Hi, I'm Jeremy!

I’m all about making things from scratch, either with my hands or on the internet. I recently dropped out of Cal Poly to build physical products used by thousands of people in nearly a hundred countries and digital projects used by probably fewer people.

Lately I've been hooked on minimalism and travel, which I take to the extreme by carrying everything I own in my backpack every day for the ability to catch a flight at any moment. I’m also interested in space, XR, quantified health, and building the next decade’s tech now. I currently live in NYC, working on a health biz I kickstarter'd in 2016. Let’s grab ☕️?

stuff you can pay me to do +


Hi, I'm Jeremy!

I’m all about making things from scratch, either with my hands or on the internet. I recently dropped out of Cal Poly to build physical products used by thousands of people in nearly a hundred countries and digital projects used by probably fewer people.

Lately I've been hooked on minimalism and travel, which I take to the extreme by carrying everything I own in my backpack every day for the ability to catch a flight at any moment. I’m also interested in space, XR, quantified health, and building the next decade’s tech now. I currently live in NYC, working on a health biz I kickstarter'd in 2016. Let’s grab ☕️?

stuff you can pay me to do –
• consult on ppc marketing/affiliate-influencer marketing/crowdfunding/product development
• grab a dead @handle (free if I follow you on twitter, $100 if I don’t, current success rate: 70%)
• build custom tech (i.e. customize your snap specs, add an SD card slot to your macbook, etc)
• travel plans (i.e. flight hacks; lmk your trip and I'll find you cheaper flights for 50% of the diff)
• design + build your shopify store + develop your biz branding
• idk I'm not normally a freelancer but lmk if you think there's something I can help with

if you’re interested shoot me an email (first dot last at gmail) or dm me.

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This page is in progress (should finish updated page maybe by 2/11 or something)

Not a guide; currently using this page as a notepad while I build the perfect backpack

# of things owned: 68
# of perfect things: 32
# of things to optimize: 37
% perfect: 45%
# of countries visited: 20
# of flights flown: 32
Bag size: 10"-5"-17"
Bag weight: ~11lbs*
*need to recheck this

Why I onebag:

• Gives me the ability to travel at any given moment
• Impossible to forgot anything at home
• Allows me to travel cheaply (carryon)
• Zero worrying about possessions while traveling
• Limitations mean I can't waste money shopping
• Simplifies my life

List of everything I own:

Key: stuff owned stuff to buy/make stuff to get rid of

TECH
Timbuk2 Division backpack custom backpack
iPhone 7 iPhone X
Apple Watch gen0 Apple Watch gen3 GPS
Mavic Air
Rubber band wallet w/ tracker
iPad Air 2 10.5 iPad Pro
BT stylus Apple Pencil
Macbook Pro 13" 2015 Macbook Pro 13" 2017
Airpods
iPhone Smart Case
Backup iPhone 6 + 5 replace 5 w/ 7
Custom Snapchat Spectacles make V2
Mountie by TenOneDesign
1TB wireless MyPassport USB-C 2TB LaCie drive
26.8k mAh RAVPower USB-C model
Apple Airpower pad
Pixie / Trackr more Trackr + replace Pixie w/ Tile
FLIR ONE
Celluon PicoBit

CLOTHES
Outdoor Research rain jacket
Outdoor Research down jacket
Hoodie replace
6 t-shirts
Jeans
Sweatpants replace w/ more compact version
Swim trunks replace
3 long merino socks
3 ankle merino socks
6 boxers
Allbirds custom ultraboosts?
Merrell sneakers
Handkerchief buff
REI winter gloves thicker gloves

ACCESSORIES
Macbook charger USB-C Macbook charger
Apple EU adapter
USB adapter w/ international parts USB-C version
USB to Lightning cable
USB-C to Lightning cable
USB-C to USB-C cable
USB thumb drive
Apple Watch charger shorten
Spectacles charger customize?
Micro-USB Battery Charger
Micro-SD Hard Drive Charger

MISC
Moleskine hardcover notebook
.05mm Staedtler ink pen
Artist pencils + sharpener + eraser
Tech teardown kit + spare iPhone parts
Carbonshade glasses
Disrupt Cards
Umbrella replace
Packtowl towel
Toiletry kit
 Quip toothbrush
 Toothpaste
 Floss
 Shampoo
 Deodorant
 Razor w/ extra blades, shaving cream
REI sleeping bag
Emergency medkit
 Ibuprofen
 Bandaids
 Antiseptic
 Gauze
 Hydrocortisone
 Medical tape
 Tweezers
 Hand sanitizer
 Water purification tablets
 Alcohol hand wipes
 Insect repellent?
 Maleria pills?
 Sunscreen?
Bottle opener multitool
iPhone tripod
Superglue
Replacement Apple Watch bands
Post-it notes
Spare micro-USB cable
Spare USB-C to Lightning cable
Sleep mask
Moment lenses?
Peel or Moment iPhone X case
Collapsible water bottle

