Comfort is one of the most important things about traveling. I am not talking about how ergonomic our backpack is or how thin our laptops or how light our cameras are. Comfort as in, feeling at home, a small thin layer of bubble that we surround ourselves especially in the unknown worlds(although, for some, being in the unknown that makes them comfortable, it is their home). Sometimes, its not the need that truly protects us from insanity but the novelty of these anchors us back home and lets us breathe and relax through the journey. This is true if you’re staying in one place for a long time, you will want some kind of comfort that you’re used to at home.
Lets start off with..
I have been using moleskin brand Journals due to its beautiful soft leather covers and premium made papers. I write most of my useless ideas and drawings. Before this blog began, most of my ideas about travel and photography was written, pasted in several differnt journals over the course of 8 years. Paper was my medium. Writing on this journal is a gave me a sophisticated experience. I love these journals. Pick one up here (here)
The pen that I used was the Pilot Hi-Tech 0.3mm due to its sheer thin lines. I enjoyed writing on any paper. Especially on the Moleskin Journal. Find it on Amazon here.
One of the things we don’t really think or over think about when were traveling are pants. They are half part of our body and the pants that I carry and love are the Bullheads’ Joggers. I love these pants, I have two pairs of them and they are the most comfortable, stylish pants I have ever worn. I bought one from Pacsun back in 2013 and I immediately felt like a new pair of legs were installed on my waist(and buttocks, they make your butt look tight). They are professional looking enough to wear to work, going out to a club or a date, being casual and I even used it when jogging or playing basketball. All in all, these pants were the ultimate joggers I ever worn. Thank the Gods of pants and Bullhead.
Pick one up from Pacsun or Bullhead website for $50 (http://www.pacsun.com/bullhead-denim-co./solid-knee-dart-jogger-pants-0133436750129.html)
There are a handful of travel guitars in the world. I currently own a beautiful BT1 Taylor Travel Guitar thats approximately 2 years old that I have been traveling with for 6 months. I has made it through the cold winters of Bolivia, Peru and the 100% humidity of the Pacific and the heat in most Northern areas of Colombia. I have taken care of this guitar only with a large multi tool scarf. After my careless handles on this guitar, it has survived with me like a champ.
I recently found a guitar that made so much sense when traveling. Below is a picture of KLŌS Travel guitar. It weighs almost nothing(2.8lbs about two large sized burritos from Chipotle). The neck collapses for portability and have been tested in water, ice, a baseball throw. I mean this guitar is unbelievable. No more hassle when going to the airport and getting your guitar checked because it isn’t small enough to be a carry on. And when you do get your bag checked after the x-ray, TSA is going to be like, “is that a collapsible guitar?!” Saves you money from checked in baggage and time at the baggage claim. Also when you’re traveling by bus and don’t want to stow your guitar in other strangers bags(some may even steal your guitar). The guitar may be even small enough to fit inside a locker, when you’re on the go, and want to leave it in a hostel/hotel. I want one badly
(Photo credits from: http://www.klosguitars.com/) Pick one up for $599.99
The notebook I carry at the moment is an 11in. 2014 MacbookAir. Simple, fast quick and easy and reliable Operating System. Everything is ready when I open the computer. There’s no hassle in turning on or off the computer, it can be on hibernation mode for days and it wont drain the battery, or . Less vulnerable to virus compared to Microsoft. Battery charges as fast as it is closed. 0-100% in less than 90 minutes. Wifi connectivity is top notch which means it can connect 50% farther than most Microsoft laptops.
This one you will never find it online. A unique photographer, Mijonju inspired me to make a cropper, He is a Japanese photographer who shoots film. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pfnwc285z4) One of my inspirations why I picked up a camera. You can buy a Cropper here (http://toycamera.co.kr/index.html) Below is my homemade version of it. If you look through this you’ll see a normal world turned interesting. How? When you focus on one eye through the window, it eliminates the space outside it.
This is how you use it.
One of the most used items in my bag is a headphone. This is important to solidify your bubble whether you’re in a cafe, on a bus, airplane, train or walking casually amongst the streets of the unknown city. It is a natural mood blaster, couch chiller. It enhances your travel experience by a whole lot. The current headphone I am using now is a Chinese bluetooth headphone that I don’t even know the name of. Ive ordered through Amazon this week and hopefully, I’ll get it(currently in Colombia). I would recommend buying Bose since the locals doesn’t know of this brand. Its is soft, comfortable and light to carry. I bought a very cheap can called Monoprice due to cheapness and high reviews. Here’s a youtube video for your convenience (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbSU_PqtTQ8)
What else is in my book bag.
XTI with a 16-55 2.8 lens I bought in Colombia.
My bandaged-up Taylor Guitar. Its not really “in” my bag but on me. The white tape is only for show. Looks broken eh?
A birthday gift from bro. Thanks for filling my immagination sir.
Smaller trinkets I have that help me travel and do work on the go!