The perpetual traveller kit, a tribute to minimalism

Posted on February 24, 2012
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One of the big things I undertook last January was to start a new lifestyle, like completely. I wanted to become a perpetual traveller, a nomad, I wanted to be free and have no strings attached in any ways. So what I did: I sold up everything I ever used to own, including my furnitures, most of my clothes, my computers, my car… I left my flat, and redirected my mails to my parents’ place. All what is left can now fit in a single suitcase of 20 kilos, ready to accompany me everywhere and anywhere. But I had to choose judiciously the items to keep with me at all time. Here is my conception of the perpetual traveller kit, the essential things that I cannot afford to leave behind.

The clothing of the perpetual traveller

Clothing is what takes the most space of my suitcase, since I need clothes for different sorts of occasions and I need to change my t-shirt and underwear every day. I need to go to the laundry almost twice a week though, but that’s the counterpart of travelling light. My clothing includes:

  • 8 t-shirts (one every day, with more or less specific usages, like one is for sport exclusively, one is for clubbing, one is quite formal…)
  • 1 shirt for the formal events
  • 1 shirt for the casual occasions
  • 1 pullover (not sure that I will use it in the Philippines though, but just in case)
  • 1 pair of comfortable casual jeans
  • 1 pair of fancy formal jeans
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 7 pairs of boxer shorts
  • 8+ pairs of socks
  • 1 swimming suit
  • 1 pair of shorts for sport

Here is a picture of what it looks like.

The accessories of the perpetual traveller

Clothing is not everything. Here are the accessories I carry with me:

  • 1 pair of Converse shoes (for everyday’s life, because I feel comfortable in them)
  • 1 pair of sport shoes (for working out anywhere I am)
  • 1 pair of formal shoes (when I happen to go to a formal event)
  • 1 case for my important documents (passport, emergency debit card and cash, driving license, photocopy of my ID card that I carry with me all time)
  • 1 toilet bag (everything I need for my personal hygiene)
  • 1 casual belt for everyday’s life
  • 1 formal belt for formal events
  • 1 first-aid kit, contains meds (paracetamol and meds against fever, cold, cough, diarrhea), bandages and anti-mosquito product

And here is a picture

The office of the perpetual traveller

Additionally to my suitcase, I am also carrying a backpack which contains my mobile office (all the things I need in order to work). The same way I exposed my personal clothing to you, I will expose my mobile office, piece by piece, in my next post. Because I believe it deserves a full post to cover everything I want to say about how I organised myself for being a nomad worker.

More to come…

What I think I’m starting to realise after some weeks

Actually, it was in my mind already before, but I think I really realise that I don’t need much to live, and to be happy. I am a recent adept of the simple living philosophy, and all these minimalism practices, and I really believe we can attain a higher happiness by owing less things.

I don’t know if I get a higher happiness directly. But at least I encounter less irritating problems and little frustrations. For example, my car cannot break down, because I don’t have a car anymore. Actually, none of my devices can break down (fridge, TV, heating…) because I just live in fully furnished condos and my landlord can deal with all of this, they don’t belong to me. I don’t have to worry about the utility bills either, my landlord takes care of it also. It feels a little like when I was a teenager and my parents were handling everything for me, I have nothing to worry about.

And what about the freedom to move anywhere, anywhen, with the flick of a finger? If ever I want to experience living in another neighbourhood, I just have to pack up my suitcase and move. Experience another city, another country? Not even more difficult.

I think I found the key to a possible higher happiness for myself. I realised that most of the things I used to own were so useless to me, and even sometimes were nefast for me. By owning less things, I also pay more attention to things that really matter. My home and mind are not filled up anymore with useless things that marketers say I need, but with things that are really essential / make me happy / are important to a human’s life. My home is empty, so all I can do is going out, meeting people, talking and exchanging, and learning.

I’m done with being rich of belongings and cash on my bank account. I now want to become rich in my mind and my heart.

About the author

Cyril Mazur is a serial web entrepreneur with experience in various fields: online dating, forex & finance, blogging, online advertising... who enjoys building things that people like to use.

4 comments

  1. Julien RIO
    on February 24, 2012
    Well... man...
    That is a hell of n experience you are having here!

    You know what? I guess you are right... I don't know if happiness is the result, but freedom surely is...
    In the meantime, I'd like to have a house, a wife, kids... which does not seem much compatible with your vision.

    I bet for an entrepreneur like you who loves freedom, that's a lovely time ;)
  2. Cyril
    on February 24, 2012
    Thanks for your comment old friend!

    Well, yes, I am still trying to figure out how I can manage to conceal my lifestyle with a family life... At best maybe the girlfriend can follow, but for the kids that's a no-no, they need stability of course.

    We will see, I am still young and not ready for a family life anyways.

    See you soon in Hong Kong ;-)
  3. annalisa
    on May 29, 2014
    ??? perpetual traveller? that seems to me everything but a perpetual traveller kit...
    do you really need 8 pairs of socks, 7 pairs of underwear, stuff for formal occasions eccecc? come on, the good lord gave you 2 things called hands, find a bowl and clean clothes! you need just 2 pairs of socks and undw... (or just don't wear underwears!)

    my suggestion for you are:
    1 good shoes
    1-2 t shirt
    1 shirt (if you really want it)
    1 light jumper
    1 heavy fluffy jumper
    1 jacket, possibly waterproof
    1 shorts
    1 long trousers
    2 pair of socks
    1 sleeping bag
    1 headtorch
    1 swiss knife
    1 candle (use the wax for starting a fire)
    no moneys, no credit cards.
    just find your own food in the garbage (not that difficult in big cities, near hotels, restaurants, supermarkets or rich houses) or ask for it in shops like bakery(old bread and other thing that they can't sell anymore) and sleep under the stars hidden spots in parks.
    if you need moneys just bask in the streets for them, or if you can't do anything like playing music or similar just beg for it.
    if you are a smoker buy only rolling papers and collect cigarette's butts extract tobacco and roll it again in your papers.
    travel with autostop, bycicle, walking.

    that's going to really set you free and be happy wherever you are. nobody says that this is easy, but in my opinion, only this is perpetual travelling.
  4. Cyril
    on June 20, 2014
    Can the macbook air be part of the kit annalisa? :D

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