Everything I Own 2021

It’s the first day of 2022, which means I’m probably due my annual blog post. Huge thanks to my readers – all 4 of you – for prompting me again this year. I do mean that – it’s so nice to be read 🙂

So it’s been another year of almost no travel and while I have to confess that I haven’t been AirBnB-ing it through the pandemic I’m still proud to say that all of my personal belongings still fit in my Onebag.

For those that don’t know I left the UK in 2012 with my worldly belongings on my back and I’ve been living ‘light’ ever since. This blog was started to help others that might want live a nomad lifestyle – or just travel with some lightweight (but functional) gear. Also I only wear black.

Clothes

So what’s new? Well not a huge amount – I do seem to have settled on a base wardrobe that hasn’t changed much in the last few years, but I have new trainers and jeans, replaced boxers and I have ditched some (but not all) formal wear that wasn’t being used.

Like most, I have spent very little time in the office over the last few years, and while I don’t expect to be working in an office environment again anytime soon, I can’t bring myself to let go of the suit completely. There’s always the possibility of a surprise conference or wedding and I’m not convinced that renting a well fitting suit at the last minute is the right solution. So instead I pared it back – just one pair of trousers (instead of two) and two shirts (instead of three) reducing the weight from 2144g to 1588g (including tie and belt). It’s still a lot to be carrying purely for those special occasions and I may yet give it up completely… one day.

Merrell Bare Access XTR

Shoes are always the most difficult purchase for onebagging and, after almost a decade, I have concluded that there just isn’t one pair to rule them all, and even if there were, two pairs are always required in case of mud / rain (a lesson learnt while travelling in a thunderstorm in Kuala Lumpur 3 years ago which ended with a very uncomfortable and soggy flight). Last year I ditched the Vessi Skyline shoes for a pair of Nike trainers. These were actually my old pair which were already on their last legs so time for something new.

The water resistance of the Vessi shoes was their killer feature, however it also meant they were not breathable which led to a miserable hiking experience – especially in hot weather. The relatively simple sole and the high heel to toe drop was clearly meant for city walking rather than trail hiking.

These Merrell Bare Access Trail Runners are the polar opposite. They breathe wonderfully which means that they let water in (and out). The Vibram sole is a beast on the trail (but a squeaky bitch on polished shop floors) and the zero drop ergonomic footbed makes long uneven distances very comfortable and far less prone to blisters.

I’m always on the hunt for shoes that offer something more (and I still dream of utopia of breathable water resistant comfortable footwear) but for now these are pretty great. They are surprisingly light at 480g the pair and they dry very quickly (even while being worn).

Western Rise Evolution Pant

I bought my Prana Brion pants over 6 years ago now and they’re still going strong, so it stood to reason that the Prana Bridger jeans would have a good few years in them. Perhaps it was the cotton content but after around 2 years each of my 4 pairs failed. I had one pair left when I wrote my last blog and the hunt was on for something new. After experimenting with Proof Nomad pants 469g (too heavy and synthetic/swishy) and Thunderbolt Jeans 443g (too thick, unbreathable and not very comfortable) I tried Western Rise Evolution.

Western Rise Evolution Pant: Newer (formal) style on the left, older (informal) on the right

My first pair arrived when the weather in Sydney was pretty chilly so at just 316g I was surprised by how much warmth they retained, and yet wearing them now in the middle of summer they breathe beautifully. The material feels thin and almost natural (even though it’s 96% Supplex Nylon and 4% Elastane) which means that, while they have a ‘rougher’ feel than jeans, they are far less ‘swishy’ than other tech jeans. They offer 2-way stretch which makes them comfortable for hiking and while the water resistance is not up there with a new pair of Outlier Slim Dungarees it’s pretty awesome. Overall I was so happy I ordered a second pair… just as they changed the design.

The new design replaces the rivets (often seen on the seams of jeans) with a less visible bar tack (apparently that’s what it’s called don ‘cha know), and the seams are now sewn rolled and stitched internally reducing puckering and giving a ‘cleaner’ look. The end result is a significantly dressier pant – far more suited to the office or a nice dinner. I actually really love the changes although I find the original pair marginally more comfortable (perhaps because they’ve been worn more). In any case I now find myself with the best of both worlds; a formal and an informal pair of the same pants :). Only 8 and 4 months in respectively but the reviews seem to suggest these pants are fairly durable so I guess we’ll see.

