How to Travel Like a Minimalist Vegan Couple

Travel Like a Minimalist Vegan

Michael and I are off on holiday next Tuesday! We’ve been waiting for this holiday for almost ten years, and we’re beyond excited to travel around Europe for nearly two months! This trip, however, raises the question of what to bring?

Just the thought of packing for travel for some people can be overwhelming and stressful. You either pack way too many things or not enough.

There’s an art to packing your luggage for that long and to make sure each piece you put in your bag serves a fundamental purpose. We’ve decided to pack as much as people would pack for one trip individually, between the two of us. As Michael is going to Ghana separately, we need to take two bags. Otherwise, we would’ve taken only one luggage bag.

Well, being minimalists we’ve had to think about this to make sure that we cover everything we need with less. Considering that we don’t own many things anyway, it should be pretty straightforward.

We’re going to break down each section of our luggage for you and share with you exactly what we’re taking. It may seem like a lot when you’re reading through, but a lot of these things don’t take up much space, and this is luggage for the both of us together. We also included everything that we would be wearing on the day, so it’s literally ALL that’s coming with us.


Travel Like a Minimalist Vegan Couple

Lip Balm Hand and Body Lotion
Tooth Mousse Deodorant Paste
Unisex Perfume Oil Hair Dryer & Straightener
Face Oil 2 Shavers
Makeup Remover Clippers
Concealer Pencil Pads
Powder Foundation Cotton Buds/Ear Buds
Mascara Silver Colloid
Castile Soap Hair Brush


I know some of you might be thinking, this is still too many things! We do tend to double up between us on a lot of toiletry items like tooth mousse, castile soap, deodorant paste, perfume oil and hand & body lotion. We also aim to have everything certified organic as we firmly believe that this is of very high importance, just as much as organic food is.

We’ll have an interview on the blog in a couple of weeks which will hopefully help you understand a little better why organic personal care products are so important.

Also, if you’re wondering what Silver Colloid is, it’s a great antibacterial product. We use it to gargle when we have a sore throat, for cuts etc. The castile soap is an excellent product as it has many uses. We use it as a hand & body wash, shampoo and laundry liquid.


 10 Pairs of Undies  2 Shirts
 2 Camisoles  1 Scarf
 2 Long Sleeved Tops  10 Pairs of Socks
 2 Pairs of Yoga Pants  2 Bras
 3 Casual Pants/Jeans  2 Sports Jumpers
 2 Thick Knits  2 Pairs of Tracksuit Pants
 2 Light Knits  2 Towels
 1 Dressy Top
 6 T-Shirts


 Shoes & Accessories.

Travel Like a Minimalist Vegan

 2 Pairs of Casual Shoes  1 Small Handbag
 2 Pairs of Sneakers  1 Backpack
 1 Pair of Sandals 2 Hats
Michael’s glasses Sunglasses



 1 Laptop
 2 Mobile Phones
 1 Camera with Lens


 Other Bits & Pieces.

 2 Passports & Travel Documentation 2x Supplements (B12 & D3)
 2 Books Tissues
 2 Drink Bottles 1 Hand Sanitiser
 1 Fresh Breath Spray 2 Wallets


Feel free to use this as a starting point for packing your luggage. We wanted to list absolutely everything that we are taking so this is an actual checklist to make sure we don’t forget things!

Weigh in

We did a weigh-in of the luggage, and it came to 16.56kg. We first packed everything into the one suitcase and weighed it but had to then split it between the two and strapped everything down as the bags were half empty.

We’ll be in Europe when it’s Autumn, so we have to be mindful of the weather. Do you think we’ve packed everything we need? Have we missed anything? Taken something that’s unnecessary?

Wish us safe travels!!! 🙂

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  • Alison 12/09/2015 Reply

    Good luck guys!! Have fun 🙂

  • Marie 13/09/2015 Reply

    Which countries are you guys going to visit? You may want to bring a rain jacket and maybe umbrellas? Have an awesome time!

    • Thanks Marie! We will definitely take some umbrellas to be safe. We’re visiting the UK, France, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia 🙂

      • Marie 15/09/2015 Reply

        You’ll definately need umbrellas for the UK! 🙂 Greetings from London

        • Greetings Marie! We’ve added umbrella’s to our luggage 🙂 We can’t wait to try out the food in London.

  • Robert 14/09/2015 Reply

    And your missing The Netherlands? 🙁 Not taking it personal though 😉
    Have lots of fun, take it all in and most of all: be safe. 🙂

    • Aw The Netherlands is on our list for our next visit Robert 🙁 Thank you, we look forward to it!

  • nuria 14/09/2015 Reply

    a big hello from the lake district, Cumbria, UK!! I hope this is on your list. I am sure you would enjoy the lakes and the amazing landscape. Safe travels!

    • Cumbria looks absolutely gorgeous! We haven’t heard of it before but w hope we can find some time to visit. Thanks!

  • nuria 15/09/2015 Reply

    i would love to show you around!!!

    • Where are you based Nuria?

      • nuria 19/09/2015 Reply

        hello!! i live in ambleside..(south lake district). Its one of the most popular places for walking and climbing. it rains a lot here…but its really beautiful!!! let me know if you have plans to come this side…safe travels!!

  • lexi 16/09/2015 Reply

    Hi guys! What brand/type of silver colloid do you use?

    • Hi Lexi, the brand that we use is called Fullhealth Industries. This is the only brand that I’ve come across in Canberra.

  • Mark 17/09/2015 Reply

    Hi guys – I think for your UK time you haven’t packed anywhere near enough suncream! in case you need help with finishing off your packing, we just interviewed the lovely Genevieve from Packing Lust- she has a great section on, well, packing:) –

    • Awesome thanks for the resource guys! Masha did pack suncream in the end so we should be covered 🙂

  • Anja 18/09/2015 Reply

    Safe travels and have fun! Too bad you will not be visiting Germany, specifically Berlin 😉 and check out the “vegan block”. I would perhaps bring a light warm fleece jacket. If you are going for 2 months, you could encounter some pretty cold temps.

    • Wish we were! Next time we come to Europe we certainly have it on our list 🙂 Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Jasmine 22/01/2019 Reply

    I’m really bad at overpacking. So much of its influenced by social media, in my head I’m like oh I need all these perfect outfits so I can get these perfect photos. I’m working on changing my mindset. Can I ask what runners you guys buy? I really need a new pair and what to buy vegan.

    • Can totally understand! Mind you, I’m all about comfort haha These are Solomons but I would highly recommend Vivobarefoot. The last pair I bought was from them and they are great.

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