how i keep it simple

I have this backpack, which is always packed, and which is reasonably light . The contents provide almost everything I need, except clothing. Here's what usually in it:

  • A couple of my work computers (others are secured elsewhere). If I'm eating dinner somewhere, and my boss needs something, I can take care of it right away, instead of waiting until some unspecified later time.
  • Little things that support those work computers, like adapters; a car-cigarette-lighter inverter for mobile power; an extra phone for cellular broadband; various batteries and charging cables to keep me running for a while without available power; and thumb drives with the last three or four versions of Ubuntu, so I can reload my computers if necessary.
  • around $40 in change (because you never know when a vending machine may be your only source of sustenance, or when you may have to use a laundromat).
  • extra food anyway (beef sticks and little bags of peanuts).
  • a 30-day supply of my medications, since I'm a diabetic and a PTSD sufferer; hopefully that should be long enough for me to find a doctor, get in to see them, and get new scrips if I'm suddenly somewhere else; also an extra glucometer, strips, needles, etc.
  • a basic survivial kit, so i can camp, make fire, purify water, hunt, etc. -- and a serious first-aid kit.
  • since the pandemic, a selection of new, unused filtration masks.
  • a half-dozen other odds and ends one would not like to be without, were one not able to get home for a while.

My wallet also has a lot of useful tools, including:

  • the usual collection of identity documents and financial resources.
  • a flashlight.
  • stamps.
  • many different screwdrivers and a fairly extensive socket set.
  • two magnifying glasses.
  • at least one small knife.
  • at least one pair of scissors.
  • a bottle opener.
  • ten feet of paracord.
  • several rulers.
  • a scraper.
  • a food-chopper and vegetable peeler.
  • wire cutters.
  • a letter opener.
  • a complete set of french curves.
  • a selection of lockpicks and torque wrenches.
  • $30 in euros, so I don't have to exchange currency as soon as I land.
  • a pocket survival guide, which unfolds to about a D-sheet size, has an accompanying magnifier, and is printed on tear-resistant, waterproof paper; it tells me how to acquire and build things that it's not practical to carry with me, like fresh food (e.g., game), clean water, etc.

I have a rucksack, which sits next to my bed, which has all sorts of camping supplies, from collapsible dishes, extra tools for fire, navigation, etc., and specialized guides for everything you'd need to do if you were living on your own for an extended period of time (like, how to eat to control your sugar level, if you're a type-1.5 diabetic and can't get insulin). I'm too lazy to get up and go sift through its contents, but trust me, it's packed with just about everything you'd need.

I also wear a paracord bracelet that has a compass, a fire-sterter, and, of course, a very long strand of paracord; between this bracelet and the wallet, I can even abandon my backpack, if things get really bad, and do okay for a while.

not a prepper

When I say, "simple," I mean that I've reduced my needs to the point where I can walk away, if necessary. I'm not a prepper, per sei -- I'm not expecting an apocalyptic solar flare like the Carrington event to take out all the electricity and leave us in the dark ages.

FWIW, it's not likely that would be the result of a massive solar disturbance, anyway; I won't bore you here with the math, but if you compare the early telegraph lines to the current electrical grid, and you understand EE, it isn't a stretch to compute that nearly all of the components of the modern grid either won't pick up the DC current in a solar flare, or will kick themselves offline without burning out. That would mean, at best, a couple of weeks without power. I've gone longer than that, where I live, because of minor hurricanes.

Anyway, the point is, I've made my needs simpler, so that they're easier for me to supply for myself, if need be -- and I've equipped myself to do that, with my everyday carry and my backup rucksack. I'm not addicted to TV, or counting on air-conditioning or take-out Chinese. I enjoy that stuff, but I'm able to keep moving without it, which to me, is built-in simplicity.