There is no such thing as ‘the best gear for travelling’ but the one that meets your needs. Expect very few things nothing is universally necessary, situations make hardware useful or useless. Think about what is useful will lose you, almost everything in certain conditions is extremely useful but we can’t bring everything. Trust your mind and your hands and focus on the necessary. We don’t always need the best: a trek on the hardest Alpine route probably requires very good boots, a stroll in the Leicestershire’s countryside on a sunny day only a pair of slippers and a cup of tea.
Some items, as first aid kit, are carried on hoping to never use them or they are extremely useful for very specific situations that you bring them even if you already know to take them out just few times. Don’t exaggerate: we can’t be ready for everything. Items can be exchanged, bought, sold on the way. Your bag has not to be perfect from the first step. Don’t expect to be fully satisfied by a list of items made by somebody else: a list of the best travel gear can be done only by you, because only you know where you are going, what you are going to do and how you are going to do it. This list will improve with your experience. Some good advices (as it is this article) could make this process faster maybe, but unfortunately there is no way to spare you all the possible mistakes.
Travelling is a big business. There are thousands of brands offering a never ending range of products for every price and needs. Every year the catalogues grow bigger. Most of these products, as camel baggies, are useless or make you spend money for things that you could do more efficiently by yourself or by using no tools. Producers make choices oriented to sell more and not only to be better. Don’t be mislead by colours, names of the products and fame of the brand. Many high tech novelty are only attempt to make us by a new product. Don’t be obsessed by the idea to have the proper thing for everything, the tap of a tuna can perfectly acts as a knife. Our mind and hands are the most impressive tools one can find on the planet at coast 0. I would spend a fortune for a frontal lamp, if I were a speleologist, but I am not, I don’t need to break the darkness of the under world, I need to fry sausages and write a diary. What we need is not the best but something that suits our necessities at the right price.
When you feel lost about travel gears think that beginning in the palaeolithic age, with nothing more than animal skins and few stone tools, mankinds colonized the world and learn how to whistle. Gears make things easier, you make it possible.