The rest

The Icebreaker Elemental hoodies I bought in the bitter cold of June 2020 are just too thick and too heavy for my needs, especially as I intend to spend more time in warmer climes in 2022. I will definitely be swapping out at least one of these for something lighter next year, but with the exception of my Icebreaker boxers which required a refresh (as they do every 18 months or so), everything else is doing pretty well:

6Outlier Ultrafine Merino Tee (195 gsm)1801080
2Icebreaker Elemental Zip Hoodie (330 gsm)5901180
1Arc’Teryx Atom LT Hoody358358
3 2Libertad Merino Travel Shirt (for work / formals) (130 gsm)2304601 Fewer
1Brook Taverner Cassino Suit Jacket (for work / formals)623623
2 1Brook Taverner Cassino Suit Trouser (for work / formals)3353351 Fewer
1prAna Bridger Jeans465465Replaced
1prAna Brion Pants328328
2Western Rise Evolution Pants316632New
1Icebreaker Merino Oasis Leggings (200 gsm)168168
2Outlier New Way Longs277554
7Icebreaker Merino Anatomica Boxers (150 gsm)68476Renewed
3Silverlight Crew Hiking Socks84252
3Silverlight Ankle Hiking Socks55165
1Icebreaker Merino Sierra Gloves (200 gsm)3030
1Icebreaker Merino Pocket Beanie (200 gsm)4040
1Buffwear Merino Buff (125 gsm)4747
1Vivobarefoot Ra II Shoes510510
1Nike Free Run Trainers500500Replaced
1Merrell Bare Access XTR Trail Runners480480New
1Calvin Klein Plain Black Belt (for work / formals)109109
1Ciro Citterio Silver Tie (for work / formals)6161
1Sunday Afternoons Aerial Cap4848
40TOTAL CLOTHING7936

Non Clothing

The changes since last year were actually pretty minimal:

20202021
TechbagWH Pencil Case (2004!)56Eagle Creek Isolate Quick Trip XS47
Cables3x 10cm cables
2x 100cm cables
27
47
6x 10cm cables
2x 100cm cables
50
47
SpeakerAnker Soundcore Mini Icon210Anker Soundcore Ace A062
HeadsetEruw K10 Bluetooth Headset19
CarabinerNite Ize S-Biner #27
MaskStylemask 3 layer cotton mask14Masque Co (Polyester / Spandex)10
DocumentsImmunisation History Booklet15Electronic Immunisation Record 🙂0
ToothbrushColgate Omron Pro Clinical 15055Xiaomi Mijia T10048
TrimmerWahl Micro Groomsman34Xiaomi Portable Trimmer64
FlossersCare Dent Eezi Flossers x510Wisdom Naturals Flossers x56
TOTAL468TOTAL360

The search for the perfect techbag has been ongoing since 2012 and I finally feel like I’ve found it.

Eagle Creek’s superb Pack-It Isolate Quick Trip washbag is part of a new range of ripstop polyester packing cubes (as opposed to their previous ripstop silnylon) which is infused with anti-bacterial agents. Of course this doesn’t make a big difference when used for tech but the layout (of one main compartment and zipped pockets either side) combined with the shape retaining poly ‘frame’, super light material and damn near perfect dimensions makes this ideal for me. I use one side zipper for USB drives and adapters (of which I have a few) and the other for short cables – which I also doubled up on this year. Switching my toothbrush means that I am finally battery free and since most of my devices still use micro-USB to charge I figured a couple of cheap 6g USB-C to USB-micro cables from Amazon couldn’t hurt. The 6th cable was a 7g USB-A to USB-Micro which came with my headset and seems to be the only cable that charges it.

I previously used my Anker SoundCore Icon Mini for tunes while working and as a speaker/microphone during Zoom calls ever since the speaker on my laptop packed up. Given the huge increase in such calls over the last couple of years it made sense to look for a solution more geared to cleaner voice audio with occasional tuneage. Enter the Anker SoundCore Ace A0 and the Eruw K10 headset. The A0 speaker isn’t quite as powerful as its predecessor but it’s not far off and the interference is only really noticeable at high (antisocial) volumes, this is perhaps understandable given that it’s less than 30% of the weight of the Icon Mini at just 62g (compared to the Icon Mini’s 210g heft).

Anker SoundCore Icon Mini (left) vs Anker SoudCore Ace A0 (right)

The Eruw headset is incredible. It feels a bit plasticky and cheap but the audio quality is superb, the bluetooth connection is solid and the microphone made a *huge* difference to my Zoom calls. At just 19g it’s barely noticeable on my ear or in my bag and I find myself reaching for it for all YouTube videos these days. The battery is also pretty solid at around 8hrs of solid use which gets me through the work day. I recharge my headset and mouse daily now.

