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All The Gear Needed For Around The World Travel – An In Depth Look Into My Bag!

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All the gear needed for around the world travel

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1 All the gear needed for around the world travel

 

If you haven’t done much long term travelling before, you may not really know the types of things people carry in their backpacks as they travel around the world. The gear needed for around the world travel does change for women and men, but there’s a lot of similarities as well, perhaps more dresses than you’d find in a list for a man, but then it depends on the man.

This list is from a man’s perspective. One who isn’t opposed to the idea of a nice dress, but decides not to travel with them.

Another factor to consider with the gear needed for around the world travel, is the seasons and climates of the places that you’re travelling to as well as the time of year you intend on going.

For some more info on the climates of Southeast Asia or those of South and Central America I have written a handy quick table guide for each of those regions respectively.

I will share exactly what is in my bag at the moment, although this does change over time it will allow you to see what you can fit in your bag. I will briefly explain how I came to make my decisions about what I packed and how it earns its spot in my bag.

Along the way I will share any recommendations that I have for you, seeing as everyone is different and your travel style will be different to mine. Don’t think of this as a list to copy, but consider what I say on why I choose things so that you can properly assess your packing style and your own justifications.

I am not a minimalist!

You won’t see any tips for minimalism here, just me taking what I consider a comfortable amount without being too excessive.

Naturally, this guide will describe the gear needed for around the world travel for a holiday that is primarily in warm climates. There is a small consideration for the colder environments or places at altitude. The reason being is of course because that is somewhat my outline of travel planning, hence the list will follow the same vein.

If all of this is too detailed for you then I have a stripped back version which is more of a pure list, without all the reasoning behind the items.

If you’re interested in the electronics and camera gear that I take around the world to make videos and write this blog, then I also have a separate detailed post describing everything! I do mean everything!

Also, if you prefer a more visually pleasing layout, then I have also added this kit to kit.co, where you can see all of this with some info about each item as well.

*Disclaimer

Affiliate links may be present on this page. These are links to websites such as Amazon, where if you decide to purchase something, then they will offer me a tiny commission. This comes at no extra cost to you and is just a way for me to try and support myself and the blog. I only link to the best of the best with careful consideration, thank you.

It’s important that I let you know about the affiliates at the start of this post. If you want to see prices for these items on Amazon and perhaps purchase them, all you need to do is click the title of the product to be taken to your local Amazon website.

This will only work if that particular item is sold on your local Amazon website.

I will further explain my methodology behind the links after we get through the list of gear needed for around the world travel.

So for now, sit back and enjoy, see how what I pack compares to what you had in mind and maybe have a practice packing your bags at home long before your trip to really nail what you need, what fits, and how it justifies its place in your bag.

Remember, you don’t need to be a minimalist, but you will be carrying this stuff all over the world, repeatedly, so try be strict with yourself (something I fail at all the time).

Things to consider about this ‘gear needed for around the world travel’ list

 

I would like to clarify some things before we get started.

  1. I carry a bit more stuff for creating content on the go, therefore my second bag is full of camera gear. You might not have this issue and therefore will find that you can pack more than me as you are able to split it up more easily.
  2. Just because you see something here it doesn’t mean it is necessary for you to buy new stuff. Often times the best stuff is what you already have, unless you’re getting into some more adventurous activities. I’d never buy something marketed “travel underwear” for example, until my own underwear was worn out. Try not to be wasteful in the chase for the best stuff, it won’t make your trip any better.
  3. Just to reiterate, this is a list of stuff I have, for a holiday largely based around warm, tropical climates, with lots of outdoors activities. Your style will be different, your location might be different. However this is quite the common theme amongst backpackers, to go to tropical places, where less clothing is required compared to a big winter holiday.

Gear Needed For Around The World Travel – Clothing

 

I will break this post into 3 sections for the simplest navigation;

  • Clothing
  • Bags + Pouches
  • Accessories

Use the table of contents for quick navigation around the page, as there is a lot of detail to be found here that may not interest you.

Not every product needs a deep dive of pros and cons, so these will be listed in a normal list fashion, without accompanying images, to speed things up.

Firstly we will cover all of the clothing that I currently have in my bag, any numbers that you see inn brackets is just how many of that product I have. All the things without numbers simply means that I only carry one of that item or piece of clothing.

Enjoy 🙂

Shorts

Pros

  • Durable
  • Large Pockets
  • Comfortable
  • Waist has a drawstring for the perfect fit
  • Multi-purpose shorts, can walk around, swim, hike, ride and whatever else you want

Cons

  • Overpriced until they’re on sale

Why I Chose It

I chose two pairs of hiking shorts because they’re tough and they are comfortable. These will be the workhorses of your entire bag when you are in warm climates. They can be worn for days at a time, they can be worn on trails, or simply into town for the night.

The pockets are deep and secure, nothing will fall out. If you need to, these can easily be taken into the water, the material will dry quick enough and they won’t weigh you down.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

I’d recommend you get yourself two good pairs of tough shorts that can go into the water as easily as they can be worn around town or while walking through winding jungle paths.

You can still have your favourite shorts, but these compliment the lifestyle of travelling and being adventurous.

Swim Shorts

Billabong Allday Layback Shorts

Although we have chosen some versatile hiking shorts that can go in the water, I like to have a dedicated swimming pair of shorts that will more often than not be wet, or hanging up to dry. I do look for shorts with pockets though, as opposed to dedicated board shorts that are less useful if they need to be worn for a day in town.

These shorts are light, have pockets for your wallet and phone, and are perfect for swimming.

Gym Shorts

Nike 7″ running shorts

The brand is irrelevant for all of these by the way, it’s more about the fact that they are lightweight, but again look for something with decent pockets. A lot of running shorts have tiny pockets that are useless for any other activity besides holding a key for your house or an ipod mini.

You need some pockets, there will be occasions you will just wear these as normal shorts so again, versatility is the key here. Of course if you’re not going to be doing exercise these can be swapped for something more trendy, or more swim shorts.

Pants

Pros

  • Tough
  • Lightweight
  • Loose fitting to go over hiking boots
  • Strecth fabric
  • Zippered pockets for security
  • Partially elastic waist for comfort

Cons

  • They don’t look the best in my opinion, due to the loose fit

Why I Chose It

I needed a pair of pants, everyone needs at least one pair of pants. I wanted mosquito protection, something to cover my legs on jungle trails or eve just to walk around town. The advantage of them not looking fancy is that you won’t stand out much as someone with expensive gear like you would with brand new jeans or chinos.

These were so comfortable when I tried them on, I also loved the zippered pockets. Having zippered pockets gives you more security on overnight transport or busy streets.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

I’m not saying you can’t pack your favourite pair of jeans as well. After all, you still want to look and feel good when you travel, especially if you go to colder climates.

If you enjoy getting out and about though you will want a pair of pants that will take a beating. One where you don’t care if it looks a bit shitty after a few falls, because that gives you the freedom to explore freely.

