Travel Gear Every Guy Should Own

Whether I’m heading to NYC for a few days or to the Yucatan for two weeks, there are a few things I can’t travel without. Before you head out on your next adventure, consider adding these urban survival tools to your collection.

My Bag: BAD Duffel #3

The folks over at BAD (Best American Duffel) turn out one hell of a product; I challenge you to try and trash one of these things. Even if you could, every aspect of the bag is guaranteed for life: the rugged, waterproof nylon exterior, the double-stitched seams, and even the beefy #10 YKK zippers. The 47-liter, #3 is perfect for a weeklong excursion and fits most airline carryon regulations. My favorite feature: The compression straps that cinch down to condense large loads. This isn’t your dad’s old duffel. [$90;]

My Bottle: Klean Kanteen Reflect

Klean Kanteen Reflect

Anyone who has had their newly purchased beverage taken at airport security can feel my pain on this one. Do yourself a favor: Go out and buy a dependable, stylish, reusable water bottle that you can fill up once you get past TSA. Klean Kanteen, the creators of the first BPA-free metal bottle, have really hit the mark with the 27 oz Reflect. With just three materials: sustainably harvested bamboo, food-grade silicone, and stainless steel, the Reflect is a durable, eco-friendly alternative that’s sure to turn heads. [$32.95;]


My Brush: Aurelle TOOB

Aurelle TOOB

The TOOB Toothbrush from Aurelle is travel gadgetry at it’s finest. Not only is it a compact, quality toothbrush with a built in travel case, but it stores it’s own toothpaste! In a secret, Jurassic Park style compartment, the TOOB boasts a fillable toothpaste tube that saves money by letting you bring a little paste from home. Replacement brush heads are available for just a few bucks, meaning your TOOB will last many an adventure. [$5.75;]

My Pack: Fjallraven No. 21

Fjallraven No. 21

 The 31-liter No. 21 Large Rucksack from Swedish based Fjallraven is the perfect pack for everyday use in town or trekking through the Andes. The No. 21 is built with sturdy G-1000 Heavy Duty fabric and leather straps to give it an awesome throwback look. Under the flip-top lid, the pack boasts pockets for your laptop and water bottle (maybe a Klean Kanteen like over there). The outside is coated with Greenland wax for eco-friendly water resistance. [$200;]

What’s your favorite piece of travel gear? Let us know below what you can’t hit the road without!

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