Adventure traveling like a minimalist

We are all very aware that we live in a consumer society where we all buy, consume and update way more often than we probably need to. But why do we all need this stuff and more importantly, what should I take with me on a global roaming adventure that has no end date that I am about to embark on?

I would rather own little and see the world , than own the world and see little of it (Alexander Sattler)

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As I go through all my belongs, evaluating each individual piece with the same question “will I need this?” I started to realise that the wording on the question I was asking myself changed. The first word, ‘will’ was quickly switched out for ‘do’. Do I need this pair of shoes? Do I need this jacket? I was surprised by how much stuff I had even though I had previously done a big cull of everything I owned when I moved to the USA from Australia.

I had to come up with a plan for what I wanted to do with all this stuff because as I sure as hell wasn’t taking all this stuff with me or spending a fortune on self storage. If I was going to box this stuff up and leave it for a year or more, I obviously could live without it. I asked myself, “What was the value in keeping it if I do not need it while traveling?”

No Bag Travel (NBT) – The art of traveling so light you can basically pack all your travel gear inside the pockets of your pants. May also be called ‘No Baggage Travel’, ‘No Luggage Travel’ or even ‘Pocket Traveling’.

I was recommended to read about Colin Wright and his minimalist approach to his traveling life. The post “All 51 Things I Own” was a good stating point as he had reduced what he owned from the previous year “All 72 Things I Own”. From reading this and many other blogs and articles online, they all shared a common thread. Don’t let your possessions own you and the things you do own can serve multiple uses and are of high quality. I didn’t want to put a number onto the total things I can have but it was great to have a starting point and a way to consider what I did keep.

It is futile to do with more things that which can be done with fewer. (William of Occam)

As the main purpose of this trip was to travel to some of the most beautiful kite surfing locations in the world, it helped me rule in and rule out a lot of things. I would need my kite gear obviously. The climates I would be traveling to would be tropical so clothing choices were light and summery for the most part. And I will be working while traveling so I would need my computer/tech. Ummmm what else??? Not much more than wallet, passport, toiletries ohh and also my phone. Ok, this seemed like too little I started thinking to myself but was it? Everything that I had packed had a purpose and would get used.

Below is a breakdown of everything that I had decided to take with me.

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Kite Gear

Kite Bag — Liquid Force Golf Bag

Kite Board — Best Spin 139cm

Harness — Ride Engine Hex Core

Bar — Liquid Force Response Control Bar

8m kite — Liquid Force Envy

10m kite — Liquid Force Envy

12m kite — Liquid Force Solo

Pump — Liquid Force 2L Tall Kite Pump

Leatherman Tool

Microfiber sports towel

Rash Shirt

Kite Repair Kit


2x Button shirts (short sleeve)

8x T-Shirts

2x Workout shirts

2x Polo shirts

6x pairs of Shorts (updated — I forgot these in my original post. Thanks Cullen)

2x Jeans

1x Hoodie

1x Jacket

5x pairs of white socks (ankle)

1x pair of black socks

7x pairs of boxers/briefs

1x pair of flip flops

1x pair of runners

1x pair of shoes

2x pairs of sunglasses

1x Leather belt


Ultrabook — HP Spectre x360 v2

Portable speaker — JBL Charge 3

Trace — GPS action sports tracker

Ipod Nano and waterproof headphones

GoPro Hero Session and floating hand grip pole

Google Chromecast

USB-C adapter (HDMI, USB-3, USB-C)

16gb USB thumb drive

Phone — LG Nexus 5x

Headphones — Skullcandy Method

Universal Power Adapter


I look at this list and what I have set out in front of me and I think to myself, “Surely I need more than this to travel the world for a year?” And then I remember that I can always just buy the thing/s if I really need it.

With all the other things that I had put to the side in the “not needed pile” the vast majority of it has been donated to charity, sold or I have given to friends. At this point in time I think I have an Amazon Echo and a couple of old kites going cheap if anyone is interested lol.

This is going to be a seriously fun adventure and I look forward to seeing how many edits I add to this post over the trip.

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Ken Macken

Modern day MacGyver minus the mullet. Startups, kiteboarding, traveling and all out tech lover.

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My name is Ken and I love to kite and travel the world to experience the best conditions this planet has to offer. I am from Australia and have worked in manufacturing and tech startups all my life and now searching for that perfect kiting location. I created this blog to let others know where to go, where to stay and what type of kiting conditions they will experience when traveling to these locations. More about it here

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