WTM’s Best Travel Gear Guide

| Updated: May 17, 2018
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When it comes to travel gear it makes all the difference to have the right stuff. After journeying through 42+ countries with my backpack, bag, or suitcase I have found what works for me and what doesn’t.

No doubt a huge part of traveling and setting off on adventures is packing quality gear, that’s why I love to find the most versatile, lightweight, compact, and durable travel gear for my trips. Below I’ve included a list of everything I currently use during my trips—and what I’ve been using since I left home a year ago.

Where I've traveled...
Where I’ve traveled…so far.

More than ever I focus on packing versatile and lightweight gear—I never know if my travels will take me on a three-day trek through the Ecuadorian highlands or hitting the cobblestone streets of old European cities. Given that top-quality travel gear is not cheap, it pays to have the right gear on longer trips and being comfortable, safe, and having gear that lasts is always worth the investment in my mind.


This is some of my go-to travel gear that I won’t leave home without and you’ll always find in my bag. I always travel with a combination of travel bags—one for my clothing, one for my laptop and camera, and a light-weight day bag.

carry-on-luggage   duffel-bag   backpack   laptop-backpack   lite-daypack   luggage-lock   money-belt   travel-towel   sunglasses   hiking-shoe   sandal   sun-hat   cap   beanie   scarf   gloves   compression-sack sunscreen



Comfort, durability, and (of course) style is what I look for in my travel clothing. Merino wool is king in my book, but pricey. The bottom line: you don’t need to pack a lot if you have versatile and durable clothing.

t-shirts   sweatshirt   long-sleeve-shirt   travel-pants   jeans   shorts   swim-short   underwear   socks   rain-jacket   down-jacket   down-vest


Of course writing a blog full-time will require more electric travel gear than most. Here is a basic list of what I almost always pack on my trips to keep me connected (but not weighed down!) with the world.

macbook-pro    hard-drive    go-pro    iphone-case    wireless-mouse    earbuds    iphone    mini-tripod    travel-plug-adapter


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