Digging in the archives ~ Day 250 Reducing your Travel Clutter

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  • Day 250 Reducing your Travel Clutter Another guest post by my husband. You'll never meet a traveller who, after five trips, brags: "Every year I pack heavier." Rick Steves - Travel Writer These words echo in my head […]
  • Day 87 Replace old habits I heard somewhere recently that it only take two weeks to start breaking out of old habits. The idea being, if you can persevere and ignore the cravings to continue in your old habit for […]
  • Day 71 Dematerialise The idea behind 365 less things is not only to rid our home of clutter but also not to replace that clutter with new clutter. I like to refer to it as "dematerialise", that is to stop […]
About Colleen Madsen

Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. Have a great break Colleen, yes a true break break.

    Quiet Chrissy here and l am glad to say no clutter to be found.

    l say no pressies for me and l got none ๐Ÿ™‚ – a thoughtful box of choccies from a neighbour but that is it.

  2. Yes, Colleen, enjoy your break. Felicity, I can relate. No gifts were exchanged at our home either. We had a lovely Christmas dinner and a beautiful day.

  3. Well done Anita. Nice to see l’m not alone on that one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. that was meant to be a smile there ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. A well-earned break, Colleen and Cindy both! We had a very happy day, very quiet (as planned), and today (Boxing Day)’s meals have been the left-overs. Presents – not planned – turned out to be light, and very much as I would have chosen, if I had asked: a cheque from my mother, shop voucher from my sister, toiletries (which I was needing) from my daughter (packaged in a basket she already had, with a ribbon), and a promise for my next blouse that I want to buy, from my husband. I actually took a photo at the end of the day, of the rubbish that came from the family’s (3 people) parcels: a very small pile of sticky tape! Wrapping papers could be reused or recycled, depending on condition, nothing was overwrapped – and none of the sticky tape was mine!!
    Funny really, to think back to the days when there would be piles of paper on the floor and stuff everywhere…

  6. Thanks for the re-runs, Colleen. I think it’s a good idea to recycle your articles and hope you will continue to do so from time to time. This one is particularly appropriate for us as we are getting ready for a trip. We will never get quite this streamlined in packing but we’ll cut back a bit more again this time. As retirees we do get the occasional odd look as we jump on local buses with our backpacks and daypacks but we are free to travel wherever we wish. The odd corners of the world are where REAL life happens.

  7. Would love to read what Colleen packs for a cabin bag only trip. I just got back from Thailand and had planned to take as little as possible and still took way too much stuff in the end, but we were travelling with our four kids (12 – 22) so had to accommodate stuff for them too, medical etc.

  8. I just returned from a trip and when I saw the title of this post I was immediately interested. But it turns out I am objecting to a different type of travel clutter as I can usually pack light.

    What I noticed throughout this trip was the amount of garbage we accumulated. Even though I took my shopping bags, the clerks were unfamiliar with the idea and would add plastic bags. Many items that you want to buy in small amounts because you are travelling come in lots of excess packaging. Even when we ate in restaurants it seems the things these days is disposable plates and eating utensils. I have taken my cup to the coffee bar only to have them make my tea in a paper cup before pouring it into my permanent one.

    I was appalled at the amount of trash. We did manage to find recycle bins for some of the plastic and glass. This was in the southwestern U.S.

    I would be interested to hear from others about minimizing packaging and the like when travelling.

    • Hi Delores,
      I know where you are coming from. When we travel we often buy cold drinks that come in plastic packaging but we tend to use the bottles over and over for a couple of day as water bottles. And then we find somewhere to recycle them. The sad part is that we often find, like in italy where they go to a lot of expense to provide recycling bin at railway stations and the like, that people don’t pay any heed and mix trash with recycling anyway. How frustrating it is. Even when you can’t read the labels on the bin (different language) the pictures are clear enough to tell which bin is which. Check out this link to a story about eliminating trash in the Cinque Terre in Italy. I find it hard to believe that tourist would go out of their way to seek out a beautiful place like this and then trash it. It is a crime.