By Scott Bay
December 04, 2019
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When packing for an adventure trip — international or domestic — there are a few key items to remember: pack as light as possible, keep essentials in the carry-on, and compile all important travel documents prior to take off. That said, what adventure gear is best for travel right now?

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That is the question that we have spent weeks to answer. After searching for the most innovative, durable, and light-weight adventure products then testing them, we have found the new gear worth trying alongside the tried-and-true items that every adventurer needs in their suitcase. The following products will hold up (and look good) no matter what adventure you have in mind.

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Patagonia Black Hole Wheeled Duffel Bag

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There are many options for travel bags — wheeled, duffel, backpack — that fit the needs of most off-the-beaten-path travels. When it comes to adventure travel, this Patagonia wheeled duffel takes the cake. It combines the benefits of a duffel and a wheeled bag to create a bag that is tough, smooth, and can fit bulky gear. 

To buy: patagonia.com, $299

Merrell X Outdoor Voices Moab Hiking boot

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Stepping up the hiking boot scene with a stylish collaboration with Outdoor Voices, Merrell has upgraded its iconic Moab hiking boot. This boot really is one of the best available. It is great for any trail, trekking a city, or championing any weather.

To buy: outdoorvoices.com, $130

LARQ Bottle Movement

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This gadget is one for the books. Released this year, the Larq movement bottle is changing the game — It’s the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle. No matter where your adventure takes you, this bottle has your back to sterilize water (as long as it has battery) using a 280 nanometer UV light. Its sleek design doesn’t hurt the eyes either.

To buy: livelarq.com, $98

Arc’teryx Atom LT Jacket 

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This jacket has been in my carry on for six years and it’s still going strong — it is warm in the winter and breathable enough for a crisp summer night. The inside zipper pocket is perfect for holding a passport or a wallet, and the synthetic insulation is windproof and almost feels weightless when worn.

To buy: amazon.com, $235

Salomon Speedcross 5

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If you don’t want to opt for a hiking boot, these ridiculously comfortable trail running shoes are great for any adventure from, well, trail running to sloshing down a few pints at a pub. This ridiculously versatile shoe is the travel companion that you didn’t know you needed — taking you from the trail to the city.

To buy: salomon.com, $98

Yeti M30

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While this cooler is best packed for a road trip or staycation, it definitely has a place on this list. This year, Yeti has re-engineered the opening of their iconic soft cooler that keeps things cold for days, by creating a magnetic closure rather than a zip. The M30 is easy to carry, has a leak-proof liner, and a high-density fabric that is specifically designed to block UV rays.  

To buy: amazon.com, $299

Garmin fēnix 6 Pro

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An adventurer’s next best friend. The Garmin fēnix 6 pro offers a wealth of features that make any outdoor activity a breeze. Some standouts: wrist-based heart rate, PacePro technology that createsa pace based on terrain, ski maps to over 2,000 resorts, a 14-day battery, downloadable music from most streaming apps, and much more. This smartwatch quickly makes you feel like you can't live life without it.

To buy: garmin.com, $700

Smartwool Hiking Crew Socks 

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The last thing you want to think about when you are out there checking on a bucket list item is your feet. That’s why it’s a great idea to add a few pairs of these hiking socks to your packing list. Smartwool has established technologies that both increase comfort and airflow, ultimately making these socks a go-to for everyday wear. These cushioned wool socks stand the test of time.

To buy: amazon.com, $19

Daypack Matador Freerain24 2.0

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It’s important to have a daypack for every trip. The Freerain 24 2.0 folds to be a highly-packable five inches and only weighs 6.6 oz. But when unraveled it is large, sturdy, and waterproof. With many pockets and breathable shoulder straps, this pack will surely become a favorite for everyday use — whether you’re hiking Everest base camp or going to Central Park. 

To buy: matadorup.com, $49 (originally $65)

Black Diamond Storm 375 Headlamp

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A headlamp can feel lifesaving in the outdoors — most enthusiasts will agree. A headlamp keeps your hands free while providing light everywhere your eyes look. Black Diamond has long been a leader when it comes to headlamps. The Storm 375 is our choice due to its user interface and waterproof/dustproof design. 

To buy: amazon.com, $50

Filson Alaskan Guide Shirt

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A heavy-weight flannel is a great addition to the packing list. It can be worn in a wide variety of situations — it’s durable, it’s fashionable, it’s warm, and it protects from the elements. But, not all flannels are made the same. Filson has created a standard for these layering shirts that have lasted the test of time. For decades people have turned to Filson for their high-quality fashions and their Alaskan Guide Shirt is a wonderful travel companion. 

To buy: filson.com, $125

The North Face Motion Pants

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It is difficult to find the right pants that can withstand a rugged venture and that are comfortable for a 12+ hour flight. The right mix is the North Face Motion Pants. They are designed to maximize mobility while withstanding the elements. They can also be dressed up for a nice dinner away so you don’t need to pack an extra pair of pants. 

To buy: amazon.com, $75

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