Clearly, we aren’t experts on packing, let alone in minimalist packing. So, we thought we’d ask some experts.
“Once you’ve packed everything in your suitcase, take one piece of all clothing out!
One shirt, one pair of pants, one pair of shoes!”
Given Steve’s been in the travel game for over 20 years, we think he might have nailed the minimalist packing technique.
We thought we’d try it on our friend Quach, who is just about to head over to the Island of Bali (despite Mount Agung’s volcano imminent eruption he’s determined to go and experience Island life).
Quach is a big packer. This guy will take 20 pairs of sneakers, 2 tennis rackets, a summer and winter wardrobe and enough toiletries to match both seasons – challenge accepted!
We caught him the night before he left for Sydney Airport. We were met with plenty of resistance and there was ‘prying things out of hands’ but, we got down to 10 kilos.
Great tip Steve!
“Do the Mark Zuckerberg fashion challenge and just wear one grey shirt all of the time!”
The Travel Tart
Travel Writer and Blogger
Startups all love Mark Zuckerberg and his grey shirts!
Given Fr33 Earth is a startup we wondered if we could really spend 14 days in grey shirts without anyone noticing?
Let’s try it!
It’s summer in Australia right now. So, we can’t really take any holidays because it’s party time for organic rubber thongs that help end world poverty.
So, we thought we’d try to wear grey shirts for 14 days and see if anyone notices – here’s what happened:
Market day, we head to market with our grey shirts. A customer comments that our flip flops look colourful against grey. They’re noticing!
It’s Sunday – we’re at the Sydney Vegan Festival. We’re so busy that we don’t even notice we’re wearing grey shirts.
Home Office Day. Mum comes over for dinner and immediately notices that we’re both wearing grey shirts, she says ‘that’s adorable, you’re dressing the same’
Coworking at Tank Stream Labs. Tomas, our product manager, comments on our jeans (does not notice grey t-shirts). Emma, our writer notices ‘why don’t get those printed with logos’, she says. Great idea.
Day 8 – 9
Market day at Glebe. Our market neighbours ask ‘are you sponsored to wear those grey shirts!’
Day 10 – 13
Home Office Day. Mum comes over for dinner ‘why are you wearing those grey shirts!’
Networking night – we wear scarves with our shirts to celebrate our last day – no one notices!
Great tip from Anthony!
Our next tip is for those corporate high flyers, who travel everywhere for work and perhaps are upgraded to first or business class.
“Fly first and business class, you get unlimited baggage and even your own takeaway pyjamas!
On the ground bring a pair of jeans that you can wear onboard, that’s comfortable, a good pair of jeans don’t need washing all too often – match with different coloured T-shirts – packing done!”
The Points Whisperer
Great tip from the points whisperer, Steven! We also recommend rolling your t-shirts to fit in all the inside pockets of your luggage.
Our next tip is for the conscious traveller.
This is how we imagine travelling. Giving back each step of the way. It’s from the Sustainable Traveller, a company which celebrates hotels, airlines and travel providers who are conscious of our environment and sustainability.
“Packing light is a great way to reduce energy, less you carry, less fuel used on planes, cars and other transportation.
Pack clothes that require minimal washing and can easily be reused in different ways – if you do need to buy, shop local to support communities and families”
The Sustainable Traveller
We love this tip, supporting people wherever you go – it’s how to live life!
So, there you have it – Pack, Repack, Go light, Go Often!
And dare we say it – take a pair of our organic natural rubber thongs which help end world poverty.
Flip Flop Writer
PS. Congratulations to Steven from IFlyFlat who just won best bootstrapped StartCon Award. StartCon celebrates Australian startups. Great work!
But practicing a zero-waste lifestyle is near impossible with the amount of packaging that comes with products. And as the new year ticks over I wonder. . .
Can we adopt to lessen our own climate change footprint?
Changes that won’t cost you money and won’t require a lot of time and dedication to do.