I just finished packing for my 1,200 kilometer (750 mile) Easter weekend hitchhiking challenge.
And I’m scared.
I think the majority of my fear comes from never having hitchhiked before; a fear of the unknown. But with freezing rain in the forecast and temperatures floating in the range of zero degrees, the weather conditions between Halifax and Montreal in March could be unpredictable. I want to pack light enough in case I need to walk a few hundred kilometers but still equipped enough to survive on the side of the highway overnight. I have to “prepare for the worst,” as my girlfriend likes to remind me.
So packing could be stressful.
I could be asking myself questions like, “Am I forgetting anything?” or “Where the hell is my umbrella/headlamp/emergency blanket/miniature stick of deodorant?”
But I’m not stressed.
Because I know everything I could possibly need on this trip is in my apartment, and I can look through everything in my apartment in under 10 minutes.
The reason I can do this is because I live minimally.
- When I buy a new t-shirt, jacket, or pair of jeans, something in my closet goes to the second-hand store.
- I don’t need 10 pairs of shoes, kitchen appliances I use once a year, or more towels than a hotel, so I don’t buy them.
- When I live more minimally I feel lighter, both physically and mentally, and I’m dedicated to maintaining that feeling.
So what’s my secret to packing before a trip and living a happier life?
Stop buying shit you don’t need and get rid of the shit you don’t use.
See you next week…wish me luck!