Favorite Travel Gear | The Exploring Yogini

Favorite Travel Gear

Favorite Travel Gear

What you need to backpack the world with.

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Since beginning to travel in 2012, I’ve done a great deal of research on traveling. I’ve studied the perfect destinations, how to travel on a budget, & the best travel gear.

I began my traveling career by purchasing the cheapest gear… After buying the cheapest items to have them later fall apart, I’ve realized that high quality is an absolute definite… And it even saves you money in the long run.

I’ve also bought too many items that were a “must have” only to never use them…
I’m looking at you silk cocoon sheet, hammock, passport fanny pack, & lifestraw.

Well friends, I am here to recommend you my favorite travel gear that considers
minimalism & high quality.
Rest assured, that each product is of high value & quality.

First, when investing in new gear- I compare the same exact products on 3 websites.

First, I look for my gear on Ebay. I find that you can often find the best prices there & often times the item is in bulk.
Following, I browse on REI. I often purchase expensive items from REI because I’m a co-op member. Member’s receive a 1 year, no questions asked return policy. We also are rewarded with a yearly dividend for purchases made throughout the year. If you live near a store, be sure to pop into the store. There you will receive expert knowledge about an item that you’re considering buying. They will also fit you for backpacks, shoes, & other gear… HINT: You don’t have to buy from them to receive this incredible knowledge (amazing, right!?).
Lastly, I am a huge Amazon fan. I love that I can order an item & receive it within two days, buy an item “Used-Like New for a discount, and read & compare reviews.

The links found in this article are “affiliate links” meaning if you were to purchase items through the links, I would earn a small commission. Purchasing through the link is at no extra cost to you & helps support me in my entrepreneurial endeavors.

Even though I give you Amazon links, be sure to shop around.

My Bags

Osprey Aura 65L
Used Since: May 2016
I LOVE my Osprey backpack!
It is super comfy, has tons of support, & lots of room & zippers for easy accessibility.
And what do I love even more?
Osprey has a PHENOMENAL warranty. The company will repair any damage or defect on the backpack regardless of when it was purchased. The warranty is at no cost to you (besides shipping).
Osprey Women’s Aura AG 65 Backpack, Rainforest Green, Small

Osprey Skimmer 30
Used Since: May 2016
Since 2013, I have purchased many daypacks. In 2016, I FINALLY found a daypack that met my every requirement.
It fits your hydration pack + your other gear perfectly.
I love it’s back support, it’s super comfortable to wear for long hikes or city exploring.
The backpack is big enough to hold a DSLR, a jacket, snacks, and whatever else that you feel you may need for that day. Remember, you never have to fill it up if you don’t want to.
With space, it’s better to play it safe- best to have a bigger backpack than have-not.
Plus, see their quality warranty described above.
Osprey Packs Skimmer 30 Hydration Pack – Women’s – 1709-1831cu in Jade Green, XS/S


Dry Bag
Used Since: August 2015
This bag is an essential for heading to the beach or any adventure activity involving water.
It protects your gadgets, gear, & clothes from water & sand.
DrySak Premium Waterproof Dry Bag with Exterior Zip Pocket | Keeps Gear Safe & Dry During Watersports & Outdoor Activities | Rugged 500D PVC with Shoulder Strap & Reflective Trim | 10L Pink


Travelon Anti-Theft Purse
Used Since: August 2014
This anti-theft purse allows you to live in the moment by reassuring that your wallet, cellphone, & other valuables are safe.
It is slash-proof, has a lock-zipper, & protects against electronic pick-pocketing.
Travelon Anti-Theft Cross-Body Bucket Bag, Black, One Size

Must Pack

Packing Cubes & Laundry Bag
Used Since: January 2015
Having a simple & easy way to organize your backpack or suitcase is essential.
These cubes & laundry bag allow you to easily distinguish types of items from one another. You’ll never question again what is clean or dirty. Also, it makes it easier to find the item that’s at the bottom of your bag.
Shacke Pak – 4 Set Packing Cubes – Travel Organizers with Laundry Bag (Aqua Teal)
Microfiber Towel
Used Since: April 2015
These towels are a must for every traveler.
They are thin, easy-to-pack, quick-drying. Bonus, they have many uses (towel for shower, beach, & make for a good blanket on the plane.) They honestly an excellent investment. I’ve carried my towel to over 10 countries & many states.
MyQuest Microfiber Towel, Large 36x63in Beach Size With Case – Premium Grade For Sports, Yoga, Hiking, Travel – Hassle Free – Dark Blue

