When taking an extended trip, one thing that needs to be thought about is what you will do with all of your belongings. You might have a lot of extra clothing, furniture, keepsakes, electronics, and more.
You most likely cannot bring everything with you on your trip unless you are already an extreme minimalist, which most people are not.
So, what do you do with all of your stuff?
If your trip is over 6 months, then you might want to think about completely downsizing and just storing your stuff somewhere. This can be hard, but it can save you a lot of money and stress since you can just store your things and know that they will be safe. Leaving your house on an extended trip with no one there usually isn’t the best idea, unless you have a good house sitter.
Also, for some of you, you might be interested in completely packing your life into just your backpack or a suitcase. That means you cannot bring your whole house with you!
Here are my tips for downsizing before you travel the world.
Decide what you are going to do first.
Before you do anything, you need to think about how much space you have to store things. Are you going to keep your home and have a house sitter? Are you going to rent a storage unit? Or are you going to get rid of as much as you can and only keep what you can carry on your back? This will greatly help your downsizing efforts because you will know how hard you need to work towards downsizing.
One of the major things that may influence what you decide is the topic of money. Keeping your home and having a house sitter for an extended time will most likely be the most expensive option because you will need to pay for the home (whether that be rent or a mortgage payment, along with utility bills and so on), and you will need to pay for a house sitter as well.
Renting a storage unit will be more affordable, but you will still have to pay for your things to be stored.
Just keeping what you can carry will definitely be your cheapest option, but some people have things that they want to keep so that may not be possible.
Make a list of exactly what you need.
After you decide how much room you have for your stuff, you will need to think about what the exact items are that you want or need to keep. You might make a list of how many pairs of socks, pants, outfits, etc.
Get rid of the rest.
After you make a list of everything that you need and/or want, then just get rid of the rest. If you couldn’t remember the item enough to put it on your list of needs, then you probably do not need the item at all.
Yes, downsizing is really this easy.
What downsizing tips do you have to share?