The Boulder Denim 2.0 jeans are the best pants that I own.

Coming in a close second would be these pants from Baubax, slim chinos for travel.

Second Pair of Pants (optional)

Baubax Chinos

or;

Boulder Denim 2.0 Men’s Jeans

Pros

  • These look way better than hiking pants if you want to go to some better places for nightlife
  • Comfortable (Boulder denim jeans are my favourite pants to wear ever)
  • Water repellency
  • Both have zippered pockets and are designed in part for travellers
  • The jeans are tough, made for rock climbing. I can’t vouch for the chinos simply because I haven’t owned them long enough
  • Both are stretchy 

Cons

  • This will add an extra 200-500 grams into your bag depending on what pants you wear. I think the Boulder denim pants are about 300g for a medium size
  • If you’re going to hot climates, you’ll find these just sit in your bag and never get used
  • These aren’t cheap pants by any means

Why I Chose It

I wanted one extra pair of pants for my travels, which I think will be used more in South America than they ever will be throughout Southeast Asia or Central America where it is always humid.

The Boulder denim jeans are the best pants I have ever owned, but in the end I decided to travel with the Baubax travel pants.

My reasoning was that although the Boulder denim pants are light for jeans, they were still marginally heavier than the chinos, they were also taking up more space in the bag because they didn’t compress as much.

The Boulder denim jeans are so good I actually didn’t want to entrust them to laundromats, or hang them up to dry in places they might go missing.

Make no mistake about the Chinos though, they’re brilliant but they’re way overpriced in my opinion. Luckily I got them fro Kickstarter, but Baubax do have sales often, they had an end of year sale for 40% off!

They are super comfortable, they fit me perfectly, compress well, have great pockets and with any luck will be durable. Of course denim will always be tougher but that’s the trade off you make with weight.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

I personally wouldn’t carry any more than 2 pairs of pants unless you’re doing winter type travel. They take a huge amount of room in your bag.

Pants don’t need to be washed every time you wear them, they’re able to go a week without a wash in normal day to day wear, this will help them last longer as well.

I recommend you have at least one pair of pants, for hiking and rough, dirty work. The second pair is optional.

Shirts + Singlets

Merino Wool Long Sleeve

Kathmandu Tomar Long Sleeve Shirt

Pros

  • Very light weight
  • Odour resistant merino wool
  • Handy chest protection
  • Quick drying
  • Looks good if you need to dress up a tiny bit
  • Great sun protection

Cons

  • Merino wool is very fragile, so be careful how you wash it and dry it
  • Button up shirts can be annoying to get in and out of when you’re in a hurry

Why I Chose It

I chose this shirt because despite the long sleeves, it is one of the coolest shirts I own. It really helps cool you down and regulate your body temperature.

Being as light as it is, it doesn’t take up much space in your bag either.

I do try wear long sleeve if I can for sun protection. Australians have a very high rate of skin cancer due to our coastal lifestyle, so avoiding the sun if possible is important to me. It also means I don’t need to apply so much sunscreen all the time.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

This shirt is 100% merino wool, which means it will keep odours at bay a lot longer than a cotton shirt would. You don’t have to buy one, but I doubt you would regret it if you did.

Try get a good quality merino wool shirt so that it is not itchy.

Long Sleeve Hiking Shirt

Kathmandu Koruna Shirt With Buzzguard

Pros

  • Treated with mosquito repellent
  • Buttons are the pop on and off type, making it quick to get in and out
  • Has a massive zippered chest pocket that I can fit my huge powerbank in when I’m checking in to flights to save weight in my bags
  • Lightweight build
  • Quick drying fabric
  • Roll up the sleeves and pin them up if desired
  • Great sun protection

Cons

  • I can’t really think of any, it’s a pretty handy shirt to have

Why I Chose It

I wanted a long sleeve shirt that was tough enough to hike in. This shirt had me sold with its huge chest pocket as its pop on and off button styles, as opposed to the more traditional buttoned shirts that slide through the fabric slot.

The shirt is lightweight and tough, I am unsure how many washes the repellent lasts for though or if it is actually “repellent” at all. It could be Permethrin, which isn’t a repellent but works by killing mosquitoes that land on the shirt.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

If you love hiking you probably have your favourite shirts already sorted, they might be even more advanced than something like this.

Take whatever you have. For those that don’t like the outdoors, you can replace this with a button up dress shirt or just skip it all together for more singlets or short sleeves.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Odour resistant

Cons

  • Can get itchy as they get older
  • Overpriced if not on sale
  • Durability yet to be determined

Why I Chose It

To put it bluntly, the reason I got these is because they were on sale and I found them to be a very good fit for me as well as super lightweight.

To be able to get away with wearing a shirt maybe two days in a rom before washing it is handy because it means less laundry. These are partially merino wool.

Because they’re only partially merino wool they’re itchier than my 100% merino wool shirt, but I don’t really notice it. They do still resist odours better than my cotton shirts and singlets which need washing after a day’s wear.

I also think it helps that they’re a very basic design. You don’t want to be thinking about what you wear matching as you travel, just take basic stuff that goes with anything.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

You don’t need “travel shirts” at all. I got these because they were on sale, because the shirts I had were very old, and because I wanted something plain without logos and brand designs.

I’d recommend you travel with 4 short sleeve shirts, but you can have more or less depending on if you prefer long sleeves, singlets, or short sleeves.

Pros

  • It’s good to have a dedicated exercise shirt to cop all the abuse
  • Lightweight and breezy
  • Quick dry fabrics

Cons

  • This is excessive if you don’t plan on exercising, so be real with yourself

Why I Chose It

Just like I like to have a dedicated pair of shorts to get all sweaty, the same applies to my shirts.

This way the items can be separated from the clean clothes, it’s always the same items and you know what has been exercised in.

They’re quick dry, so give them a quick wash in a sink if they’re too smelly and you aren’t ready to do a big wash at a laundromat yet.

They’re actually super comfortable to wear around town as well because of their lightweigh builds.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

Don’t go overboard, one shirt will be enough here.

Don’t pack one if you don’t think you’ll use it, if you change your mind you can pick them up cheap in most locations.

Pros

  • The ultimate summer garment
  • Perfect in tropical weather
  • Lightest weight tops you can get
  • Suns out = Guns out
  • Nice and cheap purchase

Cons

  • No sun protection
  • No insect protection
  • Need to apply a ton of sunscreen

Why I Chose It

You can’t have a summer holiday without singlets!

These are so lightweight and perfect for taking down to the beach, or showing girls how small your arms are.

These are cheap to pick up anywherem just take whatever you have at home, make them plain coloured and basic and enjoy the breeze.

Consider having a singlet for exercising in, especially in tropical climates.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

Don’t be fancy here, take basic stuff from home and replace it as it breaks or goes missing wherever you are. These are sort of cheap throw away clothes that sometimes go missing, but you shouldn’t care because they’re easy to pick up.

