Surprise! If you’ve been following along on Instagram and Facebook, you know I just took a surprise trip to Boston! I was there less than two days, so packing minimally was definitely the way to go. If you want to try out minimalist packing on a quick summer getaway, this packing guide is for you! Photo links below are affiliate links with Amazon, so just click to get yours!
You have seen this dress before if you’ve seen any of my other summer packing guides. I travel in it a lot because it’s awesome! It’s moisture-wicking, flattering, and every trip calls for a little black dress.
I took exactly one pair of shoes, and those are my running shoes. I love to run through town wherever I travel, so those are essential. I also value foot comfort over what might be more fashionable, and my running shoes are just as good for walking as for running.
Since I knew I would be wearing this dress twice on the trip, I decided to dress it up a bit with a necklace. A great way to look and feel more like you’re not wearing the same thing twice is to use a piece of jewelry, scarf, belt, or other accessory to change the look up a little bit. Nothing too flashy, so you don’t look like a target, but something with a little color that will draw attention away from the clothes and make the outfit look a little different.
I really like running and working out when I travel. Running is a great way to see a lot of a city in a short time, and if I’m crossing time zones, it’s also a great way to let my body know that it’s time to be awake! I am not afraid to wear my workout clothes twice, so I decided to only bring one set with me for both days. One rule I live by for packing workout gear is to pack a top with a built-in bra. That’s one thing less to pack! I have this one in two colors, and of course a black running skirt goes with everything!
A Change of Clothes
Even the most minimalist packing list requires a change of clothes. If you think this dress looks familiar, it does! It’s the same style as the black one up at the top, but I have it in three other colors! I also took two changes of underwear and two pair of socks. Could I wear the same pair of socks two days in a row? Sure. Would I want to when they take up so little space? Nope!
If I could go totally liquid-free, I would. But as long as I wear contacts and need control of my hair, that will never be the case! But here are the essentials, just as minimal as I was willing to go:
- Anti-chafing stick (because I love my thunder thighs)
- Contacts case
- Hair mousse
- Contact solution
- Coconut oil
- Pink toiletries bag
Would you believe I fit all this into my Magnolia Traveler Backpack!? And there was room to spare.
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