I’m a proponent of ultra-light backpacking so most of my gear are multi-purpose, like stuffing your jacket or pants into a compression pack and using it as a pillow. It also depends on where I’m going or what I’m doing as well. I’m not going to carry my snowboarding gear when out Kiteboarding in a tropical island! I suppose you could rent all this stuff at the location but I’m particular about my boards and gear – They’re all high-quality stuff that specifically fit me (Splitboard). I’m just not into rentals.

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BACKPACKING GEAR

Here’s my go-to gear for backpacking and backpacking overseas. For really long extended trips I use

eagle creek truist 65l
Eagle Creek Truist 65L Pack

I don’t know if you can find this backpack brand new anymore but if you can find it in good condition used, go grab it!  It’s been to over 45 countries with me and probably going to another 45!

At first glimpse, the Eagle Creek Men’s Truist 65L Pack appears to be like any various top-loading pack, but on closer inspection beyond its discrete surface, the backpack reveals a variety of features specifically made fro travel that helps carry your gear safely and conveniently. The cushioned and vented X-ACT suspension system carries your load easily thanks to the light-weight aluminum keeps and a soft frame layer. You can access the main compartment through the front section or the zipper and drawcord top entrance. A Central Lock Point fasten all the main openings with a sole travel lock, and a top expansion band stretches for last-minute loading. The pack’s cover converts into a chest area or hip pack and highlights modular organization pouches for all your travel needs.

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Osprey Men's Atmos 65 AG Backpacks, Graphite Grey, Large
Osprey Men’s Atmos 65 AG Backpacks, Graphite Grey, Large

Osprey makes awesome backpacks! They’re very lightweight, very sturdy, and very comfortable to wear. I use these backpacks for backcountry excursions where I need to shave off a few pounds. I don’t think it’s great for travel only as there’s no way to access the main compartment like the Eagle Creek above. For straight backcountry excursions, you can’t beat this backpack but if you’re only going to have one backpack, go with something like the Eagle Creek above.

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Black Diamond Ava Lung Backpack
Black Diamond Revelation Avalung Winter Pack

This is my winter backcountry backpack. It’s got an Avalung contraction  integrated right inside the backpack. What’s an Avalung?  It allows you to breathe and take in oxygen in case you get buried in an avalanche. It might give you an extra 45 minutes of breathable air while rescuers dig you out. In the summer, I take out the Avalung contraption and use it as a regular day pack. When I travel overseas, I carry it as an extra backpack with the Eagle Creek above; I carry it in front of my chest

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Mountain Hardwear Men's Dynotherm Down Jacket
Mountain Hardwear Men’s Dynotherm Down Jacket

I never leave home without a lightweight down jacket. I often go to places where the weather is variable. It’s warm, lightweight, compact, and stylish. Never get caught unprepared!

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Always Wanderlust Gear Review - Tarptent Moment
Tarptent Moment

Amazingly lightweight, sturdy travel and adventure tent!  I’ve taken highlands of Norway where it withstood torrential rain. I’ve slept in it in Patagonia where it withstood gale force winds. It can even withstand a bear mauling. OK, maybe not a bear mauling, but it’s pretty damn tough!  And I always use in the rugged Eastern Sierras of California.

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Outdoor Vitals - Down 0 Degree High Quality Down
Outdoor Vitals – Down 0 Degree High-Quality Down Sleeping Bag

This sleeping bag keeps you warm even in the coldest of nights!  It compresses small so you have more room in your backpack. I use this everywhere even outside the tent. I use when I sleep inside the car or right under stars when I know it’s not going to rain.

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MSR SweetWater Microfilter
MSR SweetWater Microfilter

I’ve had this filter since the dawn of time. Very solid, doesn’t break, filters particulate, and gives you fresh tasting water. I usually only use this for backcountry excursions and rarely carry it overseas unless I know I’m going to be in the backcountry out there too.

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Pacsafe 55L Backpack and Bag Protector
Pacsafe 55L Backpack and Bag Protector

Very handy backpack protector. Useful in shady hostels and other areas. It can add some unwanted weight to your backpack but I’d rather it be heavy than very light (light because it’s not on your back and some thief is carrying it for you).

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 yalumi LED Headlamps
 Yalumi LED Headlamp

Never leave home without one of these. They’re very bright, lasts a lifetime, compact, and you’ll use them more than you think you will. A must have item on any adventurer’s backpack.

