Doing More With Less

In previous years I owned a big house (twice), furnished with nice furnishing, and good food filled the fridge and cubbards. All of this afforded by a great career I had worked for. However, in the last 18 months those material things dwindled down just enough to fill a 6X10 trailer and, for now, my job is no more. 

I’ll be backpacking and volunteering in South America (Peru and Chile) over the next 3 months. All of my everything fits in a 65L Osprey pack.  

 I realized I wouldn’t really need much. My packing list includes:

  • 4 T-shirts
  • 4 Pants
  • 2 Long sleeve 
  • 2 Leggings 
  • A thin hoody
  • A thin fleece
  • A light rain jacket
  • Hiking boots, Keds, Sandals
  • Packable Rain Boots (for jungle work)
  • iPad/iPhone 
  • ENO Hammock
  • LifeStraw Water Bottle
  • Visor/Sunglasses 
  • Daypack
  • Toiletries 
  • First Aidy things (I made this myself because I know what I needed specifically and didn’t want to take a lot of unnecessary business.)
  • And a very special crocheted cowel from a dear friend

There are, of course, a few other things, but you get the idea. I’ll change up a bit as I continue around the world and needs change. One of the handiest things I found, in preparation, are the Eagle Creek Spectre Packing Cubes. It’s nice to have things sorted and easy to get to in and out of your pack. 

So I’ve put my whole everything in a bag and I’m setting off to do and learn more about jungle conservation efforts in South America. It’s a far cry from the big house with the stacks of furniture and piles of nice clothes in the closet, but I think this will certainly be a lot more fun!