Three Simple Pieces of Gear I Can’t Travel Without


I love my MacBook and my Canon SLR — I certainly couldn’t produce this blog without them. The little things rarely get much praise, but can be just as important in making travel an enjoyable experience. Here are three unsung heroes that I’ll never leave behind again.

Belkin Mini Surge Protector/USB Charger — Okay, I admit that I would have never got around to buying one of these before I left. Luckily, I received a freebie at a tradeshow and threw it in my bag at the last minute. I’m glad I did — it allows me to charge my laptop, camera battery, iPhone, and Flip video camera all from one plug. And, it affords me some extra peace of mind when I’m in small villages or on islands where the power comes from gas generators. Link

Pacsafe Anti-Theft Neck Pouch — I’ve always used a money belt in the past, but it felt strange to go digging in the front of my pants every time I needed my passport or credit card. The Pacsafe pouch has a space for my passport and papers, a special pocket for credit cards, and a deep zippered pocket for the emergency reserves. Best of all, the strap has a stainless steel wire built into it, so no one is getting it from me without my cooperation. I wear it under my left arm, holster-style, and accessing my goods is quick and easy. Link

Under Armour T-Shirt — This is the one piece of ‘technical’ clothing that hasn’t been thrown out or returned home. It’s extremely lightweight and breathable and dries faster than any clothing I’ve ever owned. Best of all, this thing is not just ‘wrinkle-resistant’, it’s wrinkle-proof. In hot climates, I can wash it in the sink in the morning, wring the living hell out of it, and then walk out with a just-barely damp shirt that is dry in another 5 minutes. I wish I’d brought several of them. If you can’t find the ‘loose fit’ version (I couldn’t), buy a size larger than usual for a ‘normal’ t-shirt fit. Link

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Michael April 29, 2010 at 8:01 pm

is the Pacsafe neck pouch long enough to carry bills without folding?
we need to sort out how we’re gonna carry our entire trip budget for Myanmar while keeping the bills pristine and unfolded.


wes April 30, 2010 at 6:14 am

this model isn’t tall enough for that, alas. they do have a larger model,however, they call their ticket-organzizer and it looks to be large enough for the job.


Michael May 1, 2010 at 1:36 am

man, I wish I was in Cambodia right now


wes May 1, 2010 at 7:11 am

ps. REI usually stocks these if you want to get your hands on one before buying…

Bill Gillespie April 30, 2010 at 7:03 am

Very cool stuff.


Andi April 30, 2010 at 9:41 am

Oh la la, love the charger! Gonna definitely have to buy that.
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Nomadic Chick April 30, 2010 at 9:52 am

Good call on the pouch. Now I know what to look for in a USB charger.
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ayngelina May 1, 2010 at 1:19 am

Interesting, I don’t have any of those. Although I need to need some sweat resistant t-shirts in Mexico :)
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