Everything I own


things owned: 36bag size: 10x5x17inbag weight: ~13lbscountries visited: 20miles flown: 85k


TECH
Timbuk2 Division backpack
Macbook Pro 13" 2014
  • Magsafe charger
iPhone 7
  • Backup iPhone 6
  • Lightning charger
  • 12W power adapter
Apple Watch gen0
  • 0.3M USB charger
iPad Air 2
Airpods
iPhone Smart Case
Snapchat Spectacles
  • Charging cable
Mountie
WD wireless hard drive
  • Charging cable
Ravpower power bank
  • Micro USB charger
Tracking devices
USB drive
Apple EU adapter

CLOTHES + HYGIENE
Rain jacket
Down jacket
Hoodie
6 t-shirts
Jeans
Sweatpants
Swim trunks
6 socks
6 boxers
Allbirds
• Running shoes [temp]
Handkerchief
Gloves
Toiletry kit
  • Quip toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
Packtowl towel
Umbrella

MISC
Art kit
  • Moleskine sketchbook
  • .05mm Staedtler ink pen
  • HB pencil w/ eraser
  • Light blue marker
  • iPad stylus
Wallet
Personal items
  • Carbonshades
  • Disrupt Cards
  • Passports
Tech kit
  • 8 screwdrivers
  • Tech teardown tools
  • Spare tech parts
iPhone tripod
Emergency medkit
  • Ibuprofen
  • Bandaids
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Medical gauze
Key ring multitool


updated 2/20/18

Onebag minimalism

I view onebagging as the absolute form of freedom. Minimalism is all about simplifying your life and removing distractions, and when it reaches the point where you can fit everything you own in a backpack it eliminates a lot of friction you never knew existed.

I don't think the onebag minimalist lifestyle is for everyone, but I do think the general concept of minimalism – the idea of downsizing to just the things you need – is something anyone can do. For me, those things happen to be few enough that they can fit inside a laptop backpack. I would never get rid of something that I need for the sake of staying backpack-sized.

The goal of minimalism is to own just the necessities, and when you only own a couple things you find it's important for those things to be high quality. So while I live cheaply and rarely splurge on food or activities, I tend to always go for the best when it comes to my possessions. So keep in mind a lot of my product recommendations aren't very budget-friendly. I also still have a lot to improve on, since I'm self-employed and tend to not have very much disposable income to spend upgrading my stuff.

I do sometimes buy amenities when I'm in a location for a while (a sheet for a bed, a frying pan for a kitchen, etc), but whenever I do I treat that purchase as a purchase for the sublease or wherever I'm staying rather than for myself. I can define those types of purchases by just thinking "when I leave will I want to take it" and if the answer's no then I don't include it on this list.


Why I onebag

Because of massive improvements in compact tech in the past couple years, becoming a onebag minimalist has is now insanely easy. Onebagging like this five years ago would have been impossible, but now that we have drones that fold to the size of a fist, laptops as thin as smartphones and heavy jackets that fold into their own pockets, I'm honestly surprised there aren't more people doing it.

While there are quite a few people who onebag (the r/onebag subreddit has over 30k subscribers), from what I can tell I am one of the very few who continue the lifestyle even when not traveling. Maybe I've perfected onebagging in a way that other's haven't, or maybe I'm better suited to it, I'm not sure, but ever since I made the slow transition into this lifestyle starting two years ago I've been confident in saying that I plan to continue it for the long term (likely the next 2-3 years).

This is the first time I've written about my backpack, but here's a tweet from last year to get an idea how much my possessions have changed since then (I've gotten rid of about a third of my stuff).



Some perks of carrying everything you own in your backpack include always having everything you need with you, not being able to waste money shopping, and being able to travel at any given moment (literally if you feel like flying somewhere all you need to do is call an Uber to the airport). It's hard to explain how amazing it is since it encompasses and solves so many problems in life. Examples: during an unexpected storm you always have an umbrella within arms reach, when shopping you can never make an impulse purchase, and you never have to pay any carryon fees + essentially become a travel god.

My favorite part about living out of a backpack though is probably the fact that when you can travel without the burden of luggage, you no longer become a tourist and can actually stay in a location like you're a local. When I travel I never view myself as a tourist, since from all appearances and actions I seem like somebody who lives in that location. This alone makes onebagging worth it.


Packing hacks

I have a few packing hacks that make living out of a backpack simple. The goal is to make living this compact not only as easy and convenient as a normal person's life, but even more so.

My favorite (and least known) hack is the process of rolling a day's worth of clothes into single rolls. While technically this method doesn't take less space than alternate methods like folding or using packing cubes, it makes everything more convenient. I've been doing it for over a year and I couldn't imagine going back to another form of clothing storage.