Pros

  • Protect yourself from long periods of sunlight
  • Keeps you a little bit warmer for longer

Cons

  • Pain in the arse to get off

Why I Chose It

I love the water, I love to swim and I love to have a tan as well.

However there is nothing good about getting sunburnt, or constantly having to buy sunscreen over and over again.

Having a rashie is great for long days at the beach or for those who are interested in having a surf. It will protect you from the cold as well as the rash you would get on your chest without one.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

If you spend a lot of time in the water or at the beach this is a worthwhile purchase for the sun protection alone.

Sure you can still get a tan, but once you have a tan it’s there for months, you need to protect yourself. Covering your whole body in sunscreen becomes tedious, this way you just do your face and your neck and get in the water.

Jackets

Pros

  • Comes with a down jacket as well as the rain jacket
  • Heaps of pockets
  • Good fit and build quality
  • Can separate the down jacket and the rain jacket and use them separately
  • Keeps you incredibly warm

Cons

  • Down jacket is a reasonable 550 fill, but some may want higher
  • Overpriced if not on sale
  • Takes up a lot of room and weight in your bag if you’re backpacking
  • This isn’t a heavy duty 3 layer rain jacket like you will get from jacket makers such as Arc’Teryx and Marmot 

Why I Chose It

This was less than half price when I picked it up. Living in Australia, I don’t own a rain jacket because it’s not needed, so I was in the market for one.

There are better jackets out there, but you will pay a large premium for them. I couldn’t justify paying $500 for a rain jacket that I might only use 30 times a year, but I wanted a middle of the range solution.

In the end I actually decided to remove the down jacket and leave it at home, for weight reasons but also because I wouldn’t need the warmth anywhere in Southeast Asia or Central America.

Although it would be handy in places like Patagonia or when climbing at altitude, the few times it would have been handy didn’t justify the size and weight of carrying it the other 340 days of the year.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

If you come from somewhere that requires you to have a rain jacket, just take it. You’re more than likely not a mountaineer, and if you are you know what you need.

Often times in Southeast Asia for example people just buy cheap ponchos, but this is wasteful when they get ditched in the bin.

You don’t want a jacket with insulation if the climate is warm as you will just drench yourself in sweat by wearing it and end up wet anyway.

Hooded Fleece Jacket

Kathmandu Acote Hooded Fleece

Pros

  • So dam comfy!
  • Great to throw on when you’re flying as it can get a little bit chilly
  • Good for colder afternoons, you won’t need a big jacket most places you go
  • Very light weight for its warmth
  • Really good fit
  • Good zippered pockets and huge internal pockets that can even hole my Mavic 2 Pro

Cons

  • I don’t think there’s any cons to this

Why I Chose It

This jacket takes up so much less space than a down jacket, like the one I got rid of from the Talas rain jacket 3 in 1.

This is about as warm as you’ll need to be 99% of the time. There are occasions where it is insufficient but they are few and far between.

Use it with layers if you’re still cold, if wind is an issue then throw on a rain jacket over the top to stop the wind chill.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

Everyone should take a light weight jacket that keeps them comfortable, especially if you’re flying a lot because the aeroplanes can be very cold.

There’s nothing special about this, but it just fits me perfectly, has huge pockets, and finds that balance between acceptable warmth and weight.

Jocks, Socks + Thermals

Jocks (x8)

Ok, so this is important. Take whatever you have, providing it’s not falling to pieces. You want to be comfortable so you don’t want elastic that doesn’t work anymore, but you also don’t want to buy jocks specifically for travelling.

I like to pack more, because this is something that can’t be worn days in a row. You need to change your jocks, if you don’t pack enough then try do more washing in the sink, dry the hanging in a breeze or near a fan.

I personally use StepOne underwear, just because they’re comfortable.

Hiking Socks (x3)

You don’t need 3 pairs if this doesn’t apply to you. I like to have comfortable feet and I use Light Hiking Merino Wool Socks to get a mixture of comfort and save on weight. I use these because I mostly travel warm climates, and am never going on 4+ day treks with 20kgs of water and food.

I like to have 3 pairs for the occasions when I need to double up the socks, when the going gets tough.

If you’re a serious hiker you’ll obviously know exactly what you need already, which is more than likely a slightly heavier duty sock.

 

Sport Socks (x2)

Completely up to you, if you want to go for a run or just prefer walking in shoes for comfort then you will need some of these.

I try to walk around in thongs whenever I can (part of being Australian I guess), but I do pack two pairs of Asics low cut socks, since I have found them to be the most durable.

I’d recommend you take whatever you have, don’t buy new socks for the sake of it. They can always be picked up while you’re overseas.

Thermals (x1 leggings)

I only take thermal leggings with me. The reason being is that it’s quite hard to keep your legs warm compared to your top half.

You can layer numerous shirts and jackets to keep your body warm, but it’s pretty hard to layer for your legs when you don’t carry many long pants to begin with.

For this reason I carry one pair of merino wool leggings, for times when I am camping at altitude, or hiking in a colder climate. You will use this so rarely, but it is very light and takes up very little space. You’ll be glad you have it.

You can of course use long sleeve thermal tops as well, if you know that you will always be in cold environments, but this does not apply to me.

Headwear + Gloves

Pros

  • Not too bulky
  • Good dexterity and warmth balance
  • Strong leather palms for added strength
  • Pack away small

Cons

  • Not suited for those who are going sub-zero
  • There are warmer gloves out there

Why I Chose It

I wanted these for some climbs at altitude with early morning starts. Your hands will not work properly without some warmth and it can be very uncomfortable.

I tried on about 4 or 5 different pairs of gloves before deciding on these. They offer a good balance of warmth as well as maintaining dexterity.

The leather palms give strength to the glove in the highest wear and tear areas. These are very lightweight and are multi-purpose gloves.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

If you think you’ll need gloves you can get an all around glove like this which serves a few purposed, or you can hire them as needed from a lot of places that run hiking tours.

This won’t be necessary for most people doing general travel, but is worth considering for those who get out and about in nature.

Wide Brim Hat

Colombia Bora Bora

Pros

  • Sun protection
  • Can be scrunched into any part of your bag without being ruined
  • Chin strap for strong wind conditions
  • Lightweight and durable

Cons

  • Might not look “cool”

Why I Chose It

I chose it for sun protection. I spend a lot of my time in the sun, at the beach, on dive boats, hiking etc.

To me the protection of your face is essential, it helps not having to put sunscreen on, means you can carry less sunscreen, protects your neck and won’t come off in a strong breeze.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

Get one, get one that can be squashed down into some random nook or cranny of your bag and come out perfectly fine.

Either a wide brim or a legionaire style hat.

The brand doesn’t matter, but try get something good quality that will last a lifetime.

Beanie

For those cold weather days, early morning starts. This is one of those essential items that warms your entire body by keeping your head and ears protected. Any will do, but try go for warmth over fashion.

