Packing for NYC / 3 Month Trip

Okay so today I’m packing for NYC, for a 3 month startup/business trip. I’m leaving tomorrow. I have a car and half of an apartment worth of stuff that I’m leaving in storage. Video games, a desktop computer, and a ton of books, a bike. About a car full of stuff.

Originally I wanted to pack my Osprey 40L bag + a full large suitcase. But I can’t bring myself to do it.

Below is my first attempt at packing. 3 Pairs of pants, 2 shirts, 1 sweater, a big jacket, 4 pairs of socks, a few pairs of underwear, 2 pairs of shorts, a beanie and a few t-shirts. Two pairs of shoes (my vans and some generic H&M shoes.)


Beyond that, I’m only bringing my laptop, charger, toiletries, ear-bud headphones, etc.

It turned out to be too much stuff (I was pretty sure this would be the case) so I left out a few pairs of shorts, the jacket, and the extra backpack. I switched out the big jacket for a lighter jacket with no hood (wouldn’t work in the dead of winter.) But then again, I wouldn’t be bringing shorts or tee’s during winter.

Below is my final setup with everything packed.


I really wanted to bring my Fjallraven backpack. It’s an amazing daypack. But I’m just not sure how I could do it (can’t you bring two bags on planes?) I decided against it.

So I guess the plan is to empty my bag of all the clothes once I get to the Airbnb, convert it to a messenger bag, and use it to bring my laptop to work everyday.

So look, I really am ready to leave the country for a while…

But I have this new job which is fun and exciting. I will hold off  leaving the country for the next 3 months while I explore what it’s like to be a nomad living out of a 40L bag.  My first thought is that packing for the changing seasons is a real pain.

At the end of the 3 months, I might elope. Or I might go to LA to surf. Either way, it will be a good learning experience

I’m the kind of guy who spends a lot of time inside…

When I have nothing better to do, I play video games. Sometimes I netflix and chill. and I hate that part of my life. I’m hoping that by having no “comfort” possessions I will be released from that cycle and I will go out and explore everything NYC has to offer. I want to get into doing yoga in a classroom setting (I normally do it by myself) and explore the music scene.

I’d love to have a guitar to play on, but I can’t bring my guitar on this journey.

There are a lot of limitations to this lifestyle.


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