the SLK Christmas wishlist: travel gear + goodies for 2019


The holidays are here people and man, oh man, have they not come at the perfect time! I desperately need to refresh and update my travel gear before the new year filled with boarding passes and bookings kicks off!

This year, I have quite a few colder destinations and big hikes on the horizon, and that means I’ll be needing to invest in some higher quality winter weather gear. Of course, I also have a few trips planned in the Southeast Asian humidity and heat, which requires a different set of items entirely.


Yes. But simply put, life costs money and traveling requires gear and goodies. I’ve made sure the majority of listed companies in this post are conscious brands with a mission of some sort. These companies are among my absolute favourites. It’s because of this that I’m more than happy to invest my money in these pieces and feel good recommending others do to.


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1.A Low-temp, high-quality puffer jacket

Anyone who has known me for one iota of a second knows that I’m a major fan of Everlane, having denim, an anorak, and t-shirts from their catalog. Their ReNew collection is their most innovative yet. The ReNew Long Puffer in olive green has my eyes giddy. It’s the classic style I adore with a sustainable twist I also adore. Alternatively, and unexpectedly {seeing I don’t normally wear pastels or neons…}, the ReNew Puffy Puff gives me Kim Kardashian vibes in the best way possible while maintaining a guarantee to keep me warm in…let’s say Nepal…

Everlane’s ReNew Collection has engineered plastic bottles into classic pieces everyone will want to wear.

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2. Hiking boots

For my new hiking boots, I’d like some with higher ankle support and better laces. My trusty Merrell’s have served me well, but their laces have been notoriously hard to keep tied. These Timberland Women’s Norwood Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots {pictured on the left} are not only nice to look at, but they’re The Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Amped Hiking Boot {pictured on the right} is highly reviewed and recommended by those who are expert trekkers.

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3. Warm layers

The Everlane Cashmere Waffle Square Turtleneck is high on my list of “wants”. Their original cashmere is super soft and amazing quality, but I have yet to try their turtleneck or their new textured cashmere. It’s time for an update to the layers that will be keeping me cozy on cool evenings. As a long-time lover of Everlane’s 100% Human Collection, I can attest to the quality of their tees, but, this Christmas, I’m asking Santa for The 100% Human Unisex French Terry Sweatshirt to keep me warm in cooler climates! Similarly, the ReNew Fleece Sweatshirt, made out of recycled plastic bottles, looks ridiculously soft. I like the Brick, Golden Brown, and Black colours selections.

Everlane has a “Radical Transparency” policy that guarantees workers are paid fair wages, given the best working conditions, and that all factories are inspected regularly.

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4. stylish + functional backpack

In 2016, my father gifted me a black backpack for my travels. Complete with a million pockets, including a place to put my laptop, the pack has gone everywhere with me. Unfortunately, that has led to it having holes in its side pockets and a rip in the laptop sleeve. Wah wah wah. The North Face- BTTFB BACKPACK would be an ideal, not to mention stylish, replacement.

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I’ve recently lost some weight, which means that my clothes aren’t fitting the way they should or used to, especially my pants. There is nothing I love more than a classic pair of boyfriend jeans— good denim in general actually. Ones that fit well around the waist, crop in the correct place, and are comfortable enough to travel around in. Everlane denim I own currently {the wide leg crop pants and the high-waisted denim} has never disappointed me. The fit is true and they never over-stretch, did I mention they make your bum look goood?! This pair from Everlane, The Relaxed Boyfriend Jean, are my denim dreams come to life.

Waste water from Everlane’s denim is engineered bricks that are made into homes for factory workers.

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6. Comfy travel shoes

My Nikes are great for staying in shape while abroad, but they aren’t universally aesthetically pleasing with every outfit {gotta look chis for those ‘grams, ya know?} . I’m pretty partial to my Keds Women's Champion Original Canvas Sneaker, those the ones I own have seen a fair few miles and are looking worse for wear. The response to my dirty Keds from my friend in Wellington, notorious for liking his shoes clean, was, “well I don’t love them like that.” Proof that I need a new pair, Santa! As a “mostly wears boots” girl, however, this bit would be incomplete without adding a pair of sleek-looking ankle boots to my wishlist, like these from FreePeople.

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After my power bank bit the bullet in China {RIP}, I’m in sore shape when my phone dies while I’m out and about, especially if I’m on a job. Both the NIFTY Mobile Charger and the Cynthia Rowley External Battery Pack would be lifesavers and sleek little replacements.

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While it’s only been a recent development that I’ve been better about the explore-exercise balance of life on the road, finding a minimal set of products for an on-the-go look is something I’ve got down to an art. My travel makeup bag is almost exclusively Glossier, thanks to their dewy products and beautiful packaging {I’m a sucker for branding}. Boy Brow, Haloscope, Cloud Paint {mine are in Dusk and Beam}, and the Priming Moisturizer all washed off with Milky Jelly Cleanser…done, hunny. On a really yucky skin day, I might swipe on some of their Stretch Concealer too! The best part? All of it comes in carry-on friendly sizes.

All of Glossier’s products are 100% Cruelty-Free, which makes me happy to slather it all over my face, ya dig?

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I have so nearly purchased this bag time and time again. In China, Bali, and even in Laos, I’ve walked right by shops with this little rattan bag and stopped myself from impulsively purchasing the day bag because…well, let’s be honest…what does this bag actually hold?!

After much thought, I think it could be the perfect little warm-weather bag. My phone, some cash, and ID, a miniature hand-sanitizer bottle, and perhaps a battery pack could all fit into this ethically made version of the bag from 31Bits, a company whose products and mission I love in equal measure.

Use my referral code to support my travels and writing, at no extra cost to you, when you make a purchase using my 31Bits link!

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I miss my clothes back in the U.S., patiently awaiting in my wardrobe awaiting my someday return. But, I recognize that traveling in a more minimalist way allows me to travel lighter and farther. That’s where outfit accessories come into play!

Previously, I’ve been very anti-scrunchie. All of that has changed thanks to my hair growing at an insane speed. I’ve finally found love for the hair accessory thanks to Bunhead, a female-run company that makes scrunchies in Vancouver, Canada. My hair no longer suffers lines from hair ties if I sleep with a bun in a scrunchie at night! I can wake up without the need to use heated tools or wash my hair, because my locks are line free and loving wrapped in a velvet hug. Add to the list these sassy FreePeople earrings and slap on these clogs…instantly I feel like any outfit gets spiced up!


The year ahead is in its mid-planning stages, and I’m looking forward to boarding those planes to far off places…in a puffer jacket ;) What’s on your wishlist? Where are you off to in 2019?

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