“The goal is not to have the fewest number of things but to have the optimal number of things.” – Gautam Baid

I’ve backpacked in Chicago, DC, Boston and all over Europe. We don’t need a lot to live, yet we tend to overpack for small situations. You’ll see families packing 12 suitcases onto a plane. That’s just overkill. For me, all I need is money to buy food, a roof over my head, a hot shower, clothes, and a bed or a couch to sleep on. All I bring with me in my backpack are clothes, hygiene stuff, and a book.

That’s it.

How I Pack:

Clothes and hygiene stuff are the essentials. I had swim trunks for the beach in Barcelona, but I also backpacked in the freezing temperatures (I’m a California boy, it sucked) of Copenhagen and Budapest for three weeks by wearing the heavy layers at the airport and keeping the lighter layers in my backpack. I wore thermal underwear and shirts to keep warm and wore a big peacoat during my travels. I was fortunate enough to have washing machines in each of the places I went to so I was able to keep my clothes clean. I essentially had one and a half outfits. My outdoor wear and indoor wear. I love fashion, but traveling isn’t time to look cool because I’m only there for a short amount of time.

I didn’t require much for hygiene too. I had a small baggie of a razor, hair wax, toothbrush, and deodorant. When I was traveling, I chose places where I knew people and used their shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. When I traveled to places where I stayed in hostels and Airbnbs, I was fortunate enough they had offered shampoos and body washes there.

The book is for me to continue growing. I know for a fact I’ll be taking public transportation wherever I’ll be going. Most of the time, I’ll be traveling somewhere on a plane. That’s at least 2 hours. Reading is one of the best investments I can make for myself and I’m making the most of my time. I’m always going to encourage everyone to read more. Even 25 pages a day of a book will change your life drastically.

Living Conditions:

I don’t need to settle in a fancy hotel to be happy traveling. A roof, bed, and a hot shower are all I need to be content. Whilst traveling, I stay in hostels and Airbnbs to save money. And when asking people if I can stay over at their place while traveling, I’ll settle for a couch even, which is what I did when I stayed in London. Hot showers are also a must for me. I once stayed in a hostel in Bath, England and it did not have hot showers. And life without hot showers SUCKED.

Traveling Light is EASY:

Moving around with two suitcases and a backpack is annoying. Big cities mean big crowds. Getting around the city is easier simply because you are carrying less.

Why You Should Live Minimally:

These tips also apply to your life now. Minimalism makes life easier for you because you only care about the necessities. I live in a house with five other guys and I think I’m living in absolute luxury because I have way more than what I need to be happy in life. We all carry a lot of baggage in life, and by letting go of these baggages, life is just simpler.

About the Author wesleytrann7

Hi there, I'm an entrepreneur who loves traveling! Here at Life of Wesley, you'll find posts about faith, entrepreneurship, traveling and music!

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