You would think it would be easy for me to be a minimalist since I’m a backpacker and live out of a bag but it’s actually quite remarkable how much ‘stuff’ you can accumulate and then proceed to carry around wth you. I really started practising the art of minimalism at the start of this year and it’s definintely not an overnight sensation.
San Francisco has a colourful history. From its humble beginnings as the home of the Yelamu tribe to the establishment and settlement of a presidio and mission by the Spanish to the American takeover and gold rush to the thriving city it is today.
This year I was lucky enough to spend Earth Day in San Francisco where there was not only a focus on the conservation and preservation of all things Earth but also on the general disdain regarding the funding cuts to the Sciences proposed by President Trump. It was quite an experience!
I’ve been travelling for three weeks now up the Californian coast. It’s so beautiful here, the weather has been pretty good for this time of year and the people are really lovely. So many things have pleasantly surprised me and a couple of things have been a bit of a shock to the system. But that’s travelling right?!
When it comes to packing, I’m definitely a last minute larry. The day before I left for my big trip, I realised I hadn’t organised any sunscreen. It slipped my mind because I don’t usually wear sunscreen but I’ve planned on doing some outdoor activities while I’m away and I’m not really au fait with the North American sun.
As a woman, what’s one thing we can’t live without? Feminine hygiene products. Or more specifically pads and tampons. Every month we have our ‘cheery’ little visitor. It’s a chore to entertain her and in most cases, it’s unavoidable.
It’s become second nature now to carry a fabric tote with me wherever I go. I’ll never know when I’ll need it as I often decide to go to the shops on a whim.
Another thing I’ve started carrying is my resuable fresh produce bags.
The time has come for me to embark on my next big trip. This time I am travelling to the United States, Mexico and then who knows. I don’t know how long I will be gone for, the last time I was away for 14 months.
It’s going to be a lot different this time. I will still be living day to day and out of a backpack. But this time I will be living with a different sense of purpose. A zero waste purpose. And I’m super excited about it!
I’m still in de-cluttering mode and I’m still relishing every minute of it! I think I may have finally finished whittling down my toiletries bag to only a few necessary and environmentally friendly items.
All that’s left to do is to introduce my new favourite product –
I’m really enjoying replacing as many of my everyday products as possible with natural alternatives. And if I can DIY it, that’s even better! The next part of my life I would definitely consider tackling would be household cleaning products but since I’m not settled and getting ready to go on another big trip, that will just have to be something I look forward to in the future.