A Word on Packing

One of the most common questions I get asked about the trip is “how are you going to pack for that??” Since we are going to be in so many different places over the course of a year, packing does seem like a stressful decision making process, but I’m really not worrying about it. Why? Because Billy and I will be traveling ultra-light wherever we go.

We’re each bringing a 40 liter backpack—that’s it. For reference, that’s just a little bit bigger than your average school backpack. It seems small, but when you stop and think about it, what do we really need to bring that won’t fit in a backpack of that size? To give you some idea of what I’m talking about, here’s my current list of items I’m bringing, adding and omitting things as I see fit:

  • 3 paperback books
  • 4 pairs of boxers
  • 4 t-shirts
  • 1 sweater
  • 3 pairs of shorts
  • 5 pairs of sox
  • 3 pairs of pants
  • 1 rain coat
  • 1 collapsible day pack
  • 1 cocoon liner sleeping sack

Total weight: 14.8 lbs.

Like I said, this list is subject to change, but this is a pretty accurate summation of what I will be bringing. Traveling so light has all the advantages over conventional packing. In terms of flights, all I’ll have is the one backpack, which is conveniently carry-on size—no baggage to claim or pay extra for; and because my pack is so light, I’ll be able to do more in a day without an aching back and exhaustion.

As with traveling, so with life I suppose. Take only what you need, anything unnecessary should simply be left behind, lest it weigh you down and keep you from doing more with your day.


One thought on “A Word on Packing

  1. Take only what you need. Very good advice but of course we can’t always see the difference between what we need and what we want.


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