5 Items I Have Stopped Purchasing After Moving Twice in Three Months

How I went from two suitcases and one backpack of 47kg to a 23kg luggage

Chau Trieu
6 min readAug 9, 2021


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I moved for the first time in September 2017, when I went to The Netherlands to pursue my Bachelor’s degree. I flew with Finnair and they offered 40kg of baggage for students when we purchased their flight ticket. As it was my first time moving so far away from home, I had to pack everything dear to my heart so I wouldn’t feel so homesick.

I had two fully packed suitcases and a backpack with me on the flight to Amsterdam, which made up a total of 47kg.

It was a horrible and painful (literally) experience. To reach the place I rented in The Hague, The Netherlands, I had to take two trains. Lifting two huge luggage with me on and off the train four times was torturous, not to mention having to carry them while figuring out the way around. When I finally reached my rental, I might have shed a tear finding out that it was on the third floor of a building with no elevator. The stairs in The Netherlands are surprisingly steep and narrow, which didn’t make bringing 40kg of stuff up to my room any easier.

The second time I moved was on December 28th, 2017. I remember that day vividly because I had just come back from my trip to Switzerland and I bought a bunch of souvenirs with me. The previously 47kg of luggage might have been added up to 50–53kg.

After moving twice with A LOT of stuff, I was determined to work my way to being a lightweight traveler. I discarded what I didn’t need and minimized my living style. That has put an end to my purchasing the following items:


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I brought with me three books that my friends gave me before I left Vietnam, which I never finished during my three years abroad. During Black Friday sales, I would hop on BookDepository or Amazon to catch a few book deals they were offering. With the addition of my huge textbooks, by the end of 2019, I had to spare two compartments on my shelf for books only.



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