I have mostly lived simply my whole life. At first it was by accident. My mother loved throwing unnecessary items away to keep the house tidy (sometimes even necessary items like homework). A few years before walking the Camino, I also became extremely minimalist. Circumstances required many, many moves in a short amount of time. By the 8th move in a brief time period, I didn't want to own any more belongings! I also was learning more and more about nutrition and chemicals in food/clothing/homes. Gradually, my life’s belongings became only necessary items made with pure, real ingredients and materials.
I spend a lot of money investing in a few items that make life blissful. With this evolution has come unsurpassed freedom and joy. A few tricks that proved to be key on the Camino were investing in real silk bedding and other high quality items. Using a silk sheet set, a dear friend helped me make a sleeping bag liner (required by albergues to place on top of every communal mattress). It kept me warm, cool, comforted and protected from bed bugs. Silk has a tightly woven weave which is difficult for bed bugs to enter. With the remaining silk, we made a towel that I also used as a shawl/scarf. This was also one of my most valuable possessions. It was extremely light to carry, kept me warm and cool, and also dried immediately. The silk system was monumental in my Camino happiness and success. MIRACLE!