For all intents and purposes, I’ve been effectively living out of a backpack around the world as a vagabond since 2012 will continue indefinitely.
One does not need a home full of things to live. Just like ancient times, all we need is what we can carry on our backs.-John Cain
I have a loft in Miami and will always see New York City as my hometown. But after traveling the world continuously since 2012, I’ve come to realize that “home” can be anywhere I put my backpack down.
Many people who decide to travel the world sell nearly all their possessions keeping only the essentials that can fit in a massive backpack then set off. I still have all my things at home but equip a minimal backpack.
The average backpacker hauls a 65 liter backpack whereas I have a 20 liter one for the same purpose.
Mobility is paramount as a nomad.
If you pack too much, it defeats the purpose of the “living out of a backpack” lifestyle – as the concept is based on being nimble and minimal, not weighed down and too dependent on unnecessary “things”.
From my experience with other vagabonds, I’ve noticed that ultralight packers like myself live just as effectively but more efficiently and comfortably than those who carry twice or even three times as much gear.
The point is, a backpack packed with essentials is all you need to not just function and survive, but thrive.
I like things, nice things, luxurious things and I have a lot of it. But living a lifestyle of travel, I’ve become less materialistic and more minimalistic while relying on the things that can only fit in my backpack.
I still like nice things but now it needs to serve a specific purpose and fit as part of my lightweight packing list.
My gear and EDC is constantly updated, upgraded and modified as new products become available and by learning better ways to use them.
One of the most annoying things about moving to a new home is the logistics of transferring possessions; clothing, furniture, appliances, books and other miscellaneous things. In a vagabonding lifestyle, this is a consistent and common event, except that everything fits in a backpack. So you have the excitement of a new place without the nuisance of major transporting.
It’s ironic how being confined to very limited possessions can offer such unrivaled freedom.
Living out of a backpack has allowed me to venture into harsh environments, ride in unconventional transportations, walk long distances with all my possessions and live in many countries in a very short amount of time, easily and seamlessly.
No suitcases to hold me down or bother others taking up space while in transport and at accommodations.
When packing for a long term trip, a common misconception is that you should pack for every contingency and a month’s worth of clothing.
I’ve been living and traveling the world this way and have never been more comfortable or complete.