Zero Baggage Challenge

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The Zero Baggage Challenge is more than just a challenge — it’s an experiment. We’re interested in exploring what travel means when we’re forced to remove all extraneous things from our experiences. After all, is life only about what we bring to it? At Travel Noire, we’re champions of living life unconventionally. We believe that life yields travel lessons that we miss when tied up with other things (extra baggage, stolen valuables, ridiculous fees, broken suitcases, etc). This challenge is about simplifying material belongings and being present with rich life-experiences. For the entire month of February, choose a trip (a vacation, weekend, day trip, domestic or international trip) and participate in the Zero Bag Challenge!


1. No baggage throughout your entire trip

No luggage. Period. All of your daypacks, suitcases, briefcases, backpacks & fanny packs should stay at home.

2. You can borrowing from locals/other travelers

You can borrow whatever you’d like, as long as you don’t carry it around in a bag. A toothbrush? Sure. A washcloth? No problem.

3. You can purchase items along the way

If there is something you need along the way, you’re allowed to purchase it, so long as you don’t break any of the above rules.

4. No mailing items to yourself

Tempting, yes. Allowed? No. You can however ship things back to your final destination, so long as you aren’t breaking any of the above rules.








Clothing items

1. Cargo vest/jacket

2. Cargo pants (for men)

3. 2 pairs of shirts

4. 1 pair each of  leggings & jeans.

5. undies (2 pair)



1. 1/2 ounce of deodorant

2. Collapsible toothpaste & travel size toothpaste

3. Concentrated liquid detergent (Method soap — 3 oz bottle)

4. All in one soap (Dr. Bronner Castile Soap or your favorite brand) in a 3 oz bottle

5. Glasses, contact solution & case

6. Blistex & tube of sunscreen (if needed)

7. Earplugs

8. iPod touch (or iPhone)

9. iPad/Smartphone + keyboard (if you need to work)

10. small camera

11. Pen & notebook

12. Passport

13. Sunglasses

14. Safety pins

The Zero Baggage Challenge is inspired by Rolf Potts