How to Pack Light for Less Stressful Travels

Free Spirit, Gentle Change, Hippy Life, Letting Go, Minimalism, Simplicity

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Sometimes traveling and packing can seem overwhelming. There is washing clothes, cleaning house, buying products to take, making sure everyone in the fam has what they need, considering the weather and an outfit to match each and every possible scenario. Just thinking about it is enough to cause a stress-out.

Over time, I have tried to minimize the way I pack for getaways and I have recently came up with a philosophy that works perfectly when I have a hard time deciding what to do.

It’s the Half Philosophy.

Whether it be laundry, packing, grocery shopping, my closet, what I purchase, or what I think about…I just cut it back to half to bring in some equilibrium and free up some space.

Why packing light invites peace and freedom during travels:

  • Less to lug around
  • Freedom to spend time at the destination instead of worrying about stuff
  • Fewer thoughts put into wardrobe choices
  • Less stuff to unpack and wash when returning home

All four of those bullets is enough for me to pack lighter. I have learned plenty of stressful lessons in the past. Traveling becomes less daunting when you realize you don’t need as much to bring with you while away.

How to apply the half philosophy and pack less:

  • Pack as you normally would starting out (if you are a first-timer). You will learn to pack less and less each trip in the future if you apply this as the norm
  • Let it sit in your suitcase and extra bags for a day or even a few hours
  • Come back to it with a fresh eye before your leave
  • Analyze your items: think about the weather, where you are planning on going, which events are a must
  • Unpack half, leaving only the necessities

My recent pack in photos:

unnamedI started out thoughtfully believing that I had packed just what I needed. It wasn’t overbearing and was fairly light to begin with. I let it sit for a day.

When I came back to it and began moving my stuff around I realized that it was entirely too much for the lax weekend getaway that I would be traveling.

I unpacked half leaving a few causal, comfy outfits and only one extra pair of shoes (besides the ones I would be wearing). Everything was versatile, mix and match, and comfy.

Then, I switched over to a smaller duffle shoulder bag, rolled up my outfits, and was ready to go!

But, did you have enough while you were away?

Yes. I had plenty. I was comfy, cute, and went about my business as usual. I even had an outfit that I didn’t even wear and swimsuit that didn’t get used.

When I returned home, I dumped my dirty clothes directly into the washing machine, barely taking up a load and put away my clean clothes.

I was unpacked and had laundry clean within an hour of returning home.

When we analyze our necessities, take what we need an discard the rest, we can enjoy our time in the present without stressing over all our ‘stuff’ and ‘work’ required in taking care of our stuff.

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A No ‘Poo Journey: 2 Week Update

Natural Beauty, No 'Poo / Lo 'Poo, Simplicity

Have you heard about the no’ poo movement? This is where you give up chemically-filled shampoos, conditioners, and hair products and do a natural approach.

Creams, potions, products, brushes, dyes, elements; it all takes it’s toll on our hair after a while. Forever I have said that I wish I could just scrunch my hair and go instead of spending at least an hour getting primped in the mornings. It was cute when I was young to spend this kind of time, but now that I’ve done it for so long, it’s just played out.

7 hours. Seven hours a week I have spent on my hair and makeup. That’s a full day’s work or an entire night’s sleep I have missed out on trying to get my crispy-fried, damaged, flat, wavy hair straight, full-bodied and presentable. The tragic truth is that it still doesn’t work. I am unsatisfied with the result and have damaged my hair so badly that it probably needs to be shaved bald and start over.

Since nothing has worked, no ‘poo sounds like it is worth a try to bring out my natural, healthy hair.

Why no’ poo?

  • Less time wasted in the mornings
  • Simple, easy and carefree
  • No harsh chemicals ruining my hair
  • Super cheap
  • Natural, easy, no fuss

These are things I want so badly in my hair routine.

For the last 2.5 weeks I have switched from traditional shampoo & conditioner to water only, honey ‘poo {diluted raw honey} , and Burt’s Bees products. I’ve given up the hair dryer, curling iron, and straightener (except once!).

But my hair is so oily and nasty, I HAVE TO shampoo every day, you say.

I was saying that too. What I have already discovered is that’s simply not true. Take it from me. I was a twice a day shampooer, blow drier, straighter, hair teaser, product gunker as well.

Traditional shampoos strip the hair of natural oils leaving it dry and brittle. Conditioner and hair treatments are used to put moisture back into the hair. The scalp then over produces oils to compensate.

Take all that away and it’s not necessary once you let your body do it’s job.

Less truly is more!

There is a gruesome transition period:

Pretty much everyone will go through a transition period when switching to natural products or no poo. We have tricked our scalps and depleted it so badly. It takes a little creativity to make it through the transition period, but the results are amazing.

My hair has it’s own personality and has done some crazy things during the transition. It’s been oily, crazy, full-bodied, limp, dry, hydrated: you name it. I’ve been embarrassed, self conscious, and free all at the same time.

But, it’s starting to actually work.

