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Traveling is great, but packing for a trip . . . well not so much! We’ve received some questions about what to pack, so we compiled a list of our favorite travel gear. This list was made by all four of us so it will have something for everyone! We believe in investing in high quality, lightweight equipment that will last through even the most intense adventures. Obviously, we bring different clothes and gear depending on the climate and intensity of our adventure, but the items below are things that we rarely travel without.
1: Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack
For anyone looking for the best travel backpack for budget travel, look no further than the Osprey Porter 46. Like most people, I hate paying to check a bag. I like saving money and being ready to explore the second we get off the jet bridge. The Osprey Porter 46 is the perfect size. It was big enough to fit two weeks worth of clothes and shoes when we backpacked around Europe, but also lightweight enough to use no matter the length of your trip. It’s pretty comfortable too!
2: Apple Watch
I don’t know what I would do without wearing this! Not only does it help me stay on time (especially for catching flights), but I love using it for hikes. The Apple Watch tracks my mileage, exercise time, heart rate, navigation, and so much more!
3: Gonex Ultralight Handy Travel Backpack Packable Daypack 20L
The Gonex Ultralight Handy Travel Backpack is the perfect cheap little daypack. It folds up super small inside of its compact pouch and hardly takes up any room in a suitcase. When it is on your back, it’s so light you’ll forget that it’s there! It’s water repellant, stain resistant, and ready to go with you wherever you wander. Did I mention that it’s super cheap?
4: Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator
I have worn the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Mens to over 15 countries, countless states and an endless amount of hikes. They got me through the black volcanic sand in Iceland, up Gellert Hill in Budapest, and explored every nook and cranny of Joshua Tree National Park. They are super comfortable hiking shoes, and you won’t want to wear anything else. If you’re a lady who spends a lot of time on your feet, check out the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Womens!
A Hydroflask is on this list for many reasons. One, you don’t have to pay for bottled water once you get through security. Two, your water will stay cold for HOURS. Three, it’s easy to throw on the side of your backpack or diaper bag. And four, save the planet, am I right?
6: LÍLLÉbaby Complete All Seasons Baby and Child Carrier
Babywearing is essential for traveling parents, and carrying a baby on your front really wears on those lower back muscles. LÍLLÉbaby kept this in mind when designing their carriers. This carrier offers really nice lower back support so you won’t be hurting for days after. We really did our research when choosing our baby carrier, and we’re so glad we chose LÍLLÉbaby.
Disclaimer: Baby not included.
7: ENO, Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock
These lightweight, easily packable and portable hammocks are adventure ready and will greatly up your lounge game. Clip this on to your pack, and bring it with you on all your backpacking adventures. Get the DoubleNest so you have enough space to snuggle with your boo.
8: OutdoorsmanLab Sleeping Pad for Camping
If you don’t want to sleep in your hammock, this quick to inflate outdoor sleeping pad is perfect for backpackers and hikers. It’s ultralight, portable, and similar in size to a water bottle. Don’t worry– what it lacks in size, it does not lack in comfort. You will sleep like a baby under the stars with this sleeping pad.
9: Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System
If you love backpacking like we do, then you know how heavy it can get carrying around tons of water. This mini water filtration system totally changed the backpacking game for me. I bring it with me on every trip, and it quickly and safely filters water leaving you with a refreshing, and most importantly, clean drink. I have used this all over the world from Canada to Peru, and even though it’s small and compact, it gets the job done.
10: Ray-Ban Classic Aviator Sunglasses
Traveling or not, if I’m going somewhere sunny, I want to protect my eyes by wearing these classic shades! Ray-Ban’s have been around since 1937 and are the perfect travel accessory. Just don’t wear them in the ocean. You never know when a rogue wave will come and knock them off.
11: ONWEGO Inflatable Neck Pillow
I used to always see people with neck pillows and thought that they looked more goofy than practical. However, as someone who always falls asleep on a plane, this ONWEGO Inflatable Neck Pillow is a must. It also come in handy because it doesn’t take up any room in my bag.
12: Mountaintop Toiletry Bag
Max out as much space out as you can in the hotel or hostel bathroom by bringing a hanging toiletry bag! You can find compact and efficient toiletry bags for just a few days of travel or large and spacious toiletry bags to suit all your vacation needs.
We will keep this list updated as we continue our travels. What travel item is a must-have for you? Be sure to let us know!