Please welcome our newest writer, Mike Kineman.
Mike grew up in Great Britain and studied Political Science at Indiana Wesleyan University. He recently spent two years teaching English to children in South Korea. In his free time he enjoys hiking, writing, photography, and strong black coffee as often as possible. He is currently living in England where he plans to do an MA in Creative Non-fiction in the fall.
Every year I travel, I inevitably end up doing two things. Firstly, I always end up packing my bag to maximum capacity. Always. The second problem probably creates the first: I’m always scouring the internet for new items to make traveling that little bit easier.
The last couple years I’ve gotten into the whole backpacking thing more so than ever before. One of my favorite parts is that I’m always meeting new people and getting to see how they do the whole traveling thing from the inside.
This last year for instance, I traveled with two of my good friends. One is a successful accountant in his mid-twenties in corporate America. The other is late twenties, an adventure junkie, and an English teacher in South Korea. It’s safe to say that these two had very different approaches to traveling but both of them brought things I ended up purchasing for myself.
This list is a compilation of some of the most recent items I’ve bought as well as some classic essentials that I’ve had from the beginning. Some are more specific to backpackers and others are for general vacation travel.
Either way though, whether you’re into adventure and adrenaline or whether you’re into organization and convenience, there’s something here for you from all corners of the traveling world. These are the things that I never walk out of my door without.