Most travelers were surprised that this was all I brought especially since I was indefinitely traveling. Before I left, I sold most of my belongings and left only my most precious possessions with my mom: my diaries since I was 7 years old. I wanted my load to be light so that I could easily hop around from place to place and walk a substantial amount is needed. That was more important to me then having a lot of clothes, shoes, beauty products, souvenirs, etc. Everything I brought with me had an important & meaningful purpose.
I didn’t have much of it, in fact I often washed my shirts and underwear every other night, if not every night. I only brought my favorite and most comfortable outfits. After the Yoga Teacher Training Program, I tossed even more of the clothes I had brought just to lighten the load. I really enjoyed not having too much to choose from, it was extremely freeing.
I wore one pair of sneakers and packed one pair of flip-flops.
There were essential electronics that I felt like I needed on this trip: my kindle, my tiny computer, ipod and phone. I could have done without the ipod but I brought it since it didn’t weigh much and in case my batteries ran out on other devices. Once I was traveling, I often thought about tossing my computer (cause it was still pretty heavy), I liked detaching from technology for a while. I liked the peace, calm and complete presence.
High quality and really really small water filter just in case clean water wasn’t accessible or water was questionable.
I don’t like wearing make-up but it became something I relied on when I had severe cystic acne. I brought 100% organic make-up with me but ended up tossing it half way through my trip just because I was feeling comfortable enough to be bare skinned. It was also really hot and humid and I felt uncomfortable sweating constantly with make-up on. It was a good test for me to take care of my health as I traveled cause the more street food I ate, the more acne I got.
I brought a little daruma doll that reminded me of my most important goal: To be honest with myself. I brought a bottle full of little notes of encouragement from my mom, dad and sister. And also packed 2 bobble-head turtles that I had received as a gift from my 2nd mother from childhood who always expressed her life regrets and encouraged me to express my passion for art & to go for my dreams.