 

Cap

Take your favourite cap if you want, I did. It’s easy to throw on, you love wearing it, it helps hide your mess of hair or keep it out of your face. Any brand, just take it and enjoy it as you would at home.

 

Multi-Purpose Headwear

I have a Buff Original headwear for its multi purpose use. It can be a scarf in colder weather to compliment your beanie, or used as a way to stop yourself getting sand blasted if you’re in windy sand dunes.

You will find a use for it eventually, it can even be a layer for your beanie if your fashionable thin beanie isn’t keeping you warm enough on its own.

Footwear

Pros

  • Extremely well made boots
  • Sole is tough and grippy
  • Good laces hold tight and haven’t slipped
  • Waterproof
  • Comfortable when worn in
  • Way more support than hiking shoes

Cons

  • Less supportive than full sized hiking boots
  • Take up a lot of room in your bag
  • Quite a bit of weight in your bag
  • GTX version takes longer to dry if wet

Why I Chose It

I wanted to expand my horizons when I went travelling and see things beyond the normal scope. I needed these to accomplish that properly.

I read a lot of reviews and then tried them on in the store and the fit was perfect for me. I ended up choosing these as they’re a happy compromise between the full sized hiking boots and hiking shoes.

The brand is one you can trust.

In hindsight I probably didn’t need the GTX version, because it can make your feet warmer and take longer to dry out if they get wet.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

I will only recommend what I know as alternatives, so I will offer two alternatives from Salomon, which I was very close to buying, one of which I probably should have.

 

Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 Aero

The difference here is that they aren’t GTX. They are for summer weather, better for tropical climates more often than not. These probably would have suited me fine, but I’ve never felt too sweaty in my GTX boots with good quality socks on.

 

Salomon Quest 4D GTX

Commonly regarded as the best all around hiking boot in the world. These were very tempting for me but in the end I decided I wanted the smaller form factor and lighter weight of the Ultra Mid GTX boots.

For serious multi-day hikers check these out and see what you think.

 

Just remember to always wear your boots on the plane to save weight and space, and walk in the boots long before you do any hiking in them.

Running + Walking Shoes

Asics Gel Kayano 26

Pros

  • Sturdy enough to run on slightly uneven ground
  • Tough sole for running over hard surfaces
  • Very good laces and comfort in general

Cons

  • You can find less sturdy running shoes that will pack down smaller and weigh less

Why I Chose It

I decided to go with these over some more lightweight running shoes due to their sturdier sole. If you’re running on tarmac the last thing you want is to feel every loose pebble that you accidentally step on.

They offer a sturdy flat base, they will last a long time and are comfortable to walk in all day long.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

My only other recommendation is another shoe that I have travelled with before. It falls into the super lightweight category, so there are advantages for sure, but they can be hard to run in if the pathway is not well maintained and don’t offer the same comfort for walking in all day.

 

Nike Fly Knit Shoes

These things are brilliant!

I have previously travelled with them, they squish down to the size of the soles. The soles themselves are a lightweight foam, while the upper is a stretchy mesh design with great breathability.

These can get wet and will dry quickly, but the grip isn’t really made for water activities. I never had to untie them thanks to the stretchy mesh upper, I simply slid my foot in and out and they stayed tight for years.

Weigh up whether the lightweight convenience, or the sturdy base is more your style and then take your pick.

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Comfortable
  • Quick to get in and out of
  • Doesn’t matter if they get stolen

Cons

  • Can get stuck to the bathroom floor
  • Plugs can come out of the sole

Why I Chose It

I am Australian, so this is just what we wear.

It might seem unnecessary for people who already have sandals, but I travel with both. I much prefer walking around in my thongs unless there’s a specific reason I need shoes or sandals.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

Take a pair of thongs for the beach and water sports. Not important which brand or anything but I tend to buy these mid range thongs because if my expensive ones were taken off the beach while I was swimming I’d be pretty pissed off.

These are expendable. Easier to put on and off when taking a shower in the hostel than sandals are, and they’re way simpler to get around in for quick walks.

An early attempt by me to try and sort out my bags. You can fit in a lot if you try!

Gear Needed For Around The World Travel – Bags + Packing Cubes + Pouches

 

Ok let’s take a quick look at the organisational aspect of things. I know some people that don’t really see the benefit of packing cubes and the like, but I do prefer them as a time saving tool, it helps me find stuff easily and notice if something is missing straight away.

Don’t forget I also have a lot of other bags and electronic items that I need to try keep tabs on so everything that lessens the burden is a godsend as far as I am concerned.

Pros

  • Sturdy as any bag I’ve ever seen
  • High clearance wheels can take a beating
  • Holds a lot even for an 80L bag
  • Has incredible side wall padding to protect your stuff
  • Internal storage perfectly set out
  • Internal and external compression straps
  • Decent harness system for the time you want to turn it into a backpack

Cons

  • Heavy at 4kg when empty
  • Egg shaped when full can cause it to tip over if you’re walking down kerbs crooked
  • Too large for most people who don’t have tripods, gimbals etc.

Why I Chose It

The main reason I chose it was because I’ve had it for 5 years and counting and it has never let me down, the next reason was the sheer amount it can hold!

If you want to be a minimalist then this bag isn’t for you. It’s 4kg when empty.

Now I wouldn’t normally recommend this bag for the average person but with all my camera gear I needed the biggest bag possible.

I tested the new Farpoint Trek 75l and found it to be incredible but JUST too small to hold everything I wanted to get in there.

I’ve had the Soujourn 80L since 2014 and it is in beautiful condition, it’s backed by their lifetime warranty and is padded as hell for check in protection.

As I sad it is heavy. However 9 times out of 10 you’ll be wheeling the bag from the airport into transport and then into your hotel or hostel where it will remain until your next big move.

The odd occasion you need to carry it and the wheels are of no use it CAN turn into a backpack with a very decent harness system for a hybrid bag. It’s good for the rare instances it’s required.

Osprey quality build and a packhorse in regards to what it holds. Definitely recommend this bag!

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

Although I don’t regret buying this, I understand the desire for those who want to travel light. I actually purchased two more Osprey bags and brought them home to pack them full of gear and see if they would work for me.

In the end I decided to return them as I was just being wasteful in not using my bag when there was nothing wrong with it. However I have no issues recommending the following two bags.

 

Osprey Farpoint Trek 75L

This will be my next purchase if my current bag ever breaks. The thing I liked so much about this bag when I brought it home was that it almost held as much as the Soujourn 80L did.

It weighs half as much as the Soujourn at only 2.1kg and it is the best for travellers because it has the proper U-zip opening so you can access everything at once.

When I loaded this up it was very comfortable, the load is close to your body, the harness is thick with strong hip belts that spread the load and a mesh backing for great breathability.

 

Osprey Xenith 88L

This is the top of the range hiking pack offered by Osprey, which also comes in a larger 105L size.

