Adventure Travel

From African safaris to Indian trekking to Brazilian backpacking, the right gear will make the trip

    Photo: Photograph by Shana Novak

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1. FIRST AID The Smart Travel package, from Adventure Medical Kits, goes beyond mere bandages, with electro­lytes, antidiarrheals, field dressings, a thermometer, and more. $40; adventuremedicalkits.com

2. CAMERA Nikon's new compact 13.5-mega­pixel Coolpix P6000 has an onboard GPS that logs exactly where in the world each photo was taken. $500; nikonusa.com LIGHT The battery slot in Gerber's Omnivore can accept a range of sizes, from standards like AA and AAA to camera cells like CR123. $39; gerbergear.com PURIFIER The slim, 3.6-ounce SteriPen Adventurer uses UV light to kill all the nasties lurking in that hostel tap. $100; steripen.com

3. STUFF SACK Granite Gear's AirVent DryBloc Solid lets you get away with a smaller pack (or more souvenirs) by compressing clothes into a tight bundle while still allowing moisture to escape. $27; granitegear.com

4. PANTS Cloudveil's comfortable Dyno Pant is made from a stretchy, quick-drying nylon twill that resists wrinkles even after it's been stuffed into a pack for a week. $75; cloudveil.com
SHIRT An odor-fighting Cocona-and-polyester blend makes Eddie Bauer's Short-Sleeve Trail Shirt both comfortable and practical on the road. $50; eddiebauer.com

5. PACK With theft-resistant zippers, padded gadget pouches, and a central locking point to secure the main compartment, Eagle Creek's 65-liter Truist is the most traveler-friendly backpack we've seen. Pack, $230; Travel Safe TSA Lock, $9; eaglecreek.com

6. SHOES Your travel plans should never be restricted by your shoes. Our favorite go-anywhere pair is the Merrell Gemini, which has a Vibram sole for rough roads and a waterproof leather upper that never looks out of place. $125; merrell.com

7. SAFE The generous padding in Pacsafe's InnerSafe 19L protects pricey electronic equipment against damage, while the stainless-steel mesh prevents slash-and-grabs when the bag is locked to a secure fixture. $100; pacsafe.com

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