If you are like me, one of the great pleasures of traveling is the enormous reduction of our worldly possessions down to only the bare essentials. When we carry our things from place to place, we become deeply aware (and appreciative) of each items purpose and role. At home, you may have 10 fleeces, countless shoes, shirts, etc – but on the road, perhaps only one of each…and, if you are backpacking, you’re aware of the burden and benefit of even the smallest item. In some cases, your life may depend on that one thing (your tent, water filter, etc). I have rarely, if ever, missed my things back home…and, of late, have found it oddly distressing to own more than I need. Mies van der Rohe was so right when he said “Less is more.” Time to pack up my unused things and give them to someone who needs them. After all, it’s that time of year.