To pack a day pack, simple fold a shirt in half, place your underwear at the top and a pair of socks on top of that, and roll. The socks should form the center of the cylinder and the shirt is the outside. By rolling instead of folding, it's impossible for creases to form and it's much easier to reorganize clothes inside your bag. It's usually best to roll your clothes after finishing a load of laundry, and you can keep each roll compact using a rubber band.

This method of packing simplifies your clothes-related needs, since whenever you need a change of clothes – such as when jumping into the shower in the morning – all you need to do is grab a roll.

Another hack is to mentally track how often and when you use items, and to organize your backpack accordingly. For instance while traveling in Southeast Asia it's handy to keep an umbrella or raincoat at the top of your bag, but when you visit Africa you can hide them at the bottom. Same for jackets and charging adapters.

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This page lists everything I own, plus my thoughts on each item and ideas for how to improve it. Writing this took a surprising amount of time – even though I've been onebagging for a while I realized I've never really taken any photos or notes of my experience. Wish I had some pics of my backpack on the road to attach. I guess that goes to show onebagging really is an integrated part of my lifestyle.

I added a few affiliate links on this page, but I'm confident in saying that I am unbiased. If I received something for free I will always disclose it, and I will always try to link to the cheapest site. I abhor guides that only recommend products that give high commissions *cough* wirecutter *cough*


Things I got rid of recently: REI sleeping bag (never used it), Bose QC25 headphones (Airpods are better), metal water bottle (switched to disposable ones)
Things I plan to buy: Mavic Air (obviously), FLIR ONE (useful gadget), Celluon PicoBit (best pico projector), Moment lens + case (once I get an iPhone X), Apple Airpower Pad (seems useful)


Timbuk2 Division backpack

What I need out of a backpack: light, durable, waterproof, easy to access and small enough to fit under an airplane seat. My ideal backpack would also have an aesthetically-pleasing design that stands out, but not in a way that paints the backpack as high value when traveling through poor countries. And of course it would have to be comfortable enough to accommodate my lifestyle of walking 10-20 miles a day, sometimes even jogging with it. And lastly, it would be small enough that I wouldn't need a daypack.

I've gone through dozens of backpacks, including many of Timbuk2's bags, and the Division is the closest I've been able to find to the perfect backpack (most other bags fail at some of the simpler stuff, like being waterproof or not hurting my back after walking between two countries). Since the main compartment unzips all the way to the bottom, it's as easy to live out of as a suitcase, but functionally it's still a laptop backpack. I modified my bag by cutting away the elastic webbing on the inside to make it even easier to access. I also tossed the waist strap since I never use it. timbuk2.com, amazon.com

With my mods, the Timbuk2 Division is an amazing backpack. However, it's still not completely perfect so eventually I plan to make a custom backpack. Been planning to for a while, the idea is to integrate tech in a way that works frictionlessly with my lifestyle. My perfect bag would likely include a solar panel, battery pack, charging ports on shoulder straps and a lot more. Planning to attempt the build soon.

Macbook Pro 13"

My 13” mid-2014 Macbook Pro  is definitely an overall solid, reliable laptop, but at 3.5lbs it weighs around 50% more than today's Macbooks so I'm looking to replace it with a newer model soon. A lot of other nomads switch to Windows laptops since they tend to be lighter, but I'm too committed to Apple's ecosystem to back out now. apple.com

iPhone

In addition to my primary iPhone 7, I also carry a backup iPhone. I do this partly in case one gets lost or stolen, but also because sometimes it's better to keep one locked to a primary phone number and switch SIMs in the other. The best travel SIM varies, I used to use T-Mobile’s One Plus biz plan ($95/mo for *unlimited* LTE data in 70+ countries), but last year it was downgraded to 256kb/ps so it's no longer the best. Been considering maybe replacing my backup iPhone with a project Fi Pixel 2. apple.com

Hack: get the biz version of a plan (if you can). Most US carriers w/ intl plans will cut you off if you use a lot of intl data because they lose money on it, so it helps if they think it’s for a business

Some apps worth checking out: Croissant (coworking, trial), Tunnelbear (VPN), Spacious (coworking, 'jmaluf'), Mealpal (food, $50 Amazon), MoviePass (free movies), Workfrom (workplace finder), Cafe Wifi (cafe finder), Breather (workplace rentals, $45 credit), and Gyroscope (quantified health tracker).

Apple Watch

After wearing my watch for over 25,000 hours (3 years x 23.5 hours a day), it's become as much of a necessity as my phone. I find it particularly useful for activity tracking while traveling, but also for controlling my Airpods, checking the weather, and 'Hey Siri' (which I use dozens of times a day), among other uses. Though I do sometimes dislike how shiny and expensive it looks, I'll usually take it off when traveling in third world countries.

