My 12 Liter Life

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It has been said minimalism is for the rich. As of late I've been starting to understand the true concept of the statement. When there is nothing more to add, then you have it all.

I am "moving" into my tiny 12 liter backpack. It is a black North Face Electra day pack, small with gold zippers and three pockets. I love this bag. Why I want to challenge myself to reduce my possessions to this tiny backpack is beyond me, but it is a genuine yearning. A call for simplicity and lightness. It could also be a form of herapy for my anxiety and panic attacks as well. Sometimes our everyday things can overwhelm us. I think that's why we like the little getaways to hotels. It's more than a getaway from work or school, it's a getaway from all our stuff.

I will only keep the essentials for my daily life and a twelve piece wardrobe and for now three pairs of shoes that will be kept outside of the bag.

I would like to do this challenge for a full year, a whole 365 days, but for now I am starting with a 30 day challenge and I will go from there. I lived out of this bag for a week in New York and it inspired me to pursue this self imposed challenge that has been lingering in the back of my mind and my innermost self.

Just travelin' through

I live quite minimalist already. My home is a 16' x 8' Viking RV. It is absolutely adorable and more than sufficient to live a comfortable every day life.

Hello MTV, and welcome to my *tiny* crib

RV featuring Emma

While I've adapted to this lifestyle now, I didn't used to live this way. For many years before the kids all grew up, we lived in a four bedroom home with three teenagers and all of the things you could possibly fill a home with, whether it was a need or a want. I know we as a society do not need to have hoards of possessions, though at one time I was encumbered by truck loads of all the things I believed I needed to have to live a good and decent life. This is not true. I am finding that the less I own, the freer I feel. I am excited to begin the venture of essentialism. I am rich enough in wisdom to now know less is more, and I am blessed to live so well.

Here is the list of my possessions:

  • 1 pair of black Hurley ankle socks
  • 1 gray tank
  • 1 black tank
  • 1 black and white tank
  • 2 black long sleeve-T's

  • 1 pair of leggings
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of black flip flops
  • 1 pair of tan leather sandals
  • 1 pair Nike trainers (shoes not kept in backpack)

    Hygiene Bag:

    • Dental floss picks
    • Q-tips
    • Diva cup/ panty liners

    Cosmetic Bag:

    • Mascara
    • Eyeliner
    • Eye shadow
    • Tweezers

    • Nail clippers
    • Nail file
    • Hair pins/ 3 hair ties
    • Sharpener for eyeliner pencil

    Left side pocket:

    • Band aids
    • Pepto tablets
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Ibuprofen
    • Hand lotion


    • Car keys
    • House keys
    • Cell phone
    • Phone charger
    • Ear buds/case
    • Glasses

    Winter Stuff:


    Extreme minimalism isn't for everyone, but I encourage everyone to give it a try. Challenge yourself, even if only for a week. You might learn something about your relationship with your possessions and learn to love the lightness of living with less, and feeling your best.

    Walking through Central Park, feeling free

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    Angel Aranda is a writer, minimalist, and traveler. To learn more, check out her Amazon profile!

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