The BFH Healthy Travel Guide to Minimalist Packing: 2 Weeks in Vancouver Edition (Fall)

If you too are a pathological-over-packer, first of all recognize it’s coming from a place of fear. If you’re not going to use something more than once and/ or are bringing it “just in case” or planning for the worst (weather wise etc)- take a deep breath and realize that there is pretty much nothing you can’t buy or borrow in a pinch. Obviously you wan’t to avoid buying a 350$ parka because you failed to realistically plan for cold weather; but if you’re going to Greece in the middle of June- bruh, leave the raincoat at home.

 Gorgeous views from the water front downtown Vancouver.

Gorgeous views from the water front downtown Vancouver.

This packing list is tailored to my 2 week trip to Vancouver, Canada in November. It’s important to ask yourself what your travelling goals/ itinerary are. Personally, it was essentially an 100% hiking trip (day hikes, no overnight camping), which heavily dictates what needs to come along for the ride. If you’re attending a business meeting or conference, you’ll need your business attire of course! Figure out what you’re there to do, and then scale back the quantity.

You can also check out my packing list for 2 months in Europe during the summer HERE.

 Rainy hikes in Lynn Canyon, North Vancouver. November 2018

Rainy hikes in Lynn Canyon, North Vancouver. November 2018


THE BECOMING FULLY HUMAN HEALTHY TRAVEL GUIDE TO MINIMALIST PACKING: 2 weeks IN vancouver EDITION (fall)

BAGS

  • backpacking backpack (as main luggage/ "carry on" item)

  • smaller day pack (as "personal" carry on item)

  • small tote (for grocery shopping, hitting up the markets, etc, while you travel)

  • fanny pack (don't judge me)

 

CLOTHING

  • 2 pairs of ankle socks

  • 2 pairs of thicker hiking/ gym socks

  • 2 pairs of merino wool socks

  • 3 sports bras

  • 3 sweaters

  • pants (3x full length leggings, 2 sweat pants)

  • shirts (2x t-shirts, 1x long sleeve, 2x tanks)

  • 1 super lightweight rain-repellent jacket

  • 1 super lightweight down feather jacket

  • 1 raincoat

  • 1 winter coat

 

SHOES

  • 1 pair of "free" (no support, barefoot style) trail runner hiking shoes (I wear THESE)

  • 1 pair of running shoes (/ gym style shoe)

  • 1 pair of Blundstones

  • 1 pair of Earth Runners sandals

  • tuque

  • warm mittens

 

WORK/ ELECTRONICS

  • laptop + charger

  • iPhone + charger

  • iPod + charger

  • headphones

  • thermometer (to chart my cycle!)

 

TOILETRIES

  • 30ml Living Libations face oil (Neroli)

  • 3ml Living Libations Sooth Sayer face serum

  • 3ml Living Libations Honey Myrtle Deep Conditioning Mask

  • 15ml Living Libations TrueBlue Spirulina Shampoo

  • 15ml Living Libations TrueBlue Spirulina Conditioner

  • 6.5ml Living Libations Underarm Charm (Maverick)

  • Endoca CBD lip balm

  • organic bamboo face cloth

  • dr. tungs cardamom floss

  • copper tongue scrapper

  • bamboo toothbrush

  • toothpaste

  • 1 piece of my rose quartz gua sha set (learn everything you need to know about gua sha HERE).

  • 60ml of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap

  • small bamboo hair brush

  • nail file

  • menstrual cup (optional, if needed)

  • 40ml of organic arnica gel

  • 25ml organic tea tree essential oil

 Despite the long list, my toiletries are very compact and barely take up any space in my bag. They’re all under 100ml and easily fit in the 1L bag airline limit. Getting small travel-sized natural beauty products by Living Libations is the ideal way to travel!

Despite the long list, my toiletries are very compact and barely take up any space in my bag. They’re all under 100ml and easily fit in the 1L bag airline limit. Getting small travel-sized natural beauty products by Living Libations is the ideal way to travel!

