Instead of carrying a knife, 30 feet of rope, a lighter, a firestarter, some pliers, a Phillips head screwdriver, a standard screwdriver, band aids, multiple back ups of everything, I would squeeze that down to a single multitool. That's minimalism. Tweaking ur edc to not have extra. I don't carry back ups. It's not that minimalists want to carry nothing -I wouldnt be on this site- they are trying to make do with less. Trying to make what they absolutely need, less. Improvising keeps my mind flexible. I don't freak out if I don't have the right tool. I don't depend so much on having all the right stuff, or having stuff at all. As someone put it well above, I'm just thinking how I can minimize what I do have to carry daily. Who wants to carry pounds of equipment?