It has been one year since I packed up my belongings, said “bon voyage” to my friends and family, and took off to travel the country with my travel physical therapist boyfriend. Traveling from place to place every three months has taught me a thing or two about what products are especially versatile, travel-friendly and necessary for any nomad. If you are planning to hit the road, don’t leave without these items.
The perfect shoe is key. When you never know where you’ll be located next you need a shoe that can handle walking along dirt paths through mountains, trekking through the snow, jumping in rain puddles, and of course still looking stylish while grabbing a morning cup o’ joe at the local coffee shop. I wanted and needed it all, which is why I purchased my first pair of Timberlands. They are so versatile and can withstand any climate making them the perfect boot for any nomad.
The easiest way to spot extremely versatile products is if the tag says 3-In-1. Anything that offers multiple products in one is a score in my book!
One of the most frustrating things for me while packing and moving is trying to stuff all the coats I have into my two suitcases. They take up so much valuable space, but are necessary since we never know what region we will be destined for next. I did some research and fell in love with The North Face Triclimate jacket. Both jackets are perfect for cold, frigid climates, while the shell can be used solely as a raincoat and the liner separately for mild cool days. This means only having to pack one single coat, which makes me happy!
Olloclip offers not only three but four lenses in one! Clip the lens onto your phone and voila now you can take wide-angle, fisheye, macro and selfie photos. A fancy camera and separate lenses are bulky and can take up too much space, so instead of spending the extra money on a clunky camera try these lenses on for size to document your travels. We are lucky that our camera’s these days take pretty remarkable photos.
I rarely ever initiate a conversation with the strangers I sit next to on flights, but when I watched the man next to me detach a small backpack from his carry on suitcase I had to know where he got it. He told me his wife purchased the suitcase for him for a backpacking trip they took, because of the removable daypack and the underside of the suitcase has accessible straps as well. This blew my mind. Two backpacks in one, or a single rolling suitcase, or a rolling suitcase and a backpack, um it’s the best bag ever! One day while shopping with my mother at Tuesday Morning, there is was, the High Sierra carry-on suitcase that looked the exact same as my flight mate. I bought it and have not once regretted doing so.
This past year has also taught me the beauty of collapsibility. If I don’t see a tag stating multiple products in one I ask whether or not it can collapse.
The “Anti-Bottle” is great because it is light and collapsible making it easy to pack and carry. I found this in one of those Patina type stores cluttered with all sorts of random knick knacks, and I’m glad I bought it. It’s my favorite water bottle to carry while I am running errands or hiking because once I finish the water inside it I can hook it onto my belt loop or fit it nicely wrapped up in my pocket.
If I could have a vase of fresh flowers sitting on the kitchen table 24/7 I would. I absolutely love flowers, but unfortunately they aren’t a necessity while traveling. I don’t want to haul around a heavy glass vase and be stressed out about it breaking during each and every move. I decided to forgo my love of flowers until my mother gave me the Vazu as a gift. It’s a pliable plastic vase that is flat as a pancake unless it’s filled with water. From now on when I pass by the beautiful flower stand at the farmer’s market I treat myself.
The Kindle is the perfect gadget for any nomad that loves to read. If you’re anything like me you’d be trekking from place to place with a box or two or three filled with only books. If it weren’t for the Kindle, I might have a broken back from carrying around so many books.
If there is no place to put dirty clothes, they end up cluttered on the floor making your space feel less homey and comfortable. At least that’s how I feel. Forget the bulky hampers that take up far too much space and settle with this mesh collapsible hamper. It transforms into a tall, thin hamper that fits inconspicuously in any corner. When it’s time to move, wash your clothes, fold it back up into a nice flat approximately 12”X12” square.
This brand is any nomad’s dream. Even if you aren’t a nomad, these products are great for homeowners with little storage space. These collapsible bowls, strainers, measuring cups, etc. are all made out of plastic and rubber, so you can squish them down and you never had to worry about them breaking.