The 7-kilogram minimalist
How to work and travel the world from a single carry-on backpack
For years I've been working remotely and traveling the world with only 1 backpack, weighing 7 kilograms (15.4 lbs).
Sunny beaches, hiking in monsoon rains or snowboarding in snow storms, this is the ultimate packing list.

The 7-kilogram minimalist

While recovering from a severe burn-out I set out to change my life, drastically. The first step was to focus on re-discovering joy and what happiness meant to me, learning to better deal with stress and simplifying life. That 'simplifying my life'-part, included getting rid of a gigantic pile of stuff, three truckloads full of stuff to be precise. It took me years of experimenting before I could fully exchange my cluttered life for one simplicity. The freedom and flexibility of not having things to worry about is extremely liberating. Eventually my journey into minimalism resulted in having my whole life in a single backpack.

The 7-kilogram limit

To me idea of being able to just catch any last minute airplane, boat or bus was fascinating. So I set out to reduce everything I have to fit in carry-on baggage only. Looking at the baggage carry-on limits, 
7 kilograms will allow you to travel with most airlines, also in Asia. From there, 
the challenge to fit my whole life in a 7-kilogram backpack was born.

The Rules

  1. The backpack and contents can not weigh more than 7-kilograms
  2. The things you are wearing are not included in the 7-kilograms
  3. You need to be able to live full time from the contents of your backpack

To hopefully save you years of experimenting, I've written about the theory behind my current packing list.

Have a family? We managed to fit all our (3-person) family belongings in two 7-kilogram backpacks, totalling 14-kilograms (30.8 lbs), and explored the world continuously for years.