don't remember if you mentioned umbrella. Of course everything can be bought at any destination nowadays. Thanks for your video.

  39. freebird3016 says:

    Just 5 shirts and no pants..

  40. kill myself thursday says:

    i’m going to greece for 17 days and most likely can’t wash my clothes should i attempt to fit 15 outfits in a carry on or just use a regular luggage

  41. syl pascale says:

    what brand carry on bag is that?

  42. missmayflower says:

    That bag of liquids looks too big for TSA approval. Also, you’d have to open your suitcase to put it in the bin.

  43. Mary Irene says:

    Stopping in Barcelona to practice your Spanish?? Um, you're in for a little surprise lol.

  44. Ashley Barnes says:

    Where do you buy those black net organizers?? I def need some

  45. Nagev says:

    no laptop?

  46. Annette Sereno says:

    what about a electric converter?

  47. Victoria Emele says:

    I did not see much underwear packed

  48. Victoria Emele says:

    I also did not see any bras

  49. Victoria Emele says:

    Not good packing for me

  50. Rosie Sotomayor Delacruz says:

    I love that little clutch you use. Looks like a Smateria Macro product, which, sadly, one cannot purchase online. Has anyone found an equivalent that you can buy in the U.S.A.?

  51. P A says:

    Great.
    Please get a case for gid camera.

  52. Judy Arnall says:

    All that makeup has to go into a plastic bag for security.

  53. bronwyniguess says:

    all these natural and healthy substitutes for everyday items has me living!!!!!!!! subscribed omg

  54. Denise Perkins says:

    I don’t consider this as “minimalist” packing at all. I recently travelled 6 weeks through Europe with a 6kg carry on only backpack. You are packing waaaaay too many unnecessary things. Maybe I should record a minimalist packing video…!

  55. Chiara Z says:

    But One pair of flip flops and One beach suits no?

  56. Cynthia Renee Biron says:

    Anyone know what pouch she uses as her carryon?

  57. A Minimalists Diary says:

    Your video is so useful! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  58. 여의나루 says:

    잘 봤습니다.
    I envy your life.

  59. adriana516 says:

    Razors on a carry on?….

  60. Niphredyl says:

    You won't practice much Spanish in Barcelona…

  61. Hey Lena says:

    I've saved this video. This is a great way to orangise a bag! Thank you for sharing the tips and the travel cubes you used.

  62. TheBooban says:

    Is that the Bon Air luggage? I want to know if the rubber handle fell apart like others have said.

  63. Mëlissa Tellëz says:

    No jeans? No pants?… Or i don't understand well 😕

  64. Natasha Bairstow says:

    Neat. Haha, but by my standards, definitely not minimalist.

    I would just suggest being careful about how many liquids you bring. Even if each is under 100ml, you are often restricted to the airport's standard bag size – one bag per person. If your liquids don't fit in this, you will be asked to dispose of some.

    Also, around Europe I almost always make sure I have a rain jacket or umbrella or both with me.

  65. Audrey B says:

    How is that amount of shampoo enough for 3 weeks??? xD

  66. Nuse Fitch says:

    Hello Tara, just found your channel and loving it. A little of topic but I’m spending 3 weeks in Japan moving around. We are going to cities but mostly to small villages and in nature to hike. I’m wondering what would you recommend packing as you actually live in Japan and know better than me. We are going in October-November period. Also if you could suggest places to stay that are not only traditional but goes with the minimal/conscientious lifestyle. Most of suggestions from friends have been hotels that aren’t either. Thanks in advance for your help.

  67. Cinthya Lopez says:

    Why don’t people cover the toothbrush. She put her diva cup right next to it. Idk it just really annoys me 😫

  68. Norma Karina says:

    Hello love your videos. What you use to moisturizer your face?

  69. Amber Abroad says:

    I know I'm commenting on an old video, but I just had to say I was so tickled to find someone else who also packs things like apple cider vinegar and essential oils in their toiletry bag. 🙂 Nice video; I love how to-the-point you were. 🙂

  70. Diana Sarg says:

    What brand of flat iron were you able to use in England?

