The 40 Things I Own

the 40 things i own

What's in a minimalist travel's bag? Here is what I own and travel with.

I'm a longtime minimalist. The beauty of minimalism is to simply own only that what adds value to your life and to cut out what doesn't. I once heard a great saying about stuff that said only keep what you use every single day, what you absolutely love, or what makes you money.


I don't believe there's a formula or a certain number of items to have, but it can be a fun experiment to see how low you can go, like taking the 100 things challenge, so I've joined the fun, counted my belongings and, give or take, it's 40 things.



“He who would travel happily must travel light.”

Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

capsule wardrobe

I travel and live ultralight, carry-on only, with a monochromatic capsule wardrobe, and one bag. I only own my favorite things that I need. Everything totals about 11 pounds (5 kgs) so I can always stay under any airlines' carry-on allowance, never check my bag, never use overhead bins, and my bag is never out of my sight or reach.


Traveling light is easier on your body and your mind. You're free to walk around, to explore, to get immersed in your surroundings, without a suitcase ball and chain. Traveling light gives you freedom.



“I travel light; as light, that is, as a man can travel who will still carry his body around because of its sentimental value.”

christopher fry

my capsule wardrobe

In my first two packing list articles, Travel in 11 Pounds and Minimalist Packing List, I've gone into detail about each with photos and descriptions, so check those pages out for more info.


I've since swapped out some clothes and changed bags. I now carry a cabin zero bag because it opens up flat so everything in it can stay organized and accessible without ever having to unpack!

This is a straight-up list of what I currently own that I have tried and tested, that have proved their value, space and weight many times over, and have ultimately allowed me to easily and comfortably dress, travel, work and live in any climate, season or country, year round.

things i own:

  1. cabin zero 28L bag
  2. retina macbook
  3. unlocked iphone with global sim
  4. unlocked ipad mini with global sim
  5. silk wallet iphone case
  6. 2 chargers, laptop and usb
  7. earbuds
  8. international adaptor
  9. cable lock
  10. passport
  11. drivers licenses, us and international
  12. bank cards
  13. vegetarian shoes fleur boots
  14. will's waterproof hiking shoes
  15. flip flops
  16. bomber jacket
  17. hoodie
  18. grey t-shirt
  19. black t-shirt
  20. black t-shirt
  21. dress
  22. dress
  23. black travel dress
  24. leggings
  25. leggings 
  26. jeans
  27. black travel pants
  28. swimsuit
  29. bra
  30. underwear
  31. socks
  32. travel scarf
  33. buff
  34. toothbrush
  35. lunette
  36. nail clippers
  37. glasses
  38. bamboo chopsticks
  39. stainless steel water bottle
  40. stainless steel straw

things i don't own:

Since I housesit internationally full-time, there are several things I don't need to carry:

  • I don't carry physical (or store digital) media since it can all be streamed online, and homes always have lots of entertainment, pets to love, and nature to be in.
  • Lastly, I don't carry workout gear because I walk instead and for that I only need my body, which I usually have on me.

“Everything you own must be able to fit inside one suitcase; then your mind might be free.”

charles bukowski

the 40 things i own

bonus capsule wardrobe math

With a formula of ((tops*bottoms)+dresses)*(jackets+1)*(shoes+1), then 12 items plus 3 pairs of shoes combine into a whopping 63 different clothing combinations and 252 total combinations with shoes. That's a helluva lot of outfits.