I took this home and it didn’t take long to realise it wasn’t as good for the general traveller. Therefore I can only recommend this to people who are right into their hiking.

I don’t like the top loading bags, although this does have  J zip to try combat the problem the whole set up didn’t work for me. This bag was supposed to be the biggest of them all but the layout and design of it made it feel smaller than the other two bags.

The zips aren’t lockable through any metallic parts, there is a lot of storage but it is very spread out and the main compartment wasn’t suited to packing cubes.

It’s very well thought out and the most comfortable bag I have worn. I would recommend this for serious hikers only though, not for your average traveller.

 

Packable Day Bag

Arkadia Supply Alta 21

Pros

  • Waterproof interior
  • Water resistant outside pockets
  • Inflatable back panel for comfort
  • Packs down very small

Cons

  • Can be fragile if snagged
  • Any rip will effect the waterproofing

Why I Chose It

I use this as a dry bag if I need to ensure that my gear is going to be dry. It packs down very small, but I don’t bother putting it into its case because it is a waste of time.

I also got rid of the top section which is a removable hip belt, because it made it harder to get to the waterproof section and was just unnecessary weight and space being taken up as far as I was concerned.

This bag is super handy to have, it is yet to get damaged and is good for quick little trips into town when you don’t need all your gear.

It holds a very large water bottle as well in the side pockets.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

Unless you specifically want the waterproofing, there are much cheaper options. Another handy packable daypack that I have tried is the Osprey Ultra Light Stuff Sack.

It’s not waterproof, but it’s a lot cheaper to buy and you get Osprey’s great warranty as well.

Toiletry Bag

Peak Design Wash Pouch

This is a little bulkier than the one on offer below. I actually travel with two toiletry bags, with this being the main one that has everything I need often at hand including: Electric razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, body wash and more.

This pouch is bulky, but it does stand up on its own, while remaining open for you to grab whatever you want. If there is no bench space, then it also has a hook, which will allow it to hang open against the wall for you to still access everything without drama.

It is extremely good quality, probably better than it really needs to be. The downside of course being the weight and increased size, but I enjoy the premium feel of it.

 

Sea To Summit Toiletry Bag

This is my original toiletry bag, which is still going strong. When empty it takes up no space at all, weighing next to nothing. This would be my recommendation for most people.

I use this to store things I need less frequently such as: mosquito repellent, sunscreen, shampoo, malarial tablets and more.

This bag is also my storage for big bottles of liquid during flight, because if something popped inside it would be contained, then I could easily clean this in the shower and it will dry quicker than the peal design pouch above.

Packing Cubes

Peak Design Packing Cube Medium (x2)

You would consider me crazy if I could truly express how amazing these packing cubes are. For someone who has never cared that much about cubes, I can’t help but smile when I use these.

These are a premium product, they are made of a stretchy elastic fabric that will form to the clothes inside.

They have expansion zips, which can then be cinched down to compress gear, or left open if you pack a lot of clothes inside.

They also have a separate compartment for the dirty clothes so that they don’t mix with the clean stuff.

I bought 2 of this size. One holds all my rarely used items and lives at the bottom of the bag. It has my thermal leggings, hooded fleece, two pairs of pants and the rain jacket.

The other holds all of my singlets, long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts and the rashie.

 

Peak Design Packing Cube Small (x2)

Does everything the big brother does but smaller. I also bought 2 of this size because I just love them.

One holds 8-10 pairs of Jocks, 3 pairs of hiking socks and 2 pairs of sports socks.

The other holds my 4 pairs of shorts, with a bit of room to spare. These aren’t even being stretched yet.

Shoe Pouch

Peak Design Shoe Pouch

Nothing super special about this, except for the normal high quality build. Most shoe pouches do the same thing, these feel very nicely made though, they’re air tight to stop bad smells from leaving the pouch, easy to clean and lightweight.

These do not hold hiking boots.

Sea To Summit Shoe Bag Large

I have this as well as the peak design pouch. This is large enough to hold a pair of mid-height hiking boots like my Salomon X Ultras, I haven’t tested them with full sized boots though.

Very sturdy design. Both of these companies are high quality brands.

I use the two shoe bags for the hiking boots and the gym shoes because I can always simply clean my thongs or sandals under running water, plus one pair is on my feet during transit anyway.

Pack Liner

Sea To Summit 70L Ultra Sil Dry Bag

This won’t be necessary for most. In hindsight I would have gone a smaller size but the 70L is handy if you want to protect the entire contents of your bag from the rain.

This is good for transit days, especially if you’re catching a speedboat where all the bags are tied to the roof and exposed to the storms of Southeast Asia.

At the very least get your clothes and a towel inside the dry bag before you take off for the next location. That way you’ll be a happy camper upon arrival, your bag can get soaked, the insides won’t!

Gear Needed For Around The World Travel – Accessories

 

Congratulations! You’ve made it this far, now for the little things you often forget you need and often forget you even have in your bag.

Some of this is pretty basic stuff, but since I’ve come this far I may as well list it all!

Pros

  • Rechargeable battery
  • Also uses AAA if you prefer
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Has a red light option

Cons

  • Weather sealing is not as good as Black Diamond headlamps

Why I Chose It

I got this for basic early morning walks around camp, or even in a hostel trying to find stuff in your bag without waking everyone by switching the lights on.

I chose the rechargeable version because it’s also compatible with regular AAA batteries if you’re caught without a charge.

It’s lightweight but not super weatherproof so if there’s heavy rain maybe put it away for a bit.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

I’d highly recommend this headlamp for 9 out of 10 people and definitely for the average traveller who does a bit outdoors.

The other brand I would recommend for travellers is Black Diamond, the following is the model I was about to buy before I decided to get the Petzl rechargeable headlamp.

 

Black Diamond Spot 325

The reason I nearly got that is because it is waterproof. You can actually submerge it (not that I would) up to 1m deep.

Black diamond also have some really powerful options but the Spot model was nice and light weight and it would never break on you.

I read some bad reviews of Black Diamond’s own rechargeable headlamp though which is what led me to Petzl.

Filtered Water Bottle

GRAYL GeoPress 24 oz

Pros

  • Filter dirty tap water
  • Use less plastic bottles
  • This design allows you to filter water and poor it into a camelbak because it doesn’t need to pass through a straw
  • Very solid build

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Large sized water bottle takes up a bit of room

Why I Chose It

These are for those who go off the beaten path or those who are environmentally conscious.

I fall somewhere in the middle of the two. Although water is cheap as chips in areas like Southeast Asia where the tap water can’t be drunk, it’s also something you need a lot of, and it creates a ton of plastic waste.

I use this and carry a spare filter, I can simply fill up from the tap and drink for free and eventually it should pay for itself as well as lessen my contribution to plastic waste.

