Take a look at all of your possessions. What do you want? What do you need? What are you willing to give up?
It sounds like an incredibly hard decision. Once you’ve made up your mind, it’s really not.
Think of it in these terms: What do you need to survive? What giant TV? Nope. Your BluRay/ DVD collection? Nope. The knickknacks that you’ve gathered throughout the years that you always thought so important to your life? Nope.
You have a week to put all your personal affairs in order, pack what’s most vital to you, and then leave everything behind. To quote “Speed,” “what do you do?”
When faced with this decision, you gather a new perspective. The things you thought most dearest to you surprisingly fall by the wayside.
Jay and I bought some things for this journey; most notably new shoes, sandals, and good backpacks. My pack is 65+10, meaning 65 liters plus 10 liters (the +10 comes from extending the pouch on the back to give you an extra ten liters). Jay’s is 60+10.
What I brought, just for myself: 5-6 T-shirts, 10 underwear, 10 pairs of socks, two pairs of shorts, two swimming trunks, sneakers, hiking shoes, sandals, and two sleeveless shirts.
Communal items are sunscreen, shampoo, bug spray, sun tan lotion, portable phone chargers, phones (obviously), laptop, USB drives, and a hard drive.
I’m not exactly sure what personal items Jay brought, so you’ll have to read up on her blog.
From the blogs we read, we still over-packed.
Imagine that? Out of all the things you own and hold near and dear to your heart, even the minimalist things you own are still too much.
Oh, I also brought a few notebooks and pens to write. And a crossword book. Also, my Fitbit, and a Star Wars watch for backup.
A 70 liter bag doesn’t add up to much once you start putting things into it, especially hiking shoes. Those clothes you haven’t worn for six months or the ones you were hoping to one day fit into no longer find a place in your current life; neither does the whey protein, Vitamin D and B12 pills, or fish oil pills.
You bring what you can carry. That’s what it comes down to.
When you have time to plan for the rest of your life, or at the very least, the foreseeable future, you tend to gravitate to what is actually the most important to you.
Just through this exercise, we were forced to bring everything that was the most important to us. I’m not saying to do what we’re doing; that’s just batshit crazy, but maybe look around and decided that if you had to leave, what would you take?
I’m sure you’ll find that the things you thought you needed aren’t actually that important to you.
Aside from the hard drive that gave us some sort of semblance of being back home, I brought writing utensils as my extravagance.
You have a week; what do you bring with you for the rest of your life?