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TOM BIHN Techonaut 30 Review: An Elite Travel Backpack?

Searching for your next travel backpack? Read our in-depth review of the TOM BIHN Techonaut 30, which covers its materials, design, durability, and more. I’m a bit of a backpack nerd if you haven’t figured it out by now. I’ve spent more hours (days?) of my life geeking out over bags than I’d like to … Read more
Four types of backpack material: Dyneema, Gridtstop, Leather, and Cotton Canvas side by side

Backpack Fabrics: Understanding Nylon, Canvas, DCF & More

Today, we’ll take a deep dive into the different backpack fabrics and materials that make up modern-day bags. We’ll start by looking at the most popular synthetic fabrics on the market: nylon (Ripstop, Ballistic, Cordura, and Robic), polyester, neoprene, Dyneema/DCF, ULTRA, X-Pac, and ECOPAK. After that, we’ll look at tried-and-true traditional fabrics, like cotton canvas … Read more
Four sets of travel jeans laid out on a wood floor

8 Best Travel Jeans for Men & Women (Stretchy & Comfortable)

The term “travel jeans” might feel like an oxymoron. Traditional denim is stiff, adds considerable weight to your bag, and doesn’t pack well. However, our list of the best travel jeans turns these old-school notions upside-down. With eight stretchy, lightweight, and well-fitting jeans at your fingertips, you can now wave goodbye to old-fashioned denim that … Read more
Hiker wearing a camo shirt and red hat perched on a rock with a titanium flask in his hand

6 Indestructible Titanium Flasks for Camping, Travel & Hiking

Hiding your booze from Johnny Law like a 1920s Prohibition-era rascal just got much easier with one of these best titanium flasks for camping, travel, and hiking. And while Prohibition is over, the devices’ usefulness continues. Unlike those old-timey flasks made from questionable metals, these ultralight, leakproof, durable, and discreet vessels won’t leach chemicals into … Read more
Various van life essentials gear including a stove, Hydroflask, wet wipes, fire extinguisher, power bank, espresso maker, first-aid kit, and more

49 Van Life Essentials: Must-Haves to Raise Your Gear Game

Ol’ Champ, my beloved 2005 Chevy Astro camper van, has taken me through desolate deserts, breathtaking mountain ranges, chaotic city streets, and everywhere in between. I’ve spent months living under its humble steel roof with all I could ever need and nothing more. I know a thing or two about what’s essential when it comes … Read more
Six waterproof backpacks, Breakwater Supply, Zpacks, Patagonia, Matador, EarthPak, and Osprey with drops of water on them in the forest

13 Waterproof Backpacks to Keep Your Gear Dry in 2024

Ever hiked in the pouring rain, eager to change into the dry clothes inside your pack, only to find out they were soaking wet when you finished? We sure have, which is why we created this list of the 13 best waterproof backpacks of 2024. These weatherproof packs will keep you and your gear dry … Read more
12 different travel essentials laid out across a table including a speaker, adapter, water bottle, phone case, and more

18 Simple Travel Essentials for 2024 & Beyond

Whether you’re headed out for a quick business trip, a monthslong world tour, or a laid-back weekend at the beach, our list of 2024’s best travel essentials has you covered. Sure, some necessities are obvious — toiletries, medications, snacks, phones — we know you’ll pack those. We’re here to cover the game-changing items you may … Read more
Three ultralight ditty bags on a wooden desk

Our 8 Favorite Ditty Bags for Backpacking & Travel Gear

The last thing you need when taking a trip is to stress over completely preventable inconveniences. Careful packing and storage planning is a big part of that, so do yourself a favor and check out the best ditty bags to organize your travel and backpacking gear. What’s a ditty bag used for in the context … Read more
Black NEMO Helio XL foot pump camp shower with a camper van and solar panels in the background

11 Best Camping Showers to Stay Fresh & Clean Outdoors

Sure, there’s a rugged charm to that all-natural, musky scent after a long day’s hike. More power to you if that’s your thing, but take it from a seasoned outdoorsman – you’ll have a much more comfortable time out in nature with one of the best camp showers. Life can get a little itchy after … Read more
Ditty bag, packing cube, and toiletries kit laid out across a tile floor

