Think glamorous meets efficient as fuck. A Christmas list for a Nomad is comprised of compact, efficient, multi-purpose items that make the travel geek in all of us squeal.
- Subscription to Elephant Journal, an online magazine. Yup, a virtual gift 🙂 This is one of my favorite online magazines that I visit regularly for inspiration and have even been published on once with Insubordinate Lover. Only $24/year or $108 for a lifetime membership.
- The Scrubba Wash Bag. Okay, I haven’t used this before. But if I currently had an address, I’d order one right now. It’s a super compact wash bag that doubles as a dry bag! I don’t take a lot of clothes with me when I travel, plus I buy some brands that it’s ideal to hand wash them anyway. Washing in a sink is cool, but this thing uses little ‘nobules’ on the inside that help to scrub your clothes the same way that a washboard would. It’s a little bit of an investment, but that fact that it doubles as a dry bag makes it reasonable to me.
- This Crop Hooded Cardigan is probably my single favorite clothing item. It’s my comfy jacket as well as my trendy jacket, pretty much all I need. I can change the style easily and the material is super soft. Plus, Zhen Nymph, the company is even more amazing for their sustainable practices and focus on quality.
- Asana Flashcards! While traveling, it’s hard to stay confident with your yoga practice without an instructor or community that you practice with regularly. These cards are incredibly helpful and look beautiful with their handwritten designs. I sometimes lay a sequence out around my yoga mat if I’m practicing alone. Find this one in 108YogaLove‘s store on Etsy.
- Halle Pant from PrAna. The hunt for the perfect pair of pants is one of the realest clothing struggles. I need my pants to do everything. They need to hike, run, do yoga, fire dance, climb, breathe easy, have pockets, roll up nicely in a backpack and make my butt look good. These pants meet my every need! Shout out to my sister for discovering them first 🙂 It’s the only pair of pants that I travel with. All I need. Thank you, PrAna.
- GoPro HERO4 Silver. As much as I would love to have all the fancy cameras in the universe, my GoPro is my primary. The photo and video quality more than meets my needs. I love that I can take quality photos from my videos using the app. Most importantly, the size is clutch. Carrying around a lot of gear is not for me.
- REI Half Dome 2 Plus Tent. Both my best friend and my boyfriend have this tent and I love it. (Currently, my solo tent is still one that I ground scored at Coachella last year that has ‘MegaTent’ spray-painted on the side, but when I do upgrade, this one is at the top of my list. Super lightweight, the use of space inside makes it feel much larger than it is, door openings on each side, awesome color options, etc. Plus, it’s on sale right now for $150.
- Manduka Superlite Yoga Mat. Before coming on this venture to Nicaragua, I thought, oh I’ll be fine with the yoga mat that I have. But when it came down to it, I decided the bulk of my mat wasn’t going to work. Wish I would have invested in this mat. I haven’t tried this brand yet, but it’s on my list for when I return to the US.
- Carry-On Cocktail Kit. Wait, what? Seriously! This one is a little less for efficiency, but it’s a great way to send someone off on a flight. I love to have a cocktail when I hop on a plane. It is a celebration of starting a new adventure after all. It’s a cute way to send someone good vibes without lugging them down with ‘stuff’. I love these from Uncommon Goods, but you could also make your own personal one too.
- Shantaram. Or a good book in general. But the awesome thing about this one is that you don’t have to be afraid to buy the used copy of Amazon because that basically gives your nomad the ability to pass the book along after they’re done with it guilt-free. I never prefer a new book because then I feel obligated to hold on to it because it’s expensive. This is a book I regret not buying before coming to Nicaragua and have been looking for every time I find a bookstore.
- Banana Flask. Dead serious. Sometimes, it’s nice to have silly things like that. I’ve made so many new friends because of my damn banana flask, it’s unreal. It doesn’t have to be a flask. But something useful that’s also a little silly is dope. It works as a conversation starter, or something random to make a stranger smile. (This would fall mostly in the glamorous department oddly enough.)
- Versatile jewelry. Something lightweight that can be worn on any occasion. Whether venturing or socializing. Aim for things that have neutral colors so they work with anything.
Otherwise, remember to shop local, question the practices of who you’re buying from and that it’s not all about presents. Cheers!