This is a series of posts about ‘how to live out of a backpack’ as a vagabond, minimalist, nomad, expat, traveler or for everyday life as a lifestyle.

A walk inside the home of a genius will reveal a chaotically organized mess but inside their briefcase you’ll discover an immaculate system of order.

It’s best achieved by compartmentalization; placing items within each similar type of item together and separated from non-similar items to OCD levels.

In regards to packing my backpack to live out of it, I leave nothing mixed and everything within a separate bag or container within that backpack.

The most obvious separation technique is clothing / gadgets / equipment / footwear / toiletries.

While those are probably naturally compartmentalized anyways, you should go deeper into subcategories.

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How to Live Out of a Backpack: Compartmentalize

I use the various sizes of Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes to divide my socks, underwear, pants and shirts like placing them in their own “drawer”. So my backpack is as organized as a wardrobe and becomes a mobile closet.


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