When it comes to packing for your adventure, there are certain items that need to get the job done in a variety of scenarios. Being a modern magellan means traveling light and smart.  Getting quality items and having fewer items overall is the way to being an efficient explorer.  And just because you desire a quality piece of gear, it doesn’t mean you have to spend a whole lot. Here are my 5 solid pieces of travel gear:

Casio Men’s AE1200WH-1A World Time Watch


Simple design, super waterproof, durable, and practical.  This watch is ideal for international travel, as you can easily set what time zone you happen to be in.  It’s extremely lightweight and I barely notice I have it on when I travel.  This will set you back about $15 on Amazon.

REI Trail 40 Backpack


I have only had REI backpacks.  They fit well and never fall apart.  This bag is a smaller, 40L backpack with a simple and smart design that allows me to consolidate my gear and be efficient when globetrotting.  I particularly like that there are plenty of places to strap on and hang other items from the bag.  Only found at REI for $110.



Chacos are my go-to shoe for all things adventure.  Ideal for warmer weather backpacking and hiking, Chacos allow me to go from street to beach to mountain to river and back with comfort.  My favorite part about them? The sweet zig-zag tan line you get on your foot.  This pair cost about $100 and have been through the ringer.

Herschel Supply Co. Passport Wallet


Your passport is important, so treat it that way.  I use this wallet to hold my passport, ID, and credit cards.  This is a great way to consolidate items you need to pass through airports and borders with ease.  Herschel Supply makes very sturdy, well made wallets.  This bad boy is $49.99.

FRiEQ Universal Waterproof Case


This case got me through the water fights of Songkran, with a dry phone and dry baht.  All the functions of your smartphone will work through the plastic covering, including picture taking.  The case is big enough to hold some money and cards as well.  This airtight waterproof case goes for about $9.

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