What kind of gear is really best for the way you travel? Photo: Garrulus
Everyone has their own style when it comes to what they wear and pack on a trip. For example, Tim Patterson wears a blazer on plane rides. My dad likes to sport those vented “safari shirts.” I usually bring at least one good sheath knife whenever I travel. And the year I hiked the Appalachian Trail there was this one dude who carried a pair of nunchucks.
Over the years a definite pattern has emerged: Nearly every time I’ve packed clothing or gear purchased out of some kind of preconception about where and how I would be traveling, or worse–out of feeling that a particular piece of gear somehow reflected my ‘self-image’–I’ve found that it was that exact piece gear that inevitably turned around and bit me in the ass.
The following examples illustrate how my way of packing for travel has changed over the years.