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10 Travel Essentials for Summer Vacation
Whether it’s a picnic date in the park, a hike in the woods, or a day at the beach, we’ve got you covered with this list of 10 travel essentials for summer vacation.
Patagonia Nano Puff vs. Macro Puff vs. Micro Puff | Which Packable Puffer Jacket Should You Get?
This trio of insulated jackets from Patagonia look similar, but they have their differences. Let's see what they are and which puffer jacket is best for your needs.
How To Choose the Right Sized Travel Bag for Any Trip
Finding a properly sized travel bag is a key part of any successful trip, from a simple weekender to a month-long adventure.
The Ultimate Travel Checklist | 37 Things to Do Before Your Next Trip
Say goodbye to stressful planning. With this travel checklist in hand, you’ll always be ready for your next adventure.
11 Last-Minute Gift Ideas
We’ve partnered with Huckberry to give you 11 versatile last-minute gift ideas, from an elevated tote bag to an innovative lighter and more.
Gear to Check Out: Black Friday and Cyber Monday at Huckberry
‘Tis the season to take advantage of holiday deals and load up on durable, versatile gear during Huckberry’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
14 Travel Gifts for Urban Adventures | From City to Trail
We’ve partnered with REI to give you 14 gift ideas for urban explorers who love to adventure in the great outdoors as much as the city.
15 Unique Gift Ideas for Every Type of Traveler
We partnered with Moosejaw to help you find the perfect gift for every kind of traveler in your life, from the Overpacker to the Techie Traveler and more.
Aer City Sling 2 Vs Aer City Sling
Comparing the Aer City Sling 2 to the original Aer City Sling.
How To Pack A Carry-On For One Bag Travel
Step by step instructions for the best way to pack a carry-on for minimal one bag travel.
15 Staycation Ideas for Weekend Trips or Staying Home
Explore locally and discover some hidden gems with these staycation ideas. Or just stay home, build a blanket fort in your living room, and make s’mores.
The Best Travel Accessories for Your Next Trip
Step your game up with the best travel accessories. From organizers to tech, to unique items—we’ve covered all the essentials so you can have an excellent trip.
Gear to check out: Cyber Monday at Huckberry
Load up on durable, innovative gear during Huckberry’s Cyber Monday Sale. Find deals on headphones, camera backpacks, a portable “gym,” and more.
14 Picks: Huckberry’s Undercover Sale
Black on black on black: we’ve partnered with Huckberry to bring you 14 of our favorite items from their 2020 Undercover Sale.
Sustainable Gift Guide | 18 Gift Ideas for your Favorite Eco-Champion
We've partnered with REI to bring you 18 eco-friendly gift ideas for a more sustainable holiday season—from zero waste swaps to clothes to consumables.
Wanderlust at Home | 13 Gift Ideas for the Traveler in Your Life
We've partnered with Huckberry to bring you the best gift ideas for that person in your life who cannot wait to explore the world again.
15 Gift Ideas for Any Kind of Road Tripper
This holiday season, find the perfect gift for every kind of road tripper in your life—whether they’re a speed demon, minimalist, wanderer, or something else.
Not Your Typical Fall | 12 Essentials for the Season
Check out 12 gear essentials for a fall that looks a little different this year—from a Merino wool face mask to a trucker jacket to an EDC backpack & more.
Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24 (UA24) Vs 2 Day Assault Pack (2-DAP)
Comparing two key urban and outdoor packs from Mystery Ranch.
Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 21 (UA21) Vs Urban Assault 24 (UA24)
Comparing two similarly-sized, but different packs from Mystery Ranch.
REI Fall Picks
Slow down and take it all in this season with our fall picks—from sweaters to waistpacks and more.
Coronavirus Travel Accessories
There’s no denying that Coronavirus is changing the way we travel. Check out our list of tips & accessories for traveling during COVID-19.
Gear Brands Making Reusable Face Masks
For now, face masks are here to stay—so we've put together a list of gear brands currently making reusable face masks to help find one that works for you.
15 Father’s Day Gift Ideas
Find great Father's Day gifts for every kind of dad—whether he's an outdoorsman, urban traveler, homebody, or all of the above.
The Travel Collection with Wool & Prince
Our first collab! We've been working with the folks at Wool & Prince to create three pieces of minimalist, travel-focused pieces of clothing.
