Nomad I: Minimalist Survivor

To kick off our new series on nomad lifestyle supplies, we decided to focus on bare bones products that accomplish more than a single duty, very well.  Take a look at some of the latest gear for minimal escape artists looking for a quick exit.



Answering the prayers of many remote wanderers since 1997, the Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock enables you to pitch a safe sleeping space in the air or ground, depending on what’s most convenient. If the terrain is too small or rough for a tent, or you need to bed down quickly in a downpour, this tree tent has you covered quickly. Lightweight, weatherproof and suitable for a variety of tough situations, this robust sleeping space features stretch bars to maintain a rigid construction and can be used as either a hammock or bivy tent.
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JACKET: Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody Jacket Mens

Extremely light and compressible, this hooded windshell features ultralight minimalist construction and stows in the chest pocket for maximum packability. Made with a premium wind resistant fabric that has surprising strength and resilience, this very light layer provides simple, effective shelter. Use the Squamish Hoody when the temperature begins to drop, in cool winds or over an air permeable midlayer.
Learn more or buy now ($130)



Join the thousands of people who have discovered the ExOfficio underwear revolution. Just toss your Give-N-Go Tee in the laundry or wash it in a sink. Within hours you will have a clean, dry shirt. Breathable, lightweight, odor resistant and long-wearing, you will toss it into your carry-on for every trip.
Learn more or buy now ($40)


PANTS: 5.11 Ridegeline Pants

Tried and true, these pants are fine for snowboarding, or jumping out of a plane. They are practically indestructible and engineered to excel in the most demanding environments without sacrificing comfort or mobility.
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Made in Japan, the Hill Side high top can double for snowboots or casual sneakers. Assembled by hand at one of the world’s oldest sneaker factories
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71oyqAgyqiL._SL1370_MOBILITY: Montague Paratrooper Pro 27

Clever integration of the patented CLIX System allows for the Paratrooper to be folded in under 20 seconds without the use of tools. A flip of the CLIX quick release lever on the top tube and the bike folds to a compact size.
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STORAGE: Alchemy Equipment AEL008 CARRY ON

Designed to comply with IATA (International Aviation Transport Association) guidelines for ‘carry on’ dimensions, this is a beautifully appointed and versatile piece of luggage. Carry options change quickly from 45l duffel bag, to shoulder bag or carry as a backpack.
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Fort Standard set out to design a survival kit which looked and felt as precious as its contents. The design became largely about the packaging as it needed to be serious, yet beautiful; an object you could easily bring with you on a day hike or even keep in your car or boat but most importantly an object you would WANT to bring with you everywhere.


PROTECTION: Emerson Super CQC 7 with Wave Tanto

Featuring their Patented “wave shaped opening feature” or Remote Pocket Opener. In an emergency or injury situation the knife can be opened with one hand as it is drawn from the pocket. The CQC7 is just about as close to having a Samurai Sword in your pocket as you can get.
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OFFLINE COMMUNICATION: Public Supply 5×8 Notepad

Public – Supply is a for-profit company that channels 25% of profits from every sale to a teacher in a high-need classroom who will use the money for a project that drives creativity. A full list of the classrooms funded so far is posted on their Classrooms page.  Their 5×8 notepad is great for keeping track of essential thoughts.
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Solar paper can charge almost any device that recharges via USB, including, smartphones, tablets, walkie talkies, flashlights, cameras, video cameras, and rechargeable batteries.

Learn more on the Solar Paper Kickstarter Campaign



edc-prometheus-lights-Beta-QRv2-nickel-black_b67fafcd-2eab-4643-8101-e581d7053abeLIGHTING: Beta-QRv2: Quick-Release Keychain Flashlight

This tiny and functional light retains all of the core qualities of a custom Prometheus light: the aesthetic appeal, thoughtful design, and superior beam quality. The Beta-QR was conceived with a simple goal: be the best keychain flashlight on earth.
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Version 4Fire: Wasatch Outdoors Fire starter Survival Laces

Each set of laces includes a strand of tinder (the whole length of the laces) and a 1 inch ferrocerium rod. The tinder strand is colored red, waterproof, and is extremely flammable so it can be used as tinder. Once the tinder is removed from the lace, it can be teased by a knife or sharp edge, giving it more volume and making it more flammable.
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WATER: LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

The award-winning LifeStraw® water filter integrated with a BPA-Free, Tritan sports bottle for access to safe, clean drinking water on the go.
Buy now for $35

81IQAtRADuL._SL1500_1TOOLS: Leatherman Piranha Pocket Tool

The Piranha is a single-piece, multi-purpose pocket tool constructed from heat-treated, 100% stainless steel. A built-in rubber bit holder secures full size bits. Like the fish for which it’s named, the Piranha pocket tool will help you get the job done quickly: tightening screws, loosening bolts, prying things open and popping the top on your favorite beverage.
Buy now for $20

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Nomad I: Minimalist Survivor


Nomad II: Swell Surf Life


Nomad III: The Life Aquatic


Nomad IV: Rambling Roots and the Permaculture Homestead


Nomad V: Special Agent Escape Mission


Nomad VI: Hunger for the Food Truck Escape