"You can forgive people for being so focused on acquisition and possession because it's not their fault. If you don't have any time, you keep score by looking at what you have and what you can buy." Tim Ferriss
My first solo apartment at 18 (Not my first solo experience, I moved out of home at 16) was about 52 square metres. It had a small bedroom where the edges of my futon graced all four walls. The kitchen had a tiny vintage gas stove that was separated from the sink by only 50 square centimetres of counter space. The bathroom was fully equipped with a toilet, a small sink, and a bathtub that doubled as my washing machine.
This is where I learnt the art of "hand-bombing". I am not sure if anyone uses this term but me --it is colloquially used by long-haul truckers and shippers as a term for completing a task by hand and without the use of machinery. If there is one piece of travel wisdom that I can impart on you, is to get comfortable with washing your underwear in the sink. And to not lose sight of the art form of strategically hanging your wears throughout your travel abode.
Here's a list of what I packed for my recent 9-day trip to Buenos Aires including what I wore on the airplane. It actually ended up being too much stuff!
- 2 Pairs of pants (Sweetskins and Yoga Jeans)
- 4 shirts -a long sleeve (icebreaker), t-shirts (one by Free Label and a favourite I bought in Italy 6 years ago), two tank tops (one by IceBreaker and one by Synergy)
- 2 sweaters (Jungmaven & Icebreaker)
- 1 jacket (vintage denim)
- 1 dress (icebreaker)
- 1 pair of socks for sleeping and on the airplane
- 2 pairs of shoes (Earthrunners -use the code stefano10 for a discount!- & Softstar)
- 4 pairs of underwear and 1 bra
- 1 pair of pyjamas (shorts and a t-shirt)
- 2 scarves (a vintage silk from Italy and a warmer cashmere one gifted by a friend)
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