As of today, I’ve been traveling for 117-days. In my first few weeks lugging my backpack around was quite a challenge. I am now very comfortable with hoisting the bag of my shoulder. In those first days I was eager to find a few things to toss out of my bag to make it lighter. Now, I’ve gotten comfortable with my massive backpack and the strange looks of people on the train or on the street – they are thinking “why is that old woman carrying a such a large backpack?” I’ve even been asked if I was “sleeping on the street” – clearly in my bundled state with everything on my back I must look like a homeless vagabond. Oh, and I suppose I am – quite the little vagabond I am!
Today I’ll share 5-items that have been very useful and will continue to join me on my journey. And 5-items that I will be leaving behind.
The 5-items I am keeping in my bag
The 5-items I am leaving behind
|1) Small flashlight
I had several of these little cheap flashlights at home, so I brought one along. It is redundant, to my headlamp and it is not reliable. Out it goes!
|2) Work shoes
I knew I would let these go after my time at the Fat Radish. I brought them along to wear when I was doing the farm work. They worked beautifully. I purchased these little shoes at Target several years ago and wore them in Costa Rica, Panama and Belize, and on several hikes in Griffith Park. They were light, comfortable and held up well in the washer. By the time I finished at the Fat Radish they were worn thin and ready for the trash!
|3) Colored pens
Before I left I put together a little “office” bag; with pens, post-its, tape, a highlighter and paperclips. I’ve used all of these items, except the colored pens. I’m sure I might use them someday, but they are certainly unnecessary. These will be left as a parting gift at my New York AirBnB.
I’m not sure why I brought my watch. I think I thought I would wear it if I went out – and didn’t want to wear my Fitbit. In the last 117 days, I’ve not worn it once and I don’t expect I will. This one will be packed and shipped to my Mom for a time when I might want it.
|5) Extra glasses
Before I left on the trip I would lose or break my glasses all the time. I brought two extra pair of reading glasses in anticipation of losing a pair or two. Luckily I’ve not lost a pair yet. Honestly, I haven’t lost anything on this trip. How weird is that? It seems that the less stuff you have, the more likely you are to keep track of your things.