Whether you are early in life and still at the vagabond stage, or much later in life and at the down-sizing stage, there is a lot you can learn from ninja turtles. These compact, speedy little heroes have two characteristics that will guide you in making your home wherever that may be: they are always on a mission; and they carry their homes strapped around them.
Now the only time you really get to experience the ninja turtle state of mind is when you are packing your carry-on luggage for an extended journey. No checked luggage. One cross-body bag to supplement. Either your home comforts are packed in your roll-on luggage or you don’t have them at all. So let’s see what we can learn from this experiment.
Apart from clothing for day, night, and recreation, the real challenge of packing for travel is to make life sustainable when you can’t re-supply. Limited sustainability can be achieved with a set of mini-bags that are actually like micro-rooms of your ideal home. These mini bags are for food & nutritional supplements (the kitchen), toiletries & medicines (the bathroom), cosmetics & accessories (the bedroom) – especially when combined with your neck support. The social comforts of home are covered by some items for reading, listening, viewing, or playing, along with little gifts for those you will visit (the living room). Emergency preparedness also recommends including some items that support resilience such as a tiny spiritual book and/or photos of loved ones (the refuge). All that remains is to pack for the mission part of your journey which might include a laptop, mobile phone and their chargers, handout material, camera, logbook, writing materials and calling cards (your workplace). Finally, your kit for excursions will include such items as sunglasses, gloves, head cover, handkerchief, telescoped umbrella, identity documents, and secure currency or credit cards (the foyer). All the comforts of home.
When you ponder how your entire life can be shoe-horned into carry-on luggage, it makes the project of designing your more complete home just a simple matter of expanding each of those micro-rooms ever so slightly.
A life of comfort and security. Low maintenance/high elegance. Minimalism and fine essentials. Clever creatures those ninja turtles.