Travel Gear

Certain products & technologies just make life easier while you’re traveling. Trust us: we’ve traveled the right way, and we’ve definitely traveled the wrong way!

When you’re on the road, the value of certain features like lightweightcompactwaterproof and long-lasting cannot be overstated. Use this page as a resource. We hope it’ll make your travels that much easier!

We’ll always keep it real with you, and we’ll never promote a product or technology that we don’t believe in. If you see it below, then it’s something we use currently or have used recently.

Questions or comments about these products, or other travel-related items? Mention them in the comments below–or email us privately!


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Outdoor gear

Hiking Boots & Shoes:

D's Hiking Boots in Ecuador- Keen Terradora
Keen Terradora Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots: D’s favorite features of her hiking boots: waterproof, high-comfort, and ankle protection. Make sure you get the right size! For pricing, click here.

A's Merrell Hiking Boots Salkantay Trek
Merrell Moab FST 2 Mid Waterproof Boot – Men’s (Panda socks not included): A’s favorite features of his hiking boots: durability, high-comfort, ankle protection, & fit. For pricing, click here.

D's Chacos Banos Ecuador
Chacos ZX/1 Classic: D’s most versatile shoe! Chacos function as moderate hiking, walking, biking, & water shoes all in one. D prefers these more than the single, toe-strapped Chacos. For pricing, click here.

Hammocks & Backpacks:

DnA in Trek Light Gear Hammock
Trek Light Gear 2 Person Hammock: We try to bring this fantastic hammock with us wherever we go. While traveling, it packs up to the size of a grapefruit and weighs just over 1 lb! For pricing, click here.

Trek Light Gear Bindle Packpack
Trek Light Gear Bindle Backpack: The Lightweight Bindle Backpack is perfect for hiking and day trips. It folds up into the size of a sock, weighs only 3.5 oz and holds up to 40 lbs! For pricing, click here.

Fjallraven Kanken Classic D at Plitvice Lakes
Fjallraven Kanken Classic: A go-to for short day hikes. Comfortable straps, a lightweight, water resistant material, and a removable seat pad make this pack highly sought after. We also have the mini version! For pricing, click here.

A's NorthFace Backpack - Cuicocha, Ecuador
North Face Backpack: A’s go-to backpack. This pack has been through it all! From 3 weeks in India to 5 days trekking in Peru, Adam has used this pack for 5 years & it looks as good as new! For pricing, click here.

Our “must have” clothing

For some of D’s favorite spots to get something new every once in a blue moon ;):

Bathing suits:


Athleisure: we live in it, and you probably do too now.

  • Fabletics: D’s go-to for well-made affordable Athleisure (favorites are my joggers and the Mila High-Waisted Capri)
  • Carbon38: active fashion & high end performance wear, D’s guilty pleasure for Athleisure shopping (Alo Yoga & Beyond Yoga have the best fit)

Masks: might as well be comfortable & stylish while you wear one!

  • Protective Mask from VIDA – every purchase helps support essential workers and communities in need.
  • Vistaprint donates a small portion of every sale to a small business impacted by COVID-19 (custom options available!).

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Don’t leave home without ’em:

Check out the articles we’ve written about our favorite products to learn more!



Many of these products are associated with affiliate partner programs, meaning if you purchase through the links above, we may get something in return. Other products on this page may not be affiliated, meaning there’s no “something” in it for us, if you make a purchase. If you have any questions or concerns about affiliate partnership programs, please shoot us an email.

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