By Scott Bay
February 24, 2020
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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.

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:, $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:, $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:, $98

Fjallraven Greenland Down Liner Jacket

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This jacket is the perfect go-to for any type of trip — it is warm in the winter and breathable enough for a crisp summer night. The many pockets are perfect for holding a passport or a wallet, and it almost feels weightless when worn. It's a rare jacket that combines style, durability, and comfort.

To buy:, $260

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:, $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:, $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:, $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:, $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:, $49 (originally $65)

Holden Merino Jogger

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The Holden jogger is made with zero waste in Japan. Its unique design makes the cozy sweats completely seamless and ultra-comfortable. Since finding these modern streetwear-focused bottoms, I haven't wanted to wear anything else on long travel days. Aside comfort and style, the jogger is made to last and provides consistent warmth as a stand alone garment or as a base layer.

To buy:, $230

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:, $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:, $125

Unbound Merino Wool Crew Neck T-Shirt

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Unbound has created a unique Merino wool that is made specifically with travel in mind. The t-shirt feels great when worn and has perks for every type of trip — it doesn't smell after a few wears, it regulates your temperature, and it doesn't wrinkle. This built-to-last shirt is ethically sourced from mulesing free wool farms in Australia. You'll never want to wear another t-shirt again.

To buy:, $65

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:, $75