Do you have a serious case of Wanderlust?
We Do Too.
Once you catch the travel bug, it’s hard to rid yourself of it. We find it’s much better to let it run it’s course and find ways to make yourself more comfortable while your sickness takes you across continents, to the top of glaciers, to secluded islands, and to far away cities.
As much as we hate to admit it, we are minimalists. Of course, if money wasn’t an object, we’d travel with all the latest gadgets and gizmos. But then reality sets in and we realize that if we want to create these amazing experiences now, we have to find the bare minimum that can get us there, keep us comfortable, and allow us to have some fun on a budget.
Here are the Top 10 things we take with us when we travel. They are products that we love a lot. By clicking on the links provided we may get a small commission, but it is at no cost to you (and it helps feed our family so everyone wins!)
This may not seem like a necessity to you, but nothing screams relaxation like a hammock. This two-person ENO Hammock has seen a lot of forests and is fought over with feverish passion between family members. Your mission: find the perfect trees!
Many times on our trip the words, ” I don’t know what we would’ve done without the JetBoil,” have been spoken. Whether we’re in the mountains or by the sea, in a motorhome or in a tent, we don’t go a day without using our water boiler/coffee press.
We also love our GSI Manual Coffee Grinder for our organic, freshly ground, french pressed coffee (yeah, we’re hipster).
These Mountaintop backpacks have hikes many miles with us. For any day hike, these backpacks are great. They are lighweigh and water resistant (not waterproof though). They are also perfect for traveling because they are compatible so you can easily fit it into your luggage.
Our pocket-sized Swiss Army Knife is also great for cutting salami, cheese, or bread at a mid-hike picnic.
La Sportiva Bushido trail shoes are the best trail shoes out there! Seriously, our entire family has matching shoes because the love them that much! the come in both men’s and women’s versions. These shoes are comfortable, have great traction, and are water resistant and breathable. We use these for hiking, running, and rock climbing approaches.
We’re not usually big on designer clothes but we LOVE our Lulu Lemon 4-way stretch shorts. They are lightweight and comfortable for and active life. Any warm weather and we reach for these.
Patagonia Nano-Puff Jackets are our absolute best piece of gear. We don’t go anywhere without the,. WE use them for dawn patrol in san Diego, snowy hikes in Zion, in the pouring rain in the UK, morning rock climbing in Arizona, and everywhere in between. They are super comfortable, warm, and offer a lot of mobility so they are great for being active in cold weather.
For two months when we were tent camping in Norway, Ireland, and Germany, this sleeping pad, REI Cirrus Insulated Air Sleeping Pad, was by far the most comfortable of the seven we has. I comes in two sizes, regular and wide, I recommend the larger one for comfort unless you are packing light.