bare essentials

plural noun

: the things that are absolutely necessary
We only had enough room to pack the bare essentials.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The place is immaculate, and the only items on the counter are the bare essentials: a brick of toilet paper and an unopened bottle of 100 proof bourbon. Globe Staff,, 24 Feb. 2023 For the minimalist packer, this no-frills passport sleeve is the perfect way to organize the bare essentials. Talia Ergas, Travel + Leisure, 17 Feb. 2023

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“Bare essentials.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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