Hydration Pack
Used Since: May 2015
I love that this pack keeps your hands free during hikes. You also never have to worry about running out of water during your adventures. Adventures= hiking, airplane & bus rides, or exploring cities!
I love the Osprey band because they stand by their quality.
Osprey Hyrdration packs have a one year warranty against manufacturing and material defect.
Osprey 2.5L Hydraulics LT Reservoir


Sleep Mask
Used Since: January 2016
A sleep mask is a no-brainer for when you’re sleeping on bus’, in hostel dorm rooms, or on airplanes.
This mask is excellent because it covers up a great deal of your face so that light cannot enter into your eyelids. It’s Velcro strap allows   you to adjust how tight it is on your face (so that it doesn’t fall off.)
Traveling can lead to a messy sleep schedule, use a sleeping mask to guarantee your zzz’s.
Sleep Master Sleep Mask

Stringed Ear Plugs
Used Since: January 2016
The Shape of these ear plugs make them super comfy and they almost never fall out! The string makes them difficult to lose. These awesome earplugs also protect against sounds unbelievably well!
These ear plugs make sleeping in atypical & loud places much more easy!
Ears Plugs Noise Reducing Hearing Protection For Sleeping, Concerts, Music, Shooting , Construction Work, Motor Sports Racing, Reusable Soft Hypoallergenic Silicone Material Case Cord Earplugs (Blue)

Used Since: January 2015
Attach these to your backpack and forget about them (until you need them.)
They “connect” your backpack zippers together, helping to ensure you don’t get robbed. You can hang your shoes or other items from the clip. During a hike, you can dry your clothes by hanging them from the carabiner.
D-FantiX Carabiner Clip, Aluminum Locking Carabiner Keychain D Ring Carabiner Edc Black Pack of 5



Lowa Hiking Boots
Used Since: May 2015
It’s pretty ridiculous how much happiness these boots have brought me.
The boot height protects your ankles from getting twisted or strained during hikes.
The boot has Goretex which keeps your feet & socks dry while walking in streams.
The thick sole protect from sharp items (rocks, cactus needles, glass) piercing through them.
Basically, these boots are the shit.
Lowa Women’s Renegade Pro Goretex Mid Hiking Boot,Prune,8 M US


Chaco Sandals
Used Since: May 2014
These sandals are the best for any exploring yogini!
The sandals can be easily cleaned after wearing them in mud & rivers. They’re durable & comfortable for wearing all the time.
It’s great warranty makes it a little bit easier to spend a bit more on a pair of sandals;
The Chaco warranty states that if there is a defect in the materials or quality of workmanship, they will repair or replace your shoes.
Chaco Women’s ZX2 Classic Athletic Sandal,Dagger,8 M US


Columbia Snow Boots
Used Since: November 2015
I wear these boots every single day during the winter!
These boots are high-quality & warm enough for the frigid Minnesota winters.
These boots are excellent because they are warm, sturdy, & water-resistant.
Columbia Women’s Ice Maiden II Winter Boot,Black/Columbia Grey,9 M US



Kindle Paperwhite
Used Since: March 2015
I’ve tried bringing real books & even a different type of kindle.
They didn’t last long.
The Kindle Paperwhite is the best because it’s extremely light & glare-resistant to the sun (hello, beach reading!)
It can also carry 1000’s of books, that were purchased quickly, right in your backpack!
Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

Nikon D5200 DSLR Camera
Used Since: January 2015
I have a love/hate relationship with my camera.
I love its stunning photos and learning how to use it.
But it’s big, like super big. I bring it on my trips now, but I may be changing to a smaller camera in the future.
Nikon D5200 24.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera Body Only (Black)


Tamron Lens
Used Since: January 2016
This lens has a longer distance of reach allowing for us to take better photos of wildlife & items in the far distance.
It provides great value for an affordable price.
Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom Lens for Konica Minolta and Sony Digital SLR Cameras (Model A14M) – International Version (No Warranty)

GoPro Hero5
Used Since: January 2017
My fiance and I just upgraded to this bad boy and we are stoked to use it!
On our test run the colors were vibrant & rich.
New characteristics that we appreciate is that it doesn’t require a waterproof housing. We also love it’s digital screen.
GoPro HERO5 Black

GoPro Karma Grip
Used since: January 2017
It’s an investement but it makes our GoPro videos million times better! You can literally record while you’re running and the videos look bomb.com.
GoPro Karma Grip (HERO5 Black) (GoPro Official Accessory)

Lonovo Yoga Laptop
Used Since: January 2017
This laptop is amazing!
It’s super lightweight & thin, making it easy to travel with!
It runs extremely fast & has tons of storage space. This results in work & editing videos to be done quickly & effectively.
Lenovo – Yoga 900 13.3″ 2-in-1 Touch-Screen Laptop – ( i7 Processor, 16GB Memory, 512GB SSD, 13.3″ QHD Multi-touch Disply 3200×1800, Win10 )- Silver

