Travel lite and travel right!

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness”

Mark Twain

If you were travelling for 12 months what would you put in your backpack?

I’ve just returned from travelling for 4 weeks. For that trip I packed:

  • 3 t-shirts
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 1 hat
  • 1 small towel
  • 1 cloth
  • one lite rain-jacket
  • wallet
  • passport

On the first flight I wore one of the pairs of shorts (total 2), one of the t-shirts (total 3) and a pair of simple homemade sandals. I carried a hoodie sweatshirt, my wallet, my passport and a book that I continuously traded on my journey. I’d also wore a baseball cap. If I was travelling longer I won’t have taken anything else.

As it was I pretty much packed everything that I own right now accept my laptop, some kitchen utensils, my house, and my bicycle. A small pack with a few items makes travelling low stress and it’s not a major if the airline loses your bag.

I find airports an amazing place to really appreciate the burden of possessions. You see families with 8 or 10 suitcases that are too heavy to handle. The families are on holiday, but boy you’d never know it by all the huffing, redfaces, swearing and stressing.

I like to live simply and so I have no other option but to travel with less and when I see those reminders it helps me stay the course.

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