It is hard to believe that Susan Miller is in her fifties. Her lifestyle and spirit of adventure keeps her young.She has been travelling since she was 18 and has never returned home to live. She is an expert in travelling light and moving all her 5 kilos of worldly belongings from one new home to another, and she only buys one-way tickets! But how does she do it?She is heading to Africa in a month’s time, so I decided to catch her before she leaves and find out a little more. Her bag is already packed! She says that leading up to any trip she accustoms herself to living with the bare essentials kept in one small shoulder bag. She often heads for the most obscure and unlikely destinations, and stays long enough to make a contribution, but without getting too comfortable and settled. She likes living on the edge and testing her ingenuity at adapting and surviving in challenging locations.
What she packs in her bag is really what she needs for the journey, plus a few items which she considers essential or difficult to find in some parts of the world. Clothes take up a lot of space, so she limits herself to 1 of everything. She wears her trousers, shirt, jersey and shoes and packs another smart shirt and dress. These along with her underwear are all rolled tightly around more delicate items as protection.A sarong is essential as it has countless uses: to sit on, as a cover for your body or head, as a towel, a makeshift bag and ofcourse an extra item of clothing.She takes two clothes pegs to hang up the sarong as a screen for privacy as well as some unwaxed silk dental floss which she says is so strong that it can be used in multiple situations along with the pegs and sarong to make a tent for example!! Pegs for securing all manner of things and floss for tying are two essentials, along with black electrical tape which she says can be difficult to find but which is incredibly useful for emergency repairs: cabling, bags, clothes and even shoes. It is both resistant and semi-waterproof.
Her philosophy is simple:
Why take changes of clothes when most of the destinations she heads to sell t-shirts for a dollar.