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The Essentials? (#divest12)

Following on from my ‘stripping back’ post I’ve been thinking about what I need in life, over and above those things I share with my family. What are my bare essentials?

Everyday bag

I suppose it’s kind of like zero-based budgeting:

In zero-based budgeting, every line item of the budget must be approved, rather than only changes. During the review process, no reference is made to the previous level of expenditure. Zero-based budgeting requires the budget request be re-evaluated thoroughly, starting from the zero-base.

So if I was starting again, knowing what I do now, what would I need?

Everyday bag

  • Laptop (+charger)
  • Mobile phone (+charger)
  • Kindle (+charger)
  • Headphones
  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Bank cards, library card, gym card, passport, etc.
  • Card case


  • Shoes
  • Trainers
  • Thick socks
  • Coat
  • Underwear x7
  • Jeans x2 (+belt)
  • Trousers (+belt)
  • Shorts
  • Shirts x3
  • Jacket
  • T-shirts x5
  • Swimming shorts (+goggles)


  • Towel
  • Sports towel
  • Contact lenses
  • Glasses
  • Flannel
  • Migraine medication
  • Inhalers x2
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Multivitamins
  • Deodorant
  • Moisturiser
  • Razor/beard trimmer (+charger)

My aim with #divest12 isn’t to go ultra-minimalist, but rather to reflect upon what is absolutely necessary to maintain my current lifestyle.

58 items, I reckon.

Have I missed anything?