MINIMALISM   ///  



GoBites Uno + Duo

The spoon and fork are such elegantly simple tools that the only major change in a millennia is the fusion of them, the spork – AKA foon.

Humangear GoBites Uno Spork

*GOBITES   UNO   +   DUO
HUMANGEAR

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Sporks, the only true innovation since the two utensils were first invented have finally been upgraded by Humangear. Following the basic forms of a fork and spoon, the Uno and Duo results in the benefits of both but without the handicap of most spork designs.

GoBites are available as single or double piece utensils, serving the same purpose in clever minimalist form.


    – 1 and 2 Piece Models

    – High-Strength Nylon

    – Food-Safe + BPA-Free

    – Gray, Red and Blue Colors

    – 15g/0.5oz, 22g/0.8oz

    – 165×40, 148.5x40mm


Humangear GoBites Uno and Duo Spork

– Humangear GoBites Uno and Duo Sporks –

The Uno, as the name suggests is a one piece utensil with full fork and spoon capabilities due to the use of both ends as functions. The slight edging on the fork side is ideal for cutting / dividing soft foods with no danger to the mouth. Although it may look awkward to hold while eating, the curved ends make for great ergonomics – better than any regular handle.

The Duo is technically a spork but is also not a spork. When not in use, the two pieces attaches to each other by a slide and lock. Once separated, each piece is a dedicated spoon and fork. This locking mechanism is seamless and a joy to use. By locking the Duo from end-to-end, it increases the handle length making it great for cooking and hard to reach places.

- Humangear GoBites Duo, Separated -

– Humangear GoBites Duo, Separated –

With all the travel + camping specific utensils available, the GoBites offer the best in spoons and forks.




– Buy The GoBites Sporks for $7+ USD

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[ August 28 2014 ]         DATA, GEAR, MINIMALISM


Living Out of a Backpack as a Vagabond

Living Out of a Backpack as a Lifestyle /// VINJABONDFor all intents and purposes, I am effectively and indefinitely living out of a backpack as a vagabond with a more fulfilling life than most.

One does not need a home full of things to live. Just like ancient times, all we need is what we can carry on our backs.

JOHN V CAIN
Founder of VINJABOND

I have a loft in Miami and will always see New York City as my hometown. But after traveling the world continuously since 2012, I’ve come to realize that “home” can be anywhere I put my backpack down.

Many people who decide to travel the world sell nearly all their possessions keeping only the essentials that can fit in a massive backpack then set off. I still have all my things at home but equip a minimal backpack.

The average backpacker hauls a 65 liter backpack whereas I have a 20 liter one for the same purpose.

Mobility is paramount as a nomad.

If you pack too much, it defeats the purpose of the “living out of a backpack” lifestyle – as the concept is based on being nimble and minimal, not weighed down and too dependent on unnecessary “things”.

From my experience with other vagabonds, I’ve noticed that ultralight packers like myself live just as effectively but more efficiently and comfortably than those who carry twice or even three times as much gear.

The point is, a backpack packed with essentials is all you need to not just function and survive, but thrive.

The Vagabonding Lifestyle Kit ///

My Living Out of a Backpack Kit Loadout ///

I like things, nice things, luxurious things and I have a lot of it. But living a lifestyle of travel, I’ve become less materialistic and more minimalistic while relying on the things that can only fit in my backpack.

I still like nice things but now it needs to serve a specific purpose and fit as part of my lightweight packing list.

My gear and EDC is constantly updated, upgraded and modified as new products become available and by learning better ways to use them.

One of the most annoying things about moving to a new home is the logistics of transferring possessions; clothing, furniture, appliances, books and other miscellaneous things. In a vagabonding lifestyle, this is a consistent and common event, except that everything fits in a backpack. So you have the excitement of a new place without the nuisance of major transporting.

Taipei Airport Vagabonding Minimalism

Vagabonding w/ a Minimal Backpack at Taipei Airport ///

It’s ironic how being confined to very limited possessions can offer such unrivaled freedom.

Living out of a backpack has allowed me to venture into harsh environments, ride in unconventional transportations, walk long distances with all my possessions and live in many countries in a very short amount of time, easily and seamlessly.