REI Summer Picks
We’ve partnered with REI to find summer gear to help you be active this summer season—from daypacks to reusable water bottles and more.
10 Tips To Help You Work From Home
Some of our favorite tips to help you work from home more efficiently that we've learned over years of working remotely.
How To Workout When You Can’t Get To A Gym
How to get fitness motivation and workout when you don’t have access to a gym—including at home work out tips.
How To Wash A Backpack & Other Gear Cleaning Tips
Step by step cleaning tips to wash your backpack and other frequently-used pieces of gear—like down jackets, shoes, laptops, and phones.
Small Travel Gear Brands We Can Support
Together, we can support the small travel gear brands that are innovating better products to make our travels smoother.
Gear for Working Remotely
If you're working remotely, check out these helpful items that make work from home, or just about anywhere, more efficient.
REI Spring Picks
We’ve partnered with REI to find spring gear to help get you through the season—from rain jackets to backpacks and more.
Aer Capsule Pack Max Vs Aer Travel Pack 2
Which one bag travel pack should you take on the road? A detailed comparison of two solid options from Aer.
Peak Design Everyday Backpack Zip 20L Vs WANDRD DUO Daypack
Which daypack should you buy? A detailed comparison between two daypacks geared to carry your camera and tech essentials.
The North Face Base Camp Duffel Vs Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 40L
Which duffle backpack should you buy? A detailed comparison between two popular, and versatile, Hybrid Duffle bags.
Aer Travel Pack 2 Vs Incase EO Travel Backpack
Which travel backpack should you buy? A detailed comparison between two popular, and similar, one bag travel pack options.
Aer City Sling Vs Aer Day Sling 2 Comparison
Which sling bag should you buy? A detailed comparison between two of our highest rated sling bags.
We'll cover what we like (and what we don't) about some of our favorite Fjallraven travel products—from travel backpacks to sling bags and more.
Packable Travel Jackets For Cold Weather
Some of our favorite travel jackets—packable down jackets and rain shells for one-bag travel in cold weather.
Tiny Travel Accessories
Pack light for smarter one-bag travel with these tiny travel accessories.
Awesome Travel Products
This list includes some of our favorite travel gear and accessories—must-have travel essentials for your next trip.
The Urban Explorer Gift Guide
We've partnered with Huckberry to bring you the best gift ideas for travelers. Gifts for frequent flyers or the urban explorer who's always ready to go.
The Eco-Groovy Gift Guide
This REI gift guide is all about sustainable gift ideas. And these environmentally sustainable gifts should please the eco-warriors in your life.
The Best Solid Toiletries For Travel
This list covers some of our top solid toiletries for liquid-free carry on travel. The best travel size toiletries, without the liquid mess.
The Adventure Essentials Gift Guide
We partnered with Moosejaw to give you our favorite adventure gift ideas. Find the perfect gifts for outdoor lovers in your life.
Stepping Outside Of Your Comfort Zone as a Nomad – With Abby McNeill
Abby McNeill has been living as a nomad, stepping outside of her comfort zone, and meeting people all over the world—from the bustling streets of India to the snowy mountains of Canada. She is an earth-conscious traveler who loves planning her next trip while discovering hidden corners around the globe.
Globe Trotting as a Couple – With Julie & Zach
Julie and Zach fell in love with traveling and one another—and they've been trotting around the globe ever since. Here they share some tips on finding cheap flights and making the most of your time on the road.
How To Eat Like A Local – With Thomas & Sheena
Thomas and Sheena packed up their apartment, bought plane tickets, and started traveling full-time to discover the best cuisines around the world. They continue to share their love for food and culture with others through Chasing A Plate.
Traveling The World As An Indie Game Developer – With Jaayden Halko
Jaayden Halko quit his former job to travel the world and start his own indie game development company. He chases warm weather and finds new home bases all around the globe while doing what he loves.
Blending Passion and Work In Guatemala – With Erica Latack
Erica Latack took her passion for international development to Guatemala where she works for an ethical fashion brand to help provide sustainable jobs and more. She continues to discover beautiful corners around the world while using photography to tell stories about the people and communities surrounding her.
Taking a Belated Gap Year – With Mel McFarland & Sam Sparks
After building satisfying careers, Mel McFarland and Sam Sparks decided it was time to take their belated gap year. They strategically packed their bags, left their jobs, and traveled across the world while documenting their adventures.
