I’ve been debating the utility of every single item on our packing list. I’ve even made a spreadsheet that’s divided into categories – if it’s not on there it’s not going in the bag.Paring down all of one’s posessions to under 35 pounds is a real challenge – but freeing in a way. What is it that you really NEED? And how much do I need it that I’ll be willing to carry it on my back for five months? I’m pushing to do a test packing session this weekend to find out.