Travel Gear

Whether you’re planning an around the world adventure or a week-end getaway, sometimes knowing what to pack and where to find budget friendly travel gear can be overwhelming. Below is a list of some of my favorite travel gear I’ve used for the last year on the road. They come with my highest recommendation and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have! (For more info on travel-related services, check out this page). 

Here are some of my favorite, road-tested items I carry in my backpack.

My Backpack
TheBarefootBeatFirst off, let me just tell you about my love affair with my pack. It took me ages to pick out a backpack I thought could handle the ruggedness of the road without being too cumbersome. I finally settled on my 68L Klamath backpack and it’s withheld the test of time. Loads of pockets for organizing, it’s lightweight and breathable. The kicker is that it’s top AND bottom loading.

TheBarefootBeatThe decision whether to bring a tent along on your adventures will depend on how much hiking and camping you’ll be doing. I don’t always pack it with me, but I do love the flexibility having my own tent provides! I wanted to find an ultralight tent that was easy to assemble, roomy enough for two, and waterproof. I chose a Boulder Creek tent, but there are a lot of great options out there. 

I’m not a professional photographer, but I wanted a quality digital camera that would capture clear and beautiful images. My Nikon Coolpix P500 is lightweight, durable, and perfect for travel. 

Sleeping Bag
I did a lot of research on finding a sleeping bag I thought could keep me warm in cold weather and also provide sufficient padding without being too heavy. I love my Suisse Sport sleeping bag, and it’s easily compactable, making it easy to travel with.

I agonized over what sort of shoes to bring along for a year-long journey. I finally settled on a pair of Birkenstocks and I wear them literally every day. Stable enough for hiking, and hours of walking, they’re comfortable and versatile.

Hiking boots
My Ahnu boots are the most light-weight hiking boots I’ve ever owned. They are water proof, and don’t require any breaking in! The sweet color combos are just one more reason I love mine. 

Travel Towel
This is definitely a necessary item to pack. My microfiber towel dries in a jiffy and takes up little space. I use it as a beach towel too.

Diva Cup
Ladies, this is one of the best things I decided to purchase before my travels. It’s a menstrual cup that will not only save you from having to buy tampons and pads in developing countries, it will also save space in your backpack! It’s also great for the environment and will last up to 10 years.

Want to know all the details of everything I packed for a year of travel? Check out this post! Do you have any travel gear recommendations or products you’d like me to review? Leave a comment or contact me here! I’d love to hear from you.

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  • Reply Hike Authority January 7, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    That hiking backpack of yours looks like it’s been put to good use! Are you still using it? I have a bad habit of taking really compact backpacks hiking
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    • Reply Mariah January 8, 2020 at 8:06 am

      It did get a LOT of good use. Sadly, it’s been almost literally shredded (airports aren’t kind to zippers and straps!) and I’m in need of a new backpack for new adventures. RIP my little mustard colored friend!

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