I wake with the morning sun and lay my head on my pillow at the end of the day when I feel tired. There are no schedules, routines, meetings or any other diversions. My life is my own. Living such a simple life might seem desirable and it is but even I need the occasional diversion from nirvana. When I start to feel trapped by all that I love and desire I take mental vacation.
There is a growing movement towards simplicity and the simple life. The one hundred things challenge is an interesting one but I could put those people to shame with my 20 things travel pack.
1, Day pack
4, Moleskini Journal
5, writing utensil
6/7, 2 shirts
9, Uberlight running shoes
10/11, light weight warmie and water resistant wind shirt
12, running shorts
13/14/15 tooth brush, toothpaste, floss
17, reading glasses
18, small knife
20, open mind; anything else I can build, make or find laying around when I get there.
Thats it for extended travel. I can always buy a wool blanket or sweater if it gets cold. For an open-ended world journey I might add one or two more items but not much. I may actually take less so I can acquire the necessities as I roam.
When ever I get bored or lonely I’ll pull out my Klettersack and pack for a future vagabond expedition. Should a bout of insomnia creep up on me I will lay in bed, eyes closed and mentally pack my sack, it puts me to sleep instantly. It isn’t always necessary to escape the mundane but knowing you can in a moments notice makes all the difference in the world.
I’m deep in the throws of packing right now but this journey isn’t imagined. Its as real as the moon and stars and has already started.
“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson