How much do we need?

So I’ve been in debate with friends about how much is enough when it comes to travel. If you begin by thinking “I need to bring everything I ever could possibly need” to feel comfortable, then I think you’ll end up with a large mess of items which you will actually rarely use and won’t need on a trip. I’m planning to head out for a 25 day long journey and when I took this picture I realized that I had too much! I reevaluated and decided to take a few shirts out and of course I will also be wearing some of the stuff in this picture so that cuts down into my back pack. But I really feel inspired by people like Rolf Potts and his no baggage challenge, or maybe Tim Ferriss and his ideas on packing light. Minimizing isn’t just about beating the airlines baggage costs, I think it is more than that.

I think the main point is to liberate oneself from all the things we lug around on a daily basis. Half of the time when we travel we go to places  where we can buy what we need when we are there (when we need it!), the other half of the time we bring things we “think” we will have time for or a need for and the items never get used. It is simply dead weight. This translates into a bigger problem that westerners face in our homes/offices/lives, in which we fill our space to brim with items that we “might” need once in a while. Reality is that most of us have far more than the rest of the world, in fact I would guess that in my picture, there is more material wealth than most people most people have in the rest of the world (the “resterners”). I’m living on the high side of the distribution of wealth in the world, and if you are in the west you are too.. check for yourself.

What I thought I needed!
Do I really need all of this?



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