Thoughts on The 15 Things I Own

It has almost been 2 months living an ultra minimalist lifestyle.  I own 15 things, and have written about them, but have never taken a photo of everything.  So yesterday at the El Viajero Hostel in Caragena De Indas, Colombia I laid out everything I own and am using: 

The 15 things I own

What I’m missing:

running shoes.  

What I’m not using:

Jackets (hot here, but the one time I used them, they were really, really needed.

Tips / Tricks:

  • My arc’teryx Miura 30 pack has been amazing, but doesn’t have a lot of pockets.  As a quick fix, I found some snowboarding goggle lens bags for my toiletries, cables and cords, and random odds and ends (journal, pen, etc).  

  • The bag is light enough (about 14 pounds with the ipad included) so I can run (really) around any city with no problem.  This has saved many trips going to and from the hostel before I take off on a trip or meal.  
  • Local sim cards and an jailbroken iPhone really helps.  
  • Everything has a place.  Jackets are packed first.  Then pants, then the minibags, then the shirts.   
  • I use the ice axe loops on the pack to dry my towel on travel days.  

Other than the issue of really wanting a new color shirt sometimes, I really am not missing much, but experiencing a lot.

  • ClaireV04

    Besides your pack, it seems that everything you own is either blue, black, or gray. Hopefully the vibrant colors of South America will inspire a new shirt in a new color!

  • You should acquire a red belt for a little touch of color 🙂

  • andrewhyde

    Colors of bruise as my sister would put it.

  • andrewhyde

    No more stuff! 🙂

    Yes, I do need color.

  • Kia

    Rick Steves would be impressed.

  • One pair of pants, right? Do you have a sowing kit? What have you been doing for laundry? By that I mean have you been doing it yourself at hostels or been going to laundromats?

  • andrewhyde

    On pair of pants. Yes. No kit. Laundry either at the hostel (sink or service).

  • drbillnye

    awesome dude. what a sweet adventure man.

  • Andre

    How often are you having to laundry? Is it easy/hard to find laundry services?

    Also, how's wifi been during traveling?

  • Is that a crown royal bag? #awesome

  • Super, Andrew! I've been enjoying the pics/updates! Keep rollin' light.

  • Lucas

    Why the external keyboard for your mac? Seems a bit extravagant considering the rest of your minimalist pack.

  • andrewhyde

    Houses my razor and bathroom stuff 🙂

  • andrewhyde

    Laundry at least once a week.

    Wifi is everywhere, always free and almost always password protected.

  • andrewhyde

    External keyboard for iPad.

  • Wow. You can't believe how awesome I think you are. I would be terrified to do what you are doing. Or maybe not. Maybe I would just feel free. You can always buy things back again if you need them:-)

  • andrewhyde

    I really thought I would need to buy more on the road. So far, just some flip flops.

  • Annie Martin

    Sustainability! Go Andrew.

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