Four Weeks Of Downsizing

8-28-23 Plovdiv Bulgaria

Pictured above is everything in my possession. 5 months left to go.

It’s been 28 days since my journey began. And when I arrived I quickly realized I packed too much stuff. I think I tried to anticipate too much. Or maybe I overthought the whole trip. But I assure you, I brought way too much.

Here’s a short list of what I’ve gotten rid of.

  • Two pairs of blue jeans: weight and bulk
  • Power converter: didn’t need
  • Guide books: weight
  • One button-up dress shirt: weight and size
  • Packing cubes: size and bulk
  • Original backpack: too bulky
  • Fit watch: didn’t need
  • 4 plug adapters

What I have now.

  • One pair of camping/hiking pants – can be converted into shorts
  • One pair of blue jeans
  • One belt
  • Three t-shirts
  • One pair shorts
  • Five button up shirts
  • One pair of gym shoes
  • Five pair underwear
  • Five pairs of socks


  • Blood pressure machine
  • Two plug adapters, one plug in charger
  • magic stuff cards, coins, mat + a few props and gimmicks
  • One Laptop
  • One kindle
  • One phone
  • With charging cords
  • Hearing aids
  • Beats ear plugs with mouthpiece
  • Hearing aid cleaner
  • Medicine
  • Camera, extra lens, charger and battery
  • Two pairs of reading glasses
  • Two pair of regular glasses
  • One pair sunglasses
  • Floppy hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Nail clipper
  • Money belt
  • Wallet
  • Folder of printed-out tickets
  • 1 notebook

Things I have but haven’t used.

  • Windbreaker
  • Rain jacket
  • Two pair of casual pants

So that’s pretty much what I have for a 5-month trip. And believe it or not, I still think I have too much stuff. I want to get down to a small duffle bag before I go to India.

Until next time, enjoy life’s journey.

Joe OBrien

1 thought on “Four Weeks Of Downsizing”

  1. Wow, you are really getting down to bear minimum. I thought when you left a month ago you were down to very minimal packing.

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