Published on: 2021-02-03
Ultralight in a short book by Leo Babauta about his vision on how to travel and live light. It was published in 2016.
Since traveling isn't super trendy right now, I'm reading the book purely on living light as it can be applied daily.
Here are my notes.
- Don't keep too much clothes, nobody notices anyway.
- Make sure to have different layers for different weather conditions.
- We pack our fears. In day to day life, we hoard our fears. Fear to miss out, fear to need something (all those just in case items), fear to lose something, fear to be unprepared. Then we overpack, overhoard our life.
- Always bring the minimum, not the maximum.
- What I truly need in life is: a rain jacket, synthetic lightweight long sleeve T-shirt, a lightweight baselayer bottom, a cap, a beanie, few underwears, few pairs of socks.
- Everything can be washed by hand, just take time to do it.
- Synthetic clothing dries quicker over wool.
- A good pair of boots and shoes can fit the bill quite nicely almost everywhere.
- Bring the minimum, always.
- A phone and its charger can go a long way.
- Only bring the laptop if you truly think you'll use it and it can be protected from damage, thieves.
- No camera, no external battery, no eReader, no tablet, etc.
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, electric shaver, nail clippers: all I need daily.
- Other products can be purchased sporadically when needed, like hand cream, sunscreen, etc.
- A reusable water bottle is a plus.
- Quick snacks are always handy (bars, nuts, etc).
Dealing with the urge to buy
- A 30-day wait list when you think about purchasing something.
- Don't buy anything for a new hobby, start by renting and see if you invest time in it first.
- Free stuff exists for the sole purpose to clutter your life. Refuse it.
- Try to convince people around you to un-gift.
- Think mindfully about what you bring in your life. You need to understand the maintenance part and if it truly adds to your life.
- Declutter on regular interval is normal. In the society we live, pressure to consume is from all sides, constantly. Just revisit the drawers, closets, garage and other place where clutter piles up and do a sweep.
Then, basically, when you have to deal with urges to purchase stuff:
- Notice it. When you visit a merchant website per example.
- Sit with it. See how it feels by taking the time for the urge to build up in you. Don't act, just watch the energy in your body.
- See the story. Try to note the reasons we told ourselves on why we need to buy. I will be more active if I buy this new bike per example. Many times, we can realize it is not real, but just a dream life.
- Appreciate the present. Feel your 5 senses to notice the moment in front of you. Have gratitude.