I almost always wear the watch with Apple's rubber sports band, since it looks good in so many situations and never needs to be changed. I modified mine by hole-punching the band to improve air circulation between the watch and my wrist, sort of like a DIY Nike band. I also carry a spare leather band and metal link band in my tech kit, just in case I feel like dressing up for an event. apple.com

iPad Air 2

I use my iPad often for art, usually using either Procreate (for drawing and painting) or Paper (for sketching and storyboarding). Since I have an iPad Air 2 I have to settle with using a capacitive bluetooth stylus which I carry in my art kit, but it's not ideal so I'm looking forward to eventually upgrading to an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. apple.com

Another use case for the iPad is as a second screen to my Macbook, using a Mountie to hold it in place. Most of the time I use Airdrop, Continuity and Apple's Files app to work between the two, but I sometimes plug the iPad in and use Duet to sync the two screens for a full dual screen setup.

Wallet

I've gone through many wallets over the past few years and each iteration just gets more minimalist. My current wallet is simply a rubber band around a few cards and a tracking device. I'll usually also stick a bit of cash in it too plus any temporary memberships (gym/wework/etc).

The cards I carry currently include my debit and credit cards (Wells Fargo for personal banking and Chase for business banking), my MoviePass card, my NYC MetroCard, and my Aspiration debit card (I totally recommend it for travelers – it refunds all fees including international ATM fees).

Airpods

Easily the best tech purchase I made in 2017. Airpods are magical for traveling, assuming you don't have a tendency to lose small objects or need noise cancellation for flights. Personally they check every box I want in a pair of headphones and I couldn't imagine a better product. apple.com

iPhone smart case

Apple's iPhone smart case is very useful for traveling when you use it right. My method is to charge my phone until the case is fully discharged, and then I'll toss the case into my backpack to recharge from my power bank so it's ready when my phone's battery gets low again. It's so convenient I virtually never have to charge my phone with a cable. Literally, I probably only charge my iPhone directly maybe once a week.

The flimsy rubber top on my case broke from the thousands of times I've put it on and taken it off my phone, but I actually found the broken case to be even more convenient. The plastic shell provides a good grip, and you can slide the phone into the case one-handed without the rubber at the top getting in the way. I'd even recommend getting rid of the rubber as a possible modification.

I'll have to get rid of the case when I upgrade to the iPhone X however, since Apple doesn't make them anymore. Or I might try to modify it so it fits the X. apple.com

Snapchat Spectacles

Snap Specs' absolute best use case is for travelers, since it makes recording an adventure happen seamlessly without forcing you to miss an experience in a way that taking out your phone does. Looking back over the past year of footage filmed from my eyes, I'm glad I wore my Specs every day. It's a lot like that Black Mirror episode though.

I customized my Specs to make them look like everyday sunglasses, since it was difficult to wear them in public everyday when they had that ridiculous default frame. However, it did have a negative side effect of making even more people ask about them: now in addition to the thousands of tweens who point at my glasses on the street every day I also have tech people asking about the custom frame in every coworking place and startup office I visit. Some people even convinced themselves I was beta testing new frame designs for Snap. 🤷‍♂️ spectacles.com

Ten One Design Mountie

I've been using Ten One Design's Mounties for over five years for attaching my iPad to my Macbook and using it as a second screen. I'd like to think it makes me more productive, but I'm pretty sure I use the second screen for streaming movies like 80% of the time. Can also be combined with a lightning cable and Duet for full dual-screening capabilities. Recommend this product 100% for anyone who travels and carries both a laptop and tablet. tenonedesign.com

WD Passport Wireless hard drive

I used to love having a wireless 1TB hard drive back when I carried SD cards and liked streaming movies to my iPad while flying, but now that I don't have a use for the SD card slot (I take all my photos with my phone) or wireless connection (I now try to be productive while flying) I'll probably switch it out with something smaller and lighter, most likely a USB-C 2TB LaCie drive. wdc.com

Ravpower 26,800mAH battery

After going through dozens of different batteries over several years, RAVPower became my favorite brand because they make really compact high-capacity batteries that don't weigh very much. Ideally I would go bigger in terms of battery capacity, but this is the biggest some airlines will allow on board. I eventually plan to replace mine with their newer USB-C version. amazon.com

Tracking devices

Right now I own a mix of Trackr Bravo and Pixie bluetooth tracking devices. I'll probably switch them all out at some point soon however, especially since Pixie recently went out of business (after ~$23m in funding) so I no longer get software updates. Tile is a good tracking device, though they're a bit overpriced. thetrackr.com

At some point I'd like to get a GPS tracker for my backpack. One idea I had was to maybe buy an Apple Watch gen3 LTE and attach it to my powerbank at the bottom of my bag. That way it would function as an always-on tracking device that I could track live from my phone, and ping if necessary. Though $300 + $10/mo is a bit expensive for a tracker.

USB thumb drive

Generic USB thumb drive. I keep it empty just in case I need it for something. I maybe use it once or twice a year, but that's enough for it to be worth owning. One scenario is that when flying around Europe, a lot of budget airlines like Ryanair require you to print your ticket or incur an extra fee. If wherever I'm staying doesn't have a printer I can use the thumb drive to swing by a local print shop on the way to the airport.

