How I carry light as a minimalist

by - April 15, 2018

I thought I'd do a little twist on the old classic 'what's in my bag' by sharing tips on carrying light.

The first place to start with is your bag. Is it light and sturdy? If your bag is clunky with too many heavy zips and clasps you're going to have a hard time with your back. In my journey to minimising I have learnt that style sacrifices have to be made if you want to live lighter. However, I adore this bag and the rustic traveller look that it gives. The company say they originated to relieve Swedish school children from back problems. At first glance the thin straps on this bag didn't look convincing. This was until I had the opportunity to test out the bag from other people who already owned it.

A lot of bags simply should not be bags. To me an item is not worth my money if it does not sufficiently serve its purpose. Be strict with the bag you invest in. Before my minimalism days I would go through bag after bag. I can carry a laptop, a couple of books, a heavy steel water bottle, purse and other little bits and I do not feel the weight. I have worked out that the secret is in the design of the straps criss-crossing which distributes the weight. The bag opens the entire main compartment so I don't have to rummage around when looking for something. It's a very hard wearing water resistant material but at the same time really light. The logo actually acts as a reflector in the dark.

Remember what you need to carry is personal to you and your needs. As I am a commuter I now carry a lot more than I used to but have reduced down to the bare necessities. It’s also important not to go by weight of an item but rather by how much you will use it on your commute or to wherever you are going.


I started with a book but I found that I was getting through books father than I had time to either buy a physical copy or get to my local library. I am now a converted e-reader. Don’t get me wrong, I will forever love the feel and smell of a book which is why I continue to buy personal development books and have restricted novels to either my kindle or the library. I also read while standing on the London underground.

If you're a Harry Potter fan you may have noticed my Marauder's map kindle case. You can get a similar kindle case here.


I also have a personal development book on the go. You can find a list of all of my favourite books right here.


I love listening to podcasts on the go. My current favourite is the Think Grow podcast by Ruben Chavez. I’ve been following Ruben for a few years on Instagram. I love his positivity and alternative thinking and his podcasts is just as thought provoking. I will also be writing a post on my favourite podcasts to listen to. To keep up to date with my blog subscribe to my mailing list, follow me on Instagram or on Bloglovin.

You can get 15% off Sudio headphones by using my code cmalia15.


I get so much done on my phone there’s no need for me to carry a laptop. I research for my novel and save my findings on the Evernote app which syncs with my laptop, I book train tickets, do my grocery shop, book appointments and reply to comments on my YouTube videos.


I have pared down on the things I carry in my purse. I’ll only have two cards (one extra just in case), a little bit of cash, zero receipts and I have digitalised all my loyalty cards in my apple wallet.

Water bottle

Carrying my water bottle on the side of my backpack really distributes the weight. I have to have water with me everywhere I go and keeping it in a stainless steel bottle keeps my water cold for the whole day.

Would you like to see a ‘what’s in my carry on’ for aeroplane travel? I’ve already done a video on this which you can find here but I’m thinking about making a fun printable checklist.

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