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.
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.
THE BECOMING FULLY HUMAN HEALTHY TRAVEL GUIDE TO MINIMALIST PACKING: 2 weeks IN vancouver EDITION (fall)
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)
2 pairs of ankle socks
2 pairs of thicker hiking/ gym socks
2 pairs of merino wool socks
3 sports bras
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 winter coat
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
laptop + charger
iPhone + charger
iPod + charger
thermometer (to chart my cycle!)
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
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
menstrual cup (optional, if needed)
40ml of organic arnica gel
25ml organic tea tree essential oil
blue light blocking glasses
1x looped exercise bands
handful of hair ties
HCL + pepsin
probiotics (make sure they are shelf stable! Many probiotics require refrigeration)
vitamin D + K2
arnica montana homeopathic tablets
30ml activated charcoal (in small glass jar)
a travellers towel (they are super small, lightweight, and dry heaps quickly)
To see all my favourite brands for all of the stuff mentioned above CLICK HERE.
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
TOTAL WEIGHT OF MY "PERSONAL ITEM" (SMALLER BACKPACK):
Which included my laptop + electronics
BOOM! All within the carry-on limits.
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.