Apple EU travel adapter

Easily the best adapter for travelers. Assuming your default charger is US, carrying an Apple EU adapter means you have power access to 95% of developed countries (US works in most of Asia, EU works everywhere in Europe minus the UK). Apple's are the best because they attach to both the 12W power adapter and the Macbook's adapter, meaning they're a quarter the size of a full adapter.

The only downside is that the only way to purchase an EU adapter is to buy a full Apple International Adapter set and throw out all the other adapters, which is a waste. Let me know if you find a better way to purchase just the EU one. apple.com

Outdoor Research Helium II rain jacket

Love this jacket. Compresses to the size of a fist and is 100% waterproof. As a rule of thumb this company makes the best travel clothing. My only dislike is that the hood can't be tightened, which makes running in the rain very difficult since it's impossible to keep the hood on my head. I also notice I rarely use it, since I prefer umbrellas. outdoorresearch.com, amazon.com

Outdoor Research Transcendent down jacket

I tested several jackets before I found this one. It's compressible enough to fold into its pocket and disappear in the bottom of your bag, but a 650 fillpower means it's also warm enough to allow you to travel anywhere in the world short of Antarctica (when worn in addition to a hoodie). There's also a jacket style for people who don’t need a hood. outdoorresearch.com, amazon.com

I was thinking about getting the Montbell Plasma 1000 down jacket, since it's slightly better quality and a bit warmer, but it doesn't have pockets and for me that's a dealbreaker.

Hoodie

A generic startup swag hoodie – my current one reps The Hustle newsletter and I've had people recognize it around the world (and even had a few people want to take selfies with me in it). After over a year of use it's starting to fall apart though. I wear my hoodie almost every day and sleep in it at least once a week, so hopefully I'll eventually find a more durable replacement.

Ideally I'd find a water-resistant hoodie to replace it with, since that would allow me to get rid of my rain jacket and minimize even further.

T-shirts

Most of my 6 t-shirts are startup swag shirts. My method is to keep the highest-quality ones from the dozens that get sent my way from VC-funded startups and toss the rest. Virtually all of them ended up being American Apparel 50/50 material shirts, since they’re super comfortable and great for cold weather, but also really packable.

Jeans

Levi's 511 Slim Fit jeans. Nothing fancy. Been wearing these pants for a while and love how durable they are. I also wear a cheap belt, which I'm sure any well-dressed person would describe as one of the worst-looking belts out there, but I love belts with metal weight-clasps since they can be used for other purposes, such as projects that involves tightening stuff together. amazon.com

Sweatpants

I currently wear a $10 pair of Amazon sweatpants. It was a pretty good purchase for ten bucks (for me it was actually a profitable purchase since Amazon messed up the delivery so they refunded it and + gave me credit). The pants are comfy and provide decent protection in subzero weather. I'll probably try to upgrade them to a higher quality pair of pants at some point soon though, since they're not very compact and the cheap material is starting to become rougher each laundry cycle I put it through. I saw good reviews of the 4-rth track pants so those might be my upgrade. amazon.com

Swim trunks

Standard set of cheap Amazon swim trunks. Don't have much to add except that they're definitely worth the $15 they cost and I don't have any plans to upgrade them anytime soon. amazon.com

Socks

I currently carry a mix of sock types, though I'll eventually refine them to one brand and color. I find that 3 long socks and 3 ankle socks is the perfect balance of types, since if a day is going to be particularly cold or if you know you're going for a run you can choose a pair accordingly.

Right now my socks are a combination of socks I've purchased and free startup swag socks that I found comfy enough to keep. The socks that I've purchased are all merino wool (merino wool socks are the best by a long shot for a bunch of reasons, just google it). Since I walk a lot I go through socks extremely quickly, and sometimes it can take less than a month for me to turn a brand new pair into a hole-filled rag. I'll eventually replace all my socks with merino wool socks, almost certainly the Darn Tough ones.

Boxers

I currently wear a combination of cheap Hanes boxer shorts and Uniqlo Airism boxer briefs. I've been testing a few different types of boxers over the past few months and I'm thinking I'll replace the couple Hanes boxers I have left with the Uniqlo Airisms, since they're much better quality. The Airisms also rated as one of the best travel boxers on virtually every travel review site, for good reason since they're extremely durable and comfortable. They're also the only clothing product I've purchased in a physical retail store in quite a few years.

Allbirds

I love Allbirds, but I absolutely 100% do not recommend them as travel shoes. They're built to be worn indoors by Silicon Valley startup folk or anyone who doesn't venture out in the real world, so on the feet of someone like me who walks 20k steps on a slow day they fall apart very quickly (often in just 2-3 weeks). I am definitely not the target user of these shoes.

