I’ve always viewed a winter get-away to warmer weather as a bit of a luxury, but this year with the exceptionally harsh and unrelenting cold, it feels more like a life line. With a ten day trip to the Yucatán Peninsula (Cancún, Isla Cozumel, Tulum) planned and booked at the end of last year, anticipating the vacation became almost as important as actually getting there. With the extra time to prepare, my packing became more thoughtful, more streamlined and more precise. This trip I got a few things right for once and I’m happy to share what I learned. —AJ
There are few things that make me long for summer camping trips and weekends of trout fishing like my Snow Peak Hozuki Lantern. Its ingenious and elegant design immediately brings to mind the soft internal glow of a dome tent, slugging down tumblers of rye around the campfire with friends and reading late into the night tucked into my little camper van. It’s a product that actually inspires me to plan a trip simply because I get such a kick out of using this smart little piece of gear. This connection falls directly in line with Snow Peak’s brand promise as the “natural lifestyle creator.” Their tools and gear truly inspire a life lived in ease and harmony with the outdoors.
Three things have been on my list of wanted items to compliment my newish Fujifilm X100 camera: a leather strap, lens hood & adapter and a leather case. The X100 has quickly become my preferred camera because of it’s light weight, ease of transport and amazing ability to take great photos. In fact, it has prevented the Canon 5D from coming on all but one of my recent trips. This is further compounded by the fact that the X100 is a lot of fun to shoot and not at all bad to look at. I don’t think I have ever owned any single thing that has garnered more attention; everyone asks about it.
There’s a website called Everyday Carry where people document the stuff they carry, well, everyday. Sort of seems silly when you think about it, but for me it is a pretty cool concept into “gear” (aka material things) and also into the psyche of the minds of men. Some people would brand the photos and contributions on EDC as leaning more toward “mall ninja” than modern gentlemen, but at the end of the day who knows what these people do. The site could be read by half of the staff of Blackwater (or whatever name those scary dudes are operating under now) which would make all of the guns and knives completely plausible. Or not. Either way, I don’t care much. If you have a gun permit and carry concealed I suppose that is your right (if it is legal of course).
Carrying a pocket knife is something I have done nearly all of my life. My dad always carries a pocket knife and it is something that I embraced as soon as he let me. This concept (carrying a knife) is something that was slightly lost on the readers of Boing Boing, which sort of surprised me. I don’t see the big deal with carrying a pocket knife, even in NYC or whatever big city.