Travelers are obsessed with gear, and I’m no exception. I love my Minaal backpack and my folding yoga mat and my hanging toiletry bag (and the 5 ziplock bags I always have with me), and I REALLY love my Macbook Air, but if I had to grab 5 things and make a run for it, I would choose…
Unlocked smart phone: Of course it’s great to have my laptop and iPad, but an unlocked phone with a local SIM card gives me more options (if the wifi goes out, I can still send an email) and is a lot easier to carry. I’ve rarely had to do real work on my phone, but if it was a Sophie’s Choice moment, the phone would probably beat the laptop.
Messenger bag: I am a big fan of this bag from Brooklyn Industries. It’s big enough for my laptop but small enough to conceivably double as a purse. A lot of people travel with a daypack, but I’m just a lot more comfortable carrying this. It’s small, which keeps me from packing too much stuff, and mine is kind of old and dirty and ripped, which I think gives the impression that there’s not much of value in it.
Kindle: After I just went on and on about how my phone does everything, I have to say, this Kindle has changed my life. I got it when I realized that reading on my iPad gave me insomnia. I got this adorable case which makes it a bit bigger, but I’m more comfortable that when I break out my “composition book” in public people won’t be like “LOOK AT THAT GIRL WITH THE EXPENSIVE ELECTRONIC!!!”
Running shoes: I wrote about my nomad gym last week, and I love having all that stuff, but if the house was on fire, I’d just grab my kicks and figure it out.
Sarong: I also have a great travel towel from REI, but this is a bit more multi-purpose. I’ve used it as a skirt, a dress, a scarf, and a shoulder-coverer, as well as a towel and, in a pinch, a sheet.
Hmm. It was pretty inspiring to write this. Maybe I’ll try taking a trip with just these things and see how it goes.
What would you never leave home without?