For Charging

Anker Portable Battery
Used Since: December 2016
This external battery is super light & relatively thin considering that it’s an external battery.
It doesn’t take very long to charge and then in return allows you to charge your phone at least 3 times on that single charge!
It’s also very reasonably priced & is known for its quality!
I am smitten with it!
Anker PowerCore 10000, One of the Smallest and Lightest 10000mAh External Batteries, Ultra-Compact, High-speed Charging Technology Power Bank for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and More


Outlet Adapter
I don’t own this exact adapter (I wasn’t able to find mine) but these have excellent reviews. A reliable outlet adapter is an absolute necessary for any traveler. This kit comes with adapters for regions throughout the world. It’s a one-stop shop for many trips to come.
Ceptics International Worldwide Travel Plug Adapter 5 Piece Set, Great for Cell Phones, Battery Chargers, Laptops to Work in Most Countries

Digital Energy USB Charging Strip
Used Since: April 2016 
This charging strip means that you can bring less travel adapters with you while you’re abroad.
It also means that if your hostel only has a few outlets, you don’t have to worry about charging all your gear!
It’s a little bit big, but it revolutionized our trip this summer!
Digital Energy 6 Port USB Charging Station and Surge Protector Strip (in Retail Packaging)


ExOficcio Quick-drying Undies
Used Since: January 2016
These undies are excellent for exercise & travel because they are super comfy, quick drying, & breathable.
You can wash them in your sink at night & they will be dry by the following morning! 
ExOfficio Women’s Give-n-Go Lacy Bikini Brief, Black, Medium

Rab Winter Jacket
Used since: January 2013
A few years back, I was sick of the freezing Wisconsin winters. I was on a hunt to find a durable, compact, and most importantly, WARM winter coat. I bought my RAB and I’ve been smitten with it ever since!
Rab Neutrino Endurance Jacket – Women’s Beluga/Peony 16


Rain Jacket
Used Since: May 2013
This rain jacket has traveled all over the world with me. It’s gone on many jungle adventures, & hiked many trails.
I love that it not only keeps you dry, but it keeps you warm during cold storms. This jacket also comes with a pouch to roll it up and pack it away.
It’s a must-pack whenever I go on a trip because you just never know when it’s going to rain.
Trespass Qikpac TP75 Packaway Unisex Jacket, Black, Medium


Arkon Cellphone Tripod
Used Since: May 2016
This tripod is excellent for solo-travelers!
You can easily take your Instagram photos without having to ask a stranger for help.
Note: I have had this tripod leg break after falling. The company offers a 2 year warranty. My new tripod is currently in transit to my home!
Arkon iPhone Tripod Mount for iPhone 7 6S Plus 6 Plus iPhone 6S 6 5S Galaxy Note 5 S6 S5 Retail Black

Camping Spork
Used Since: February 2016
Really, a camping spork?
If  you’re trying to save money by packing your own lunch at tourist spots or staying at a hostel with minimal silverware these spoons are extremely handy!
See? They’re the best.
Tapirus 4 Blue Spork To Go Set | Durable & BPA Free Tritan Sporks | Spoon, Fork & Knife Combo Utensils Flatware | Mess Kit For Camping, Fishing, Hunting & Outdoor Activities | Comes In A Carrying Case

Used Since: August 2014
Multi-use items are excellent for packing!
A sarong can be used as a blanket while on the plane, a towel for the beach, & a swimsuit cover up.
I bought mine many years ago from a local shop in Panama, but here is a similar one that should get the job done.
Whenever I’m heading to countries with beaches, my sarong is one of the first items in my backpack!
Ingear Long Batik Print Sarong Womens Swimsuit Wrap Cover Up Pareo (One Size, Pink Shell)


Memory Foam Travel Pillow
Used Since: January 2015
This 360 degree pillow feels awesome on your neck. It keeps you comfortable while waiting at the airport, sitting on the airplane, or commuting (as a passenger) to your next city! Side note: since it’s memory foam, it isn’t very compact for trips with a ton of commuting & re-packing..
Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow – The Best Travel Pillow with 360 Head, Neck and Chin Support, Grey


Coffee Maker
Used Since: January 2016
Brock and I our coffee prudes. We want good coffee & we like it on our own time. We don’t trust hostel coffee pots, because if they aren’t taken care of properly, they are notorious for mold.
Primula Single Serve Coffee Brew Buddy – Nearly Universal Fit – Ideal for Travel – Eco-Friendly Reusable Fine Mesh Filter – Dishwasher Safe – Red