Beware that this is a hefty bottle in size and weight but it should never let you down. When the filter goes bad it stops passing water so you’ll never accidentally get sick unless you don’t filter properly.

Great water bottle and to me is totally worth the weight.

This bottle can be used as a normal bottle from free water refill stations. 

Just make sure you only put clean water in the bottle if you decide to skip the filtering otherwise you defeat the purpose of it all.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

I would recommend this to you over other water bottles because of the fact that it passes water through which can then be shared with anyone or poured into any thing.

Carry a spare filter that you replace as you install it so you always have one spare.

The filters last a long time, they can be cleaned as well. If not this bottle then consider the following.

 

Lifestraw Go Water Bottle

This is one of the most trusted brands, but of course the filtering only works through the straw. However you will dave a bit of weight and size in exchange.

The lifestraw uses two stage filters, one of which doesn’t have a long life, but the bottle can be used with only the one filter safely, with the other being mostly to modify taste. I’d recommend only replacing the one filter once the two run out.

Towels

Sea To Summit Tek Towel (x2)

I travel with two different towels, one is a little larger than the other, both are lightweight microfibre.

I don’t have beach towels or anything like that, some hostels offer them, otherwise just drip dry and shower when you get back to your accommodation.

Sunglasses

Rayban Polarised RB 4165

This is my preferred style of Rayban.

I can tell the difference in quality between these and cheap sunnies you buy from the street vendor or even from some surf shops. You can carry an extra pair if you want to have a cheap pair for the beach for example.

I look after these because they are so much better for me than cheap ones, so I find it hard to ever switch back.

Passport Wallet

Pacsafe RFID V150 Passport Wallet

I didn’t buy this due to the RFID. RFID protection, while it does work, is not something you need to protect yourself against.

I bought this because it hangs about my neck, holds my two passports, a lot of the spare cards that aren’t in my wallet (I like to split them up) and my International Driver’s Licence.

It’s handy for going through airports and having a central container for all the stuff you need, as well as holding your own pen for customs declaration cards and what not.

Multi Tool

Leatherman Skeletool

Although I do have one, most people probably don’t need one. For me it was more a case of wanting to be prepared for the curve balls that you sometimes face.

However I find it is often used to open packages or bottles more than anything truly inspiring. I went with this model as it is a little bit more stripped back, cheaper, and lighter than the top of the range tools on offer.

Locks

Pacsafe Retractable 250 (x2)

I got these as a way to lock up multiple zips on my camera bag at the same time, as opposed to buying four locks and having them hanging everywhere.

The design of some bags makes it hard to lock them, but this fixes that issue so long as they have good metal zippers with large enough lock pass-through points.

The other benefit of these is that you can lock your bag to a bed post or to another bag to make it less tempting for thieves to steal.

 

Master Lock Small Combination Lock (x2)

I then carry a handful of these for when I am checking in my bag or leaving it in a spot in transport where I can’t see it. These fit through the dedicated locking loops of bags that are designed to have them.

There is one zip on my camera bag that I never use so it permanently has this small lock on there so it can be forgotten about.

 

Master Lock Large Combination Lock (x1)

Lastly I carry one of these for hostel lockers. I much prefer to have my own lock on there even when one is provided.

This lock is a little beefier than the small ones.

 

No locks guarantee your stuff is safe!

Keep in mind that these are mostly deterrents for the opportunist thieves, if a thief wants to break your lock he probably can in a number of ways.

  • If your bag is cable locked to a pole, someone can just cut the bag strap and take your bag.
  • The small combination locks can be figured out by a method of pulling on the lock and feeling for the combo by those who know what they’re doing.
  • Hostel locker doors can sometimes be broken into by breaking the door without needing to touch the lock.
  • Locks can be broken using leverage applied sideways to the locking arm with two spanners.
  • TSA approved locks can be opened with a key that people can make from 3D printers.

Don’t let it scare you, it’s still better to have the locks for sure, but be careful what you leave around and who you leave it with.

Travel Clothesline

Nasdom Travel Clothesline

The brand doesn’t matter. Get something with good reviews and avoid anything with suction cups!

Suction cups are not strong enough, you want hooks so that the line is attached to itself and wrapped around something strong.

Your clothes last longer if you hang them to dry instead of putting them in a tumble dryer.

Dive Computer

Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer

This is for diver’s only and relatively beginner ones at that.

It’s not the most advanced or expensive but it’s an easy to use intuitive dive computer.

It will help you keep track of your dives, so you don’t exceed your limits when you dive with different dive companies in a short period of time ,all with a brand new rental watch that is unaware of your recent history.

Packs away small and will be very handy if you dive a lot and have flights to catch or are unsure of how long your next dive should be.

More advanced diver’s should look elsewhere.

Earplugs

Mack’s Ultra Soft Earplugs

Self explanatory. If you stay in hostels, or go on noisy transport then these are little life savers.

You can also get reusable ones as well that take up no space whatsoever in your bag.

Mosquito Repellent

Repel Sportsman 40%

The best protection is prevention.

Anything over 40% is mostly a waste as you don’t get any extra protection it just lasts a little longer. However you should be reapplying with activity so 40% is the sweet spot here.

No it’s not bad for you if applied correctly.

Apply sunscreen before applying repellent.

For more information on mosquito repellents, avoiding bites, and information about malaria, check out my guides for Southeast Asia or South and Central America.

Hand Sanitiser

Purell Hand Sanitiser 4 pack

Even if you don’t use this at home in your day to day life, it is important to use when overseas in places with less sanitary conditions.

I am not one to be OCD when I’m at home, but when I travel I carry hand sanitiser. There are a large amount of awful diseases that you want to try and avoid.

Everything else not worth writing about that you might forget

  • Beaard trimmer.
  • Sunscreen / Zinc.
  • Tweezers.
  • Nail clippers.
  • Medication (Malaria, Diarrhea, Antibiotics).
  • Document protector (for A4 paper prints of visas, flights, accommodation etc).
  • International Driver’s Licence.
  • Immunisation handbook.
  • Scuba diving log book.
  • Pens.
  • Passport(s).
  • Deodorant.
  • Toiletries (Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss, Body Wash, Shampoo + Conditioner, Lip Balm, Savlon etc).

I am sure I will or have forgotten something, but I am also somehow sure that this is everything that I pack.

Discussing The List Of Gear Needed For Around The World Travel

 

Alright, so that took me half of forever to write up and find links and what not, so let’s just break it down a little bit. I will clarify some things for you that you might be wondering about.

I have attempted to pre-empt some thoughts that people might have had whilst reading through this, especially those of you who have read the other post about packing camera gear for travel around the world (see the link in the relevant title).

If you have any other questions feel free to leave a comment or get in touch via my contact page 🙂

 

For those wondering why some of the links don’t take them to their local Amazon website

These links will only take you to your local website if your local Amazon store has an exact match. For those of you in America for example, this means that a lot of the links to Kathmandu branded clothing will not work for you, as they don’t appear often with listing in Amazon.

