Packing for Pennsylvania: My 100 Items


If your house was on fire and you could only save three things, what would they be?

Fun icebreaker question -- I know.

My answer is pretty traditional and boring -- computer, camera, safe box.

But what if you could save 100 items? {Now we’re talking!}

I’ve been thinking about this silly scenario a lot lately as it has been a firestorm of cleaning and packing around here as I vacate my current accommodation. I find myself just standing there with an item in my hand, asking the same thing over and over...”do I really need this?”

While I don’t own a lot of things, I still think of myself as having too much.

Do I really need this cable? Can I get by with six pair of underwear...or do I really need seven? Do they make running shorts that double as a swimsuit? Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

Now, I’m not going to get all “zen” on you (that’s Leo Babouta’s job), and I’m definitely not trying to come across as self-righteous (because I don’t believe it’s evil to own more than a hundred things...or even a hundred-thousand things) -- I simply want you to know that it’s possible to have a good time in life without having a lot of things.

So, here are my 100 items:

  • 2002 Mazda Protoge
    HP Laptop
    Wireless Router
    Canon T2i Camera
    Tripod
    Samsung Galaxy S Cell Phone
    Power strip
    Tent
    Sleeping Bag
    Thermos
    Pull up bar
    Recorder (Musical Instrument)
    Rook (Card Game)
    Farkel Dice Game
    Scale
    Tuperware meal containers
    Leatherman Utility Blade
    Pillow
    Blanket
    Blanket
    Safe box
    Jeans
    Jeans
    Kakis
    Dress shirt
    T-shirt
    T-shirt
    T-shirt
    T-shirt
    T-shirt
    T-shirt
    T-shirt
    T-shirt
    Long sleeve T-shirt
    Polo Shirt
    Cotton Shirt
    Cotton Shirt
    Light Hoodie
    Medium Hoodie
    Heavy Hoodie
    Wool Coat
    Scarf
    Stocking cap
    Gloves
    Under shirt
    Under shirt
    Under shirt
    Underwear
    Underwear
    Underwear
    Underwear
    Underwear
    Underwear
    Underwear
    Socks
    Socks
    Socks
    Socks
    Socks
    Socks
    Socks
    Socks
    Socks
    Socks
    Running Shorts
    Swimming Trunks
    Glasses
    Razor
    Hair Trimmer
    Nail clippers
    Toothbrush
    Knitting Sticks
    Backpack
    Crock pot
    Convection Oven
    Roadside Repair Kit
    Suitcase
    Storage bin
    Storage bin
    Shoes
    Shoes
    Moleskin notebook
    Pen
    Battery Charger

{Looks like I only have 84 at the moment. I know there is more and will update it as it as I finish packing. Also, please note that I don’t count items like toothpaste, shampoo, or food as they are commodities.}

Consider writing your own list. It really was eye opening and helped me to focus on what I value most.

Anything I missed? And what would you save from your house if it was burning down?

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