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 comment

  1. Jennifer H Anthony-Bogue says:

    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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