How To Earn an Income Remotely – With Kate Smith
Kate Smith booked a one-way ticket to Prague and never looked back. She's been country-hopping and helping others find their passion and purpose ever since.
Falling In Love With New Countries – With Brittney Martinson
Brittney Martinson has traveled to 40+ countries and continues to see both old and new destinations in different perspectives. Here she gives tips on traveling with eco-friendly women hygiene products and more.
Wandering Around the World – With Shalee Wanders
Shalee Blackmer has traveled to 30+ countries, lived out of a van, and has even wrote a guide on how to camp with cats. She's from the Great Lakes state but you can find her just about anywhere nowadays.
Working Remotely While Hitting The Slopes of Mount Niseko Annupuri & More – With Daniel Sammut
Daniel Sammut is a Brand and Digital Product Designer based in Sydney, Australia. When he's not crafting new brand identities, you can find him skiing the slopes of Japan and finding the next best spot to kick back and relax in Europe.
An Inside Look at a Backpack Reviewer’s Favorite Gear and Travel Destinations – With Bo Ismono
Bo Ismono is a Film Editor and YouTube Backpack Reviewer. Here, he shares how the GORUCK GR0 started his backpack reviewing journey as well as his favorite travel destinations and more.
Capturing Unique Views Around the World – With Taylor Gilmore
Taylor Gilmore is a Los Angeles based photographer traveling to far corners to capture unique views around the world. He utilizes both digital and film, while perfecting the art of wood working in his free time.
How to Embrace Change & Find Balance While Traveling – With Kelsey Reinke
Kelsey Reinke has diligently practiced embracing change and finding balance in an on-the-go lifestyle. Here, she shares some tips on ditching the list ticking mentality and balancing personal wellness while traveling.
How To Stay Inspired As a Professional Creative While Traveling – With Lauren Ronquillo
Lauren Ronquillo continues to find inspiration through traveling the world as a professional creative. While seeking beauty in the quiet moments, she takes time to find reminders that we are all interconnected.
Empowering Change & Embracing New Cultures – With Natasha Brownlee
Natasha Brownlee has traveled the world to empower change, embrace new cultures and find adventure. Here, she shares some tips and her personal favorite travel items!
How to Balance Health and Travel – With Hunter O’Brien
Hunter O'Brien travels the world while running his own business creating content for fitness publications, the fashion industry, and more. Here, he shares tips on mastering the art of staying healthy while on the road.
The Endless Search For The World’s Highest Quality Tea – With Russell Smith
Russell Smith has been filling his passport in search of the best high quality tea. He's cycled from Thailand to China and always travels with tea — always.
Making the World Your Office – With Teri Potts
Teri Potts has made the world her office. After deciding a "proper" job wasn't for her, she followed her passion to create her own travel agency, TL Travel, where she continues to follow and share her passion everyday.
Traveling as a Minimalist by Bike – With Jessie Beck
Jessie Beck has called many countries home— stretching from San Francisco to Madagascar. She prefers to travel the world with her bike and is the founder of Eat Bike Travel.
Making Music While Living Nomadic – With Becca Liebert
Becca Liebert has traveled from Brooklyn to Berlin and more in order to follow and rediscover her passions. While working remotely as a freelance graphic designer and art director, she also produces her own music.
Jet-Setting – With Jackie Austin
Jackie Austin works for an airline during the daytime and flies to Paris on the weekends. She has mastered the art of standby flights, dodging tourist season and making the most of short travels.
How to Travel Slow as a Photographer – With Laura Ivanova
Laura Ivanova is a wedding and portrait photographer who's passport is always ready for new adventures. She enjoys finding time for slow travels around the globe in places such as Bali and Budapest.
20+ Countries and Countless Photos – With Jessica Latone
Jessica Latone is a Toronto and Vancouver based photographer that's learned a thing or two about travel on the road. She captures "lovely bits" from Iceland to Croatia & more.
Part-Time Digital Nomads Natalie & Thomas
Natalie Avalos and Thomas Brown's graphic design & computer programming skills enable them to work remotely and live as part-time digital nomads.
Blending Work & Travel with Tara Lilly
Tara Lilly used to worry that she would have to give up traveling in pursuit of a career, but she's figured out a great way to blend the two together.
A Travel & Food Vlogger’s Tips for Solo Female Travel: TJ Lee (CupofTJ)
Solo female traveler and vlogger TJ Lee (CupofTJ) walks us through her favorite travel gear, tips & tricks, and her three favorite backpacks for travel.
