Four years ago, I met an interesting fellow. He had been traveling all over Europe with only a daypack and he’d been doing that for the past 5 summers. All he had with him were 3 pairs of socks, 3 t-shirts, 3 undies, 1 pair of jeans, a rain jacket, towel and a few toiletries. Each day he would wear one set of clothes, wash the other set and have a third as backup.
It sounded so simple that I wanted to try it. So for two months that summer in 2007, I did the same. It was great, traveling light makes hitch-hiking easier. But wearing the same clothes every third day meant my clothes wore out quickly and looked grubby. I was also teaching English at a summer camp in the Czech Republic and my students even asked me if I was poor. To be fair, I did look like a dirty hippy.
By the end of the summer I had to throw all those clothes away. In retrospect, it was a bit too extreme to limit myself to only 3 sets of clothes.
This summer I’m going to try it again. This time however I’m taking only a carry-on bag, so I’ll have a bit more space. I’m going to take my laptop and few other clothes, but I’ll have to leave my trusty sleeping bag behind due to lack of space. The rest of my stuff will be looked after by my mates in London (I know, they’re awesome).
I’m actually a bit nervous because I’ve gotten quite accustomed to living a comfortable life on the ship. I’m also not used to traveling without my sleeping bag. So this will be a step outside my comfort zone. The summer I become a dirty hippy again.
What are your summer plans?