Two years ago my wife and I went on a two-week holiday to Oregon, U.S.A.
We each packed a suitcase filled with clothes and everything else we might need for our time away.
We didn't want to forget anything, so we took...everything.
It was ridiculous.
But because everyone we knew who travelled seemed pack so much, we assumed it was the responsible thing to do.
Two weeks later we arrived back in Melbourne, only to realise we hadn't used about 80% of what we had packed.
Despite paying for it, carting it around, trying to keep it neat in our room, we didn't even use it.
To be honest, the way we packed was symbolic of the way we lived.
Too much crap, not enough clarity.
We needed a new approach.
Since then there have been some big changes in the way we operate. I've started to focus on living more intentionally, owning only the essentials and clearing out the excess.
I've been on a few trips since then, and I've have had the chance to practice packing the things I actually use.
Because it's only 13 days until Jessie and I spend two months travelling around the Greek Islands, Italy, France and Spain with only carryon luggage, the timing seems right to elaborate on the 'how' and 'why' of travelling minimally.
HOW ARE WE DOING THIS?
We only pack the essential. All the just incase items we don't pack.
WHAT AM I PACKING?
- 10 pairs jocks
- 10 pairs socks
- 5 tee-shirts
- 2 work-out shirts
- 2 pair work-out shorts
- 1 pair chinos
- 1 jumper
- 1 pair of tracksuit pants
- 1 pair casual shorts
- 1 pair funky trunks
- 1 quick dry towel
- 1 plastic bag (dirty washing)
- Casual shoes
- Running shoes
- Fold up back-pack
- Coconut oil
- Kindle & charger
- Laptop & charger
- Phone & charger
- Electric shaver & charger
- Multi country adapter
- 28 degrees Card
FIVE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT TRAVELLING MINIMALLY
- No check in luggage No waiting around for bags once you get off the plane. Instead, walk straight out the door.
- Packing is easier When you have less stuff, it's easier to get it together.
- Moving is easier It's lighter, smaller and easier to take in a train, car, plane, bus. Don't worry about whether it will fit; you can just know it will.
- What you need is where you are You don't have to worry about which bag something is in. You'll know that's it's all in the one place.
- Save money When you don't have to check things in, you're not paying for the service.