“Always A Friday” Share Their Travel Tips
Rebecca and Nathan of "Always A Friday" are two twenty-somethings from the UK who left their job last year and have been traveling the world ever since.
Lessons Learned From 4 Months with 1 Pack: Matt Hayto
Matthew Hayto is a seasoned Product Manager and world traveler. He shares with us his top three travel items and ideas on how to do more with less.
5 Travel-Friendly Creative Tools with Lauren Hom
Lauren Hom—a creative illustrator, letterer, and digital nomad—shares 5 travel-friendly creative tools she uses to keep creating while traveling.
Touring Bluegrass Bass Player: Alastair Whitehead
Alastair—a laid-back bluegrass bass player—talks to us about his life on the road as a traveling musician that also carries fly fishing gear on the road.
Taking 1.2 Flights Per Week with Tam Le
Tam is an expert when it comes to perpetual travel. She takes—on average—1.2 flights per week. Plus, she teaches us how cạo gió can cure a common cold.
Jono Lee: Straightforward Advice on Gear & Travel Apps
Jono Lee still lives his life on the road after one year with Remote Year. Here, he shares his straightforward advice on gear, apps, and travel gotchas.
Roxanne Ravago: Living Worldly Mini-Lives
Roxanne Ravago's life is always a work in progress, but she shares a snapshot of the principles she uses to guide her life, travel, and digital nomadism.
Jon Massmann: Traveling Light as a Meditator and Teacher
A meditator & teacher shares his best travel gear including the Peak Design Everyday Backpack and a guitalele his travel friends carve their names into.
Everything You Need to Travel the World in One Backpack
Minimalist travel gear for your trip—all in one travel backpack. This digital nomad packing guide helps you plan a trip abroad in one carry-on bag.
Katherine Conaway: A Digital Nomad with 6 Years on the Road
Who would have thought a bathrobe would be a top item for a traveler of 6 years? Katherine Conway shares her top travel tips & tricks with us.
Shayla Christine: A Full-Time Traveler of 2+ Years
Shayla Christine, a long-term traveler of 2 years, shares her travel tips and tricks in video format for this week's Travel Styles segment.
Tiago Almeida: Living Life Out of One Bag
Tiago Almeida, a front-end developer working on a product that he loves while traveling the world shares his travel tips and strategy for one bag travel.
Laptop Stand Showdown: The Roost 2.0 vs. the Nexstand K2
We took a look at two of the best travel laptop stands—Roost 2.0 and Nexstand K2. Perfect for digital nomads who are tired of hunching over their laptops.
Heidi & John Hakala: Nomadic Trailer Travelers
Heidi & John Hakala are a husband & wife writer, blogger, and full-time adventurer team. They share their favorite travel gear and tips with us.
Phil Oliver: Jeep Driving Drifter & Zen Photographer
Phil's love of travel began with annual family vacations and since then, it has taken him far and wide. His tips are great for well-experienced travelers.
Samantha Schaible: Country-Hopping Digital Nomad
At age 25, Samantha decided to break the monotony of her routine and explore the world. She shares her favorite gear and travel tips in this interview.
Dan Taylr: Eco-Conscious Industrial Designer
Traveling through Southeast Asia and avoiding typical tourist destinations, Dan Taylr walks us through his favorite gear and some travel tips.
Frances Beatty: Wanderer & Wedding Photographer
Frances Beatty shares her favorite travel tips with us including how she chooses travel camera gear—plus—a nice tip to brighten the day of airline staff.
Francis Villanueva: Engineer & Gadget Minimalist
Minimalist travel tips, USB-based gadget charging, and a strategy for warming up a cold airplane-food-bread-roll at 40,000 feet with Francis Villanueva.
Jesi Hoolihan: Business Trip Titan
A manager who travels for work more than half the year, Jesi shares her tips on staying balanced and looking sharp while on the move (plus her favorite travel item that always saves the day before a big meeting).
Pack Hacker Has Launched!
We’re excited to (officially) introduce ourselves. In this note, Tom Wahlin, the founder, shares his vision for Pack Hacker and where we're headed.
How a UX Director Travels: Sasha Tsimbler
Sasha Tsimbler, a UX director shares his top travel items with us, as well as a couple tips he's picked up along his travels in this week's Travel Styles.