With travel, you never forget the big things—watching the sun spill gold and bright over Angkor Wat at dawn, the gob-smacking reveal when you reach the summit of Machu Picchu, the thunderous crash of icebergs falling into the surf. It’s often the reason for the trip in the first place. But it’s the little things—the slightly bitter tea you drank while watching the sun rise in Cambodia or the neon green-colored grass under your feet in Peru high up in the Andes—that creep back years later and inspire that quiet smile. These little things become your own little travel secrets. And these travel accessories are the gear-centric equivalent. Modest in size and (mostly) modest in price, they may not carry the lion’s share of a traveler’s burden. But they sure make it a whole lot more memorable.
1. Icebreaker Sphere Scarf, $40. 2. Thomas Bates Deerfield Leather Money Belt, $35. 3. BlackRapid Curve (Men’s) and Kick (Women’s) Camera Straps, $62. 4. & 5. ExOfficio Give-N-Go Underwear (Men’s & Women’s), Starting at $20. 6. Stetson by Josh Lord Trilby Hat, $55. 7 & 8. Smartwool Gridlock Crew Sock (Men’s) and Ethno Graphic Crew Sock (Women’s), $20. 9. Apple Watch, Starting at $349
Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).