The Quintessential Guide to the Best Travel Gear

The Quintessential Guide to the Best Travel Gear

Since I have to carry everything that I buy, I've had to learn how to travel pretty minimally, which means the things that I do buy are exponentially more important to me. It's taken me a few years to learn what the best travel gear is, mostly through trial and error.
The Ultimate Guide to the Best Travel Gear

My travel gear works for me, but it may not work for you. Because I travel so often, and because I don't want to be replacing my gear every few months, the quality of what I choose to use is of utmost importance. Cost is the next determining factor, but I think you'll find that the items I use are pretty reasonably priced.

I travel with two bags—one on my back and one on the front. This also means I travel carry-on only everywhere I go. For more information on how I pack, and I how I get away with never having to check a bag, you might like this post on how I travel carry-on only.

Travel Gear

It's not easy figuring out what to carry, and what to carry it in. Aside from my clothes and my toiletries, this is almost everything I own!

Osprey Farpoint 40LOsprey Farpoint 40L

The Osprey Farpoint 40L is, in my opinion, the best all-rounder backpack for travel. The best part? It's sized for carry-on only!

 Pacsafe Camsafe V17Pacsafe Camsafe 17

This is a camera bag, which I use as my secondary "personal item" on airlines. If you don't have a camera, Pacsafe makes other great bags that aren't specifically designed for them.

 ExOfficio Storm Logic JacketExOfficio Storm Logic Jacket

This jacket by ExOfficio is the penultimate travel jacket. It's lightweight, warm, has tons of pockets inside, and even rolls up into a travel pillow for those long-haul flights.

ExOfficio Rain Logic ParkaExOfficio Rain Logic Parka

A rain parka that I've fallen in love with. It's a lightweight shell that keeps you dry!

 The North Face HedgehogThe North Face Hedgehog Hiking Shoes

I've owned the same pair of hiking shoes for eight years—these ones! They've come all the way around the world with me and haven't fallen apart yet.

 Saucony Kineta RelaySaucony Kineta Relay

These lightweight sneakers are perfect all-rounder shoes for travelers, especially because they collapse and barely take up any room in your bags!

 Zero Grid Travel Compression BagsEagle Creek Compression Sacs

The secret to traveling light? Compression sacs! Suck all the air out of your clothes and you'll fit more stuff into a smaller space.

 Pack It Sac SetPack-It Sac Set

Keep yourself organized with these see-through travel sacs. Great for organizing cables, toiletries, or whatever other random junk you have rolling around your bag or suitcase.

Zero Grid Travel Dopp BagZero Grid Travel Dopp Kit

A no frills travel dopp kit that's waterproof! Believe it or not, that's a hard thing to find these days.

 Cord Tacos by thisisgroundCord Tacos

My number one favorite piece of travel gear—Cord Tacos! They're exactly what they sound like: a little leather taco to keep your cables organized.

Hide your cash in a money belt when you travelActive Roots Money Belt

No need to worry about getting pickpocketed when all your cash is stashed away in this discreet money belt!


Running a travel blog means I have to travel with slightly more/different equipment than most. Weight and size of electronics are big factors, but everything here easily fits into my two bags. What you see below is essentially my mobile office!

Travel Photography

If you're interested in my photography equipment, these are the mainstays of my kit. For some extra photography accessories, plugins, and courses, check out my post on the best equipment for travel photography.

Fujifilm X-T2Fujifilm X-T2

The best camera for travel photography, and what I use to take all my photos. If you're looking for a new camera, check out this post on the best mirrorless cameras for travel.

 Fujinon XF16-55mm f/2.8Fujinon XF16-55mm f/2.8

The elite "standard zoom" with a fixed f2.8 aperture. It's a pricey lens, but if you're serious about your photography, you'll definitely want this one in your arsenal.

 Fujinon XF10-24mm f/4Fujinon XF10-24mm f/4 Wide Angle

Every travel photographer needs a wide angle lens, and this is, without question, the best one available for the Fujifilm X mount.

 Fujinon XF27mm F-2.8Fujinon XF27mm f/2.8

An amazing all-rounder "pancake" lens for Fujifilm X mount cameras. It's so small, if you shoot from the waist, nobody will even realize you're taking pictures. Perfect for street photography!

Formatt-Hitech Signature Edition Travel Filter Kit

A complete selection of some of the most used filters for travel photography, including soft-edge graduated filters and more.

 Breakthrough X4 CPLBreakthrough X4 Circular Polarizer

Get punchier colors and avoid reflections in the water with a CPL filter. This stays on my lens and never leaves!

 Induro AKB0 Adventure Series TripodInduro AKB0 Adventure Series Tripod

My favorite lightweight tripod. It's nothing fancy, but it gets the job done, and it won't weigh you down.

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