Ultra-minimalism: 15 things

Photo by Andrew Hyde

Dan Patterson of ABC News Radio has a really interesting interview with Andrew Hyde, a tech entrepreneur who has sold all of his possessions and traveled for two years. He now is back in the US, but travels with only fifteen possessions. The audio of the interview is here:

Andrew Hyde Interview

It looks like his count is more by item type than individual, which is obviously not a big deal given how extreme his minimalism is, but the photo above looks like he has:

  • Backpack
  • 2 long sleeve shirts (plus wearing 1)
  • 2 pairs socks (plus wearing 1)
  • T-shirt
  • Jacket
  • Shorts
  • 2 underwear (plus wearing 1)
  • Shoes
  • iPhone
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Wallet/passport
  • Toiletry Kit
  • Towel
  • Chargers
  • Laptop

For what it’s worth, while I can’t really imagine living permanently with this number of things, this sounds like a pretty perfect packing list for travel. This is only slightly more stuff than I had with me when I did my No Baggage Challenge for Charity with Scottevest gear. The think which looks most immediately appealing to me about Andrew’s kit is that it looks like there are a lot of natural fibers in his clothing. My biggest problem with quick-drying travel apparel is that it’s mostly polyester or polypropylene, which while convenient, isn’t as comfortable as good old fashioned cotton. If I could find a set of travel clothing that was more reliant on breathable, natural fabrics, I’d probably be a happier traveler.

Anyway, listen to the interview with Andrew Hyde – he’s clearly an interesting person who’s found a great model for livable minimalism and technomadia.

(Via Technomads)


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