The first step is to admit that you have a problem
I was packing earlier today, because it’s time for us to change locations once more. As I said in a previous blogpost, I was absolutely shocked to find out that I am travelling with an incredible 29 (!) kg around the globe. Something needed to change, well before I’d be in danger of falling of my motorbike in Vietnam in a few months. That’s why I decided to reduce the amount of weight I am taking with me each time I pack.
To get a better overview of all the things I’ve got with me, I decided to pile it all up first. They say the first step to making changes in your life is to admit that you have a problem. I think I’m almost at that point now, after having seen the pile of all the stuff I’m dragging around the world with me.
I made a list of all the things I’ve got with me, but, to be honest, it’s way too long to type. I think the main problem is that I like to be prepared for ANYTHING and that I didn’t want to buy any clothes on the road. This resulted in me packing anything from rain gear, to summer dresses, more conservative clothes, the amount of sports clothes I need for my ideal frequency of exercise (and not the real one), clothes for colder climates (even a thermoshirt) and my beloved, and highly impractical to travel with, yogamat.
Another ‘handicap’ is having to travel with enough contact lenses, lens fluid and back up glasses to SEE me through the year ;).
However, to be fair, I did do a good job on the shoe side, travelling with only four pairs. (Sandals, flip-flops, running shoes and little boots, to be prepared for any kind of environment).
So what did I leave behind in Valencia?
- a book, gifted to a fellow Dutch speaking traveller
- a hat, I never wore it anyway
- an empty bottle of lens fluid (that’s actually one of the main things that are making my bag so heavy)
- a black sports bra (they have a life expectancy of about a year in my care)
- a notebook, I typed all the essential notes into an online document and then threw it out
Another thing that makes my bags lighter is the fact that I used some of my conditioner, scrub, body lotion and sunscreen (etc.) I’m now either not buying new products or if it’s necessary buying more practical (and lighter ones), so that all helps.
What I’ve gained in Valencia:
- the best non-business business book my uncle ever read (got it when I visited him in Andorra)
- a new notebook, the old one ran out, I tend to write a lot
- make-up remover, the next country doesn’t have the brand I use so I stocked up
Like I said, I started out with 29 kg when I left the Netherlands and…
I am currently travelling with 27 kg to Portugal.
I still need to lose, ideally, 12 kg, but hey, baby steps. After all, it’s a 12 step thing, or so I’ve heard.