The 40 Things I Own

the 40 things i own

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. By choosing voluntary simplicity, you’re extracting yourself from the consumerist hamster wheel. You only need to own what you use every single day, what makes you money, or what you absolutely love.


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.

What I own

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.

 “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

things i own:

  1. bag
  2. ipad with global sim
  3. charger
  4. earbuds
  5. international adaptor
  6. cable lock
  7. passport
  8. american drivers license
  9. international drivers license
  10. bank card
  11. boots
  12. hiking shoes
  13. flip flops
  14. jacket
  15. hoodie
  16. tank top
  17. grey t-shirt
  18. black t-shirt
  19. black t-shirt
  20. dress
  21. travel dress
  22. leggings
  23. leggings 
  24. jeans
  25. travel pants
  26. swimsuit
  27. bra
  28. underwear
  29. socks
  30. scarf
  31. buff
  32. glasses
  33. sunglasses
  34. nail clipper
  35. bamboo toothbrush
  36. zero waste floss
  37. lunette
  38. bamboo spork
  39. water bottle
  40. straw

things i don't own:

Since I housesit 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, and homes always have plenty 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