The Best Gear for Travel
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Travel Gear & Packing Guides
How to Choose the Best Carry-on Travel Backpack for You
The best travel backpack is unique for each person. We break down how to choose your perfect one bag carry-on into 5 easy sections, plus, we include packs like the Osprey Farpoint, GORUCK GR2, Peak Design Travel Backpack, and more! (Updated for Fall 2018)
How to Make the Most of Merino Wool Travel Clothing
From t-shirts & sweaters to underwear & socks—Merino wool is soft, naturally breathable, & stink resistant, making it a magical fabric for travel.
The Best Camera Kit for Your Travels
This guide covers how to choose the best travel camera. Find your best camera for travel whether it’s a smartphone, a compact point and shoot, or a DSLR.
Vegan World Travel Gear Guide
Our vegan travel gear guide is the ultimate way to maintain your diet & lifestyle on the road. From fueling your travels with plant-based meals, to choosing vegan-friendly gear, we cover it all.
Travel Gift Ideas
You could give a bunch of Starbucks gift cards, or you can give friends & family something from our favorite travel gift ideas guide. It can be hard to know what to buy for the travel junkies in your life but, lucky for you, we’re experts in this sort of thing.
Tested Travel Gear
Camera Cubes by Peak Design
The Peak Design Camera cubes give you all the organization, security and features you’d come to expect from a Peak Design camera bag in a small, portable container. We’ve been loving how customizable these things are and how well they integrate with the Peak Design Travel Backpack. Our only complaints are that the messenger mode isn’t quite ideal, and we wish the quick zipper access worked as well as it does on the packing cubes.
Packing Cubes by Peak Design
Between the quick zipper access, compressibility and rock-solid materials, the Peak Design Packing Cubes are easily some of the best on the market. Plus, they come with Peak Design’s signature innovative thinking. We do have a few minor gripes—mainly the lack of other sizes and a small issue with the compression zippers—but overall, we’ve been loving these cubes.
Wash Pouch by Peak Design
The Peak Design Wash Pouch is an innovative toiletry pouch with superior organization that actually works. We’ve been impressed with the way Peak Design has thought through every little feature on this pouch, and it easily ranks as one of the most functional toiletry bags we’ve tested to date. That said, it works best if you can truly fill it to capacity—as it doesn’t compress—and we’ve had some issues with the attached hook.
Tech Pouch by Peak Design
The Peak Design Tech Pouch is not your average tech organizer. This is easily one of the most innovative tech pouches we’ve seen to date, thanks to its superior organization, well-thought-out design, and solid materials. That said, it might not work for everyone as it doesn’t handle large items well and doesn’t compress due to its rigid structure.
V-Neck Tee by Wool & Prince
The Wool & Prince V-Neck Tee is a great option for both travelers and minimalists alike, providing comfort and plenty of wears between washes (without the stink). Although the fit seems slightly larger than true-to-size, this is easily one of the top Merino tees we’ve tested to date. We particularly love the 22/78 Nylon/Merino Wool blend, which feels great and has less pilling compared to other, similar options.
Kanna (Women’s) by Vivobarefoot
For such a lightweight pair of shoes, the Vivobarefoot Kannas are remarkably comfortable and we’ve been impressed with their versatility and packability. While the craftsmanship isn’t the best we’ve seen, they offer a superb option for any one-bag traveler looking for a pair of shoes that won’t take up half their pack.
Pack Hacker Blog
How To Eat Like A Local – With Thomas & Sheena
Thomas and Sheena packed up their apartment, bought plane tickets, and started traveling full-time to discover the best cuisines around the world. They continue to share their love for food and culture with others through Chasing A Plate.
Blending Passion and Work In Guatemala – With Erica Latack
Erica Latack took her passion for international development to Guatemala where she works for an ethical fashion brand to help provide sustainable jobs and more. She continues to discover beautiful corners around the world while using photography to tell stories about the people and communities surrounding her.