The ultra-minimalist lifestyle is neither easy nor painless. It requires focus, resolve, a constant attention to detail, and most importantly the skill of letting go. It’s about asking yourself a question – Do I Need That? If So, Why? – many times a day. But once you’ve got it, the freedom and agility your life gains is awesome.
Here what I think I could live with. Not quite Jack Reacher, with only a toothbrush and a billfold in his pocket, but it’ll fit into a midsize backpack.
– Hot laptop (currently a MacBook Retina) with a lot of movies, music, games, and TV shows you might get around to watching someday
– Kindle with large library of classics
– Camera with a big zoom
– Pocket-sized backup disk
– Cables and connectors, global adapter
– Leatherman Wave multitool
– 6 black T shirts
– 3 pairs of Levis: 1 x black, 1 x blue; 1 x lightweight summer pants
– Berghaus non-hoodie
– Levi’s short coat – smart enough for day, warm enough for cold
– 9 sets of socks and underwear to include 1 x cycling shorts, 1 x running shorts, sports socks
– 1 pair of smart black leather walking shoes, Church’s or Cheaney
– 1 pair of casual shoes, velcro and canvas
– 1 pair of lightweight running shoes
– Sheet sleeping bag
– Drawstring bag for laundry/2nd bag backup
– Knife. Fork. Spoon.
– Radius toothbrush
– Mach 3 razor and blades
– Factor 50 sunscreen, abrasive skin rub, good moisturiser
– Resistance bands for workouts
– Roll of kitchen paper towels (you never know how useful they are until you do it)
– Small Wenger backpack with many, many pockets
– Pencil and paper
– Debit card
– If they were legal: brass knuckles and a switchblade
In total it weighs around a dozen kilos and fits into a small travel pack. And it’s all you need.