The idea of buy once, buy right
I don't know why but I always like to think about travel and minimalism. I guess it's because of this concept of optionality, that I dove into when reading Antifragile by Nassim Taleb. Having optionality gives you freedom. And I like freedom.
So I always do research about things that I possess or like to possess. I know it's a weird thought to think about things, but I'm not trying to live in the woods on love and air, so I appreciate good gear.
In my ideal world of "minimalist traveling optionality" a few things exist, that would make my working and personal life enjoyable. This is an unordered list of these things:
- a MacBook (Air)
I currently have a 11inch MacBook Air, but would love to change it with a 12inch MacBook with a bit more power. It does everything I need, when I want to work: I can write, design, code, research and create with it. I love that.
- Bose Noise-Canceling Headphones
A definite must when traveling or trying to focus on important work. They are even great headphones without the noise-canceling feature. I'm not an audiophile, so I can't differentiate the difference of sound quality, meaning Bose works for me.
- Apple EarPods
Perfect when working out or commuting, especially in Summer. I've never had this much quality in in-ear headphones for that price. Great allrounders
- Goruck GR1
I used to have Rush12 by 5.11 Tactical and I loved that backpack, so versatile. But the it was just too small. The 21l barely worked for me on a 3-day trip. My ideal bag size is around 24-26l where I can pack stuff for about 5 days. The Goruck fits that category perfectly. It's also extremely comfortable to wear. I love it as an EDC (every day carry) and as a travel backpack.
- Klean Kanteen Water bottle
I have the Reflect with 532ml capacity and a bamboo cap. Works perfectly as a foam roller when on the road and is just the perfect size when traveling (not too much to drink up when you're in airport security) and when working (just small enough so you have to get up regularly to fill it up)
- iPhone 6S Plus
My camera, my research lab, my notepad, my music player. This device does it all, and blazingly fast. I imagine this + an external keyboard to me my mobile workstation when I need to.
- Amazon Kindle Keyboard
I still have the old one and its battery life has gotten worse, but I still love that thing. Small, perfect for travel and all the knowledge in the world in one device. I'm a big fan of physical books, but I don't discriminate anymore, I read on my iPhone when commuting, on my Kindle when traveling and on my physical book when I'm at home. I might exchange this in the future for a Kindle Voyage or Paperwhite, it's about time.
- Accuball Small
This is the small version and perfect for traveling and always having it with you. Perfect to massage neck, arms and even legs if you're a little creative.
- Uniqlo V Neck Shirt Heattech
I love uniqlo stuff for all things basic, especially their shirts are comfortable, versatile and look amazing with jeans. I rock a heattech shirt almost all summer.
- Feiyue Martial Arts Shoes
These are the minimalist shoes before there were any minimalist shoes. They cost like 20 bucks and are perfect for every day use and walking. I'd love to see them in all white and I'll probably casey neistat-ify them by painting them myself.
- Myles Apparel Everyday Shorts
I love the red ones and love the idea that they look amazing while at the beach, when working out or when you're going out with a button down shirt. Perfect.
- Space Pen
I still have to jot down thoughts, ideas and summaries of things, so the Space Pen is perfect. Works always, even as a lefty and is small.
- Patagonia Nano Puff
Amazing jacket for 75% of all seasons. It protects perfectly against wind, is great when it rains and awesome when you ride on a bike. Unfortunately it's quite thing making it only a layer jacket in winter. You can package it in a way that it is really small.
This list is not complete and only a snapshot of the things I really, really like and I'd like to add things to it as I go.