Travel Gear We Sold

Inspired by Rebekah and Justin Rhodes over on AbundantPermaculture.com- we are going to “just start planting”. In an attempt to get caught up on all we want to share, we are going to throw some stuff in the dirt and see what comes up. Enjoy these non-polished, less than perfect posts EVERY DAY this week.

 Travel Gear We Sold So We Could Travel More

As we clean out our house and prepare for our next journey we are grateful for the gear that has seemingly helped us in the past. But honestly very little is coming with us on this next great big adventure. Keep reading to see what we sold at our Yard Sale and why.

A not great picture that shows both the stroller and snack bag we sold to downsize our gear.

A not great picture that shows both the stroller and snack bag we sold to downsize our gear.

  1. Our umbrella stroller. We bought a $2.50 generic umbrella stroller before our trip to Washington D.C in 2016. It was great, and we used it to walk 8+ miles each day. But other than that one time, it has been sitting in our van, waiting. We are a dedicated Ergo Family. Even when we went to Disney World- Ergo all the way. *

  2. Our travel towel. Another “before the trip” purchase before our last holiday in Italy. Turns out my mother in law had towels and since then we have completely switched to flour sack towels** which take up less room, weigh almost nothing and dry in minutes (and are going with us!). Make sure you keep following along to see what DOES make it into our suitcases when we move to Italy.

  3. An assortment of luggage. We know what we like, and what we don’t like is huge bags with no outside pockets. Those were sold in the yard sale. Bags that don’t fit overhead on international flights but are too small to waste on checked luggage***? No thanks. We will do a full post on what luggage we ARE taking soon!

  4. Extra lunch boxes and snack bags. Again, we know what we like and the variety is overkill. In Italy, we will continue to bring our own snacks so we will still need major bags that can handle our dietary and low waste needs. But since we are selling the umbrella stroller, the snack bag that fits over its handles is no longer necessary.

  5. The cosmetic bag we used in the van. We hung this bag from the back of the driver’s seat and kept all of our son’s toys, gear and extras stashed away on long car trips. Except he couldn’t reach it and I was constantly having to hand things to him. It was probably 1 inch too long so it hung funny and it contributed to the amount of STUFF in the car in the worst way. We swapped out the bag for 4 cup holders on his car seat- which we WILL be taking with us on our big move.

Our car bag was a great place to put stuff, but it also contributed to the amount of stuff floating in the car at any moment in time.

Our car bag was a great place to put stuff, but it also contributed to the amount of stuff floating in the car at any moment in time.

So that’s it! Hopefully we can clear out some of that space so the gear we DO travel with has a little more breathing room. More on what we ARE taking (in great, Type A detail) that later.

Skip over to Instagram (WhereWeAre.Family) to tell us, what do you take that helps you on your journeys? What would you trade for to replace the stuff you’re not using?

-- Stacey

**We switched to flour sack towels at home too! See them featured (again, and again, and again) on our Flour Sack Towel tour post.

***We only check luggage for international trips when we plan to bring back loads of consumables for our friends and lots and lots of cheese and olive oil for us- or when we move for years at a time apparently. So “wasting checked luggage” means that the bag is so small it won’t hold the 50 lbs we are allowed per person, for free.