On Packing and Minimalism

When your choice of possessions for 3 months is limited to what you can fit in your bag and carry on your back, efficiency is the #1 concern. I attempted to pack lightly (full packing list below), but ended up utilizing every available crevice of my bags.

After only a few days on the trip, I actually feel as though I brought too much stuff. My bags are packed to the brim, which makes it difficult to get what I need quickly – especially in the middle of the night in a dark hostel room full of sleeping strangers. Further, there’s little room at this point to pick anything up along the way. I would have preferred to have some empty space in case there are any items that I find meaningful and would like to bring home. I’m operating under the assumption that I’ll leave / ditch at least some of the below as I find I don’t use it enough to necessitate keeping it around. This has been a true exercise in minimalism, which has led me to find that the more things you have, the more things you have to worry about.

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Backpacks:
-50L backpack for clothes
-Small backpack (which can be attached to large one) for gear / daily use items
-Drawstring bag for daytrips

Clothes:
-4 merino wool tee shirts
-4 button ups
-1 sweater
-1 jacket
-1 pair of jeans
-1 pair of pants
-1 pair of shorts
-1 swimsuit
-6 pairs of merino wool socks
-5 pairs of underwear
-1 pair of sandals
-1 pair athletic shoes
-1 pair casual shoes

Gear:
-Macbook Air
-iPhone
-GoPro
-Mophie phone charger
-Kindle
-Power converter
-Flashlight
-2 locks
-Umbrella
-Shammy towel
-Bed cover
-Journal
-Notebook / folder
-Dopp kit with hygiene and first aid supplies
-Ziplock bags

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