Gear

Taking a minimalist approach to packing makes having the right gear and clothing even more important. Save the jungle-wear for the jungle and leave your zip-off ExOfficio pants at home. It's a balance of form and function. There are other non-wrinkle, quick dry alternatives that won't draw stares in a Paris cafe. Below you will find links to my go-to travel items.  

Osprey Travel Packs

Bags & Packs

My family has converted to Osprey carry-on size packs for virtually all trips. My exception is a carry-on rolling garment bag for purely business trips. The freedom to go up/down stairs, race around train stations, and navigate across cobblestone and dirt paths make these priceless. We have the 3 packs listed below and I like each for given situations but gravitate to the Farpoint 40 as it's the smallest.

* Osprey Farpoint 40 (no daypack included)

*  Osprey Farpoint 55 (daypack included)

* Osprey Meridian Rolling Pack (daypack included)

* Travelpro Rolling Carry-On Garment Bag

Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack (ultralight, packable)

* Eagle Creak Packing Cubes

Eagle Creek Pack-It Compression Sac (I just like Medium, and use for dirty laundry; Small good for children)

Gadgets

One gadget that is expensive and takes up space is actually one of my best travel purchases...noise cancelling headphones. You can be in your own relaxed world, living in a cone of silence with all travel stress melting away. Trust me it's worth it!

* Bose QuietComfort 25 or 35 (wireless) or Sony WH1000XM2 Headset

Portable Phone Charger

* Headlamp or Ultra-Small Headlamp

* Tile Mate  Tracker

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Safety

There is a lot more to safety than a few gadgets starting with situational awareness. With that said, the below items are a good start.

* Tactical Pen (passes TSA inspection)

* Flashlight (small keychain size)

* Trauma Kit

* Emergency Whistle

* RFID-Blocking Money Belt or Sleeves

Sanitation / Toiletries

Not a very glamorous category, but the little things make the difference. 

* Bath Wipes

Microfiber Towel

* Personal Water Filter (a bit large but it works)

* Pill Case (have your emergency meds handy)

* Sleep Sheet

* Laundry Kit

Clothing

Sorry ladies, this is primarily catered to men, although the concept holds true. I try and find travel clothes that I can wear on a daily basis as the benefits of non-wrinkle and wicking still apply.

* Bluffworks Travel Clothes (shhh, they have secret pockets)

* Prana Clothing (men and women)

* Kuhl Clothing (men and women)

* Compression Socks (long, for plane)

* Compression Socks (short, for day use)

* Antimicrobial Underwear