In a matter of hours, I’ll be boarding a plane to Barcelona, Spain to begin a round-the-world adventure for a year. During that time, a pair of small carry-on-sized bags will become my everything.
I’ve packed, unpacked and re-packed the bags with various essentials over the past few months to figure out which items will make the cut. I want to be absolutely certain that the limited clothes, toiletries, cameras, technology and mass of cords that attach to the technology, all of which I’ll be hauling around with me, will fit comfortably inside the bags.
I’ve tested to make sure that when it’s all loaded in, I can lift both bags easily, climb steep hills if I have to, and even run with them. You never know when you’re going to have to sprint while carrying your entire life on your shoulders.
It seems that the months spent preparing for my trip have been an exercise not only in traveling light, but also lessening the sheer weight of all my stuff -- the mental and physical burdens that most of us carry around every day as a fact of life.
Curiously, I’ve begun feeling surprisingly lighter in several ways.