It is amazing to me what you can pack your life down into…and I thought I went small when I put all my belongings into a 10×7′ storage shed…that was until I decided to live out of 3 bags for a year.
1 pannier is for food and my kitchen, 1 is for my clothing allowance (that is except the outer REV’IT gear I ride in), my larger bag is my home all my inside gear for my tent and putting together my bedroom each night (you can see more on all my bags – Giant Loop, my tent – LoneRider, Kit and gear and my riding gear – REV’IT on the Bike & Kit page on my website).
There are days that I still feel like I carry too much, and yet when I really look at what I have simplified my life to, for this year on the road, it amazes me how little we really need.
And yet in such a simplified and planned organization on the road – this week I somehow lost my wrench for my rear axle bolt so that I could tighten my chain…where on earth it could have gone – no idea (so guess it would have to be the first lost object on the road…actually the second as I did lose my hair wrap in high winds. It pulled and blew right out the helmet just last month) This also does not count the Jetboil lid that was stolen by Virginia mountain rats! (literally rats). But in the grand scheme of 10 months on the road, not to bad I think.
Although I know returning to a “typical” lifestyle will have more needs / wants, I know I will live with less. Before this trip I was embracing the beauty of less and now I will do so with so much more insight into to what it is that I really need! It will be exciting to go back through all those tubs in my 10×7′ and wonder what I was thinking when I paid to store some of this “stuff”!
(The picture used for this post is from my prep days pre-departure, I have since pared down even more while out on the road)