It’s that time again, time to figure out what I’ve got, what to get rid of and where I can be more efficient when it comes to the stuff I’m hauling around with me from place to place.
Last time I tallied in at 51 things, and the time before that was 72. This time I count 55, but there are some caveats on that number.
First, as always, I count the power cords and cases that go with the items as part of the item. This means that my Macbook Pro, its power cord and its sleeve all count as one item in my mind. I also don’t count anything that gets used up, like food or contact lenses and lens solution. This doesn’t upset my moving too much, since I generally just replace these things when I arrive anyway, and I go through them so fast keeping an accurate count would be a purposeless exercise in futility.
Second, I just bought a guitar at a local street market and I’ll be getting rid of it as soon as I take off, so I’m counting it for now, but it won’t be sticking around when I leave Bangkok in November.
Third, I’m also getting rid of one of the hard drives, one of the workout shirts, one pair of boxer briefs (Calvin Klein really let me down with this pair) and one of my v-neck undershirts, knocking the number down to 50 in November. But it’s not November yet, and for the time being I’m at 55, and that’ll have to do for now!
I’ve had a lot of people ask me about what products I use and which they should use when traveling, and as a result I decided to set up a new site just for reviews of products and services that make doing what I do possible. Head on over to Flashpack and check it out – it’s still just starting up, but it’s growing fast, and I’m adding a few new items every week.
I saw a lot of people posting their own photo galleries of possessions after the last update, and I’d love to see more this time around!
If you go through and take photos of everything you own (it makes reduction much easier, if that’s what you’re looking to do), post a link to the gallery below so everyone can get some inspiration!