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2I’ve been documenting the transition above. There are so many different ways to no/lo poo. I have not gotten an exact routine yet but am trying some things out.

My routine so far:

  • Rinse hair with water only every day
  • Air dry
  • Sleep with it up in a loose bun
  • Wash hair with Burt’s Bee’s Shampoo once or twice a week with a raw honey rinse
  • Brush hair with a boar bristle brush before washing {didn’t use it at first, but am obsessed now! This literally saved my dry, frizzy issue}
  • Embrace my natural hair

It feel so good to let go of the mask I’ve been wearing with my hair. I can finally just let it be and go about my business without fear of what others think. It’s not easy, but I am determined to continue. The results are so awesome.

Is your current hair routine just not working like you want?

Do you have dry, brittle, flat hair? Have you tried everything imaginable? Are you tired of spending so much time, money, and effort worrying about your hair?

That’s where I was and the reason I am switching to natural.

Want to try it?

Just DO IT! Take the first step. It’s not as scary as it sounds. Plus, your hair might just surprise you like it has me!

There are tons of recipes online that you can find and a bazillion different ways to do this. Don’t get discouraged if something doesn’t work the first time. This is a process and everyone’s hair is different. You will find your way, I promise.

More updates to follow on my journey to natural hair. I’m so excited about this process. I just can’t imagine ever going back now!

The Reason for a Simple, Hippyish Life

Gentle Change

Have you just woken up and realized that your life is insanely busy and out of control?

Perhaps it seems like you lost yourself along the way and your heart and soul is yearning for something else. Life has a way of building up slowly overtime with commitments, obligations, responsibility, and bills.

The reality may seem like it happened overnight, but truth is: it builds up slowly over the months and years.

Remember when life started out it was carefree and you were full of hopes and dreams? You were told you could do and be whoever you wanted to be.

But then, somewhere along the way you jumped into auto-pilot. You thought you had to be a ‘grown up’ and that meant getting into debt, getting married, having kids, buying a house, and living above your means.

So, you took a job you didn’t love to pay off the debt you have from buying stuff you didn’t need to pacify the critical need to be happy again.

You have thoughts buzzing around now…

  • What would I do if I didn’t have all these bills?
  • Would I be happy if I could wake up in the morning and be excited about the day?
  • How would my relationships be if I were relaxed and spent time with my loved ones?
  • What if I wasn’t so busy and overwhelmed?
  • How would my life change if I didn’t feel so guilty about my situation?
  • Do I need all this stuff to be happy and free?
  • Who am I and what do I want?

Sound familiar? I know these questions inside and out, because I am just like you. I am on a journey into simplicity: learning to live naturally, reverse my poor choices, get my life in order, and relax.

My reason for change

Everyone has a story and we may not have identical situations, but I am sure there are some similarities. I have been tossing these questions above around and around in my brain for many years now. I tried shopping and buying stuff to fill the void of unhappiness. I have been working in jobs that I don’t love to pay off my debt that started innocently as student loans at the mere age of 18. I have been afraid to make changes in my life because I am living the way society expects me to: to work 40 hours a week for someone else, stay busy, buy a house, cars, clothes, and shop for fun because that’s what everyone else does and you are a grown-up. I have been running myself ragged for years being unfocused, skimping by, trying to keep up, staying sick, and having full-blown anxiety attacks regularly. Last year, I knew that I had to change. My relationships struggled, my bank account is empty, and I am staying sick. It is vital for my well-being to get my life under control and live the life I was really meant to live regardless of what society thinks I should be doing.

Society’s rules doesn’t match my heart…

Everyone else tells us that there is a straight line you must follow to get anywhere in life. School, college, dreadful job, debt, house, car, stuff, marriage, and kids.

I have all those things and for that I am truly grateful. However, after dissecting and living with all the obligations I have now, my auto-pilot life is stealing my soul.

The transformation from getting by to living a full, whole-hearted, life full of enjoyment, health, and happiness doesn’t happen overnight. Even though I have tossed the ideas around about living more naturally and simply for years, I am finally taking the plunge.

It’s beginning to pay off bigtime. The results and peace that are finally showing up is undeniable. This is how I know I may be onto something major.

Why take a simply, hippyish path?

You’ve tried the fast track. You’ve done the quick-fixes. Intense, fast change is not the way our hearts respond to. We need time and attention with focus to adapt and to find lasting habits and good choices that stick.

We have tried all the magic before. It’s time to slow down, focus, and get serious about our life and health.

Dream about life with things like:

  • Peace
  • Joy
  • Energy
  • Love
  • Compassion
  • Excitement
  • Relaxation

If these are the things you want more of in your life, it’s time to realize that your chaotic and unhealthy lifestyle just isn’t working and it’s time to try something else.

Is this you?

Then you are just like me:

We want ease, simplicity, healthy, joy, and passion. This is what we’ve wanted all along but we missed it by living the fast track.

It’s time to reclaim life. The time is now.

Welcome to Hippyish. Here I will share my journey into simplicity by taking a more peaceful, easy, relaxing and gentle approach to life.