Travel Items for the True Minimalist

Are you a travel minimalist? The items on your packing list can be pared down to the essentials, but there’s no reasons those essentials shouldn’t be high-quality and beautiful.

Traveling can be daunting, whether you’re going on a long trip or a quick weekend getaway. What to bring? What to leave at home? Did I overpack? Does my destination have toilet paper? These are the questions that keep us up at night. Happily, there are a few tried-and-true items that not only look great, they’ll help streamline the whole travel process, making them a double-whammy for the minimalist set, and everyone else.

Here are the minimalist travel items we take with us when we’re on the road, including suitcase, cosmetics case, and more:

Away Carry-On Suitcase

These hard-shell, four wheel suitcases are easy on the eye but that’s not the only reason we love them. The Carry-On will fit perfectly in any overhead compartment, holds a good deal more than you’d think – the compression compartments see to that – AND can charge up to two items, like a phone and a tablet, at once! Perfect for when you’re running through the airport but also need to make sure you’re capturing everything on Instagram Stories.

Most people would say this can hold a few days’ worth of clothes, but we’ve actually fit in a whole month of jeans, tees and underwear with no problem (when we say we’re minimalists, we mean it).




Nuori Travel Cases

These cases are ideal for cosmetics, skincare, and ot her small items like jewelry. The clear compartment means they’re safe for air travel, while the sleek silhouette offers a bit of old-world glamor.The comb with individual case is a great alternative to packing a brush; so much more compact!

Use code SCANDI10 for 10% off your Nuori purchase until 31st March 2021.


One Piece Original Onesie

Taking streamlined to the extreme, One Piece has a range of great unisex onesies that make travel a little cosier. Their original cotton onesie comes in regular or light cotton and a host of colors. But, of course, we like it in black. NB: there are also some pretty fantastic non-minimalist versions.


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Nomess Copenhagen Mesh Bags & Pouches

It’s always a good idea to have a few pouches and bags for your random goods – a bag for laundry, a bag for delicates, a bag for your fancy shoes. These sets from Nomess Copenhagen are hearty and classic.



Nomess Copenhagen Travel Adapter

One of those things you always need but manage to forget every time. This sleek version also comes in orange and fits a number of plugs, so you’ll never lose power again!




Aesop Boston Travel Kit

Take a step up for your usual hotel-shampoo-you-saved-from-last-year and treat yourself to a toiletries travel kit so that you’re always ready to go. It’s a perfect travel bag for shampoos, conditioners and other liquid containers. There’s nothing more beautiful than a bag of Aesop products and these ones don’t disappoint, from hair care to skin care. No more anxiety about whether you’ll have to throw out your 105ml face wash when going through security any more!



LOST iN Guides & App

Slim volumes packed full of stories, recommendations and great photos, the LOST iN Guides are a great way to get to know a city.


We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our Scandinavian travel app. It’s easy-to-use and beautiful, with over 500 locations in the Scandinavian capitals. Download our free the Scandinavia Standard travel app for even more insider info, plus then you don’t have to carry a guide around with you.

You can download the app in the App Store. Happy travels!



A good pair of headphones

A good pair of headphones is necessary for any kind of travel, from bike to air. In-ear are good for day-to-day but we’re fans of over-ear for relaxing on the go. Urban Ears has some chic and inexpensive options. For noise-cancelling, we swear by the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay H6.



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Photography by Freya McOmish.

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Rebecca Thandi Norman

Rebecca Thandi Norman is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief at Scandinavia Standard.