Today I wanted to show you the gear I take with me when I travel. I am trying to move toward creating a TV show so I have been deep diving into video lately. Let me know what you think of this new format.
This is a video post. If you are reading this via e-mail, you may need to click through. I recommend watching in fullscreen so that you can see the gear more clearly. Unfortunately, this also makes me appear bigger. Sorry about that! :-p
My Adventure Packing List:
When picking a case, I recommend looking for these three features:
First, it is not black so it is easy to spot on at a baggage claim (most people have black suitcases which means black blends in)
Secondly, it should roll with four smart wheels. At first I thought this design was dorky but I quickly realized it is much more practical for walking long distances. I will likely never go back to the traditional two wheel suitcase.
Lastly, I recommend going with a hard case. They are heavier but last longer and are better at protecting your gear.
I recommend something like this roller bag.
- Foam Earplugs (I recommend these foamy guys)
- Travel toothbrush (I just bought a toothbrush/paste combo to save money: 3-in-1 dental kit
- Travel toothpaste
- Fingernail/toenail clippers (It might be easier to buy one of these locally to avoid shipping. Alternatively, just get something like these toenail clippers)
- Floss (This floss is awesome: Tom’s Floss)
- Condoms (Umm, I’ll let you pick these out. :-p)
Heat resistant deodorant (I went with a pack of six: Tom’s natural unscented deodorant stick)Note: I no longer recommend this as the makers added zinc to the new version of the deodorant which causes skin irritation.
- Sunscreen (If you travel in the US make sure it meets the TSA security rules for size)
Bag of bags
- Three garbage bags (Bonus points if you go eco-friendly: eco-friendly tall kitchen trash bags)
- Three zip locks (I recommend going with the big sized ones: Ziploc gallon sized bags)
- Macbook Pro (Always go with the 15 inch version)
- Laptop charger with extension Edison cable (This is clutch: Apple AC Extension Cord)
- Unlocked iPhone 5 (Right now the cheapest way to get one of these legally in the US is through T-Mobile. $99 up-front. Alternatively you can check amazon or eBay by searching: Apple iPhone 5 (Unlocked))
- iPhone headphones (Comes with phone)
- iPhone charger (Comes with phone)
- 1 pen (Most useful for airport documentation)
- 1 USB thumbdrive (Look for a price cheaper than $1.00 per 1 Gigabyte such as this one Kingston 64GB thumbdrive)
- A universal plug adapter (This thing is awesome! – Kensington all-in-one plug adapter)
- Laminated vaccination documentation (Look for a travel focused doctor at local Universities)
- Credit Cards (See this post on my cards. Note, it might be slightly outdated. Thanks to Nancy for suggesting this!)
- Passport (See this post on how to get two. Thanks again Nancy!)
Ideally, I would keep my suitcase always packed. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough clothes to do that.
Roughly 3/5th ratio for clothes/days
- 3/5th American Apparel shirts (Thanks Jacob Puhl for the inspiration!)
- 3/5th Exofficio boxer briefs (I ran a marathon in these things)
- 3/5th black socks
- 2/5th athletic socks
- 2/5th athletic pants/shirt combo
- 2/5th warm pants (these are my favorite)
- Two pairs of jeans (always)
- running shoes (for a total of two as I have to wear a pair to the airport)
- One reversible leather belt (that I don’t wear to airport)
- One jacket (that I got in Buenos Aires)
That’s it! Everything else I sort out once I get to my location if necessary. If it is really cold, I rent or buy a jacket there (this is what I did for Antarctica). If it is really hot, I buy a super cheap pair of shorts (which usually only survive the trip).
Notice that I don’t have a razor, shaving cream, soap or really any body maintenance products. I have found them useless to pack as you can buy these common items very inexpensively in practically any city.
In this way I stay super lean while traveling.
One Warning On Gear
The trick to traveling smart is not really gear at all. I don’t have a top secret batman style utility belt. Instead, I have a lot of normal things. My most important items are actually habits not objects. I am writing a short story about these so check back on the blog on the coming months.
I hope this was helpful and please leave me comments on this new format in the comments below.