  71. Team Med says:

    Could you make a video for 2 months in Europe

  72. ScottieWotty says:

    😲👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  73. suzy sarkissian says:

    Am I the only one thinking this is too unrealistic?? Seems you’re going to do laundry every 3 days:/ not enough panties or clothes for 3 weeks!
    I have to pack for the same amount of time and I thought I was a minimalist..

  74. Shikumo Hayashi says:

    This may be late, but I'm really curious how those liquids are allowed to be carried into cabin since they obviously exceeded 100ml…

  75. Tree Floraken says:

    Soap?

  76. Champagne Sylvie says:

    Hello Greetings from a tiny Frenchie village in Europe. Thank you for sharing your travel pack tips with us, it was very interesting.

  77. Shelley King says:

    It's 9kilo, which is 2kilo to heavy for most international flights unfortunately.

  78. Sonny says:

    Great video 👍. Thank you for posting.

  79. Nina R. says:

    Great video. Can you repost the link to the travel clutch . Your link is not working 🙁

  80. Montse Alcazar says:

    Hi!!! I know it's super late! But what is the blue thing you put on the left side ? Because I didn't understand when you explain what it was 🙂 thank you

  81. arismile89 says:

    if you spend 3 weeks in Europe you can buy there : shampo, airconditioner, toothpaste etc. 😉

  82. shai26dxb says:

    Where to get this travel clutch?

  83. Maria Dixon says:

    Were are your pants or bottoms you might need more than one pair.
    Or you can always go shopping . If need be .

  84. Robin M. says:

    What the heck are the “two heatik” you place on the left pod at the very beginning before talking about the wrap for your hair? I swear, I’ve listened to it 5 times & can’t figure out what you’re saying there!!! 😂

  85. Ashley Miranda says:

    I really liked how practical and well thought it was 👏👏👏

  86. Aditi Saroha says:

    I want someone to make a bra just like the eye mask.

  87. Silvia Fernandez says:

    You only took 2 pairs of boots for footwear?

  88. Cate Jackson says:

    Finally! This is the first one of these types of videos where the toiletry bag is clear! How do other people get through TSA?!

  89. Belinda Stephens says:

    Nice packing! May I ask where you got your purse from?

  90. kwfown says:

    Legitimately (confused) thought 4:49 was a bra… I knew there are traveling socks and outfits, but had never heard of traveling bra… 😅

  91. Marie Perkins says:

    what is in rhe round aqua bag?

  92. Josefina Dequito says:

    9kls is allowed in Europe???…usually in Asia 7kls is allowed…

  93. Alarica Afifi says:

    That's hella funny.. I'm going to London and Spain next month LOL about 3 weeks

  94. Lucky Charm says:

    is that a away brand suite case? sorry the long comment again,
    What your thoughts? Every year i go get chance to go New Jersey from Arizona our flight is 4 hours use be on South West but i think they're going end it by November so I hope i get to go again next Summer anyways I am asking for as a Christmas present i might get same color & as for a carry on, does it fit under the seat? How long before it brake too have you have any dents in it? I already have a hard case from Stein Mart and old duffel bag knot on wood I have both them about 6 or 8 years and I love the hard case from Stein mart better have more room then duffel but i want the carry on size so i dont carry my backpack as much I want one to charge my phone and next year i will leave in presser bag in my dresser for next time too at my family beach house

  95. 허스토리 Her Story says:

    ^^

  96. Candace Northrop says:

    Tara: I love your video!! Where did you get the clutch you use on the plane? Who makes it?

  97. apkgk says:

    04:49 and an eye mask.
    Oh…!😅

  98. Jacqueline Van Fossan says:

    FYI. There are laundromats all over Europe. In Asia, you can drop your clothes at a laundry place in the morning and pick them up dry and folded in late afternoon for about $1 for 2 pounds. Same in Africa. European airlines are very strict about weight and size of luggage. Always check with the airlines to make sure your suitcase will be allowed.

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