The Basics, Part I

* This blog, like my life, is a journey. Things change. So I’m redoing this a series of posts on my essentials.**

When we made a decision to live small so we could journey, I  knew I was going to have to cull my possessions to Fitting Life in a Suitcase or Living Small parameters.  As I work week by week, I’m finding it very helpful to think in terms of a foot locker or large duffel bag for the bulk of my “stuff.”

I’m going to start a list of Essentials, not for the sake of counting things, but so I can really evaluate what I think is essential.  First world problems, I know, but I do want to be mindful and careful moving forward.

So let’s start in bathroom.



  • Turkish towel (not shown) + 2 wash cloths
  • soap, shampoo
  • Salt Stone
  • Harry razor and extra blades
  • Mascara, skin fuel, SPF/moisturizer
  • Lip Balm (Hurraw!) and lipstick
  • Contacts, solution and case
  • Comb
  • Toothbrush
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Glasses
  • Small cup to hold things upright

My goal here was for everything to fit in my Organizer/Toiletry Bag.  It all fits and leaves plenty of room for my “travel laundry system.” Well, truthfully, the towel doesn’t fit, but I didn’t expect it to.

Things I am considering:  I am wearing my glasses more and more these days.  I still love the freedom of contacts during the bulk of the day, but I have to wear reading glasses if I have in my contacts.  So I’m wondering about getting prescription sunglasses and seeing if I can go without contacts.  It would be a huge shift for me, but I have never even considered it before.





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