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.
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; badbags.com]
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; kleankanteen.com]
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; rei.com]
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; fjallraven.us]
What’s your favorite piece of travel gear? Let us know below what you can’t hit the road without!