The mask swap was primarily down to comfort and the fact that the cotton masks shrunk in the wash (I should have seen that coming tbh). The 15g weight saving in my documents pack was as a result of Medicare’s awesome online immunisation history (and the general use of digital certificates for proof of vaccination). I was gifted a Nite-Ize S-Biner from a friend who assured me it would ‘come in handy’. At 7g I’m OK with waiting to see. It hasn’t come in yet.

My Colgate toothbrush was the only device I was carrying that still used batteries, while the 2x AAA batteries only weighed 14g and usually lasted around 4 months I was still generating avoidable waste so I did some research on USB charging portable toothbrushes and decided to give the Xiaomi Mijia T100 a shot.

Ah new years… the only time of year I can feel OK about putting my toothbrush on the floor for a photo…

I have been impressed with Xiaomi as a brand and my Xiaomi shaver has been going strong since June 2019, Kogan here in Australia seem to stock a lot of Xiaomi so it’s not tricky getting replacement heads. the brush itself is longer and the Colgate and stretches the Sea To Summit washbag a little but it weighs less than the Colgate with batteries at 45g (Unit 40g, head 5g) vs 52g for the Colgate (Unit 34g, head 4g, 2x AAA 14g). The clean is excellent although the brushes feel softer than the Colgate brushes. The battery lasts a good couple of weeks before requiring a recharge which is via the micro-USB port (one day everything will be USB-C… one day). I’ve been using it since August and I’m very happy – particularly with the lack of waste.

On that topic I switched up my brand of flossers from Care Dent to Wisdom Naturals Floss Picks because they’re a) biodgradable, b) cheaper (at almost 1/3 of the price) and c) smaller and lighter (although when you’re debating between 2g and 1g you’re probably not the most exciting person at the party <looks at self>. Either way it’s another small step towards generating less waste.

I swapped my Wahl Micro Groomsman pretty quickly when the damn thing fell apart leaving an exposed razor blade. Even prior to that it cut me during use (although it may have already been failing then). Either way 34g for a flimsy plastic trimmer is not the way to go. Sticking with my favoured Xiaomi I was able to pick up a Xiaomi H3 2-in-1 Personal Trimmer for a good price and at just 63g (60g unit and 3g trimmer head) it does an excellent job and retains charge for ages although I don’t really need to use it that often. Yet.

Everything else is pretty much as was. It hasn’t been significantly road tested (short of a couple of jollies up to Cairns and the Sunshine Coast) but here’s the full list of gear for 2021:

