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