Quick Interview: What would you take with you? [Part 2]

Earlier in the week we brought you two responses from fellow bloggers and travelers, so now it’s our turn to respond!

Just in case you missed the responses from Elle and Paul, click here to read that.

Vegas’s Response

“A towel.

OK so not really just a towel but after reading Elle’s response in Part 1 of this question, I realize how ingenious having a scarf or light towel could be. Sarong wouldn’t really work for me. Despite what Dante may think. -.- So I’d probably carry some of the basic survival gear, a good multi-tool. Multiple ways of starting a fire is a must if camping will be involved. I know in theory how to make fire from ice, tin can and chocolate, and fire bows. I love using my flint & steel though, very light weight, compact and can be dropped in water but still work. Even if I’m going to work, I never leave the house without a way to write down thoughts,ideas, and super secret Samurai moves. Even though Moleskins may seem a little overpriced I’ve found that when I purchase a nice notebook, I’m intrigued to use it more. Same with pens but that’s a whole post Steve and I could write about. (We call ourselves Stylophiles) A flipcam, gps, phone (which can take great pictures) and a solar charger for my gadgets. I’d have to invest in some durable hardware knowing the trouble I tend to get into. I’d also probably carry a few divided water-proof containers of basic seasonings to make food more palatable.”

Dante’s Response

“So for those of you who haven’t hung around with me,  most of the time I actually do carry a small pack with me, some people call them EDC bags. (EDC stands for every day carry)  Some people get pretty crazy with these, but I’m no survivalist, nor do I worry about some impending disaster, so my EDC pack is pretty bland.  Just like the name implies my pack only has items that I think I might need in day to day events.  I also carry a few odd ball items because sometimes I’ve gotten into situations where I’m sitting there thinking to myself “… if only!… if only I had a {Blank}…” So, if I had to pick just one item out of my pack to carry with me it would have to be my Leatherman Wave.

Everyone’s seen these pocket multi tools around, and there are many different styles, Leatherman alone makes several models all suited for different things.  Gerber and a few other companies make these things and you can even find cheap multi tools in the checkout lines or at gas stations… but in my opinion nothing compares to my Wave tool.  It’s perfect in every way, packs up tight and feels more solid than any other multi tool I have used (and I work in a machine shop, I know my way around tools) it’s just the right size and has all the tools in it I will ever need without being too big. (this palm sized contraption packs in 17 different tools)

Granted, traveling the world I might have issues getting a pocket knife through airport security these days but if I had to take only one thing, my Leatherman is defiantly a must…”

Steve’s Response

“I am the member of our triad who this question most applies to.  Starting in early July my soon-to-be wife and I will be embarking on a 3-5 month backpacking trip throughout the majority of Europe.  There will be an entire series of posts as well as an interview about this adventure coming soon.

As I am leaving soon, I have been thinking a great deal about what we will be bringing with us on our trip.  We will basically be living out of one bag each for the duration of our travels, so weight, size, and essential items are very important to us.  We are expecting to be staying some of the time in hostels and some of the time in campgrounds (and hopefully some of the time couchsurfing with connections we make along the way (if you can help with this in any way please let me know!)).  For this reason we have to be strategic in our packing and planning process to prepare for both city and country dwelling.  So we are trying to take the best for both.  Our essentials are including the basics: a light backpacking tent, compact sleeping bags, camping stove/cooking equipment.

The really important things that we are currently focusing on though are travel guides for the various countries, language phrasebooks, and the proper tech for keeping in touch with each other as well as the outside world.  There is one tech device that I am considering to be essential for our travels.  It would by my Kindle Keyboard. This to me is a necessity for the trip, both to be entertained as well as learning.  I have a wealth of books loaded on my device about survival, camping, cooking, language, and the like.  We are also keeping digital copies of our travel guides on the Kindle so that we can access them quickly while on the road.”

We also have a very special response from Steve’s uncle Howard!

Howard Rice is a renowned sailor and international traveler splitting his time between Japan, the United States, and the Federated States of Micronesia.  Howard made his mark on the sailing world in 1990 when he  sailed and paddled a sailing canoe solo around Cape Horn, Chile considered by many sailors to be the Mount Everest of sailing challenges.  A former professor at the College of Micronesia-FSM Howard now consults and travels the globe instructing on sail training and sustainable tourism.

Site: Small Craft Skills Academy

“I carry the following items:
1. A 6″x6″ piece of birch bark folded very small and rolled around 6 waterproof matches finished with a rubber band. No matter how wet it is you can start a fire with birch bark, guaranteed.

2. A 1oz nalgene or other container of a favorite designer vinegar. A light sip of this with just about any meal, foraged food, as an element to mask an unpleasant but necessary eat or sprinkled on rice, salad etc is worth its weight.

3. 1 pair of latex gloves in a film container. You just never know when these will come in handy. First aid, greasy bike chain, auto repair on a Belizean juggle road, etc.

4. A 4x6sq ft super light tarp, sheet of plastic. Great as ground cover for a sit down, keeps the sun and rain off one or two people, use it as a quick backpack cover, throw it in the bed of a dirty Chinese army flat bed when hitching a ride, a great wind break. make this a piece of plastic or cloth you can trash and replace. Don’t use your tent ground cover for this purpose as you want to keep it intact, no holes.

5. Signal mirror.

6. Duct tape pulled off a roll and taped around another item, a small length for repairs.

7. Waterproof headlamp with optional red lens.

There are other items I like but I fear I am beginning to bore.”


We’re having a lot of fun with these questions and hope you will leave your responses as well in the comment section below!

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