The philosophy I incorporate is simple: be efficient, not smell like a hippie, make intelligent choices, and gear up and be as efficient as I can possibly be. Therefore, we tout the power of wool.
While many people like to travel with fabrics like cotton or other synthetic materials, these fabrics either dry quickly and stink or dry slowly and don’t regulate the body optimally. Wool is designed to be naturally odor-resistant and evaporates sweat quickly once it enters the air, decreasing the necessity of washing it repeatedly. In fact, with wool you have the option to go weeks without washing the materials and they won’t smell when you do as it is naturally breathable so is produced to insulate during any season. Wool also doesn’t wrinkle, which means goodbye to irons. Preferred wools include merino wool and cashmere.
Pants: Wool Jeans / Wool Shorts / Nylon Swimming Shorts
Before, wearing other fabrics for pants meant a noticeable aroma compared to wearing wool. Search for shorts, jeans, and pants on eBay and Amazon, depending on the climate you are headed towards. Another great tip is to stitch a pocket inside for your valuables such as credit cards and cash when traveling abroad.
Underwear: Types to Consider
I now wear Minus33 wool pants, choosing boxers to prevent chafing. I advise two pair to alternate between as you then have the option to wash one as the other dries.
Footwear: Types of Shoes to Consider
Umara-Z Trail shoes are amazing and seemingly one with nature, allowing your entire body to move naturally while simultaneously providing protection against the forces of Mother Nature and other potential hazards. Other barefoot shoes, such as Xero Shoes, give your fingers and feet to spread optimally and are just cool as visually. For colder climates, the VivoBarefoot Gobi II are closed shoes that are perfect for these conditions.
It’s an absolute necessity these days as it is versatile enough to assist in all aspects of life, from booking flights to reading books, checking health, and/or using it as an alarm clock. It goes beyond those aspects as well, allowing you to play music, check maps, Skype friends in other time zones and even work and take photos. The power is literally in your hands.
Deodorant: Crystal Stone / Baking Soda
It’s not sweating that makes you stink, but the bacteria under your arms. A better solution to antiperspirant deodorants is baking soda or a crystal stone, which stops bacteria from growing.
Camera: Sony RX-100 IV
Take DSLR quality photographs with a pocket-sized camera with Sony’s RX-100 IV, considered a breakthrough in modern technology.
Towel: MSR PackTowl Ultralite
A thin, mega-light towel that fits in your pocket and dries in less than ten minutes? The MSR PackTowl Ultralite is perfect for hotels or campsites and gives you the most bang for your buck.
Flashlight: Fenix Flashlight
Perfect in remote areas, blackouts, and camping, the Fenix flashlight is an excellent option to consider in case of emergency.
Whistle: FOX40 Safety Whistle
No matter what the emergency, the FOX40 Safety Whistle ensures that you are heard far and far away. But if you’re a screamer, it may not be necessary.
Soap: Dr. Bronner Organic Magic Liquid Soap + HumanGear GoToob
Comprised of organic materials, this soap is so concentrated that only a few drops are necessary to keep your entire body clean.
86 physical books forever with a Kindle, which is great for traveling and having access to thousands of books on demand.
Headgear: Wool Buff
Use it as an eye patch or as a scarf and more. This is truly one of the most versatile and amazing accessories to add to your travel kit.
If you absolutely MUST bring one while traveling, keep it light and simple with a Macbook, which is lighter and a reliable deterrent of viruses and blue screens.
Bag: Tom Bihn Synapse 19
For longer trips, this bag is ideal if you must relocate for more than a few months at a time.
Optional Winter Additions: Fleece / Down Jacket / Merino Sweater / Merino Hoodie + Marmot Windbreaker
For cooler climates, a merino wool jacket is great for layering as it is effective, lightweight, and a great insulator.
That’s the entire list. Skip travel books and instead research as you and find your path organically. Don’t fret over your clothes as most won’t notice what you were wearing the day before. Armed with this knowledge, now is the time to go out and enjoy your freedom to the hilt!
If you’re like me who loves scuba diving, you shouldn’t forget to bring your scuba mask and other scuba gear.