Traveling With Your Entire Life In A Single Bag

Long term traveling is a frightening thought, knowing that you’ll be leaving everything behind. Narrowing down your important items which will provide the most utility is difficult, even for the most seasoned globetrotters. Where does one even start packing? How much will you need? How much is too much? Can you travel with a single bag?

Whether you’re a first time or a veteran, traveling solo or in a group, owns only a laptop bag, duffel bag or maybe a small travel bag, everyone is looking to begin their own adventuring tales. So we’ve prepared some questions and tips to help overcome your hoarder habits so you can be an expert in packing, to travel with your life in a single bag.

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What is the purpose of pursuing traveling?

Many people have different motive inspiring them to take up traveling. From inspiring creativity, finding oneself, understanding others or even trying to improve your character. Before you can set out and achieve any of the above stated reasons, you first need to define the purpose and motivate behind your actions. Answering this will influence heavily how and where you’ll be traveling, as well as what’ll be in the single bag you will be carrying.

Some other specific questions to keep in mind:

  • How long is your trip?
  • What primary activities will you be partaking in?
  • Will you be working?
  • What will you be spending more of your time doing?
  • Are there any absolute necessities you require?
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What will your itinerary look like?

Figure out what the answer to any and all your questions is the first and hardest step. Where will you be traveling? Will you be traveling to different cities? How is the environment in said city? After that, look into potential locations and the activities they provide.

Your single bag will differ vastly from somebody going to a city full of leisure when compared to a person going to a cultured village. Make a list of activity-appropriate gear to ensure greater ease when the packing process rolls around.

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Be firm with your choices

Take a stance and fight against your instincts of, “I may need this!’ or “I will use this once or twice!” Although this may be true, your space is limited and you will be literally carrying all of your possessions, so choose wisely. The last thing you need is for unnecessary items to be weighing you down.

It is important to know what you can and cannot leave behind. Look for items which will serve as multifunctioning in a variety of situations, rather than just one item for one situation.

Depending on your budget and flexibility, if you somehow managed to forget a particular item, you can hopefully pick up that or a similar item in the place you’ll be traveling to.

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Let’s face it, the last thing you want to do is spend the majority of your pre trip planning organizing. Organizing skills from your day-to-day life will help exponentially. Whether before or on the trip, you want to avoid wondering if you misplaced a charger.

Starting with a pen and piece of paper is a great way to start. Note down all your essentials into categories to meet your daily packing goals and minimize the chances of losing or misplacing any items.

The contents of travelling with single bag will depend all on the length of the trip you’re taking. If you’re taking a longer trip, may we suggest a duffel bag to accommodate?

Whether it be saving money, not wanting your baggage to get lost or wasting your vacation time organizing, there is a certain level of excitement going on a trip with only one backpack. Motivation and willingness is needed to take on such a daunting challenge, but once you’ve had a firsthand experience, it will drastically change how you travel all together.

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