It’s almost that time! I cannot believe that after eight months of planning, saving, researching, stressing, and daydreaming, my trip is about to begin! Before I flood these pages with photos of natural wonders and delicious eats that I plan on viewing and consuming, I’m going to share with you a few must haves that I’ll be utilizing during my travels.
You can’t view natural wonders, less hike to them, without some awesome hiking boots. That’s where the Keen Targhee II Mid Hiker’s come into play. They’re light weight, waterproof, slip proof, and come in a variety of colors. I purchased mine at Gander Mountain but you can get them at just about any outerwear store or on Amazon. Besides running up and down the stairs at home and power walking around my house (that’s how everyone makes sure shoes fit-right?) I haven’t taken them for a test drive. Once I take my first hike in them I’ll be sure to report back!
Boots can only be so comfortable san socks, which brings me to my next must have. I found these Seoul Story Dry Cushion Performing Socks on Amazon in a four pack. They’re the perfect thickness and feel nice and cushy. They have moisture wicking properties that should help keep my feet from getting too hot (TMI?) and hopefully that means they’ll dry fast too since I’ll be wearing/washing them constantly.
Where will I store these socks and boots you ask? Well, my lightweight Delsey Spinner Carry-On of course! (Do you like my mock infomercial tone? I’m amused). Seriously though, this thing has a bunch of compartments (even a plastic one to store my toiletry bag incase things get bumpy in-flight), has the four spinner wheel feature so I don’t have to drag it all over the place, and it’s seriously so lightweight- I cannot stress that fact enough. Bonus, I got it at TJMaxx and it was like $70 bucks. Bam!
Besides the handle to pull it and the standard side handle, there’s also one in between all four wheels so it’ll be really easy to lift and slide into the overhead compartment. Lastly, it comes with a built in lock which is great not only at the airport, but also when out and about while staying at Airbnb’s. It’s more discrete then an external lock and it’s one less thing I have to remember to buy.
Speaking of out and about, this is the backpack I chose as my “personal item” to carry on flights and for my day hikes. It’s by eBags and it’s the, (brace yourself) TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible Junior. Say that three times fast! The only difference between this bag and the non-junior is that the non-junior has another zipper compartment on the bottom of the bag where you can separately store a pair of shoes or just another change of clothes. This bag is lightweight, water resistant, and will fit under the seat in front of me on flights! I found it surprisingly difficult to find a good quality backpack that wasn’t half my size, but this one seems just right.
The straps on this bag are super plush and adjustable, and it even has a waist strap. I think these features will save me on long days so I’m not left with an achy back and red marks across my shoulders. If you don’t want to wear it as a backpack you can also carry it briefcase style using the handle on the side. If that option doesn’t appeal to you, there’s also a detachable side strap so you can wear it as a duffle bag! This would be a really great bag for light travelers during a backpacking trip because it actually opens up like a suitcase and has similar compartments. This wasn’t a must feature for me but I thought it would be useful in the future and help make make the most of my minimal space. What was a must for me you ask? I wanted to make sure my laptop was safe and no one with any wise ideas could snag it off my back. Your laptop is actually stored in the zipper compartment you see above where the straps are coming from, meaning the laptop is flat against your back and not in a compartment that someone can unzip without your knowledge. My only concern is how comfortable that will be, but I think a hand towel between the laptop and the lining of the bag could remedy that if needed.
The last item I’ll be sharing with you today is the wallet I chose for the trip. The number one concern for me in purchasing this item was that it’s RFID safe. RFID is the technology thieves use to scan your credit cards and passport, obtaining your personal info, thus making you more susceptible to identify theft. Thanks, but no. This one is the W100 model and also has a detachable strap that you can use to hook it into your bag so that it doesn’t fall out, or get snagged.
The maker of this wallet is Pacsafe but I purchased it, along with my backpack, on eBags website. If you’re in the market for travel bags, wallets, etc I would definitely check out their website. They sell their own line of items along with many other well known brands and offer a variety of options at a wide price range. Also, if you make an account with eBags you earn points that will give you discounts on future purchases!
If you have any questions on these items, I’d be happy to provide more details! I hope this post has helped you in your quest for travel gear and I’d love to hear about any future trips you have! Also, if anyone already owns any of these products, I’d love to hear your thoughts and see how they worked for you.
*This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own and I personally purchased each item.