Before I left for travelling, I had all these pre-conceived ideas about the items I needed to take with me. Even though I wanted to travel light, I still carried a bunch of useless crap around for weeks and ended up giving things away and leaving items in hostels for others.
Happiness is not measured by material wealth, I believe it comes from experience. The more value we give to personal belongings, the more they weigh us down.
There are however, a few essentials that have made my journey easier and more comfortable. But in the most part – take as little as possible. Leave the junk alone – overcome your fears, I did.
Helpful items that have enhanced my travels:
- A laptop to work on
- A waterproof / windproof all-seasons lightweight shell type jacket
- Comfy footwear – light weight runners, boat shoes, Birkenstocks
- Battery powered travel shaver
Minimise your gear..
I’ve been travelling for over 5 years now and in that time I have become less and less attached to the items I lug around with me. The more I travel the more I learn that I do not need hordes of specialist gear to survive, I just need to think about things objectively with a non-consumerist mindset.
People subjugate fears by assigning them to material goods and the more I travel the more I realise that previous fears have vanished and have been soaked up by the real learning and experience that travelling offers.
Today, all of my vital information is in the cloud. All I really care about is access to information (the internet) and the ability to work to pay for forward travel. I have a secondhand 2011 Macbook, but If it was lost along with the rest of my belongings (clothes) – It would not be the end of the world for me. I love living free of restraint from my possessions, nothing I own owns me and every item is very replaceable.