The ultimate list of travel essentials

For those of you who have read my blog on cross-country skiing(, you will have understood that sometimes anxiety takes over the rational part of my brain. To simplify my life and help me leave with peace of mind on adventures, I've made lists of essentials that serve as a basis for my luggage, camping gear, sports equipment, etc.

Over the past year, I've perfected my list of travel essentials. These are the few items that make up a basic suitcase that allows me to tackle just about any adventure. I thought this list might be useful for some of you who, like me, want to travel lighter without sacrificing your comfort and without depriving yourself too much. So without further ado, here is my list of 10 travel essentials that I hope you can use as inspiration for your own adventures: 

  1. The SEALED JIII performance waterproof/breathable jacket from Sportive Plus ( a classic for staying dry. I love the zippers under the arms which allow for excellent ventilation during my activities and its mesh lining which prevents the usually unpleasant feeling of coating sticking to the skin 
  2. The Echo Hoodie fromOutdoor Research,( I have nothing but admiration for this long-sleeved shirt. It's very lightweight, offers sun protection and, in combination with the breathable raincoat, prevents that sticky wet feeling on the skin in an almost magical way. 
  3. My hiking pant of choice: theExplore from Sportive Plus.( These pants are equally good for forest hiking or urban sightseeing with their stretchy fabric and anti-bacterial properties that prevent odor. Its composition allows it to wick moisture and dry very quickly. I can wear it for a hike, hand wash it quickly with Active Wash from Granger's and dry it overnight and put it back on the next day for a trip into town.
  4. The Give-N-Go pant fromExofficio,( This is the pant we should all have, with its anti-odor treatment, mesh fabric that really keeps us dry and flat seams that prevent chafing. I personally like to have three pairs for any length of trip, whether I'm going away for a weekend or a month. They dry so quickly that I can wash them in the hotel sink and after a few hours they are already dry. 
  5. The Chatel performance shirt from Sportive Plus ( This is my go-to short sleeve shirt. It's perfect for going from hiking to drinking. The slightly thicker fabric gives it a little more body than a training shirt, while still having superior moisture management and excellent breathability. 
  6. Smartwool Mini-Boot Hike Socks ( smartwool-s23): Another classic! Made of merino wool, this pair of socks has antibacterial properties that allow us to wear them more than once between washes. The height of this sock, which falls just above the ankle, is perfect in my opinion; long enough to wear with a hiking boot, but high enough to hug my calves. 
  7. The Nita II jacket from Sportive Plus ( This little jacket made of soft poly/spandex brushed on the inside is perfect for putting underneath the raincoat in colder weather without cluttering up my luggage. 
  8. The Green Tchi dress from Sportive Plus ( Although designed as a golf dress, I like the light polyester fabric and the princess cut which benefits my figure. Its slightly dressier look allows me to wear it for parties while its technical fabric allows me to go on an adventure when it's hot and I know I won't be able to wear pants.
  9. The Merino t-shirt Plus Size from Smartwool. -s23 ?_pos=1&_sid=653150359&_ss=r. Finally this season Smartwool offers us their merino t-shirt in Plus Size!!! We remember the merino wool socks and well it's the same, which allows us to simply hang it up at night and then put it back the next morning. For those who are afraid of being too hot, don't worry, this shirt is made of a jersey fabric which is a mix of wool, merino and nylon, which gives us a very light product. It's perfect for warm weather and great as a thermal long underwear when the cold weather comes.
  10. Finally, the Active Wash soap from Granger's mentioned above( which is ideal for synthetic and merino wool garments, both for machine and hand washing and even in cold water.

This little list of essentials obviously does not cover the requirements for all my adventures. I take the liberty of adding to it according to the activities I plan to do. I hope it will inspire you to prepare your own trips and adventures. For my part, the preparation of my bag is much more advanced than the planning of my trip. I invite you to share your recommendations in the comments about your favorite adventure destinations in Europe or elsewhere.

See you on the next adventure!