by Niall Doherty

This is a quick follow-up to the post I wrote last December about how to fit everything you own into carry-on luggage. I’ve downsized quite a bit since then, and I can now fit everything I own into a 42 litre backpack.

Of course, most backpackers can claim the same, but I’m not leaving anything in storage or aiming to do this only for a few months. I literally own nothing more than I can carry on my back right now, and I expect it to remain that way for the next three years or so as I try to circumnavigate the globe without flying.

I started with this whole minimalist kick almost 18 months ago, and I still find it working well for me. I can’t think of anything I’ve gotten rid of — more than 300 items now — that I’ve since missed. I’ve shifted away from valuing material things and more towards valuing experiences. I feel free 🙂

You can check out a full list of my current possessions here. I’m counting 44 items, but you might count more or less. The number doesn’t really matter. The important thing is that I have just what I need and nothing more.

Do your possessions serve you?

I don’t think everyone should own so little. It makes sense for me because I’ve made travel a priority; the amount of stuff I own no longer hinders me from packing up and moving on at a moment’s notice.

How about you? Do you have so much that it’s become a burden, or does every item you own serve the type of life you really want to be living?

P.S. I’m leaving Burgos today (Friday), heading back to Ireland via land and sea. Comment moderation and email replies will likely be a little slower than usual while I’m on the move.

P.P.S. Here’s the post by Karol Gadja that I mentioned in the video above: 15 Minutes – Clean Clothes – Anywhere In The World