Jens Oliver Meiert

Meiert’s Law of Travel

Post from June 17, 2014 (↻ April 4, 2018), filed under .

The story of my 18 months of travel around the world, including this and other articles, is available as a big but humble e-book: Journey of J.

The longer you travel, the lighter you should pack.

Much simpler and more useful than any other laws I wish I had coined, I consider this the most important rule of traveling. And yet I’m sure it’s not new, as many savvy travelers before me will have found light luggage to be more convenient, and easily attainable. And so this “law” is also a bit tongue in cheek.

A 30 liter backpack at an airport in Argentina.

Figure: How to lug a life around.

Then, you get an idea why ten and a half months and twenty-five countries later, I can still resist the urge to settle again. I simply don’t have that much stuff clamping me on a spot.

Update (October 11, 2017)

Some time in 2017 I wrote a little tool to help with packing: What to Pack for a Trip. To be extended.

About the Author

Jens Oliver Meiert, photo of April 19, 2019.

Jens Oliver Meiert is a technical lead and author (sum.cumo, W3C, O’Reilly). He loves trying things, including in the realms of philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on he shares and generalizes and exaggerates some of his thoughts and experiences.

If you have any thoughts or questions (or recommendations) about what he writes, leave a comment or a message.

Read More

Have a look at the most popular posts, possibly including:

Stay up-to-date? That’s easy, by feed or on Twitter.

Looking for a way to comment? Comments have been disabled, unfortunately.

Found a mistake? Email me,

You are here: HomeArchive2014 → Meiert’s Law of Travel

Last update: April 4, 2018

“No one is truly ‘well off’ if they are well off while others are dying.”