The 40 Things I Own

the 40 things i own

What's in a minimalist travel's bag? Here I am in my third year of full-time travel so it's time for another post on exactly what I choose to own and travel with.

Hint: it's not a lot! 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, the minimalists' 288 things, or exile lifestyle's 51 things, 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. 2 chargers, laptop/usb
  6. earbuds
  7. international adaptor
  8. cable lock
  9. passport
  10. drivers licenses, us/international
  11. bank cards
  12. vegetarian shoes fleur boots
  13. merrell barefoot shoes
  14. crocs flip flops
  15. bomber jacket
  16. hoodie
  17. long sleeve shirt
  18. grey t-shirt
  19. grey long t-shirt 
  20. black t-shirt
  21. black long t-shirt
  22. black travel dress
  23. crop leggings
  24. long leggings 
  25. blue jeans
  26. black jeans
  27. swimsuit
  28. bra
  29. underwear
  30. socks
  31. travel scarf
  32. buff
  33. hat
  34. gloves
  35. toothbrush
  36. lunette
  37. nail clippers
  38. glasses
  39. sunglasses
  40. glasses case

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 have 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 an easy formula of ((tops*bottoms)+dresses)*(jackets+1)*(shoes+1), then 12 items of tops, bottoms, dresses and jackets 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.