Packing

Top Travel Gear of 2010

I have searched far and wide for travel gear that makes life on the road a little easier. I look for gear that is ultra light, packable but most importantly useful to have. I don’t want to take up precious space in my pack with things I don’t need. After months on the road I can recommend several tried-n-tested pieces of equipment that will help you along your journey. Here my top 5 favorite finds:

Lifeventure Sleeplight 750 Sleeping Bag:

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This highly compressible sleeping bag is barely bigger than a grapefruit, when fully packed down but will keep you much warmer than a sleep sheet. Good from 5 degrees up and treated against bedbugs and mosquitoes, this a great light sleeping bag for backpackers. Its mummy shaped and has good quality zippers and comfortable fabric. Perfect for a good nights sleep.

$85 – Atmosphere Sports

Deuter 28L Futura Day Pack:

A rugged and weather resistant day pack that has a spring steel frame for excellent support, padded chest and waist straps and mesh back panel for comfort. If all this wasn’t enough, its also for a zip away rain cover and a hydration unit pocket. King of all day packs.

$85 – Mountain Equipment Co-op

Prana Tenaya Pants:

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Lightweight, wicking and wrinkle resistant pants that are comfortable and stylish. They are low riding pants that fit true-to-size and come in a variety of colors. They zip off at 3/4 length rather than 1/2 length, turning into a capri style pant. Long gone are the days of akward above-the-knee, zip off, mom-bum pants. Ladies rejoice!

$70 – Backcountry Outlet Store or Mountain Equipment Co-op

The Quick-wick Towel:

If you are still travelling with regular old beach tower, its time to upgrade! These light little towels come in a variety of colors, sizes and materials but all are lightweight, quick drying and a fraction of the size of a regular one. Look out for one that is micro-fibre or antibacterial.

$10-30 – Any sporting wear outfitter

Merino Wool Underwear:

I never thought I’d get excited about underpants, but these lightweight wicking undies are comfortable and anti-bacterial. They are great for long-distance hikes where you may not have a chance to shower or change clothes.

$30 a pair – Mountain Equipment Co-op

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