BAG
1Minaal 3.0 Carry On 35L Backpack 55x35x201555
1555
DOPP
1Sea To Summit Silnylon Traveling Light Washbag (Small)44
1The Crystal Deodorant Ammonium Alum 40g64
1CHANGED Xiaomi H3 2-in-1 Personal Trimmer (60g, head 3g)63
1Xiaomi Home Mi USB-C Shaver (88g, band 2g, brush 2g)92
1CHANGED Xiaomi Mijia T100 USB-Micro Electronic toothbrush (40g, head 5g)45
1CHANGED Xiaomi Mijia Toothbrush Heads (x2)10
1Seki Edge Stainless Steel Nail Clippers32
1Zwilling J.A. Henckels Stainless Steel Tweezers10
1Hearos Earplugs (x5 pairs)4
1CHANGED Biodegradable Interdental Flossers (x3)3
1Earthsider Reusable Swab Q-Tip2
1Toothpaste 20g24
1Shampoo 50ml (in Muji 12g poly tube)70
1Sunscreen 30ml (in Muji 8g poly tube)42
1Hand Moisturiser 12ml (in Muji 3g poly tube)14
1Hydrocortisone 12ml (in Muji 3g poly tube)14
1Hair Muk 10ml (in Muji 20g plastic tub)37
570
GEAR
1Hearos earplugs in Case6
1Pocket Tissues24
1Saccharin Sweetener20
1Relight My Fire Little Spork8
1Bic Pen Mutifunction 4 Colour Ballpoint Pen12
1Uniball Micro Blue Rollerball Pen11
1Sharpie Permanent Marker8
1Maui Jim Sunglasses Case and Cloth53
1Maui Jim Sugar Beach Sunglasses14
1REDUCED Keys22
1Montbell Travel Umbrella87
1Montbell Tachyon Parka Raincoat72
1Muji Double Zip Pouch (Small)15
1CHANGED Masque Co Poly/Spandex Mask10
1Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Drybag30
1NEW Nite-Ize S-Biner Carabiner #27
399
DOCUMENTS
1Sea to Summit TPU Guide IPX8 Water Resistant Accessory Case (Small)18
1Passport AU38
1Passport UK34
1Vaccination Certification15
1REDUCED Documents, Mugshots & Spare Credit Cards in Poly Pocket43
133
OSK
1Eagle Creek Zip Stash Pouch16
1Paracetamol12
1CHANGED Ibuprofen12
1Antihistamine2
1Loperamide3
1Lemsip x28
1Misc Plasters & Medistrips5
1Titanium Pocket Bit Screwdriver Keyring4
1Sewing Kit (Needles & Thread, Buttons, Safety Pins)8
1Antiseptic Cream (in Muji 12ml 3g poly tube)18
1Zwilling J.A. Henckels Stainless Steel Nail Clippers Ultra Slim15
1Zwilling J.A. Henckels Stainless Steel Tweezers10
113
LAPTOP
1HP Spectre x360 – 13-ae003na (i7-8550U, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) Laptop1238
1238
TECH
1HP Tilt Stylus Pen14
1Anker Soundbuds Slim+ Bluetooth Headphones15
1CHANGED Anker Soundcore Ace A0 Bluetooth Speaker62
1NEW Eruw K10 Bluetooth Headset19
1Anker Powercore+ Mini 3350mAh Battery84
1Swiftpoint ProPoint 600 Bluetooth Mouse24
3Patriot Supersonic Rage Elite 1TB USB-A 3.0 Flashdrive30
1Mopoint 66W GaN charger (2xUSB-C & 1xUSB-A) w AU, UK & EU adapters & 3g band163
1Apple Charger USB-A 5W AU28
1Griffin Power Jolt Car Charger 2x USB-A 5W12
1Anker Powerline II USB-C 2.0 to USB-C 200cm Cable54
1Mbeat USB-C 2.0 to USB-C 100cm Cable27
1Amzer USB-A 1.0 to USB-Micro 100cm Retractable Cable20
1TRVL USB-C 3.1 to Lightning 10cm Cable7
1TRVL USB-C 3.1 to USB-C 10cm Cable9
1TRVL USB-C 3.1 to USB-A 10cm Cable11
1NEW Amazon Basics USB-C 3.1 to USB-Micro 10cm Cable6
1NEW Amazon Basics USB-C 3.1 to USB-Micro 10cm Cable6
1NEW Eruw USB-A 2.0 to USB-Micro 10cm Cable7
1Apple USB-A 2.0 to Lightning 100cm Cable19
1HDMI 4K female to USB-C male Adapter10
1USB-A 3.0 female to USB-C male Adapter7
1USB-C female to USB-Micro male Adapter3
1USB-C female to USB-A 3.0 male Adapter4
1USB-C female to Lightning male Adapter2
1USB-Micro female to USB-C male Adapter1
1USB-Micro female to Lightning male Adapter2
1USB-A Charger for SwiftPoint ProPoint 600 Adapter3
1Sony Anti-static Cloth14
1Ultimate Ears 600VI Wired Headphones (with Apple Lightning Adapter)20
1CHANGED Eagle Creek Isolate Quick Trip XS47
730
OTHER
1Sea to Summit Airlite Towel Large47
1Sea To Summit Ultra Sil Nano Daypack30
1PVC Massage Ball37
114
EVERY DAY CARRY
1Apple iPhone 8 256GB (150g & case 15g)165
1Ice Watch46
1Slimfold Micro Soft Shell RFID Wallet78
1NEW Masque Co Poly/Spandex Mask10
299
PACKING CUBES
2Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Medium Cube (18g ea) for boxers & socks, tees36
2Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Small Cube (14g ea) for cold weather gear, sundries28
1Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Tube Cube (19g) for shoes19
83
96TOTAL5234

My gear weight has reduced from 5357g to 5234g (saving 123g) and my clothes weight has reduced from 8354g to 7936g (saving 418g). I am now carrying 40 items of clothing and 96 items of gear so 136 total which is up from the 132 (41/91) last year. No huge changes but small refinements which make life easier and I’m down to 13.17kg or 11.68kg carried which is certainly comfortable – if a little heavy for some airlines. Perhaps one day I’ll feel brave enough to ditch the 1kg suit and fixing up my hoodies should save some weight next year. I’m also on the lookout for a lighter laptop as my HP Spectre is on it’s last legs and buying a new phone may allow me to ditch the 83g Anker battery too as it seldom gets used these days.

Right, that about wraps it up for another year. Wishing you all a superb 2022, stay safe and healthy – and thank you again for reading my ramblings. I hope you found something useful!

2 thoughts on “Everything I Own 2021

    • Good question… and it used to be whatever I could find; a kitchen scale at an AirBnB , hotel bathroom scales for the larger items or just the retailer specs. I confess I have slightly ‘settled down’ in life now and while I do not claim to own the things I use… I do now have easy access to a kitchen scale which makes things easier.

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