More and more, it is becoming rare that I leave the marina of lost hopes, without my trusty backpack. The damn thing has become a part of me now, every bit a necessity as shoes or pants. I just simply do not go anywheres without it. I don’t necessarily carry a lot around with me but it’s just become a habit to strap it on when I go anywhere.
My current pack is an Ascend 3000 which I purchased last spring from Bass Pro. It is plenty roomy enough and comfortable to carry but the top seams ripped within the first couple months of use. I sewed them together a couple times but it ain’t gonna last too much longer I’m afraid.
I would love to go to a smaller pack but the room in this one is proving useful for grocery shopping.
In the event I was to move off the boat I should have no problems stuffing everything I owned that ain’t cat related into the pack. That may not seem like a big deal but to be able to carry all that I own on my back, and be comfortable with those few possessions is the ultimate goal if minimalism that I have been striving to achieve over these many years.
Cats aside, it means I would have the ability to up and go anywhere at my choosing and convenience. No worries about packing to move, no concerns about what to keep or throw away, and no stress about needing enough storage for it all.
A few pieces of clothing, the laptop and iphone, a towel of course, and that’s it. Cosmetics like toothbrush, shaver, etc. , dinner ware, things of that nature, can all be replaced as needed, usually at the dollar store.
Minimally speaking, I’m about there. Right where I want to be. Carrying only the essentials on my back, virtually no responsibility to maintain stuff, and the ability to travel without worrying about what is left behind.
It’s been a long, hard, and expensive journey to get here, but now that I’m here, it has been well worth it.