Balancing Needs vs. Wants
In the long run, dialing your ultralight backpacking gear list is a personal thing. You have to assess your needs, and figure out which of them fall more into the category of “wants.” That can take a while, and it’s also always changing. Sometimes you just know that you’re going to want something to sit on if the ground is cold and rain is forecast. Other times, the thrill of moving fast and light outweighs creature comforts.
It’s definitely one of those “journey is the destination” scenarios, but it’s one that I think is entirely worthwhile—as much in backpacking as in life in general. To go back to Roman’s guiding principle, learning to travel simply is about needing and wanting less. In the long run, getting dialed is good for you—mentally and physically—and helps to reduce the footprint your adventures leave on the planet in the long run.