My Travel Gear Wish List

We’ve talked in the past about our top travel gear list. For anyone who travels, either full-time or is just a weekend getaway warrior, there are always those few items that you long for on the road. For the last month, as Tawny and I have worked our way back and forth across the continental US, we’ve discussed which travel supplies to take. After all, that’s the hard part. When you’ve only got 45 liters of space for a month of travel and you don’t want to spend the $50 to check a bag, what travel gear makes your list?

Here’s a few items I’ve come to long for in the last few months.

#1 – The Kenu Airframe

way to hold use your smart phone as a GPS in the car

The Kenu Airframe is about to come out at the end of March and I’m dying to get my hands on one. This Handy (or no-handy…) item is perfect for those of us who navigate by our smart phones. When I’m driving somewhere and I want to use my iPhone as a GPS, I don’t want to make Tawny hold it the whole time. The only thing worse than an angry fiancée is one that’s also a double black belt. With the Kenu Airframe I can stick my phone on the dash to use as a GPS, to play Pandora, or to hold the phone when I take a call. No more searching for the headphones with the microphone or asking Tawny to hold the phone to my ear. For an affordable way to make your smart phone a GPS in the car, this rocks.

smart phone holder for car

#2 – A Herschel Backpack

modern adventurer gear

What’s that? There’s a backpack that conjures romantic images of vintage travel and it’s comfortable? Sold. As a travel blogger we have the fun task of needing to carry our laptops and cameras around the world like survey equipment of the 1700’s. To do so, I want something that looks classic but still offers more lumbar support than the Swiss Army backpacks you see at the Army Surplus stores. The Herschel backpack line offers just that. They are not only made of sturdy canvass, but they also look really, really good. To top it all off they have modern padding on the back and a padded laptop sleeve inside. They allow you to truly be a modern cartographer, with all the flash and style of the 1950’s but the function and form of the day.

Captain wants.

travel gear for the modern explorer

 

#3 – A Pelican Hardcase

how to keep your laptop safe while traveling

Sometimes a padded backpack isn’t enough. For those of us who like to get off the beaten path but don’t want to worry about destroying their laptop in the process, there is a piece of travel gear that fits the bill. Pelican cases offer waterproof, crush proof protection for a wide array of electronics. You can throw your laptop in one of these bad boys and not have to worry about dropping your MacBook when you slip in the rain forests of Brazil or when TSA is being a little rough with your bag in the airport security line. Pelican has been protecting the military’s electronics for years. Why not protect your laptop while traveling and give your self some affordable piece of mind?

#4 – Sanuk Shoes/Sandals

water proof shoes for travel

I’m a boot man with white feet that hate the sun. The only thing I love more than a sturdy pair of UV resistant hiking boots is being in the water.

I am a man conflicted.

In short, I’ve been waiting my whole life for Sanuk sandals. Made from recycled yoga mats, these shoes are comfy and water proof. Wear them into the ocean, and then wear them right back out again into the hotel lobby for your board meeting. As you might have guessed, I love to blend style with function. Sanuk delivers on both accounts. Here you have a piece of footwear perfect for travel: comfortable, sustainable, environmentally friendly, and fashionable enough to make a man proud. Even cooler, they have pockets on top to stash things like keys or cash when you’re in the water! Boo yah. No more trying to decide weather to pack sandals or shoes with your last liter of space.

Tawny’s had her eye on the Sanuk trippy toes.  Light, airy, and perfect for the perpetual traveler and fashionista.

sandals for people who hate sandals

 

#5 – The Ego Submarine

mini submarine

No, I don’t have any idea where I would put it. No, I don’t care. Almost as cool as the SeaBreacher dolphin submersible I lusted after not too long ago, the Ego Submarine offers the modern seafarer a luxurious way to see the denizens of the deep. Not only would it be the ultimate date mobile, but it would make an awesome rental item at any water sports hot spot. The Ego reaches a max speed of 3 knots and is easy enough to pilot for even the most amateur of navigators. It’s also entirely electric, so you can get up to 8 hours of environmentally friendly fun. One part party boat, one part “The Hunt for Red October.” This semi submersible has three panoramic windows that drop into the water and give you an incredible way to see the ocean. If I could only figure out a way to attach laser tag torpedoes to one, I would be pulling out the credit card tonight.

 

personal submarine travel gear

 

Underwater laser tag

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15 Comments

  1. @mrsoaroundworld
    February 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    need to check that out the GPS (or sat nav ha ha) thingie! And the submarine, obvs!
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  2. Leah Travels
    February 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    I’ll take the backpack and the submarine.
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  3. Angela
    February 27, 2013 at 6:41 am - Reply

    I definitely want that submarine! How awesome is that thing!
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  4. Sara GowithOh
    February 27, 2013 at 9:22 am - Reply

    I WANT the ego submarine! Oh dear how have I survived without it so far?! I also liked the pickpocket proof pants you tried the other day!

  5. Fiona
    February 28, 2013 at 5:45 am - Reply

    I totally want that backpack , so vintage and cute, yet it has substance to it:) And wow I can imagine the Ego Submarine would be an amazing way to see Croatia or the Greek islands…
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  6. Sofie
    March 1, 2013 at 12:53 am - Reply

    While the backpack looks amazing, I would SO sign up for a ride in the submarine!
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  7. Pola (@jettingaround)
    March 1, 2013 at 7:58 am - Reply

    I’ll take the submarine, thank you! 😮
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  8. Kieu ~ GQ trippin
    March 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    That backpack is so cute! But I’m totally diggin’ the submarine!!!
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  9. lola
    March 2, 2013 at 7:05 am - Reply

    submarine for the WIN! yeah…everyone else can go below deck while i’ll be busy hanging out up top getting a suntan. 🙂
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  10. the lazy travelers
    March 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    we’ll take one ego submarine. merci beaucoup.
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  11. D.J. - The World of Deej
    March 3, 2013 at 5:23 am - Reply

    Cool list…didn’t expect to find a backpack and a submarine here. Speaking of the backpack, I really want one now…
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  12. The World Wanderer
    March 3, 2013 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Love the backpack, shoes, AND the submarine…for obvious reasons. Great list!
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  13. Traveling Ted
    March 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    These are all very handy, trendy, and super cool devices that have value and can be used by the traveler. I think I could get by without the submarine though.
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  14. Meridith
    September 21, 2013 at 11:51 am - Reply

    I thought that when my husband and I got our RV to travel around and vacation in we’d found the coolest travel accessory ever. Now I have to amend my statement and say that it’s the coolest one on LAND, because that Ego Submarine looks like so much fun!

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