- Buyer's Guide
8 Rugged and Durable Travel Essentials
From cars to planes, and boats to trains. Urban excursions to outdoor expeditions. No matter where you’re going and how you’re getting there, traveling is tough on your gear. The elements, abrasive surfaces, and regular use all take their toll on your travel gear. But investing in some quality pieces now will repay you in years to come when they’re still going strong. Not to mention giving you the confidence to do more and go further because your reliable gear can handle it. And these 8 rugged and durable travel essentials are all worthy considerations for your next packing list…
Punctures in your bag are a pain. But the self-healing fabric of the Wolverine Pack provides an easy fix on the go. Yep, self-healing. Simply rub the fabric with your fingers and heat and friction will do the rest. Add the bag’s lightweight, weather-resistant and packable design to the mix, and you’ve got a great travel buddy for a variety of urban or outdoor adventures.
The Performance Twill Jeans offer a good balance of style, durability and versatility. Ideal if you want to keep packing to a minimum, these jeans have a slim-straight fit and can move easily between outdoor and urban pursuits. The stretch twill construction is comfortable and the wicking finish helps pull moisture away from the skin while repelling water. And with five pockets, you’ve got plenty of options for stashing small items.
The Mission Duffel is made for rugged use, with a durable water-resistant build and multiple carry options. Carry it by hand, with the removable shoulder strap or with the stowable backpack straps. A choice of pockets keep smaller items accessible, while the horseshoe-shaped opening lets you easily pack and reach gear without rummaging. A solid all-rounder whether you’re heading on a weekend getaway or longer trip and need reliable carry by your side.
Trusty footwear is one of the most important things to pack for traveling. But to really excel they need to nail comfort, durability and versatile style. Just like the Mark Albert Traveler Boot. Handmade in the USA, this Huckberry exclusive version is crafted with full-grain Horween leather in a handsome British Tan Outlaw colorway. Tough enough for the trails but suave enough for stepping out on the town, these boots offer all-day comfort and will keep you strolling in style.
Wheel-free bags are great when you need to move quickly and agilely. But other times it’s better to take a load off and let your luggage take the strain. This is where the Mystery Ranch Mission Wheelie shines. The durable off-road wheels can handle a range of smooth and rough terrains alike. For added maneuverability the case also offers top and side carry handles. Thoughtful organization is at the ready with interior pockets, exterior access laundry storage for dirty clothes, a separate bottom compartment for shoes or other dirty items, plus a top exterior pocket for small essentials. Additionally, the horseshoe-shaped zipper enables easy access throughout the main compartment. Built tough with 1000D Cordura, the case features a flexible EVA foam exterior combined with a molded polycarbonate interior. The result? Great durability, protection for your gear, and a design that will embrace the knocks and scrapes of travel.
The R&R Weekender is a hard-wearing grab-and-go hauler for short trips and weekend getaways. Made by hand in Chicago, it features tough, water-repellent M35 Military truck tarpaulin vinyl/canvas and Horween Austin calf leather. And for added protection from the elements, the bag also includes a water-resistant lining and zipper. In addition to a removable shoulder strap the weekender has top and side carry handles to maneuver it in tight spaces and over shorter distances. Suitable for carry-on use across multiple airlines, this carry beast tackles journeys near and far, never shirking from the rough and tumble of demanding use.
Patagonia’s Tough Puff Hoody is an adaptable all-rounder that provides warmth, freedom of movement and water resistance. Durable for the outdoors yet sleek enough to stay stylish in urban settings, all in a design that’s easy to pack and won’t weigh you down. The jacket features a water-repellent and stretchy outer shell, a moisture-wicking lining and breathable FullRange™ stretch insulation that stays warm when wet. Front and hand pockets keep essentials within easy reach, while elasticized cuffs help keep heat in and are easy to move.
Most of the time you’re not going to need a fully waterproof bag. But if you’ll be traveling in wet conditions or doing water-based activities on your trips, having a waterproof bag provides peace of mind. The YETI Panga is fully submersible, so you can be sure when gear has to stay dry, it will. Made with rugged high-density nylon and an EVA molded base, this duffel will take a beating so you don’t need to worry about holding back when adventure calls. Lash points help you secure the bag in place or alternatively attach exterior items, and two mesh pockets provide storage for smaller items.