Products for Life

You should only own something if it enhances the quality of your life.

After spending the last few years traveling the world and carrying everything I own on my back, I’ve experienced the freedom, simplicity, and joy that come from learning to live with less.

On my journey, I’ve spent significant time, energy, and money looking for the vital few products that increase the quality of my relationships, mental and physical health, personal growth, career, financial situation, and leisure time.

Below, I’ve listed my favorite products and why I’ve found them valuable.

For transparency, some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you decide to make a purchase, I will earn a commission at no additional cost to you.

I have personally used all of these products and found them incredibly valuable. I’m recommending them to you with the hope that they will also help you improve the quality of your life, not because of the small commissions I will make. Please only purchase products that you feel you need or that will help you live a more conscious and fulfilling life.

I’ve organized the products into 8 categories and will periodically update the list with new products or categories.

Clothing and Accessories

Bonobos Riviera Short Sleeve Shirt

If you like having fun, you should own one of these shirts. They fit well, are comfortable, and have fun animal prints. They work well if you want to look polished or if you want to loosen up, dance, and let a few buttons down.

Lululemon Tech Short Sleeve

These shirts are pricey, but they are incredibly comfortable and dynamic. I use them to laze, work, and go out. They are also perfect for the summer and being on the road because they are breathable and don’t stink. Buy two of these, and you can replace 10 shirts in your wardrobe.

MeUndies

This underwear company’s mission is to make the best undies anywhere, and they absolutely do that. Not only are these underwear the softest and most comfortable that I’ve come across, but they come in all kinds of fun patterns that give you a boost of confidence if you’re going on a date, have a big presentation at work, or just want to feel amazing on the weekend.

Golden Tiger Eye Bracelet

Justinstone bracelets are affordable and have a diversity of stones to choose from. I own a few of these, but my favorite is the Golden Tiger Eye bracelet. The stone symbolizes one of my core values: courage over comfort. So if I’m nervous to walk up to a cute stranger or am hesitant about doing something difficult, I look at the bracelet and remember that finding the courage to take action will lead to personal growth and fulfillment.

GOT Microfiber Sports Headband

These headbands are incredible. I’ve used them to play tennis, protect my face during a desert dust storm, as a sleeping mask on an airplane, and to tame out of control hair. You may not think you need a headband, but you just might! And these come in lots of fun patterns.

Electronics

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

The Kindle is a traveling person’s best friend and the best investment I’ve ever made. It fits in your pocket and gives you access to millions of books in an instant. It can provide you with company during solo dinners and long bus rides and is easy on the eyes during the day and night. I love my kindle. Buy a Kindle even if you don’t travel.

UE Boom Bluetooth Speaker

This portable speaker is dynamic and durable. You can bring it to the beach, the Ritz-Carlton, or on a yacht. It is reasonably priced, has good sound quality, and loud enough to host a party. And you can even drop it a bunch of times without breaking it.

Health & Fitness Equipment

Elite Sportz Ab Wheel Roller

This ab roller is the easiest and best way I know to shape your core with just a few minutes of effort. I’m pretty lazy when it comes to working out my core, so this is perfect for me.

Premium Resistance Bands

These resistance bands are amazing. No matter where I am, they allow me to easily workout or stretch. I often use them on long flights and after sitting at my computer for extended periods of time. They have high resistance and take up very little space.

321 Strong Foam Roller

I use this foam roller every day to support the health of my back. No matter how long I’ve been sitting at a computer or how hard I’ve been working out, this foam roller helps ease the tension in my back and prevent me from being in pain.

BalanceFrom Yoga Mat

While I don’t practice yoga as often as I’d like, I use this very thick yoga mat to stretch, stand on hard surfaces while working, and to protect my knees while using my ab roller.

Vetoky Swim Goggle

Swimming is my favorite form of exercise. It’s easy on the body, allows you to get a good workout while escaping the world of technology, and is very meditative. Not only are these goggles trendy, but they also have UV protection, don’t fog up, and are comfortable.

Nutrition Supplements

Optimum Nutrition Hyrdowhey Protein

I’ve tried dozens of proteins, and this is my favorite. It’s the right mix of good taste and quality. I often blend it with oats and peanut butter in the morning for a hearty breakfast.

Athletic Greens

This is an all-in-one greens supplement that is recommended by Tim Ferriss as the one supplement he would use if he could only choose one. It’s a great supplement if you’re on the road or struggling to get the right nutrients from your food.

Viva Naturals Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps me stay healthy and energized, and this product is easy to consume, high-quality, and affordable.

Thorne Research Stress B-Complex

This B-complex is from a science-backed brand and helps me stay healthy and reduce stress.

