Gear We Can’t Travel Without
Do you have a serious case of Wanderlust?
We Do Too.
Once you catch the travel bug, it’s hard to rid yourself of it. We find it’s much better to let it run it’s course and find ways to make yourself more comfortable while your sickness takes you across continents, to the top of glaciers, to secluded islands, and to far away cities.
As much as we hate to admit it, we are minimalists. Of course, if money wasn’t an object, we’d travel with all the latest gadgets and gizmos. But then reality sets in and we realize that if we want to create these amazing experiences now, we have to find the bare minimum that can get us there, keep us comfortable, and allow us to have some fun on a budget.
Here are the Top 10 things we take with us when we travel. They are products that we love a lot. By clicking on the links provided we may get a small commission, but it is at no cost to you (and it helps feed our family so everyone wins!)
1. This may not seem like a necessity to you, but nothing screams relaxation like a hammock. This two person ENO hammock has seen a lot of forests and is fought over with feverish passion between family members. Your mission: To find the perfect trees!
2. Many times on our trips the words, “I don’t know what we would’ve done without the Jet Boil” have been spoken. Whether we’re in the mountains or by the sea, in a motorhome or in a tent we don’t go a day without using our water boiler/coffee press.
3. We also love our GSI manual coffee grinder for our organic, freshly ground, french pressed coffee (yeah, we’re hipsters).
4. These backpacks have hiked many miles with us. For any hike fifteen miles or under, these backpacks are great. They are lightweight and water resistant (not waterproof though). They are also perfect for traveling because they are compatible so you can easily fit it into your luggage.
5. Our pocket-sized Swiss Army Knife is also great for cutting salami, cheese, or bread at and mid-hike picnic.
6. The La Sportive Bushido are best trail shoes out there! Seriously, three girls in our family have matching ones becaue we love them that much! They come in Men’s Bushido and Women’s Bushido versions. These shoes are comfortable, have great traction, and are water resistant and breathable. We use these for hiking, running, and rock climbing approaches.
7. I’m not usually big on designer clothes, but I LOVE my Lulu Lemon shorts. They are lightweight and comfortable for my active life. Any warm weather activity and I reach for these.
8. Patagonia Nano-Puff Jackets are our absolute favorite gear. We don’t go anywhere without them. We use them for dawn patrol in San Diego, snowy hikes in Zion, in the pouring rain in the UK, morning rock climbing in Arizona, and everywhere else we go! They are super comfortable, warm and offer lots of mobility so they are great for rock climbing in cold weather.
9. For two months when we were tent camping in Norway, Ireland, and Germany, this sleeping pad, REI Cirrus Insulated Air Sleeping Pad, was by far the most comfortable of the seven we had. It comes in two different sizes. I recommend the larger one so you can move around when you sleep and not fall off.
10. These Kuhl pants are the ultimate pants for outdoor adventure. Scrape-proof for rock climbing, warm for hiking, and flexible for spontaneous yoga poses.