Steph Yiu

What I Travel With

A few years ago I wrote a post on what I travel with. Now that I’ve leveled-up my travel game, here’s an update on my setup now.

Random Purchase that Worked
I impulse bought the Qlipter because I was tired of putting my backpack on dirty airport bathroom floors (not all of them have hooks). The Qlipter is a carabiner with a built-in hook. It hangs over bathroom stall doors, on tall tables, on railings… and the best part is that I can also hook my scarf and jacket to it. I now use it all the time to keep my belongings in-sight and near me.

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At Cargo Coffee in Madison, WI

Phone Case
I got the Lifeproof Fre and it has saved my phone’s life multiple times since I bought it. Also, I’ve washed the case with my phone in it. Yes, it’s that awesome.

Clothes
I don’t have any travel hacks to clothing besides what everyone else has written about: convertible dresses, convertible bras, travel shawls… but here are a few items I do love:

  • Uniqlo Heattech underthings – my dad recommended them, and he’s right, it’s super comfy and warm.
  • Wapuu socks – my fave!
  • The North Face suede boots (+ Dr. Scholl’s gel inserts) – I’ve worn these boots almost every day for the last 18 months and they are my old standbys. I’ve worn them apple picking and to work events!
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North Face boots while apple picking in Essex, MA

Luggage
I’m the kind of person that has one of each thing and uses it until it’s completely worn out. When I buy luggage, I expect to use it for a very long time – which means I’ve researched each item extensively. I’m super happy with my current luggage setup, so I’m sharing with you here:

  • Eddie Bauer 24 Expedition Duffle – It’s carry-on friendly, pretty, roomy, compressible, light, has wheels, very handy pockets, and extremely comfortable hand grips.
  • Gregory Maya 16 backpack -I love this because it’s a hiking daypack that also works at the airport. For hiking, it’s set up for a hydration pack and has a waistband to distribute the weight. For the airport, it has a neat top pocket for your wallet and travel documents, and a front helmet pocket that I use for odd-shaped things like my heavy Mac charger, trackball mouse, and sweater.
  • Darcy convertible purse – this can work as both a wristlet and a cross-body bag. It fits everything I need for a day of wandering: wallet, phone, lotion, retainer case, packable bag. I can’t imagine nomading without this thing.
  • Bellroy Hide and Seek Wallet – recommended by my colleague Chris Scott, this super slim wallet has all sorts of secret pockets for different currencies, SIM cards, extra transit cards… I really love it.
  • Herschel Packable Duffle – I’ll admit, this wasn’t researched but instead was an impulse buy while wandering The Mission in San Francisco. But, it turned out to be something I don’t leave home without. It packs down to the size of my hand, and if I ever need to lug extra things home from a trip, I just check my expedition duffle and carry on this guy.
  • July Nine reusable tote – I roll this up an stick it in my purse before I head out for the day. It’s a waterproof nylon bag with adjustable straps and a zipper top. If I buy anything, I just put it in the tote along with my purse, and then wear it cross-body. It’s great for errands and groceries.

 

From Hiking to the Airport
A went on a big trip to Machu Picchu this summer which I had to get all sorts of gear for. A few things I took on the journey also works great for the road…

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Thermoball at Machu Picchu

The Old Standbys
Here are a few items from my previous gear post worth mentioning (or updating):

  • Packing Cubes – I still love the Eagle Creek “Pack-It” system (the nylon ones are too flimsy for me). I also own a Clean Dirty cube. Clean underwear and socks on one side, and laundry on the other side.
  • The Roost laptop stand – every time I’m in a coffeeshop, I’m asked about my nifty first-gen Roost stand. It’s saved my neck over the last two years and I can’t work without it.
  • GoToobs – Green for bodywash, Clear for shampoo, Blue for Conditioner and Red for facewash. It’s traveled with me for 3 years and the Toobs are still kickin’.
  • Collapsible water bottle – Since that last post, I’ve picked up a Hydrapak collapsible bottle, and then spent $2 on an S-carabiner. The carabiner neatly hooks the water bottle to the seatback pocket.

Got travel gear that you love? Let me know, I’d love to hear about it :)

 

 

One comment

  1. I have this small Case Logic backpack that’s designed to fit all of my filming equipment inside while I’m travelling: laptop, GoPro, DSLR, etc. It’s really cool, plus I can easily get the cameras in an instant.

    I love the GoToobs too… also some Uniqlo sweatshirts. Great post. Best of luck with your travels. :)

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