Personal Care & Beauty

Baxter of California Cream Pomade

This is the best men’s hair product that I’ve stumbled upon. It smells good, provides a nice hold, and does not have any downsides like excessive shine or stickiness.

Rugged & Dapper Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer

Now that I’m getting older, I’ve been told to take the whole aging thing more seriously. This moisturizer has been a good entry point for me. It smells nice and moisturizes my face.

Phillips Multigroom Shaver

This all-in-one trimmer for face, head, and body styling is fantastic. I use it to trim my facial hair if I’m too lazy to shave and to give myself makeshift haircuts if I’m short on time.

Burt’s Bees Aftershave

This aftershave changed my relationship with shaving. It smells fantastic and makes your face feel awesome. I don’t travel without it.

Gold Bond Healing Hand Cream

When I’m nervous or deeply immersed in my work, I have a terrible habit of biting my cuticles. So instead of suffering through the pain of biting my fingers until they bleed, I started using this hand cream, and it helps to moisturize my hands and protect them from my bad habit.

Personal Finance

Wealthfront

Wealthfront is a low-fee, all-in-one investing platform that provides you with access to a diversified portfolio of assets. If you have cash that you want to invest smartly over the long term, this is the easiest and best place to do it. I automatically send a percentage of each paycheck to my Wealthfront account and sleep easy knowing that my money is being put to work by smart people and a sophisticated algorithm.

Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card

This is the best travel credit card in the market – it has a big signup bonus, great rewards program, and no foreign transaction fees. It’s easy to redeem rewards for travel, and you earn 3x points for most travel-related purchases. You also get a Priority Pass membership, which grants you access to a thousand airport lounges around the world. The lounges save you hundreds of dollars on airport food and drink expenses and make long travel journeys much more enjoyable. If you end up in the Bangkok lounges, you even score a free massage!

Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card

This card has no membership fee and no foreign transaction fees. It offers excellent earnings back for Amazon and Whole Foods purchases. If you buy a lot of products on Amazon, this card is perfect and will save you money.

Charles Schwab High Yield Checking Account

Last year, I paid an average of $15/month in foreign ATM fees. I also ended up short of cash on multiple occasions because I didn’t want to get hit with more fees. This card solves that problem by reimbursing you for all ATM fees worldwide. I also only use this as a travel account, so I don’t put my primary checking account at risk while I’m abroad.

Self-Help & Personal Growth

Silent Mind Tibetan Singing Bowl

I love this Tibetan singing bowl – it’s incredibly high-quality and well-designed. I use it to meditate, set intentions, and relax. It even helped me get a dog to stop biting me while I was in Montenegro.

Amazon Audible

If you’re driving, cooking, cleaning, or just walking around, it’s not always easy to read a book. To get the most out of these moments, I started listening to audiobooks using Audible. You get access to all of the best books with high-quality narrators, and when you first join, they give you a 30-day free trial and 2 audiobooks, which is pretty sweet.

The Five Minute Journal

The Five Minute Journal allows you to start your day happier, complain less, and identify ways to improve your life. I started using it earlier this year, and with just a few minutes of effort each day, I have the benefits of positive psychology pumping through my body. It’s awesome.

Calm the F*ck Down Adult Coloring Book

Turns out that coloring is not just for kids! It helps boost creativity while reducing stress and anxiety. And this coloring book is awesome because it has NSFW adult humor. I usually color first thing in the morning or at the end of a long day to calm my mind.

Travel Gear

Osprey Farpoint 40L Travel Backpack

I’ve used this as my primary backpack to travel to over 30 countries in the past 2 years, and it’s incredible! It’s the optimal blend of size, comfort, and simplicity. Even when it’s fully packed, it feels light on your back. It’s also easy to organize and spacious, especially with a few packing cubes. A big plus is that you can carry this bag onto any flight, and even if the overheads are full, the bag fits under your seat. You really can’t go wrong with this bag.

Cotopaxi Tarak 20L Climbing Pack

This daypack is hard to beat. It’s super light, spacious, and durable. I use it for everything I do – hiking, bringing my laptop to a coffee shop, carrying groceries, and more. It’s even large enough to pack lightly for a three or four day trip. Plus, Cotopaxi is an great brand that does a lot to help alleviate poverty across the world. This bag makes me feel good in every way.

AmazonBasics 4-Piece Packing Cube Set

These packing cubes allow you to fit more in your backpack and organize your clothing. The organization pays off when you are traveling quickly from place to place and want to avoid just throwing everything into your bag. Pro tip: the can also be used as a laundry bag.

Silk Sleep Mask

This sleep mask is incredibly comfortable and comes in handy on airplanes and other places I’d like to sleep but am not able to turn the lights off.

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