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.

8 comments
  1. Mark and Di
    Mark and Di says:

    These are good ideas linking travel needs to your home needs.
    Unfortunately being seniors with mobility and medical limitations,it is often a challenge to reduce our carry ons to fit the overhead compartments.
    However at times it is practical to reduce travel supplies to a bare minimum.Similarly we must also try to do extensive simplification in our homes.

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    • Elaine Kathryn
      Elaine Kathryn says:

      So true about the additional equipment sometimes needed! Appreciate that you got onto the theme of simplification.

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  2. Cam
    Cam says:

    I wish that I could always travel (or even live) with just a carry-on bag full of items. As a taller person, just over six feet, my clothes and shoes take up more room than the average person, so it’s a little bit harder! However, I think it’s a phenomenal concept to live using only the necessities.

    As a personal practice, I start each new year by flipping the clothes hangers in my closet so the hook hangs towards me (making it slightly harder to bring out the item). When I put the item of clothing back after I wear and wash it, I place the hook away from me (like how the hangers should be normally). This indicates which items of clothing I’ve worn, and which I have not over a year time-frame. The clothing that I haven’t worn either goes to friends/family who are interested or to a charity. It’s hard to be more “minimalist” with possessions in this era as we as people are constantly bombarded with advertising and social pressure to purchase things. I’m doing by best to live more with less (thus reducing my clothing repertoire each year and by really reflecting before purchasing physical goods by asking: “do I need this?” or “will this bring value to my life?”). A bit of a tangent on Ninja Turtles, but the post got me thinking…

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  3. Faye
    Faye says:

    Creating a sense of place and living within a balance is always an imp consideration for a family home. The story gives us ideas we might not have considered and inspiring us to ask questions about what we need and how we use them!

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      • Faye
        Faye says:

        Our home itself is the link to our community. We’re seeing interest on the part of people for staying in the house that they are already in, holding on the value & build or renovate on the house they already have.

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