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I have just 6 weeks(as of this writing) until I travel to Nicaragua. Wow. Time really does go by fast. I think we can all agree on that.

I have some hostels booked and I am getting pretty excited about this.

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I am going to be in Nicaragua for 6 weeks! So a lot of you may be thinking that I need to take a lot of stuff with me to get me through that amount of time.

Nope. Not at all.

<h3>The Art Of Minimalist Travel</h3>

I am a minimalist. I have Changed The Code. That means I have changed my programming when it comes to how I choose to live my life. And this translates to how I travel.

I do not see any point in taking multiple pieces of luggage. More luggage means you will pack more stuff and then you have to carry it around and keep track of it all. No thanks.

I am traveling with one small 35 liter backpack. That’s it.

When I backpacked around Europe a few years ago I saw so many people with huge backpacks packed to overflowing. They looked miserable. I had my small front loading pack and I was very happy with having made that choice.

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<h3>My Travel Packing List</h3>

There’s no question: overpacking tops the list of biggest travel mistakes.

So please try to change your way of thinking when it comes to what to pack for traveling. I do realize that if you are a female you are going to have a few more items that are essential for you to pack.

So maybe men have it better in this regard. There I said it.

Also, what your packing list includes depends on your travel destination(s) and what activities you will be doing. A business trip is different than a backpacking adventure.

This is going to be a pretty short list. I pack pretty much the same stuff every time I travel. Why would it change?

Here is a neat observation. They sell things in the location that you are going. That is a bit tongue-in-cheek but seriously, IF you get somewhere and absolutely need an item chances are you will be able to buy it there.

North Face Front Loading Backpack


My backpack is a 35 liter North Face front loading backpack. I like a front loading pack for ease of access.

Lots of pockets and compartments to hold all my stuff.

I also use a packing cube to keep things organized. These things are worth their weight in gold. Mine is actually a case from an overhead projector I once had. It works perfectly. And I have a packing folder for keeping clothes folded neatly but I don’t think I will really need it for my Nicaragua travel.

packing cubes for travel
Packing cube and packing folder


I am packing

  • 3 quick dry shirts
  • 2 swim trunks
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • quick dry socks
  • My Salomon hiking shoes
  • flip flops for the beach!
  • headlamp(there are power outages)
  • hat
  • Bandanna
  • Various personal items(soap, sunscreen, razors, toothbrush, earplugs, etc.)
  • travel documents
  • my phone and MAYBE a laptop(a lot more weight) but we’ll see(that also means chargers)

Right now that is my travel packing list for 6 weeks in Nicaragua. Not much. But believe me when I say that minimalist travel is the only way to go. Going through airport security is a breeze plus no checked baggage. And not having to carry a bunch of stuff you probably don’t need is priceless.

Are you a minimalist traveler?  What is on your travel packing list?

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11 thoughts on “My Travel Packing List For 6 Weeks In Nicaragua

  1. A good list… I’d also throw in a notebook and a pencil as I sometimes like to write down my thoughts… or perhaps a name and address of someone you may meet. Depending on where you are going, a mosquito net might be handy… I’d probably choose that over a laptop…

  2. Mark, I don’t see it on your list but, a nylon windbreaker, and a pair of long pants, even if the legs zip off. Living here, believe there are times, and if you think you’ll want that mosquito net bring it, you’ll have better quality and access at an outfitters there, and I haven’t see one here, I haven’t looked or needed one, but I don’t think good ones *treated, are so common. The various personal items(soap, sunscreen, razors, toothbrush, etc.) you can buy here, everywhere and flipflops starting at 10US. buen viajes.

    1. Perfect! Yes I was actually thinking about pants today and if I should include those on the packing list. So do YOU feel that a mosquito net IS something I should bring??

      1. Hey Mark, unless you’re going to be in the jungle I’d skip the net. You could ask prospective accommodations for their current information but, in Granada, unnecessary. There is an outfitter product of repellant for fabric, stronger than direct skin application, might be a useful carry along just in case. cheers, y buen viajes

  3. Hi! I’m late here, but I would like to say what I always love to place in my luggage (we are also traveling with as less as possible): one piece of sarong (the Indonesian cotton ones)! It’s useful has towel after the shower or at the beach, can be used as jacket, shirt, blanket…as a bag and to carry our children (as they were about 1-3 years old).

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