Gear Recommendations For The Nomadic Athlete


For those athletes that gravitate toward the more extreme sports like rock climbing, surfing, skiing, etc., the lifestyle often involves frequent travel and staying in some extreme locations. That means that there’s a good likelihood that for a good portion of the year, these athletes are living out of a duffle bag, tent or van. With that in mind, here’s a look at some essential gear for these nomadic adventurers.

America The Beautiful Pass

This small card won’t take up much room, but it will open some huge doors for you. The America The Beautiful Pass will give you access to over 2,000 federally managed recreation sites, including all of the National Parks.

Pocket Journal

For jotting down route names, directions or thoughts about the epic road trip you just took. If you can afford it, go with a rustic leather version that can accept refills once you fill all the pages. It’ll last forever, and your grandkids can fight over it when you’re gone.

Crushable Down Blanket

A good down blanket will quickly become a nomad’s favorite piece of gear. You can crush them down to fit into a daypack, and they’ll still provide plenty of warmth on chilly nights. You can find them at fairly affordable prices, so you don’t have to worry about dragging it around outside or sitting next to a campfire.

Nylon Hammock

If hung properly, a camping hammock will offer one of the best night’s sleep you’re likely ever to experience. There are plenty of brands on the market, but ENO (Eagle’s Nest Outfitters) Kammock Roo are two of the leaders in the industry. Even a double hammock for two can crush down to roughly the size of a grapefruit so that they won’t take up much space, and you can even use it in your office at home when you’re not on the road!

Travel Fishing Rod

A travel fishing rod won’t take up much space in a bag, car or van, and it can quite literally be a lifesaver. You can use it to catch food for survival, but it’s just as fun to catch and release on those relaxing days parked next to a stream. There’s a wide range of prices when it comes to travel fishing kits, so look for one that makes sense for your budget.