Carrying a concealed knife is surprisingly legal in more parts of the world than you’d expect but there are certain limitations such as blade length and locking mechanism. Following the general rule around the world, the KA-BAR TDI/Hinderer “Hell Fire” Knife is the one I would carry for self-defense. In collaboration with 2 edged tool experts, it was designed specifically for self-defense and easy carry. A great travel knife.
The Nomad CHARGEKEY is the smallest and most well engineered smartphone cable on the market. Available in Lightning (Apple) or micro USB versions to suit iPhones, iPads as well as Androids and most other USB enabled devices. The flexible center makes it usable in many positions despite it’s short cable length. The Nomad CHARGEKEY is the perfect minimalist traveler’s USB cable. Read the full Nomad CHARGEKEY review.
As far as medium sized tactical backpacks go, the FAST Pack Litespeed by Triple Aught Design is king. That means that its also a damn good backpack for hiking, backpacking and of course, travel. At 21 liters, this pack is for the ultralight traveler.Its ergonomics makes the user very mobile and comfortable. Built to military standards and beyond, the Cordura fabrics and overall build of the FAST Pack is like a tank but “FAST”. Read the full FAST Pack Litespeed review.
Sometimes a bit of customization is just what you need for specialized travel gear. SERE is “Survival Escape Resistance Evasion” and this survival bracelet designed to help you escape from illegal detainment of any restraints like handcuffs, plastic ties and rope. This kit went further and added a compass, flashlight, knife and a sling to secure gear. Each part of this EDC survival kit can be removed for the day’s use or country’s legality.
The Sportholster by URBAN TOOL is the most minimal backpack ever created. Despite this ultra minimalism, it does not lose any functionalism as its meant to be a mobile and flexible bag while used in the most physical of activities. Making the SportHolster an ideal travel backpack as a backup or extra daypack. This minimal backpack has 5 cleverly placed pockets, all of which are highly ergonomically placed and accessible without taking off the bag. Read the SportHolster review by VINJABOND.
Much like the hooded travel pillow, the Travel Billow is an innovation in the otherwise bland travel pillow market. Made by PeachFur, the Travel Billow is is unique in that its a regular curved neck pillow but a soft fleece blanket pulls out from within the pillow. Best of all, once the blanket is out, you can blow up a hidden air pocket inside so you have full use of a blanket and pillow at the same time. This is the ultimate travel pillow + blanket.
The Micro Suitcase Scooter is the definitive answer to those long walks around an airport with your luggage. Sure this particular luggage also works as a regular wheeled suitcase you can trail behind you but also as a fully functional kickboard scooter to speed you around the terminals. The suitcase looks like a regular suitcase until you fold out the scooter to ride, fairly seamlessly. The actual suitcase is designed by Samsonite so thats awesome and the scooter part even has breaks!
There’s no shortage of waterproof cases and lens enhancers for the iPhone but Hitcase Pro is not only both but also the best there is. Considered a great GoPro alternative as an action and travel camera if you already have an iPhone. Built with the toughness of a tank but without the weight that can also go 10 meters underwater. The built in wide angle lens gives it exceptional photographing and filming features. All functions of the iPhone are accessible while the case is on. Read the Hitcase Pro for iPhone review.
Every single snorkeling mask (cheap or expensive) is based on the same principle; mouthpiece connected to a bent tube. While effective enough to have not changed in many years, the Easybreath Snorkeling Mask is a giant step in advancement to be the ultimate snorkeling mask. The biggest difference is that its a full face mask instead of just the mouth and separate goggles for the eyes. Second, you can breathe comfortably with your nose with no fogging or unwanted water intake.
The Knee Defender is a brilliant solution to a very specific problem: lack of space in an airplane seat because the person in front reclined too much. This problem is especially bad for tall people but goes beyond that to anyone using their tray. By placing the a Knee Defender on each of the arms of your own tray, it will effectively limit the ability for the person in front to recline their seat. The FAA says it is okay to use as long as its not during taxing, takeoffs and landings.
The Alpaca Warrior Gloves by Men In Cities is a glove perfect for the true minimalist, fashionable warrior or the stylish traveler. Made from real alpaca fur, these boxing-fist-wrap style gloves are surprisingly warm considering the less than normal skin coverage. The super soft texture is a joy to touch and wear. Such as you would wrap your hands for boxing or martial arts, the Warrior Gloves are put on the same but with convenient velcro.
The TIHK is a new kind of undetectable handcuff keys made of plastic. Meant to be used if handcuffed illegally; kidnapping. Gear that will most likely never be used but a godsend if and when needed, an excellent item to equip for the tactical traveler. The Tiny Inconspicuous Handcuff Key (TIHK) has a builtin clip that can be hidden and attached on any article of clothing to be used when the need arises. The TIHK is definitely one of the more unique items to travel with but could save your life.
All US passports as well as many countries around the world (and constantly growing) have an integrated radio frequently microchip that works with RFID signals. While increasing the tech factor of passports, it also causes a security issue as criminals with the right gear can steal the data on those chips just by being within close proximity. The Talus RFID Passport Pockets completely blocks signals making it safe from digital theft.
These scarves by PURSonalPreference are possibly the most perfect scarves ever made for travel. Made with a double layer of soft fleece with the hidden pocket that closes with a color coordinating zipper. The pocket is fitted for cash, credit cards, passport and other small items. These scarves come in a variety of colors and prints with fringe ends or clean cut ends. Each scarf includes an elastic fleece ring.
The Due North Everyday G3 Traction Aids are the perfect snowshoe replacements for travel. These add-on shoe spikes are extremely portable made from a durable rubber compound designed for harsh winter conditions and the spikes are tungsten carbide – one of the hardest materials known to man. While minimal and skeletalized, these snow shoe straps are perfect for travelers that will be in icy conditions but don’t want to buy specialized equipment or heavy traditional snow shoes.