Gear Geek: Road-Tripping

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Gear Geek: Road-Tripping

With consistently low gas prices and our wanderlust for the unexplored raging like a fever, the call of the open road is louder than ever this summer. So start mapping a route to visit all those far-flung breweries, parks, cities, and oddball roadside attractions, and be sure to take these seven clutch road-trippin’ gear must-have’s. Oh, and a good length of rope and a roll of 3M duct tape are also a given. Don’t ever forget the duct tape.

1. Dakine Party Bucket, $55; 2. Rumpl Puffy, Starting at $99; 3. Sea to Summit Escapist Tarp, $169; 4. Patagonia Black Hole Duffel, $129; 5. Yakima Showcase 15 Sky Box, $679; 6. Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 3.0, $130; 7. Adventure Medical Kits Smart Travel, $50.

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).