My packing list is the smallest amount of stuff I’ve taken on an international trip, ever.
Gear & Gadgets
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The box reads, “For wherever the road takes you.” Perfect, I thought, as I opened it, put on the new Serengeti Siena glasses, and hopped into my packed car. For those of you that were unaware, I just returned from a solo 6-week cross-country road trip. I drove through 32 states, stopped in 25 cities, […]
” Sea to Summit” was founded by several mountain climbing enthusiasts who loved to travel light with as little as possible. They provide innovative gear for every type of traveler, from the urban day-tripper to the backpacker taking a gap year across the Americas. Their latest designs feature their Ultra-Sil fabric that is extremely lightweight […]
A waterproof jacket is essential backpacker gear, yet it need not weigh you down. GoLite’s Tumalo Storm Jacket is seriously light at 9 ounces (245 grams). It includes two waterproof, zippered pockets in the front, a fixed hood (which I prefer), and two zippers under the armpits which can be opened for ventilation. But as […]
Their motto and contemporary values (Innovate, Sustain, Inspire) resonate with my own.
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In an effort to spread the word, George from Lightload Towels offered to send me a free sample of his unique product. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse since they are billed as “the only towel that is a survival tool.” I wonder, does Bear Grylls know about this? When the package arrived in […]
Flashlights have gone the way of the Dodo bird when it comes to backpackers’ lighting gear of choice. In May 2006, I came to this realization when I tried to use my trusted Mini Maglite on a pre-dawn hike to the top of Temple IV in Tikal, Guatemala to watch the sunrise over the awakening […]
I received Hammacher Schlemmer’s 150-Country Auto-Detecting Travel Adapter and Converter ($50 shipped) in the mail a few days ago. I bought it because it included a USB port, and I had hoped to be able to charge my camera and mp3 player with it. At first, I was amused by the puzzle like nature of […]