16 Travel Organizers to Keep Your Luggage & Bags Tidy

The best travel organizers eliminate clutter, bring order to your life, and make packing a cinch. If you aim to keep your travel gear organized on the go, you made it to the right place. After all, when you’re dialed in, you won’t panic nearly as much over your passport’s whereabouts. But there’s more to … Read more
Minimalist traveler walking down street in Puerto Morelos, Mexico

My Ultralight Minimalist Travel Packing List for 2024

Executing minimalist travel is simple: Choose a suitable bag that you can carry onto an airplane Fill it with clothing, gear, and other travel essentials Leave everything else behind By doing so, you’ll experience the world feeling light as a feather, unbothered by the burden of unnecessary stuff. I’ve learned the value of minimalist travel … Read more

54 Must-Have Road Trip Essentials + Packing Checklist

I’ve been learning the ins and outs of road trip essentials and perfecting my packing list since I was old enough to get behind the wheel. The open road had me hooked at a very young age and will continue to draw me in for the rest of my days. As an eager teenager, I … Read more

11 Packable Travel Hats for Men [Crushable & Stylish]

Heading out? Traveling in style is easy with with our guide to the best packable travel hats for men. We men carefully choose our headwear to block the sun, cover up our unkempt hair, or to make a fashion statement on the road. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of versatile hats and caps from … Read more
Six black personal item sized bags, backpacks, and duffels sitting against a concrete wall with moss on it

12 Top Personal Item Bags & Underseat Luggage in 2024

As a steadfast minimalist one-bag traveler who avoids baggage fees like the plague, I’m pleased to share with you the best personal item bags of 2024. I’ll admit it: I’m a bit frugal and curmudgeonly when it comes to paying extra for carry-on or checked luggage. The money I spend on my plane ticket should … Read more

7 Best Titanium Water Bottles [Lightweight & Durable]

If you’re a minimalist traveler and ultralight backpacker like me, choosing the best titanium water bottle for your adventures is serious business. The vessel for your precious hydration must be lightweight, practical, and indestructible as it lugs your liquid from Point A to Point B and beyond. Though a touch pricier than a traditional stainless … Read more
Water bottle, journal, sandals, AG1, speaker, sunglasses, pen, headphones, and other minimalist gifts on a table

38 Gifts Ideas for Minimalists [Simple & Practical]

It’s challenging to find perfect gifts for people who already have everything they want. I’m talking about those who choose to live with very few possessions. To keep your gift out of their white elephant dumpster, here are a few tips on the best gift ideas for minimalist men and women. Before we dive in, … Read more
Three sets of men's travel shoes resting on the bumper of a van

16 Tried-And-True Travel Shoes (for Walking All Day)

Smart travelers know the value of great shoes. When you’re on your feet all day — whether it’s hiking a trail or walking neighborhoods in a new city — your footwear can make an enormous difference. That’s why I’m here to report on the best men’s and women’s travel shoes for walking all day. I’m … Read more

The Best Minimalist Backpacks for Modern One-Bag Travel

As a nomad who lives with less, few things get me fired up like simple one bag travel while donning my minimalist backpack. The feeling that overcomes me knowing everything I need is gently resting on my shoulders as I get to know a new place is simply exhilarating. But fitting my travel essentials comfortably … Read more

Polyester vs Cotton: Which Material is Best for Traveling?

Each day we’re faced with the choice of what to wear to best suit our needs, and this decision becomes even more magnified when we’re traveling.  Catching trains, navigating airports, exploring crowded city streets – the movement of life on the go requires comfort, functionality, and confidence. If you’re reading this article, then you likely … Read more

My Ultimate Carry-On Packing List for One Week or More

I’ve been traveling light and using packing lists for years, and I’ll never take for granted how good it feels to travel carry-on only. Because I’ve seen how miserable traveling with excess can be. But here’s the good news: Baggage doesn’t have to slow us down. Traveling light is a choice. We don’t have to … Read more