Packing for this trip did not happen in one week. Or even one month. We had been keeping an eye out for things a little bit at a time, because we knew that if we waited we would just order things we didn’t need in a panic. Living in Costa Rica taught me a lot about living simply. It allows you to focus on what’s really important, and I feel like there’s no better time to practice this habit than when traveling. So when we packed up all of our kitchen supplies and camping gear, we made sure to only have one of everything. One spoon, one fork, one cup for all the drinks…etc. This theme played out into our clothing as well. We made sure that we brought clothes that were practical, multi use, and dark. To be honest, we’re a week in and I have worn the same two outfits multiple times because it’s my favorite. I’m sure we can all say the same things about our closets full of things we never wear. Minimalism is freedom, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are only allowed to have one spoon. It’s the detachment from things, and the experience of living without them.