Seriously, if you wear them on just one hike they'll be in pieces. And they absorb water like a sponge, so if it rains even once you'll end up with a moldy ball of soggy merino wool. They are really comfortable though, so if you can afford replacing them once a month they might be worth it. allbirds.com

Handkerchief

I keep a handkerchief in my down jacket's breast pocket for whenever it's cold enough to warrant a face mask. I carry a handkerchief instead of another style of face mask because I figured a square of cloth might be useful for other things, but I've never used it for anything else so I'm thinking about replacing it with a Buff, which I used to own and completely recommend.

Gloves

I currently wear REI merino wool liner gloves. They don't provide much protection though, so I'm planning to eventually switch them out with a thicker pair of gloves, maybe these. The goal is to be able to carry two bags of groceries for 20 minutes in 20 degree weather without my hands getting cold. rei.com

Toiletries

Since I don't care very much about my appearance, my toiletry kit is extremely simple. I used to carry almost twice as many items, but I quickly realized I almost never used things like conditioner, mouthwash or my comb, so I got rid of them. I currently store all the items spread out in various pockets in my bag, but I'll probably eventually get a pouch to keep everything together.

Toothbrush + toothpaste: I use a Quip electric toothbrush, my favorite brand since their products work well but also look aesthetically beautiful. I pair it with generic convenience store travel-sized toothpaste. The toothbrush includes a case to cover the tip, so it's great for traveling. You can also schedule tip replacements when the bristles wear down. If you use my link I get free tips :) quip.com

Floss: Glide dental floss. Might need to find a replacement though since there have been a few instances where I've confused my floss with my Airpods.

Razor: The razor I use varies since it's always a disposable razor and I switch it out every few months, but usually it's a Dollar Shave Club razor with a couple replacement blades and some generic convenience store shaving cream, usually Gillette. I recommend the razor, but I really haven't tried very many so I wouldn't confidently say it's the best travel razor. I might try to find one that weighs less at some point. dollarshaveclub.com

Shampoo: Generic $3 travel-sized shampoo bought from a convenience store.

Deodorant: Generic $3 travel-sized deodorant from a convenience store.

Packtowl towel

PackTowl is the go-to brand for most travelers since they're extremely absorbent, dry quickly, pack very small, and generally work just as well as a regular towel. It can be pretty difficult to make the switch from a normal towel, but once you adapt to the thinner material it's worth it (for me it was pretty easy but for most people looking to onebag I'd imagine this would be one of the biggest hurdles). I just need to always remember to let it dry for an hour after I use it before I pack it up again. packtowl.com

Umbrella

A generic $10 7-inch compact travel umbrella bought from some department store. A cheap umbrella works just as well as an expensive umbrella, though the cheap aluminum frame wears down much faster from heavy wind – mine is already badly warped from the many storms it's been through. When my current one breaks I plan to replace it with a more durable higher quality one. amazon.com

Art supplies

I carry a small collection of art tools for when I feel like being creative. I currently store everything but the notebook in a metal pencil box I purchased from an art supply store.

Moleskine sketchbook: I love Moleskines since they're durable and have a nice design, but I'm sure if you looked you could probably find a better quality notebook. Overall I'd definitely list it as one of my favorite possessions – my only complaint is that it doesn't handle marker ink very well. moleskine.com

.05mm Staedtler ink pen: Been using these pens for nearly a decade and they're my favorite, since they last forever and the ink dries very fast. I prefer the 0.05mm width since I write and draw very small, though I'd imagine most people would want a thicker tip. amazon.com

HB Pencil: Just a standard artist's pencil purchased from an art shop. I often also carry a 4B (soft) pencil, a Staedtler plastic pencil eraser and a simple pencil sharpener.

Marker: I currently carry a Prismacolor blue marker, but I'll probably switch back to a Copic soon.

iPad stylus: I've been using Ten One Design's Pogo Connect 2 ever since I got my first iPad four years ago. Back then it was amazing, but now that I've gotten used to Wacom tablets and the Apple Pencil, it's a pretty crappy stylus by comparison. Once I get a new iPad I'll replace this stylus with an Apple Pencil.

Misc personal items

You gotta carry products you make, right? I currently carry a couple pairs of Carbonshade glasses, as well as a few select cards from Disrupt Cards.

I also carry my two (US and CA) passports and some misc personal and biz documents.

Tech kit

I always carry spare tech parts in case something breaks and I need to fix it on the fly. The contents of my tech kit varies over time since I switch stuff out often, but it usually consists of: every type of screwdriver, miscellaneous tools for taking apart phones and laptops, spare phone parts such as screens or batteries, various SIM cards, and spare Apple Watch bands and parts.

iPhone tripod

I use a $6 flexible iPhone tripod from Amazon, and it has probably had one of the highest ROI's on any product I've ever purchased. The average six dollar product rarely lasts more than a few months, but a year later and this tripod still looks brand new. amazon.com

I've kept my eye out for more compact tripods over the past year, and the only better one I've seen is the Joby Gorillapod Griptight One. I'll probably upgrade eventually, but at 500% the price and only ~15% smaller it's a tough upgrade to justify. amazon.com

Medkit

Right now I carry a very basic medkit, but I plan to eventually build it out to a point where I can be prepared for anything. Since a lot of my adventures tend to be somewhat dangerous, I try to be proactive and ready for worst case scenarios. It’s also nice to be able to help a friend if they need something since I don’t always travel alone.

