61. Don't keep a lot in your trunk.

An elephant’s water nasal capacity is roughly 2.5 gallons or 0.3342 cubic feet.


The General Sherman (sequoia) keeps its trunk volume around 52,000 cubic feet.


To quantify how much is ‘a lot’ to ‘don't keep’ in trunk terms, we suggest limiting your trunk space usage between 0.4 and 51,999 cubic feet.  


To help you ‘Don’t keep a lot in your trunk,’’ here’s a simple 2-step process:


  1. Don't try to carry more than 2 gallons of water in your nose
  2. Truncate that trunk space


Your Future You feels lighter already. Your Future You is not asking for a lot, just asking you to capacitate your trunk alot-ness for a lightness. Your Future You wants you to be like an elephant and never forget the endless capacity of options in the future, which will grow (in part) by limiting unnecessary trunk-carrying items. And it wants you to also NOT be like an elephant and jump around, since Elephants are the only mammal that can’t jump.

P.S. It’s been reported that Corporate Housing companies help you ‘Don’t keep a lot in your trunk’ by keeping a lot in your furnished monthly rental instead. And since renting a furnished treehouse will require you to keep a lot in (or on) your trunk, we suggest sticking with renting a fun penthouse to enjoy the nice views. 

Why does this ‘Future You’ Series exist? What’s it about?  

  1. Promote easy, quirky sustainable practices that are NOT preachy, or guilt-ridden and without a focus on the ‘saving the planet’ (hint: the planet is going to survive no matter what we do). 

  2. A playful post of simple ways to sorta improve our lives, and the lives of those we love. Also improve our future lives… by taking playful action today. 

  3. Still reading? Cool. We think you’re amazing and full of joyful zest. 

This series is based off ‘105 Simple Sustainable actions’ - from Stephane Omsanski’s article in Parade from 2021.


61. Don't keep a lot in your trunk.

Weird, right? But storing a ton of junk in your trunk actually makes your vehicle slower and therefore, less fuel-efficient. Keep it light back there to make the most of your mileage.