What’s one of the first things that goes through your mind when you decide to pack everything up and go on the road permanently? If my experience is anything to go by, it’s “But what about all my stuff? What should I do with it?”.
Rolf has written about and shared many useful posts about what to take with you and how to travel light — but this post is about how traveling light can extend to your general attitude to possessions — both buying, having and keeping them — a ‘no stuff’ mentality, if you like.
As a permanent traveler, with no home to go back to I have got the art of ‘no stuff’ just about sorted out. Everything my husband and I own has been whittled down from a 1,400 sq ft loft apartment and a 2 bedroom house and now fits into a 45 sq ft room, a 45 liter suitcase and our two laptop backpacks. In the quest for the ‘no stuff’ mentality, here are some rules that we now live by:
“Only buy things which we know we will use extensively in the next 6 months – this applies to clothes, gadgets, travel accessories and anything else which we might have to carry.”
“If we haven’t used something in the past 6 months, we ditch it”
The feeling of freedom is immense. Knowing you can travel the world without the weight of all your possessions tugging you back anywhere is liberating. If you are looking to get rid of some of your things, here are some useful resources which are all designed to reduce environmental waste…