Any medkit should contain Ibuprofen or Advil, in my case the former purchased from Walgreens for $5 for 50 tablets. Since the plastic containers they come in are always bulky and terrible for traveling, I empty the tablets into a little 2x3in plastic pouch that lays flat. I double-pouch it since I don’t want to risk it breaking and making a mess in my backpack. For some drugs it’s useful to keep the product label so airport security doesn’t confiscate it, but I think Advil/Ibuprofen is an exception and I’ve never had any problems traveling with an unlabeled pouch.

Bandaids are another necessity in any travel medkit, though it’s less of a medical thing and more of an etiquette thing since bandaids don’t actually help fix wounds very much. They just ensure I’m not covered in blood anytime I go to hang out with friends after getting an injury.

I also carry a few packaged antiseptic wipes (for if I get hurt while hiking or in a location where there's a high chance of infection), and a little bit of medical gauze (in case I really get hurt).

I plan to add more worst-case medical supplies to this list eventually, likely including medical tape, water purification tablets, insect protection, and maybe some more wound treatment materials.

Keychain multitool

One of the most useful things I've ever purchased – bought it 6 years ago for $5 and it's still going strong. My most common use for it is as a bottle opener, but I've used the blade for cutting thin rope, the nail file for filing stuff down, and the screwdrivers to tighten screws. And it takes up literally zero space too if you carry keys. The only tool I wish it had but doesn't is a corkscrew. amazon.com

My favorite part is that it's 100% airline proof, unlike the credit card pocket knife multitools that will make it through 9/10 airports before being noticed and confiscated. I do miss having a blade though when I travel, so whenever I'm in a place for longer than a few weeks I'll buy a Gerber knife for $10 via Amazon and then throw it away before my next flight.


In summary

I still have a lot to improve on before I achieve perfect onebag minimalist status. Right now I need to focus on making $$$ to be able to afford all the replacements and products I want to buy (adding my wishlist up totals about $12k), so if you want to buy my products like Carbonshade or Disrupt Cards please do since each sale brings me closer :)

Still deciding whether I'll keep updating this page with changes to my onebag, or maybe create another page like a blog post. I'll decide later. Right now this site is built with Carrd so I'll probably have to rebuild it if I decide I want to start blogging.

Tweet at me if you have any feedback!

things owned: ~40bag size: 10x5x17inbag weight: ~13lbscountries visited: 20miles flown: 85k

COMPLETE LIST

itemqtyweightcostreplace w/
timbuk2 division backpack1?oz$109custom backpack
iphone2?oz$750iphone x
usb-a lightning cable1?oz$19usb-c lightning cable
12w adapter1?oz$19usb-c 12w adapter
apple watch gen01?oz$350apple watch gen3 gps
apple watch charging cable1?oz$29 
wallet1?oz- 
tracking device6?oz$19 
ipad air 21?oz$500ipad pro
macbook pro 13" 20141?oz$2000macbook pro 13" 2017
macbook charging cable1?oz$7929W usb-c adapter
airpods1?oz$159 
iphone smart case1?oz$99 
snapchat spectacles1?oz$129 
spectacles charging cable1?oz- 
mountie1?oz$25 
wd passport hard drive1?oz$80lacie 2tb hard drive
micro usb-hdmi cable1?oz--remove
ravpower 26800mah battery1?oz$50usb-c version
micro usb charging cable2?oz$9remove
usb thumb drive1?oz$19 
apple eu travel adapter1?oz$29 
outdoor research rain jacket1?oz$159 
outdoor research down jacket1?oz$225 
hoodie1?oz$49 
t-shirts6?oz$9 
jeans1?oz$40 
sweatpants1?oz$10 
swim trunks1?oz$19 
merino socks3?oz$15 
ankle socks3?oz$6 
uniqlo airism boxers6?oz$9 
allbirds1?oz$95 
handkerchief1?oz$5buff
gloves1?oz$25thicker gloves
quip toothbrush1?oz$25 
toothpaste1?oz$3 
floss1?oz$3 
shampoo1?oz$3 
deodorant1?oz$3 
razor + blades1?oz$6 
shaving cream1?oz$3 
umbrella1?oz$10 
packtowl towel1?oz$29 
metal box for art supplies1?oz$5 
moleskine sketchbook1?oz$19 
.05mm staedtler ink pen1?oz$5 

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Projects

I'll add projects here in a bit

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Custom builds (guides + WIP projects)

I believe all tech products will inherently never be perfect. There are several reasons for this:

1. Products are designed to be manufactured at scale
2. Almost all hardware and software is proprietary
3. Features for a minority of users will be overlooked
4. Branding or design reasons (looking at you, Apple)

Because of these limitations, products will always undershoot their potential. And as a minimalist perfectionist who obsesses about their possessions, I spend a lot of time thinking how I can improve the few things I own. As a result, most of my possessions are custom or have been modded to be more useful.


