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Vagabonding Gear - VINJABONDModern vagabonding is like a professional trade that requires a specific system of equipment for the nomadic lifestyle of world travel.

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As vagabonds are the most advanced and comprehensive of travelers, our gear is more specialized and critical than the average tourist or backpacker. *View the specific packing list>>>

Vagabonding Backpack - Vinjabond

EQUIPMENT BACKPACK

The largest and heaviest part of the travel packing system. Gear that is bulky or not necessarily needed for immediate use. In terms of vagabonding and for the purposes of world travel, this backpack will serve as your closet and mobile storage facility. For all intents and purposes, you will be “living” out of this backpack… your lifeline for functionality.

THE BACKPACK :  I personally use a 15 liter modified Black Yak duffle bag. The average vagabond should equip a comfortable 20 – 35 liter backpack made of ballistic nylon or Cordura brand materials.

PACKING LIST :
– Most or All Clothing
– Laptop, Cords and Adapters
– Toiletry Kit and Meds
– Backup Credit / Debit Cards
– Extra Set of Footwear


Vagabonding Daypack - Vinjabond

MOBILITY DAYPACK

A much smaller and low profile pack than the equipment backpack. This part of the packing system is meant for gear that will be for immediate or planned use in 6, 12, 24, 48 hour scenarios. For times when you’ll be away from your accommodation and some gear is required but not enough to warrant a full sized backpack. Also known as a “go bag”, the contents are interchangeable from the items of the equipment backpack.

THE DAYPACK :  I use a modified Geigerrig Shuttle Pack that’s actually the most important element of my gear system. The average vagabond should equip a pack at least half the size of the equipment backpack.

PACKING LIST :
– Passport (Or Printed / Digital Copy)
– Emergency Cash in Varying Currencies
– Backup Credit / Debit Cards
– Portable Flat Water Bottle / buy
– Camera, Tablet and Spare Battery
– Small LED Flashlight / buy
– Survival Kit, Knife and Tools / details
– Full Change of Clothes
– Light Jacket, Gloves or Headwear


EDC Vagabonding Gear

EVERYDAY CARRY GEAR

Also known as EDC, this is the gear that’s on your person on a daily basis. Items that are in your pockets or physically worn on the body. Depending on what your doing for the day, items will be changed to accommodate for specific situations; flying, dating, hiking, partying, swimming etc. View my personal EDC urban kit here.

THE WALLET :  Many travelers equip “money belts” that tuck under the pant or shirt directly on the skin. These are unnecessary and uncomfortable. I use an ultra minimal tactical LoPro Wallet.

PACKING LIST :
– Primary Wallet
– Smartphone
– Decoy Wallet
– Space Pen / buy
– Camera
– Passport
– Compass
– USB Stick


Minimalist Holster Vagabonding Gear

MINIMALIST HOLSTER

Not the most necessary part of the system but extremely useful to efficient minimalists. Even smaller than the mobility daypack, this pack should be more of an extension of your clothes to add additional pockets. So the gear should only hold absolute essentials that you would normally have in your clothing pockets. Useful for situations where you need to carry more gear than your pockets can hold but not enough for an actual backpack.

THE HOLSTER : There aren’t many choices for this specific type of bag but the one that I use (modified) is exceptional for this purpose; the SportHolster.

PACKING LIST :
– Cash and Credit Cards
– Copy of Passport
– Accommodation Key
– Map and Printed Data
– Knife and Tools
– Survival Kit / details
– Compass
– Loose Coins




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This vagabonding equipment and gear system is a base guideline for the nomadic lifestyle. Each individual traveler should adapt this system to meet their own needs and specifications.

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4 COMMENTS ///

  1. Felipe Fenton

    Do you use the Geigerrig as a hydration pack? How do you attach it to your main backpack? Are you still using the Black Yak or are you using the TAD Litespeed?

    Great articles. Thanks for posting!

    • JOHN V CAIN //

      I’ve gone through lots of gear changes since this article was posted over a year ago. So the Geigerrig is gone and indeed using the TAD Litespeed and the Black Yak.

      But I will be posting a revised edition of this post soon!


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