About The Packable Life

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Noel Krasomil: Founder of The Packable Life

Hello, world. I’m Noel Krasomil, the guy behind The Packable Life. I’m a trail-seeking, street food-devouring, gear-obsessed minimalist from Colorado, U.S.A.

In 2018, I saved up some money, quit my restaurant job, started this blog, and hit the road in my camper van. After a few months, I got hooked and decided I needed to make a living while traveling, hiking, and writing all about it. I was determined to become a professional blogger.

It took a couple of very up-and-down years (and every last penny in my savings account) but I finally reached my goal. Nowadays, I travel full-time and support myself entirely from the income I make blogging.

At the moment, I don’t have a ‘home base’ and I work on my blog entirely remotely. As I write this, I’m in Tokyo, Japan. Next week, I’ll be in Da Nang, Vietnam. After that, I’m off to Mexico City.

This transient and unpredictable life I created for myself is a bit of a roller coaster. Some days are exhilarating. Some are maddening. Some are filled with beauty and inspiration. Some are filled with boredom and loneliness. Some days I love life on the road. Some days I long for familiarity.

My life is quite unconventional, but I’m grateful for every second.

Here’s a bit more about me:

I’m a minimalist. I have very few possessions and do my best to only bring things into my life that add significant value.

I travel light. I embark on budget travel trips with a 25-liter personal-item bag, which I can fit underneath the seat in front of me on the airplane. I guess you can call me a “personal-item-only traveler.”

I love ultralight backpacking. My backpack’s base weight for multi-day hiking trips — my ultralight tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, extra clothes, pretty much anything besides food and water — is only 8.2 pounds. Carrying a lightweight and functional pack allows me to hike as efficiently as possible.

I’m a gear nerd. I obsess over the essentials I take along while traveling and backpacking. Because I bring so little, everything that comes along must be meticulously researched and carefully chosen. Minimalists love gear, too. We just own less of it.

I cruise around in a camper van from time to time. I own a converted Chevy Astro, and have spent months of my life living under its roof. No, I’m not a full-time van lifer, but I’m not ruling it out, either.

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If you have a question or would like to get to know me better, contact me or comment on a blog post.

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Thank you for reading

Your support keeps this blog going. Without all of my readers, I’d be back waiting tables and saving up for my next short-lived trip.

– Noel