Exile Lifestyle

by Colin Wright

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Everything I Own

Here is a list of the necessities that I will need for my travels. Let me know what you would recommend for some or all of the items, as this will be all I have, and I want to make sure I have the best I can get! On the items that I pretty much know what I’ll be getting, I’ll show what I’ve decided on in parenthesis, though you should totally feel free to disagree with my decision and tell me why (I love to be proven wrong, if it leads to me having the best equipment for the job!).

Work

  • Laptop (Macbook Pro 15″)
  • Netbook
  • Flash Drive
  • Portable Harddrive
  • Main Phone
  • Second Phone
  • BT Headset (Jawbone Prime)
  • Document Holder
  • Outlet Adapters/Converters

Travel

  • Messenger Bag/Day Bag
  • Luggage
  • Camera (Canon G10)
  • SD/Memory Cards (Eye-Fi + big one)
  • Multitool
  • Flashlight
  • Sketchbook
  • Notebook (
  • Padlocks
  • Electronic Equipment Cases (Pelican?)
  • Credit Card Survival Tool
  • Tripod (Gorillapod)
  • Pens
  • Camcorder

Personal

  • Watch
  • Workout Equipment
  • Earplugs
  • Toothbrush
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bank Cards
  • Money/Passport Belt
  • Sunglasses
  • Wallet
  • Headphones
  • Insulated Water Bottle/Thermos
  • Lighter/Matches

Update: April 22, 2016

Okay, I often tell people that when I started traveling I had a lot of the wrong stuff, and this list shows a bit of how that happened.

It speaks volumes that I listed ‘lighter/matches,’ for instance. What for? I don’t smoke. I wasn’t going camping. The reason it was on there, I think, is that I carried a lighter while at university because it was an easy way to make friends when someone asked you if you had one for their cigarette. Applying the same logic to what you might need on the road is silly, but it made sense in context.

The 15″ Macbook Pro was way too massive for the travel lifestyle. I remember trying to open it on a bus in South America, once, and the space available was far too small. I could barely pull it out of my too-big bag. Switching to a 13″ was wonderful, once I got used to the reduced screen real estate. Not carrying two laptops (why? Because at the time I was thinking, “Why not?”), not carrying exercise equipment, and not carrying even small superfluous things (like the bluetooth headset) makes one’s journey much more pleasant.

A concise, orderly bag makes for a carefree traveler.

What I carry today I can list off the top of my head:

Everlane Weekender duffel bag, briefcase-sized day bag, toiletry bag, 13″ Macbook Pro, laptop sleeve, iPhone 6s Plus, Cocoon Grid-It organizer, headphones w/ microphone, backup battery, Kindle Paperwhite, wireless bluetooth keyboard, Architect’s Wallet, tripod, camera, travel umbrella, portable flash drive, resistance band, lav mic, Shoulderpod S1, Gorillapod, ear plugs, and clothing (which change frequently, based on how quickly I wear through them).