Here's A List of My Favorite Travel (& Life in General) Gear As of Today
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Tumi Voyager Nadia Sling Backpack
This is – BY FAR – one of my most used purchases to date. I use this bag every time I travel, and almost daily if I am walking around downtown Atlanta.
This bag is the perfect mix of function and style. It is easy to dress up, but not too fancy to dress down. I have taken this thing to 3 Star Michelin Restaurants and put it on the floor in a dirty bar.
It wipes clean easily and the quality of the material and zippers are superb. I have had this for years and it still looks brand new.
That being said – this is an older purchase and it does not look like TUMI sells this particular bag anymore. But, if you are considering a TUMI brand bag and reluctant to pull the trigger because, damn, these bags are expensive, – just get that bag. This one has been worth every penny.
I absolutely love PrAna. The clothes are well made, and they are stylish while being comfortable and functional. Not to mention, I love that this brand strives for sustainability and social responsibility. I also love that they have awesome clothes for people of most body types. I am on the petite side of things (4’11” if you’re wondering) and PrAna makes a lot of their pants with a short/regular/tall inseam option. They also have plus sizes in many styles as well.
I have some of their dresses, shirts, shorts, and small arsenal of pants. Of those items (some of which I will list later) my favorite is the Halle Convertible Pant. These are my go to pants for camping, hiking, and traveling. I have the Halle Convertible pant in 4 different colors now. The main feature of the pants is that the bottom can be zipped off just below the knee to become long shorts.
As someone who is almost always cold, I was hooked after purchasing my first pair. These are perfect for long hikes where the temperature can fluctuate from chilly in the morning, then hot in the afternoon, and back again. They are perfect for switching it up with the legs on while traveling on a plane or train where it may be cold, then zipping the legs off to trek to your lodging or do some sightseeing.
I also have 2 pair of the Halle Pant. The difference here is that the bottom of the pant does not completely zip off to make shorts, the bottom has a concealed strap of fabric that snaps to the lower leg area of the pant so the pants can be rolled into capris and secured into place.
That photo at the top of this page is me hiking in my grey pair of Halle Pants. It was a cold morning, and I knew it wasn’t going to get warm enough for shorts (for me at least), so the Halle Pants were perfect for that day.
Osprey is another brand with a focus on sustainability and high quality products designed to last. I currently own 3 different Osprey packs and love all 3 of them. I have 2 packs which I use more as travel backpacks, and 1 pack that I use for outdoor backpacking. Again, I have had these packs for a while so newer models are available for some packs, but I am sure the quality and function will be the same, if not better.
Another thing I love about Osprey is that they make packs in a variety of fit sizes to choose from apart from the pack’s capacity size option. For example, the Exos pack comes in 38L, 48L, and 58L capacity choices, and once you choose which capacity you would you like, you can select from small, medium, or large fit.