My 2017 Gear List
Updated June 7, 2017
Welcome to my new and updated gear list.
I put together the original gear list in preparation for my year long trip around the world in 2012/2013.
I haven't stopped traveling since then, but as I have continued to live out of carry on luggage over the years I’ve been making little tweaks here and there to better suit my lifestyle (you can see my 2016 gear list here) .
My lifestyle morphed from backpacker who stays in hostels to a Digital Nomad lifestyle.
This means my gear shifted to be more suited for looking nicer in a city setting, where working in cafes, going out for dinners and grabbing beers is more common than mountain treks.
Nevertheless, I still travel out of carry-on luggage. I’m carrying more everyday clothing, instead of gear to protect me from the elements. There’s still a focus on high quality, long lasting gear, but the purpose has slightly shifted to fit a different lifestyle.
Currently, I carry enough clothing for a week, and when I’m staying somewhere for longer periods of time I’ll pick up new (cheaper) shirts to give my wardrobe some variation, and then get rid of unnecessary clothing when I hit the road again.
What to Expect in This Gear List
This updated version will show you what I carry now, as well as some tips and things I learned along the way after all the time I have spent traveling long term, as minimally as possible.
As I said, you’ll notice much less cold weather gear compared to the original gear list. If I need cold weather gear I plan on either buying what I need or renting from an outdoor gear shop.
One of the major things I learned from traveling and from numerous discussions on the road with other travelers about their gear choices is: everyone’s different.
People have different interests and travel styles and this manifests itself in the types of gear they choose to bring on their trip.
However, everyone agrees on one thing:
It’s terrible to lug around unnecessary items while you travel.
My advice has always been to pack less. A good metric to shoot for is to keep your luggage to carry-on only.
What follows is the gear and organization working for me and my travel style. It’s a versatile set-up for how minimal it is and it allows me to experience many different activities comfortably.
Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.
This updated list is organized as follows (you can use these links to jump to whatever section is interesting to you):
Hopefully this helps you if you’re getting ready for a trip or if you’re mulling the idea of long term travel over.
If you have any questions or are looking for advice on your travels, feel free to contact me and I’ll help you the best I can.
Also, if this gear list helped you at all, I'd love if you left me a testimonial! It's super easy, just click here (as a thank you I'll share a gif that always brings a smile to my face).
My Irreplaceable Gear
When people ask for gear recommendations these are the items I find myself always recommending and the items I get the most positive feedback about.
If you have any travelers in your life, everything in this section makes a great gift.
Planning on Camping or Hosteling?
Depending on your travel style you can easily get away without the following items, however, if you plan on doing a lot of camping or staying in hostels, these will be your new besties.
I swap them in and out of my gear depending on what I think my year will look like. For example, as of this update I'm traveling the US and living in a van, so these come in EXTREMELY handy.