In these instances, I’m afraid I am unable to really assist you, but you can find the products through other means if you really do enjoy what is on offer.

 

 

For those wondering why there were more specific, detailed recommendations in my list of camera gear for travel vlogging

The other list which was all about the gear I used to make videos, take photos and provide content for this blog while travelling the world did have a bit more detail in the recommendations section of each item.

When it came to recommending the gear for others to purchase, I was able to provide much more detailed information based on my own research, as well as a mix of things I plan to buy, or have previously owned.

When it comes to clothing I find this much harder to do.

Without ever trying a certain brand and having that brand confidence, I don’t want to recommend them to others just for the sake of affiliate links sales, like other bloggers seem to do. On top of this, people often find brands that they have good experiences with, who make clothes that serve them well and fit well, but this is different for everyone so it would be dumb of me to try and guess.

Therefore you will see that the only things I could properly recommend were the bags that I had bought and sent back, the shoes that I had worn in the shops and some other things that I had actually considered enough to research when I was looking to buy.

In comparison to the camera gear, my knowledge of clothes is less because they’re not as big of a purchase as a lens or camera. Therefore I research them less, preferring to just try them on in the shops and then buy what is good for me (and usually on sale).

 

For those wondering why certain brands appear so often

You’ll notice there’s lots of Kathmandu gear here.

Do I think they’re the best? No, not even close.

I think they’re an easily accessible brand, who often have large sales on. This is the only time I buy, because otherwise I consider them overpriced. However at 40-60% off they are of great value. They are a brand that has always worked for me, as for some reason they seem to have a really good fit when I try on their items.

There are a lot of companies out there who specialise in active, outdoor style clothing. Some are better at certain things than others for sure, but Kathmandu has always been one of the closest shops to me so are easily accessible, allowing me to take products back if I change my mind. I don’t think everything they make is good though, I’d never buy their bags.

The other company you might have notices a bit of is Peak Design. This is a company that makes great stuff for sure, but I don’t like a lot of what they make either. I think their tripod is so overpriced that it’s a joke, their everyday line of bags have horrible straps, and the rest of the line up is overpriced because of their name.

In saying that though, their travel line (tech pouch, wash pouch, packing cubes) is the most premium set of travel accessories I have ever seen. I truly love their packing cubes, I’d recommend them to anyone, but like anything it’s worth trying to wait until they’re on sale.

I was lucky enough to get it all during the original kickstarter campaign and saved a ton of money.

So yes, some brands appear often, but they’re just the things I like and my honest opinion.

 

 

For those wondering if I own all of the items linked here

I own every single item exactly as linked, except for:

  • The mosquito repellent (I do carry 40% repellent just a different brand).
  • The hand sanitiser (same size travel type but I have a different brand).
  • The travel clothesline (again, just a generic one, but I actually think the linked one is better).
  • The singlets, gym shirts, gym shorts, towels, swim shorts and thermals (I don’t know what the exact names of my clothes are, but I do have a puma gym shirt, nike running shorts, Billabong swimming shorts with pockets and 100% merino wool leggings).

Everything else is the exact item that I own, including the water bottle, the sunglasses model number, locks, dive computer, headlamp and everything that is of more importance.

Those generic clothing items I felt were of such low importance that I didn’t bother getting exact matches, even though they’re very close to being matches anyway.

 

 

For those of you wanting me to define my travel style briefly

Ok. So my travel style is mostly summer based travel, as evidenced by;

  • Rashie
  • Shorts
  • Singlets
  • Shirts
  • Thongs
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • Limited amount of pants and jackets

With a hint of cold weather protection, mostly for climbs or hikes involving altitude, as evidenced by;

  • Beanie
  • Pair of gloves
  • One pair of thermal leggings
  • 2 pairs of pants for the off chance they’re needed

I allow some items that give me the freedom to do a range of activities outdoors so long as they justify their weight;

  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking long sleeve shirts
  • Hiking boots
  • Filtered water bottle
  • Hiking sandals
  • Headlamps
  • Dive Computer
  • Comfortable hiking socks

I am quite an organised person as you can see by;

  • Passport wallet
  • I have 4 packing cubes
  • I have 2 shoe pouches
  • I have 2 toiletry bags

I am not a minimalist as is shown by;

  • A bag with wheels that weighs 4kg when empty
  • TRX suspension trainer system
  • 4 pairs of footwear (although two are thongs/sandals)
  • A mixture of summer gear but still accommodating some cold weather stuff

 

I think that gives a good overview of the style of travel I do, which can chop and change at any moment, but this is where it sits right now.

 

What Did I Want To Take But Didn’t?

 

This is a great question because it goes to show just how much we feel like we need when we prepare a list of gear needed for around the world travel.

At one point or another I considered all of the following items and even tried to pack them into my bag, because I was sure I needed them. I will briefly explain what made me change my mind.

 

Rain pants

I thought I would need these in the extreme conditions of Patagonia on some hikes. Purely as a wind break more than anything. In the end I decided that it was just too excessive a thing to carry for such a long time on the off chance you need them.

You can’t wear them in hot climates when it rains or you will just be covered in your own sweat instead. So these had to go.

 

Down Jacket

I wanted to pack the down jacket that I got as a part of my Talas 3 in 1 jacket (see the rain jacket section above). The fact it came as a part of another garment and fit perfectly with it was hard to overcome. I kept wanting at least one warm jacket, but in the end I couldn’t do it.

It was extremely warm and I have no doubt that I would have used it in South America quite often, but the weight and size of a down jacket, even when compressed, is just too much to carry around for such a long time. It left me having to use more layers whenever I get cold instead of a nice warm jacket.

 

Jeans

My jeans by Boulder Denim are the best pants that I have ever owned. This gave me the unfortunate paradox of both wanting them more than anything, as well as simultaneously being too scared that something would happen to them.

In the end I used some logic, they were too heavy to justify bringing along for the few times that they would be worn. I swapped them out for a lighter pair of chinos that I could also hike in as required.

 

First Aid Kit

I still have medications to stop diarrhoea and such, but got rid of the bandages and all the excess stuff that I’d probably never use for the entire trip.

 

Guitar

I play a bit of guitar, not very well mind you but it is a great outlet and very soothing to have one on hand. I did look at getting a half sized travel guitar for a while as an item of comfort. I do miss playing it, but I know it would have been a bridge too far on days when I was in transit. Even the small guitars are awkward and can slow you down. Again the camera equipment took priority.

 

Hiking Poles

I really wanted to bring a pair of these. For the majority of hikes where you need them, they can be hired. By hiring them though you will end up spending more than the cost of a good set after only 25-35 days of hiking, depending on the price of the rental.

By having my own pair it also would have allowed me the freedom to use them on smaller hikes where they are not offered for rental, which would help protect my knees. In the end though it was just one too many things that could break or get stolen, and they are awkward to pack for transit.

