Minimalist Traveling; All you really need ...
I travel a lot, you may have heard. Over the years I've fought a constant battle with having too much stuff. These days there's little left, and I still get frustrated. Here's all I think a person needs to survive in hospitable climates.
- •A reliable packMine has been modified to fit a guitar, using water resistant material and stitched with floss.
- •Weather-resistant jacketI recommend something dark that fits over everything else you own.
- •A heavy-duty tarp (dark)Wear as a poncho in incliment weather, wrap around your bed roll to stay hidden and protected from the elements.
- •Sewing kit & first aid/hygieneI typically keep all this together in one pounch: baking soda, toothbrush, floss, needles, scissors, nail clippers, gauze, benedryl, etc ...
- •A knife AND a leathermanThe leatherman is an outstanding survival tool due to it's multitude of function, however it's not great at any one thing. When you need a knife, you need to trust it, so get a good one.
- •Fire starter flintI recommend two traditional Bic lighters in addition to a magnesium firestarter. I never use my flint, but it's nice to know it's there.
- •Carabiners & cordageFor attaching things to your pack or stringing up your tarp like a canopy.
- •Messkit and a tin cupYou'll often find you'll need your own dish. A coffee can makes a good stove to cook over, just poke some air holes. Get your food from food banks, churches, dumpsters, or food stamps.
- •Socks!Just wear them until they stand on their own, then throw them in the trash and start a new pair. Keep one pair of nice wool socks in case your toes get cold, treasure these.
- •Boots & shoesYou'll need boots to tromp through gnarly alleyways, rocky trainyards, dark construction sites. You'll also want a lightweight pair of well ventilated shoes to put on so you don't get trenchfoot.
- •Jeans & a hoodieGet used to smelling bad and looking the same everyday.
- •EntertainmentA favorite book, drawingpad or notebook, sudoku, magic cards ...
- •An atlasBecause GPS doesn't work everywhere and you need to know where you're going next!