The Best Travel Gear Every Adventurer Needs

Consider this your packing checklist


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These are the tools you need to see more, do more, and have more fun.


(Courtesy Patagonia)

Patagonia 60L Black Hole Duffel Bag ($129)

Everyone should own this indestructible, water-resistant gear hauler, and the 60-liter size is perfect for just about any trip.

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(Courtesy Eagle Creeek)

Eagle Creek Tarmac Carry-on ($299)

This roller has burly oversize wheels and integrated straps for attaching extra bags and outerwear, which makes navigating crowded airports a breeze.

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(Courtesy Gregory)

Gregory Border 25 Day Pack ($120)

Access to this pack is easy, thanks to a clamshell opening, designated laptop and tablet sleeves, a hidden security pocket, and an internal mesh divider.

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(Courtesy Fjällräven)

Fjällräven Pocket Cross-body Bag ($40)

The Pocket is large enough for essentials like your phone, wallet, and passport but slim enough to be worn out of sight under your jacket.

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Digital Tools

(Courtesy Ultimate Public Campgro)

Ultimate Public Campgrounds App ($4; Android and iOS)

This app has over 39,000 campsites across the U.S. and Canada, so if you can’t find one you like, it probably doesn’t exist.

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(Courtesy Lonely Planet)

Guides by Lonely Planet App (Free; Android and iOS)

Classic Lonely Planet insider information combined with beautifully designed maps that you can download to your phone for offline use.

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The reservation site stands apart by letting you book bus and train rides with your accommodation in certain European cities, plus make reservations for restaurants and airport taxis. It also has dedicated sections for campgrounds, tiny homes, and farm stays.


(Courtesy Rainbow Sandals)

Rainbow Single Layer Premier with Arch Support Sandals ($54)

Flip-flops that actually stand up to abuse, with premium nubuck leather, triple-glued midsoles, and double-stitched straps.

Men’s Women’s

(Courtesy Untuckit)

Untuckit Millbrook Shirt ($98)

Meant to be worn untucked, this button-down wicks moisture and stays wrinkle-free even on lengthy plane rides.

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(Courtesy Lululemon)

Lululemon Vinyasa Rulu Scarf ($48)

A clever snap closure means the Vinyasa Rulu transforms easily from a shawl to an infinity scarf to a shrug, making it perfect for the plane, trail, or pub.

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(Courtesy Olukai)

Olukai Pehuea Leather Women’s Slip-on Shoes ($100)

Smart looks, a breathable upper, and an incredibly comfortable washable footbed make this shoe perfect for the long haul.

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(Courtesy Uncharted)

Uncharted Supply Co. Zeus Portable Battery Jumper ($150)

A lightweight car-battery jumper that doubles as a USB charger and flashlight, so you’re always prepared.

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(Courtesy LifeProof)

LifeProof Slam Phone Case ($50)

The company’s slimmest case protects your phone from drops of up to six and a half feet.

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(Courtesy Garmin)

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Smartwatch ($650)

Color topographic mapping and navigation, 12 days of battery life, a heart-rate monitor, and Spotify built in make this the perfect smartwatch for traveling athletes.

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(Courtesy Goal Zero)

Goal Zero Flip 30 Power Bank ($40)

Enough juice to recharge your GoPro five times means you’ll never miss a shot.

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From Outside Magazine, March/April 2019 Lead Photo: ansonmiao/iStock

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