 

Camping Equipment (Tent + Sleeping Mat + Sleeping Bag + Camping Stove)

Believe it or not but I was looking at all of this stuff in great detail, I got the idea when I was checking out the Osprey Xenith 88L bag and begun to romanticise the idea of pitching a tent and occasionally cooking simple meals for myself.

All of this fell by the wayside as my camera gear started to really come into play, I prioritised the camera gear of the camping lifestyle in the end because it was more in line with what I wanted to do.

For those wondering, it would have added between 3.08-3.62kg to my pack depending on my choices. It would have also cost me between $1,075 – $1,875 AUD depending again on the final choices I made. The cost in theory would eventually pay itself off, but this is more common for those backpacking Europe, not many pitch tents in Southeast Asia as it’s not set up for it.

The size, weight and cost was too much for me in the end so I canned that idea.

Things That Were in This List That I Posted Home

 

As you travel you gain a knowledge about your own personal preferences that overpowers all of your pre-travel conceptions and overrules your original justifications for travelling with certain items.

The two items below I have sent home, I have left the text unedited so you can see how I originally justified them to myself, but now I will tell you why I sent them home. This way you can see how things change, and that you will never get things perfect when you are trying to pack for such a long and varied journey.

 

TEVA HURRICANE XLT2:

Although I have no doubt these are great sandals for the average man, for me a major flaw was revealed when I took them on a jungle trek. The two main reasons I sent these home were;

1. ) Although I had bought the right size for my feet, I hadn’t been able to anticipate just how tightly they would need to be strapped down when you begin walking through rivers, and then walking on a trail that has a significant slope or camber.

Due to my skinny ankles and the shoes slippery surface, I had them as tight as can be, but I was still sliding within the straps and I was left with bleeding sores by the end of the trek. That wasn’t much fun at all.

The shoes themselves have good grip on the ground, but the grip of your foot on the shoe is a different story. I can’t complain at all about the manufacture of the shoe, or the strength of the sole. Both of those aspects impressed me. I do think that sandals just might not be for me, instead I will need a water shoe for river crossings.

 

2. ) After that jungle trek I started to wonder if I really needed these at all, considering I could only use them for city walking where the roads are flat, they suddenly seemed to not be justifying their weight, with a pair of them weighing about 550g, it was an easy decision to post them home.

After all, 4 pairs of footwear is excessive and I probably never really needed them, I only wanted them for easy jungle treks through streams and rivers , and the first one I took them on they let me down.

To clarify, I still recommend these to the average person, just be warned if you have skinny ankles that they might cause you issue on the wrong type of trails.

The trail that I took them on was not a serious hike, it was flat and well worn, but there were sections where you were walking on a camber and these were horrible.

They would perform better on a more challenging rocky surface than they do on a smooth surface that is sloping.

 

 

TRX GO SUSPENSION TRAINER:

No issue whatsoever with these, the quality was great and the weight for what they provide is first class. But as the weeks rolled on I realised that it was just sitting in my bag, because I was always looking for gyms to work out in, and therefore never did a workout with the bands.

So it wasn’t that I was too busy to workout, it was that I was enjoying finding different gyms, comparing them gave me an idea for blog posts, and finding them had me walking the streets, which I enjoyed doing because it felt like I was more of a local.

Then as always, you reach the point where you consider yourself a bit silly for ever thinking you needed them, and the weight, although great for what it is, is still 1kg of dead weight, so off they went back home.

 

Travel Sandals

Teva Hurricane XLT2

Pros

  • Good sole for water activities
  • Cushioned back strap
  • Offer toe protection
  • Light weight but strong
  • Won’t come off your feet

Cons

  • You won’t look cool wearing these bad boys
  • They take up more room than regular thongs

Why I Chose It

These aren’t the most advanced sandals on offer by Teva, (the Terra Fi 5 range) but they’re way better than walking in thongs on ground that won’t be flat or that will be slippery.

I took the plunge and got these for hot jungle treks, river crossings and anywhere that doesn’t require my Salomon boots, but is too tough for my Havaiana thongs.

I still use my Havaianas for situations where I want to quickly slip something on and off quickly, or if exploring shopping centres or something low key.

These sandals keep your toes protected, have a much stronger sole with better cushioning and obviously won’t come off or break as easy.

I went with these over the more expensive Terra Fi 5 range because they’re lighter in weight. I tried them both on and thought that if anything was too hectic I’d be in my boots anyway, but the Terra Fi 5 was possibly even more comfortable.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

The only other type of sandal I tried on in the store and considered buying was the next level up from the Hurricane model.

 

Teva Terra Fi 5 Sandals

These things were the bees knees so to speak. The sole had even more cushioning, better grip and the straps wer cushioned all over.

The only reason I didn’t get them was because I didn’t want the weight, which was noticeable in the store, nor did I want to be stressed out about leaving expensive sandals out and having them nicked.

I am not a massive sandals man, normally preferring thongs for their ease of use or shoes when needed. I am growing to love them though in hot climates, or for little day hikes with river crossings, or when walking around on a boat.

If you use them a lot in lieu of shoes then I’d fork out for the Terra Fi model, if not then the Hurricanes will suit you well.

Exercise Equipment

TRX GO Suspension Trainer

Pros

  • Very lightweight system
  • Strong enough for most people
  • Allows you to do a whole new range of exercises that would otherwise be impossible

Cons

  • Hard to find places to use it
  • I don’t trust the door mounting in some places I stay
  • Takes up space and weight in your bag so you need to commit to it

Why I Chose It

Going for a run is one thing but it’s much harder to find any gyms on the go for resistance training. When you do find one it’s normally expensive for one session.

This is TRX’s travel and lightweight version of their renowned system.

The advantages of the straps is that it helps you open up some options to work your back muscles which are harder to target with normal body weight exercises.

It also gives you better options for the core, legs and chest. Not as good as a gym but better than not having it and reducing the number or muscle groups that you can target properly.

My Recommendations To You - (Alternate Options)

I can’t think of another suspension trainer that is specifically designed for those on the go.

I personally like the ability to exercise different muscle groups but it is hard to fund somewhere to hang this overhead to get a proper workout.

Most people won’t bother with something like this and I can’t say I blame you.

If you’re going on a quick holiday you don’t really need to worry, this is more for those who travel endlessly and want to stay fit.

In closing

 

I really hope this has been handy in some way. Not as a list for you to copy item for item but as a way to see what someone else carries and how I justify it all to myself. This might help you get the logical part of your brain firing on all cylinders and assist you in creating your own justifications for what you travel with.

It might make you realise you’re missing something, or have a few items too many (which is probably where I fit in).

Donn’t forget to check out the in depth look into my camera gear and electronics, or for an overall look at what I pack then have a gander at the stripped back list that encompasses both electronics and clothing on the one page.

Good luck with your packing, but trust me, you won’t ever truly know what you need until you’re already overseas 🙂

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