I currently own very few electronic devices.
Garmin eTrex Vista HcX
Garmin Forerunner 205
Samsung Digital Camera
Epson All-in-One Printer
I no longer get my kicks from spending many hours in front of a large screen TV, playing video games and so on. I’d rather spend as much time as possible in the outdoors, so if the electronics can’t come with me on the bicycle, they get sold or donated (exception: printer).
It’s made my life so much easier to not have to worry about having the latest game system, a TV large enough to impress my friends, or sound system loud enough to warrant a police bust. Even if any one item is lost or broken beyond repair, a replacement is only a couple of hundred dollars or cheaper if I shop around.
Why must I need two GPS units? The HcX is used on my bicycle and runs off of two AA batteries. I use it for street level navigation on my adventures and can find batteries anywhere I go. The 205 is used for training purposes only, but the wealth of numbers it provides is great motivation for me. Both GPS units have their purpose in my life and don’t really need to be any more fancy or have any extra features. If I needed, I could get by with the HcX to track my running mileage, but I’d rather not have to hold the unit in my hand while trotting downtown.
The Laptop keeps my computing needs pretty simple as it can do EVERYTHING. Play DVDs & CDs (I own neither), access the internet, watch videos, play iTunes, and run graphics software. I don’t need it to play the latest video games as that is no longer part of my life.
These few things keep me happy and connected to the rest of the world. Almost all of these could fit into a single backpack and I intend to keep it that way.