Favorite Backpacking Gear?

Before every single on of my backpacking trips, I’ve gone and visited REI here in Seattle for a few new pieces of travel gear. 6 years after my first trip, here are my all time favorite pieces of travel gear:

  1. Amazon Kindle – I purchased my Kindle prior to departing for Europe last spring following the advice of Andrew Mattie (the other co-founder of Oh Hey World). Best purchase ever. 100 times better than carrying heavy books around and trying to find quality English books abroad.
  2. My REI backpack – I used my sister’s backpack for my first few trips abroad, but happy to now have a backpack to call my own.
  3. Macbook Air – What an AWESOME laptop for traveling. Small, lightweight, and a Mac. What more could you ask for?
  4. Polartec tshirts – especially in hot and humid climates (like Ghana), these are a must.
  5. Keens – where would I be without my keens? No clue. Best shoes I’ve ever owned, hands-down.

What are your favorite pieces of backpacking gear?

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Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon & Oh Hey World. He worked for Zillow from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and myKRO.org, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. As passionate as you get about travel.

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