We are extensive researchers. It takes us hours, sometimes days, sometimes months, to find products that we like. As minimalists, everything needs to be perfect. Even better if it serves a dual purpose. Everything on this list below is the result of a ton of research and trial and error to find the perfect products. If we don’t like a product, we will not include it on this list.
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PACKING AND LUGGAGE
Michelle’s 46 Liter bag is perfect for camping/backpacking for a couple days, as well as traveling for a week or longer. Osprey’s lifetime guarantee on all products makes it even more worth it. One great feature is a whistle on the chest strap, an important safety feature for any traveler or backpacker. Read a Review.
This bag has plenty of anti-theft features that haven’t been put to the full test by us. However, it’s stood up to being dragged across a cave floor with nary a scratch. For it’s small compact size, it can hold a surprising amount, enough to get through the day.
Angel’s 44 liter backpack is part of a modular system. Using molle webbing, he can attach additional small packs based on his needs, and all of these are also compatible with his daypack as well. The thermoformed pocket protects fragile items that we don’t want to stuff in the main compartment.
Angel’s sling daypack uses the same molle webbing allover it, so he can attach additional pouches when needed. The sling shifts forward when needed to reach the backpack, but stays secure on your back when hiking or biking.
Molle EMT and H20 Pouches
These pouches attach to either Angel’s daypack or backpack. He uses them for water bottles, our backpacking kitchen, and an extensive first aid kit. When the whole daypack isn’t needed for a short day hike, it’s possible to attach the water bottle pouch and the first aid kit to a belt or strap.
Our packing situation would be a disaster without these. Packing cubes make packing much quicker and more organized. The eBags packing cubes come in small, medium, large, and slim. For each of us, a medium cube and a slim cube each contains all our clothes.
In Costa Rica, our boat broke down on Lake Arenal and we were told we would have to swim. We decided to add dry sacks to our packing system for this trip. They work to protect our electronics in case of a torrential downpour (we just keep them in our daypacks). We’ve been using them for bikepacking as well. This sack expels air out the bottom, making the system more compressed.
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CAMPING, BACKPACKING, AND TREKKING
We found this tent in a hurry at REI when we realized our old tent wasn’t working for us. So far, we are satisfied. This tent packs up small and sets up quickly. We really like the covered porch area and side gear vestibules on this tent.
Any hiker should always carry a headlamp. You never know when you are going to want to stay out to watch the sunset, and need it to find your way back along the trail. Any traveler should consider carrying one as well, since the hands-free tool is much easier to use than a flashlight, and is super small to pack.
Camp Stove and Cook Set
This camp stove was only $10 when we bought it. Now it’s even cheaper! Paired with the Stanley Adventure Camp Cook Set, we were able to create a useable but super inexpensive kitchen setup. Angel carries our cook kit, fuel, and two sporks in one of the Condor H20 Pouches.
There’s no reason to buy bottled water ever again. Instead, we each carry a Nalgene, and pack a SteriPen everywhere we go. Water purifies as you swirl the SteriPen around in the bottle. We’ve used it while hiking and backpacking in the backcountry many times, and now, we will test its abilities as we travel from country to country.
We’ve discovered that Prana makes some of the more attractive technical pants on the market. We each have a pair of pants made from their stretch “Zion” fabric with DWR finish. The Halle pant for women and the Zion pant for men are stretchy enough for climbing, quick drying for sweaty hikes, and still look fashionable enough for a day in town.
When it comes to pretty much any outdoor activity, wool makes us happy. Wool is the great high-performance fabric that wicks sweat and keeps odors at bay. They are far more attractive than synthetic performance fabrics, so these shirts are also perfect for city days. We each feel extremely comfortable in our wool tee shirts by WoolX.
Michelle found her pair of Ahnu Montara boots on super sale, Angel received his Ahnu Coburn boots for review. We have both been pleased with the performance of these boots, which are heavy duty but attractive. They work well in the outdoors as well as days we spend in the city. We’ll be enjoying them for quite a while.
Down Alt Jackets
The North Face Thermoball and Patagonia Nano-Puff Hoodie are two examples of Down-Alt jackets that keep you warm when neccessary and stow into their own pockets the rest of the time. They are both lightweight enough to keep us warm when there is just a slight chill in the air, but heavy duty enough to keep us nice and toasty when paired with a technical baselayer.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO FOR ADVENTURE
Sony A6000 Cameras
Before we left, Angel sold his much heavier DSLR and we agreed to switch to a mirrorless system. We each have an A6000, and share a couple lenses. These cameras are light and small, but still high quality. They are perfect for travelers who are already skilled photographers, and amateurs who want to learn new skills. The Sony microphone that Angel uses is a great small microphone option for this camera.
Between the two of us, we carry three lenses, a 35mm f1.8, 10- 18mm f4 wide angle lens, 18- 105mm f4 zoom lens. This is the perfect compact system for pretty much any situation we may find ourselves in.
Angel stumbled upon this tripod on amazon right before we were about to buy one that was twice as expensive. It packs up small, and the best part is that it becomes a monopod as well. This was a feature of Angel’s old tripod that we didn’t want to give up. The tripod, while small, is super sturdy.
GoPro Hero 3+ Silver and Accessories
By now, everyone knows what a GoPro is. This little camera is necessary for a lot of the action shots in our videos. The accessories are what really make or break this camera’s performance. We round out our GoPro kit with a chesty and jaw flex clamp and gooseneck.