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Travel Gear And Supplies

This is a page to discuss and share information on travel gear and supplies: rucksacks, backpacks, boots, coats, rain gear, tents, camping equipment, clothing, anything that  you may (or may not) need to go a vagabonding.

Travel Gear and Supplies:

The Swiss Army Knife:

Ubertramp, Nath Richards, on the Swiss Army Knife:

"Packing for an extended trip away usually starts with me chucking everything I think I will need into a large pile. Invariably this pile ends up about the size of Mt. Kota Kinabalu, and invariably at around this point I glance over to an undersized empty backpack propped up against the wall, realize all this stuff will never fit, and let out a bit of a deflated sigh. I know it’s time to get ruthless.

Now, 2 of the first items thrown in the Kinabalu pile would usually be a Leatherman tool and a Swiss army knife - and my first question would always be the same: which one do I take? I realize now the question should really have been: do I actually need to take either? And the answer – if you’re simply doing the general backpackery things that backpackers do - is a hard and fast no." 

Read More by going to The Great Swiss Army Knife Debate!

From the article, Swiss Army Knives: Just Another Travel Rip-Off  

My rebuttal to Ubertramp's position on the Swiss Army Knife:      
"In all, my Swiss Army knife removes the need of having to clumsily cart around a dozen separate implements, which will just toss about, and probably get lost in, the innards of my rucksack. I asked a Swiss girl the other day how she feels about the knives of her army. She gave me an astonished look, seemingly taken aback that I would even ask such a blasphemous question, and responded very seriously and bluntly with, “They are indispensable.” Read More!

This is a video that I made with Mira from Wanderjahr Jill in defense of the Swiss Army Knife. It is about a Hobo and a Fairy and Swiss Army Knives and love . . . Just watch the video!

Traveling with a Computer:
Traveling with a computer is both a liberating experience and a restraining chore. First of all, having your own computer when traveling means that you can write whenever you want to, upload pictures from your digital camera, and access the internet without having to deal with using a public computer that usually has its language set to one that you can not really read. Also, if you want to work on a website, a travel blog, or are a photographer, it is almost essential that you travel with a computer.

The following are articles, tips, and anecdotes about traveling with a computer.

This is an article that appeared in Andy of's travel newsletter #24 first published on December  24, 2000 in Rio De Janeiro. 

The Camera:
How to choose a good traveling camera?

Travel Packing:
What do you really need?
How do you get it all to fit?

The Rucksack or Backpack:
What to carry your travel gear in?
How to Choose a Backpack?
The Kelty Redwing 2650, My Backpack- An essay on the backpack that I use for traveling, the Kelty Redwing 2650.
How to put a locking mechanism on the Kelty Redwing Backpack- A travel tip from Craig of on how to rig up a locking system on a Kelty Redwing backpack.
Travel Backpacks- 3 Advantages Article- Article about the advantages of using a backpack while traveling.

Day Packs:

Water Purifiers:
Should you travel with a water purifier?

How water purifiers work?

Travel Clothing:

Boots and Footwear:


Accessories, Odds and Ends, and Little Things:

Flashlights or headlamps

Travel Gear Websites:

Thru This is a website dedicated to making your own travel and hiking gear. They also sell materials and provide instructions on how to make coats, jackets, backpacks and more.

Song of the Open Road Thru Review- A review of the Thru website.