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.
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)
* Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack (ultralight, packable)
* Eagle Creek Pack-It Compression Sac (I just like Medium, and use for dirty laundry; Small good for children)
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!
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)