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 nelson-rigg

Nelson-Rigg CB-01-SM Compression Bag

Very handy things. Great for backpacking purposes and also for long term travel. You can compress your underwear, sleeping bag, down jackets, shirts, etc., So you can have more room in your backpack.

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 6pk Men's Seamless Athletic Compression Boxer
Seamless Athletic Compression Boxer

I’m never going back to cotton underwears ever again. These things are perfect for travel, backcountry excursions, and everyday use. Moisture wicking, quick drying and keeps odors away so you don’t stink.

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 RunFlyte Men's DryFlyte Basix Moisture Wicking V-Neck T-Shirt
RunFlyte Men’s DryFlyte Basix Moisture Wicking V-Neck T-Shirt

I’ve replaced all my cotton t-shirts with these. It’s simply more practical for travel and adventure. It’s quick drying and moisture wicking. It feels weird wearing it at first if you’ve been used to wearing cotton but you’ll eventually get used to it.

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HYGIENE NECESSITIES

Without the comfort of your home, you have to maximize what you can carry while still maintaining a high level of hygienic standards. I’m sometimes caught out in the wilderness for days without a shower, but damn if you’d catch me with bad breath!  When you’re traveling long term, a lot of things will get neglected like. You’re not going to be visiting the dentist every three months. That’s just not realistic. So you want to make sure you don’t have insane tartar build up that leads to gum diseases and so forth.

 Oral-B Pro-Health Precision Clean Battery Toothbrush
Oral-B Pro-Health Precision Clean Battery Toothbrush

It’s more effective that manual brushing and it’s very cheap. Battery powered means you can use it anywhere in the world. OK, you might think this is weird but I brush my teeth in the shower to save time. This brush has a 2-minute ticker and lets you know that you’ve cleaned your pearly whites enough. It gets wet in the shower but it chugs along. I’ve had the same one for over 2 years now. The bristles are replaceable.

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 Poseidon Inductive Rechargeable Oral Irrigator
Poseidon Inductive Rechargeable Oral Irrigator

Obviously not as compact as dental floss but I’ve been using oral irrigators now for over 2 years. There’s some debate whether flossing is more effective  vs using a water flosser but based on personal experience, the water flosser is more effective. You can even add mouthwash to your liquid solution for more bacteria killing power.

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PharMeDoc Dental Hygiene Kit
PharMeDoc Dental Hygiene Kit

Obviously, it’s better to see your dentist but he/she is not always available to follow you all around the world. In case, your dentist isn’t around and you need to do some cleaning, this toolkit is it. Make sure you sanitize the tips when clearing our tartar. I know it seems like such a stretch to do it yourself, but it’s really not hard. There’re some parts of your teeth you won’t be able to see. That’s OK your dentist don’t mind because he or she will still have a job.

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KITEBOARDING GEAR

This the gear I go with when I go on Kiteboarding trips. I plan to take these all over the world where there is great consistent winds: The Dominican Republic, La Ventana in Mexico, Tarifa in Spain, Boracay in Philippines and much much more!  I can usually get away with carrying the gear on makeshift golf bag so I don’t get charged an extra checked-in luggage fee. If you don’t know what Kiteboarding is, look it up!  It’s a fun sport to get into and very easy to master once you get the hang of it.

O'Neill Wetsuits Men's Epic 4/3mm
O’Neill Wetsuits Men’s Epic 4/3mm

A relatively cheap wetsuit that’s effective in the Norther California ocean. There are better ones out there but this great for semi-cool waters.

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Cabrinha Rival 145 Kiteboard
Cabrinha Rival Kiteboard

Decent kiteboard. Bi-directional. Great for learning upwind riding. It’s also great for beginners.

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2016 Liquid Force Envy Kite
Liquid Force Envy Kite

I own several kite sizes but the Liquid Force envy is my favorite. It’s very maneuverable and it’s got a decent pop for jumps.

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SLINGSHOT 2016 Compstick w/ Guardian 20"
SLINGSHOT 2016 Compstick w/ Guardian 20″

Very expensive bar but the features are well worth it. You can probably get previous year’s models for a fraction of the price.

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NSI Deceiver Kiteboard Travel Golf Bag
NSI Deceiver Kiteboard Travel Golf Bag (Disguised as golf bag)

A great bag for carrying your kiteboarding gear!  It fools the airline companies into thinking it’s just a regular old golf bag so you don’t get charged an extra checked-in luggage fee.

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2016 Mystic Warrior Kitesurfing Kiteboarding
Mystic Warrior Kitesurfing Kiteboarding Kite Waist Harness

I’ve read pretty good reviews of this harness that’re why I went with it. It’s great so far. You can probably find it used somewhere.

