Ounces matter: Mashing up business travel and minimalist camping

In 2015, I traveled roughly ten weeks for work and went on some solo backpacking camping trips for pleasure and sanity. Backpacking alone was new to me and it really turned me on to minimalist camping where ounces matter. I missed having my husband/manservant lugging all the big, heavy stuff about 3 miles into my first hike. I had no idea! So selfish! After that first solo camping experience, I became an avid (maybe rabid) consumer of small, lightweight things and quickly learned to separate critical items from unnecessary items like deodorant.  As a result, I dropped about a third of the weight of the pack. I used the experience to lighten my business travel bag. Here’s what I’ll be grabbing from my camping backpack when I travel to New York City next week. I haven’t gone to the extreme of cutting the handle off my toothbrush but I’m getting there.

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