MISCELLANEOUS

  • ear plugs

  • eye mask

  • blue light blocking glasses

  • 1x looped exercise bands

  • handful of hair ties 

  • matcha

  • chaga

  • digestive enzymes

  • HCL + pepsin

  • probiotics (make sure they are shelf stable! Many probiotics require refrigeration)

  • nascent iodine

  • vitamin D + K2

  • magnesium

  • arnica montana homeopathic tablets

  • 30ml activated charcoal (in small glass jar) 

  • a travellers towel (they are super small, lightweight, and dry heaps quickly)

  • water bottle

To see all my favourite brands for all of the stuff mentioned above  CLICK HERE.

 

DOCUMENTS

  • passport (also e-mail yourself a clear scan of your passport... just in case)

 

TOTAL WEIGHT OF MY "CARRY-ON" (BACKPACK):

Which was pretty much just all my clothes, shoes, supplements, and toiletries

7KG

 

TOTAL WEIGHT OF MY "PERSONAL ITEM" (SMALLER BACKPACK):

Which included my laptop + electronics

4KG

 

BOOM! All within the carry-on limits.


HOT TIPS:

1. Carry-on only means no sharp objects! So no nail clippers, etc. Buy as necessary when you arrive.

2. If you’re thinking “what if?” … just don’t. After years of packing for “what if’s” I’m finally relinquishing the worry and just going with the flow. You can always buy it there. Only pack raincoat if the weather calls for serious rain; if you won’t use something multiple times, don’t bring it!

3. Wear your heaviest stuff on the plane; planes are chilly anyways, and it’ll help lighten the load.

4. You're allowed a carry-on, as well as a personal item, so your main luggage must fit the criteria of your airlines carry-on restrictions, and your personal item (which for me is always a smaller backpack) as well. Be mindful that the personal item can bear a significant amount of weight, so maximize your overall load by using up the amount of weight allowed for your personal item.

5. Weight your stuff before hand, I borrowed a hand held luggage scales from a friend to make sure my bag would fit the carry-on criteria. If you don't have one of these, take the total weight of you + your suitcase on a scale, and then subtract your weight from the total to get the weight of your bag.

6. Combine your supplements into one (or two) bottle(s). I will be combining the HCL+ pepsin, the digestive enzymes, and the probiotics into one bottle. I know what each of them look like, and having them in one bottle takes up heaps less space.

7. If you’re doing a lot of hopping-around (without access to washing machine) pack a sink plug to allow you to wash your clothes/ socks anywhere there is access to a sink. Dr. Bronner's soap doubles as a great natural detergent; a few drops in a sink filled with water and you can easily clean your clothes anywhere. Dr. Bronner's soap is a must-have while travelling; you can use it for a million different things (from washing your body, to your clothes, and even your teeth!)

8. If staying active/ fit during your vacation is a priority for you, make things easier by anticipating. Pack your runners, sweat gear, and consider light weight things like a skipping rope and a few exercise bands. Depending where you're going, you might want to bring some of your fav supplements (like matcha, or chaga) to make sure you can keep up with your preferred routines. You may decide to just rest (which is definitely ok too), but if you feel motivated to train- you want to make sure you have the gear to do so.

9. 30ml glass jars are a lifesaver; I reuse mine from "health shots" I bought at my local juice bar (ginger shots, etc), but you can also find a variety of them on Amazon. I use them for shampoo, conditioner, activated charcoal, and even to pack a few misc. stuff like probiotics). 

That's all! Hopefully you picked up a few tips to implement next time you pack! Have anything to add to the list? Comment below.

 

AND CHECK OUT MY ARTICLE STAYING HEALTHY WHILE TRAVELLING HERE;

AS WELL AS THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FLYING HEALTHY HERE.

 

SAFE TRAVELS!

 View from the top of the 2nd peak of Stawamus Chief, in Squamish, BC. November 2018

View from the top of the 2nd peak of Stawamus Chief, in Squamish, BC. November 2018