CUSTOM SNAPCHAT SPECTACLES

Reason for this project: standard Snap Specs stand out too much and can't be worn in public seriously.

When I customized my snap specs, I didn't expect the mod to work so unfortunately I didn't take very many pictures of the process. It's pretty straightforward though. I also modded the button to make the specs waterproof, but that's less clean so I'm not including that.

1) Remove arms and lenses. Do the same for the pair of glasses you plan to merge the specs with.
2) Cut away the spectacles frame below the camera/battery compartments.
3) Eyeball width for the camera/battery compartments and cut the 2nd pair of glasses. Err on the small side.
4) Using a dremel (NOT HEAT), cut away the plastic to reveal the wire. This step takes a while, about ~1 season of HIMYM.
5) Clean the wire with the dremel/knife. Be careful though, if the wire is cut/scratched you need to start over.
6) Test the fit on the 2nd pair of glasses. Adjust the cut until the camera/battery compartments fit.
7) Find a metal sheet, i.e. an Altoids tin, and cut 4 pieces (3mm x 30mm). Fold into L-brackets.
8) Dremel a groove into the 2nd pair of glasses to tuck the wire into (2-4mm deep).
9) Use superglue and epoxy to attach specs components to 2nd pair. Reinforce with metal L-brackets.
10) Use superglue, epoxy, and spray paint to clean up glasses. Reattach lenses and arms.

Things that can be improved: superglue and epoxy aren't very durable, and while my custom specs have lasted ~6 months I'd recommend taking a look at more permanent attachment methods, such as heat or acid. If you use glue, texture the plastic so the glue adheres better.


APPLE WATCH TRAVEL CHARGER

Reason for this project: there needs to be a short Apple Watch charger for travel, but Apple doesn't make it and proprietary tech means third parties can't either.

Somehow I didn't take any pics of the completed charger, and it broke after 2 weeks so I no longer have it. I'm currently using a 0.3M charger but I'm planning to rebuild this at some point because it's definitely the best way to charge my Apple Watch. Also once I get a 2017 Macbook I'll build a USB-C version.

1) Cut cable, splay wires, reattach to same color leads on opposite side.
2) Make sure orientation is correct.
3) Seal with heat-shrink tubing + superglue.

Things that can be improved: by splicing the wires and using heatshrink you leave a gap between the adapter and the puck. Might need to look into soldering the leads to create a smaller gap + form factor.


CUSTOM SPECTACLES V2

Soon. Current plan involves AR elements ;)


WALLET W/ AIRPOD CHARGER

Soon.


LASER KEYBOARD IPHONE

*In progress*


SMARTPHONE CHARGING EYEWEAR

Abandoned b/c ridiculous and not very useful. Might try again with overhauled design at some point though (last pic).


MORE PROJECTS SOON also need to go through my camera roll and dig up all my past projects

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Not sure what to call this

It's sort of a combination between a to-do list and a bucket list.

maybe redesign to just checkmarks, use checkmark emoji?

◉◉○○○○○○○○ speak mandarin fluently
◉○○○○○○○○○ do a backflip
◉◉○○○○○○○○ visit every country in the world
◉◉◉○○○○○○○ speak french fluently
◉◉◉◉○○○○○○ travel 50k miles in 30 days
◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉ build a startup
◉◉○○○○○○○○ speak japanese fluently
◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉ live in san francisco
◉◉○○○○○○○○ make $1m in 1 day
◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉○ speak spanish fluently
◉○○○○○○○○○ base jump off a skyscraper
◉◉○○○○○○○○ finish a marathon
◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉ run a kickstarter campaign
◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉ spontaneously book flight at airport
◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉ live in new york city
◉○○○○○○○○○ send something to space
◉○○○○○○○○○ fly private between us & eu/asia
◉◉◉◉◉◉◉○○○ do 150 pushups in a row
◉◉◉◉◉◉○○○○ visit all 7 continents
◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉○○ train body to wake up at 7:30am
◉○○○○○○○○○ have lunch w/ elon musk
◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉◉○ get a six pack
◉○○○○○○○○○ live in tokyo
◉◉○○○○○○○○ own a fully stocked minibar
◉○○○○○○○○○ speak italian fluently
◉◉◉◉◉○○○○○ work out 30 days in a row
◉◉◉◉○○○○○○ dive off a 50ft cliff
◉◉◉○○○○○○○ spend a week alone in wilderness
◉◉○○○○○○○○ learn quantum physics
◉○○○○○○○○○ learn how to bartend
◉○○○○○○○○○ read 1 book a day for 30 days