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SNOWBOARDING EXTREME GEAR

Snowboarding is one of my favorite past time. I’ve gone from a black diamond groomer rider to a cliff jumping demon. It’s an exhilarating sport that is worth of obsessing over. I’ve taken my riding through the U.S. in California and Utah, Japan, Canada, and soon Europe and Iran. I do some back country riding where the terrain is variable and some spots maybe avalanche prone. My gear reflects some items that you may never use (like an Avalanche beacon).

Lib Tech T.Rice Pro HP Snowboard

Libtech Travis Rice Snowboard

 

I love this snowboard. Hybrid camber profile means it’s less catchy on the groomers. It’s great a slashing steeps and slaying deep powder!

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Jones Hovercraft Splitboard
Jones Hovercraft Splitboard

This board is a backcountry slayer. It’s nimble, squat shape provides the float of a board much longer but the short running length makes it lighter on your legs skinning up. The blunt nose and directional rocker of the Hovercraft keep you surfin’ on top of the soft stuff, while the stiff tail and Mellow Magne-Traction keep you stable through any unexpected crust.

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Spark R&D Magneto Splitboard Bindings
Spark R&D Magneto Splitboard Bindings

Great bindings for a splitboard!  With ample cut-outs on the base and more flexible strapping& highback, the Spark R&D Magneto Splitboard Binding is the perfect binding for mileage-loving splitboarders. The added flexibility makes freestyle moves more attainable while dependable hardware makes the binding all-mountain worthy. Revolutionary Tesla hinge system is simple to operate and extremely efficient.

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BCA Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon + Avalanche Probe
BCA Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon + Avalanche Probe

The world’s 1st digital multi-antenna transceiver. The beacon that began a digital innovation. And still going strong. With a prolonged track record for value, toughness, and dependability, the Tracker DTS has been an industry tool since 1997. A real-time, digital screen shows both course and distance with bright red LEDs. The distance is displayed in meters and indicator lights show the direction of transmitting beacons.

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K2 Unisex Rescue Shovel Plus
K2 Rescue Shovel

The T-handle converts into to a hoe for digging in tight locations. Be prepared for the worst to the shovel can be constructed into an emergency sled for transporting people with the included hardware located in the shaft. Can create a snow anchor by using the blade to set up a deadman anchor.

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Men's Northwave Decade SL Snowboard Boots
Men’s Northwave Decade SL Snowboard Boots

It’s accommodating and responsive enough to deal with high speeds, through a layer of webbing across the ankle holding your heel secure at all times. If you loosen up the speed-lacing system a little, that will ease off too, so that you get a fully customizable fit.

If you’re utilizing this properly, you may find yourself trimming a knuckle or coping – which is never fun. However, the EVA sole will reduce impacts, holding you lapping the pro line for longer.

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Dakine High Roller Snowboard

Dakine High Roller Snowboard

Wheeled Padded Snowboard and Boots Travel Bag, allows for carrying two snowboards with boots and bindings.

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ACCESSORIES

Essential accessories for adventure travel.

 Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight
Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight

Pray you’ll never need this but never get caught without one in case you do!  It’s light and very portable. It’s a must have kit for adventure.

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 BackCountry Navigator TOPO GPS
BackCountry Navigator TOPO GPS

This turns your smartphone into a full-blown GPS unit!  For less than $24 you can have the power of a handheld Garmin unit at the palm of your hands. You can download TOPO maps in various sources around the world. You can use it without a phone signal and as long as you have clear satellite view you’re good to go. But it’s always smart to have a backup compass and a real map in case you have technical difficulties with this one.

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 Microfiber Travel Towel Set - XL Soft, Super Absorbent & Quick Drying
Microfiber Travel Towel Set – XL Soft, Super Absorbent & Quick Drying

Some hostels will charge you a fee for a towel so this will save you money in the long run. Very lightweight and compact.

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 KUNGIX Survival Kit Emergency SOS Survive Tool Pack
 KUNGIX Survival Kit Emergency SOS Survive Tool Pack

★ High-quality box with plastic material, waterproof, shock resistant, resistance to fall.
★ Powerful and practical. All the accessories can meet all your needs. Every item in the case is full of useful
★ Flint, Can not be directly ignited, need to dip some water, then wipe and dry immediately ignition. Rain, low temperature, snow can be lit.
★ Pocket folding knife with LED Light,Including six daily home furnishing repair tools, a good helper.

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Essential Travel Gear for the Adventure Traveler

 

 

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