Lighten our load.

May 16, 2015 9:27 am By Jake

It’s hard to know how much stuff you’ll need when you’re traveling for 6 weeks. You make assumptions and hope for the best, but there’s that nagging feeling that you’re probably forgetting something. The trip timing also aligned with our decision to trade in our minivan and purchase an SUV which has a bit less storage, so we already felt like we weren’t going to be able to pack everything we needed.

Well, by the time we arrived in Nashville in our second week, not only did we not feel like we weren’t missing anything, but we felt like we needed to shed lots of things that we didn’t need and were hauling because we might need them (or small things we’d purchased along the way). So we shipped them home, 55lbs worth.

And it was a great feeling. We don’t miss them, we didn’t really need them, and we’re realizing how little we actually need to get by. We’re living quite comfortably out of what can fit in our GMC Acadia. We each have a couple changes of clothes, we do laundry at most hotel or Airbnb stops, we stop at grocery stores every couple of days, and we’re perfectly happy.

One thing we haven’t trimmed back is our collection of electronics. I’m not sure what to say about that.

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(Not pictured: My phone, Maggie’s phone, the actual camera, Dylan’s camera, numerous chargers, baby monitor, car AC adapter.)

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