You remember Steve Jobs? Turtleneck, Levi jeans, New Balance tennis shoes? Yes, he made that simple, minimal wardrobe a classic. As a Global Nomad, being a minimalist makes my life a lot easier. I have a very simple, straightforward wardrobe that is easy to pack up and move to my next location. Here is what I own (in terms of clothing):
- Three pairs of dress slacks (burgundy, black, khaki)
- Two pairs of canvas pants (khaki, gray)
- Two pairs of jeans
- Five button-up short sleeve shirts
- Five button-up long sleeve shirts
- 10 v-neck black t-shirts
- 2 hoodies
- 3 polo shirts
- 2 black mock turtlenecks
- 1 charcoal gray sports jacket
- 1 suit
- 3 ties
- 4 dress/casual shorts
- 2 athletic shorts
- 1 zip-up jacket
- 1 raincoat
- 1 winter coat
- 1 beanie
- 1 pair of winter gloves
- 2 pairs of tennis shoes (1 for nice, 1 for rough wear)
- 1 black dress shoes
- 1 brown dress shoes
- 1 black belt
- 1 brown belt
- 1 fleece zip-up vest
- 10 boxer-briefs
- 12 pairs of no-show white socks
- 10 pairs of dress socks (half brown, half black)
And that is about it when it comes to clothing. I travel with no books, as everything is on my Kindle Paperwhite. It is easier to carry around with me wherever I go. I have a Macbook and an iPhone as well and through these I can work and communicate. I also own an AppleTV, which I find I rarely use. However, my daughters do get great value out of it.
Since the school provides furnished apartments, all I have had to buy in that respect is a nightstand, a couple of lamps, and a shelf. I also have bought a dehumidifier as Jeju is quite a humid place! A few towels round up my basic needs. In the kitchen, I have bought a cheese grater, two mixing bowls, and a blender. Everything else was provided for by the school. Oh, and I am forgetting the five or so wall items (art), and a few other basic trinkets I have picked up during my travels around the world.
Of course, my two daughters bring in a lot more to the proverbial table. When we moved here, we shipped 15 boxes, of which most stuff belonged to my girls and their mother. I’d say I had about 2 boxes worth of stuff in there (think art), but even this amount of “stuff” I brought with me (2 suitcases, a carry-on and two boxes worth) has been minimized to the point that I am pretty confident I could move out of here with just 2 suitcases and my carry-on.
Minimalism may not be for everyone, but when living as a global nomad, it really makes life a lot easier!