Having the right gear can make a huge difference in your travel experience. Gear should be multifunctional and as compact and light as possible. It should be adaptable because you never know what kind of situation you might face. All of the gear below are things we actually own and things we LOVE because they have enhanced our travel experience. There are other things we could have listed but these are our absolutely favorite things that we always travel with.
The best way to organize and pack clothing for any travel adventure. These sets offer the best value and versatility. We’ve also used them to organize electronics and other random items. We also use the Pack It Cube set
, which is a bit sturdier.
All of our photos on our site are taken using this awesome point and shoot camera. It’s not the most technically advanced camera on the market but it’s perfect for travel because of it’s size and the images and video our outstanding, even in poorly lit conditions.
For avid readers who are frequently on the road, having all your books (and even PDFs or other documents) in one place saves a lot of space in the suitcase. Michelle got a Kindle with hardcover
while in Peace Corps and still uses it daily. The long battery life and wifi capability are key.
Osprey Farpoint 55 Backpack
This is a two-in-one bag. There’s a big compartment in the main bag and a smaller backpack that can easily be zipped on or off as needed. The shoulder straps can easily be zipped up and hidden so it looks like a duffle bag. Big enough for month-long trips but small enough to fit as a carry-on if needed. Full review + video here.
Jedd used to love messenger bags but they never offered enough storage and when they did, the weight was always on one shoulder. We love having one big day backpack that we can use for just about everything: hiking, day excursions, taking our computers to coffee shops to work at, etc.. We love Deuter for the back ventilation systems, excellent craftsmanship, and the bonus rain cover that goes over the entire bag. Saved us during a random downpour while biking in the French countryside.
Michelle is a big fan of her C&M Morrison leather laptop bag. Tons of pockets, specifically designed to hold electronics, business cards, passport, and computer while still having plenty of room for other important items. Featuring a strap in the back to attach to carry-on luggage, this thing is made to travel. Full review here. Use the discount code ITRAVL at checkout for 15% off any Clark & Mayfield bag.
We use this runner’s belt as an alternative, hidden travel wallet. It blends in smoothly around your belt line, with room to slide in credit cards, money, even your passport and phone. No more bulky travel wallets hanging uncomfortably under our shirts!
An essential travel tool for digital nomads. Small, easy to use and features two usb chargers for phones, tablets, and cameras.
Heading to another country and not sure what their electrical systems are like? This is a great tool and comes with several plug adapters. This also converts electricity to work with American electronics. It also comes with a warranty to protect your gear should it fail. That’s nice.
We wanted a water bottle that had a protected lip and something that would keep water cold. In Jamaica when temperatures where extremely hot and humid, this bottle could be filled with water and ice in the morning and still have ice in the evening.
If you are going to someplace wet, consider an umbrella instead of a water proof jacket. The reason of this is that umbrellas are better shields for water. Unless you are in a situation where there is hurricane winds and sideways rain, the umbrella works well. It’s also compact and can dry quicker than jackets.
These undies are made with high-tech, quick drying fabric which is especially helpful when you’re traveling and have to hang-dry laundry overnight. They also last a lot longer than your typical cotton variety.
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