Here is a list of the necessities that I will need for my travels. Let me know what you would recommend for some or all of the items, as this will be all I have, and I want to make sure I have the best I can get! On the items that I pretty much know what I’ll be getting, I’ll show what I’ve decided on in parenthesis, though you should totally feel free to disagree with my decision and tell me why (I love to be proven wrong, if it leads to me having the best equipment for the job!).
- Laptop (Macbook Pro 15″)
- Flash Drive
- Portable Harddrive
- Main Phone
- Second Phone
- BT Headset (Jawbone Prime)
- Document Holder
- Outlet Adapters/Converters
- Messenger Bag/Day Bag
- Camera (Canon G10)
- SD/Memory Cards (Eye-Fi + big one)
- Notebook (
- Electronic Equipment Cases (Pelican?)
- Credit Card Survival Tool
- Tripod (Gorillapod)
- Workout Equipment
- First Aid Kit
- Bank Cards
- Money/Passport Belt
- Insulated Water Bottle/Thermos
Update: April 22, 2016
I stopped posting photos of all the things I own several years ago when I discovered that it seemed to reinforce the idea that “minimalism” means owning as few things as possible.
That’s not the case. We’re not any better or more moral when we own less. The idea is to own exactly the right number of things for you and your priorities, and that will mean something different for everyone.
If you want to focus on travel and experiences like me, chances are you’ll want to own less, because everything you own is likely something you’ll have to carry (like I do) or store somewhere (which is wildly inconvenient and potentially expensive). If you need equipment or gadgetry to do your work, if your passion is collecting unicorn statuettes, if you’re truly fulfilled by owning all the books you’ve ever read, then you should; just don’t buy the big screen TV you feel you’re supposed to own. Save that money for more unicorn statuettes.
Which is to say that you should prioritize your time, energy, and resources for the stuff that really matters. That may be possession stuff, that may be relationship stuff, that may be personal hobbies and projects stuff. Most likely, it’ll be a uniquely shaped combination of all these things, and that’s worth embracing.
You needn’t own a few dozen possessions to be a minimalist, you just have to focus on the vital things and act accordingly.
What I carry today I can list off the top of my head:
Everlane Weekender duffel bag, briefcase-sized day bag, toiletry bag, 13″ Macbook Pro, laptop sleeve, iPhone 6s Plus, Cocoon Grid-It organizer, headphones w/ microphone, backup battery, Kindle Paperwhite, wireless bluetooth keyboard, Architect’s Wallet, tripod, camera, travel umbrella, portable flash drive, resistance band, lav mic, Shoulderpod S1, Gorillapod, ear plugs, and clothing (which change frequently, based on how quickly I wear through them).