No suitcases to hold me down or bother others taking up space while in transport and at accommodations.

When packing for a long term trip, a common misconception is that you should pack for every contingency and a month’s worth of clothing.

I strategically pack for likely situations, EDC and just a week’s worth of clothing. Again, just what can fit loosely in my small Triple Aught Design backpack.

I’ve been living and traveling the world this way and have never been more comfortable or complete.




Living Out of a Backpack as a Vagabond.

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[ August 08 2014 ]         DATA, LIFESTYLE, MINIMALISM


NOMAD CHARGEKEY: Lightning + Micro USB

Nomad CHARGEKEY: Lightning + Micro USBNOMAD has created the most innovative mobile gadget cable for VAGABONDS equipping iPhones+, Androids and other USB devices.

DESIGN x MINIMAL + CABLE =

A nigh over-engineered slick piece of tech to power connector that’s tactically stylish and versatile.

*SPECIFICATIONS //


    – iPhone 5/S/C + iPad

    – Android Devices

    – 2.6″ x .2″ x .9″

    – Lightning iOS Cable

    – Micro USB Cable

    – 0.8 Ounces


…It’s designed to fit onto your keychain just like a house-key…

NOMAD GOODS
CHARGEKEY MAKERS
- Nomad CHARGEKEY: Lightning and Micro USB Cables - VINJABOND

– Nomad CHARGEKEY: Lightning and Micro USB Cables –

The CHARGEKEY is a prime example of how crowdfunded startups can yield exemplary results. It started with NOMAD’s first concept, the CHARGECARD, funded via Kickstarter.

I have to admit that I was drawn to the company’s name, “NOMAD” as I’m a nomad myself and after I actually saw their CHARGEKEY, I realized I had more in common with them than just a word. If I were to design my own portable iPhone cable, it would have been this.

It’s as if the creative minds at NOMAD looked into mine and then crafted these cables tailored specifically for my vagabonding needs and minimalistic traits.

Both versions of the CHARGEKEY cables transfer power and data just like their stock counterparts but with the added benefit of ultra-portability and the elimination of tangled wires.

Despite the intentionally and extremely short length of the cables, the completely flexible / twistable / resilient cores makes the CHARGEKEY adaptable to any position it may be connected to.

The CHARGEKEY is essentially just a portable USB / Lightning cable, but it’s the best there is.

- Nomad CHARGEKEY and Alternatives - VINJABOND

– Nomad CHARGEKEY and Alternatives –

Although NOMAD’s cables are the newest of these types of portable cables, it’s as if the other companies have been attempting and failing to imitate them.

Griffin is a good contender but their cables are rigid, bulky and lack an attachment point. There is currently no Apple Lightning cable option. [$15]

Sanheshun is an obvious budget version that functions but is constructed poorly with cheap materials. There is currently no Micro USB cable version. [$4]

NOMAD may cost more but the build, aesthetics and versatility make it the superior option. [$29]

- Nomad CHARGEKEY with an iPhone Hitcase Pro - VINJABOND

– Nomad CHARGEKEY with an iPhone Hitcase Pro

You don’t have to be a nomad or a minimalist to appreciate the CHARGEKEY as it would be a seamless addition to anyone’s everyday carry (EDC).

I have the Lightning version on my person at all times and the micro USB version in my daypack.


Buy NOMAD CHARGEKEY / $29

[ May 02 2014 ]         DATA, EDC, FLASHPACKING, GEAR, MINIMALISM


Swiss+Tech Micro-Max 19-in-1 Multi Tool

Swiss+Tech Micro-Max Multitool - Vagabonding Travel GearAs a vagbond traveling ultralight, all my gear is limited to the size of a flight carry-on, making the Micro-Max 19-in-1 my multitool of choice.

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MULTIFUNCTION + MINIMALISM =

An ingenious keychain sized multi-tool in the smallest form possible retaining full operative functionality.

*SPECIFICATIONS //


    – Size: 1.9″x1.3″x0.2″

    – 19 Tools in 1 Kit

    – Keychain Capable

    – Weight: 3.2 0z.

    – Stainless Steel

    – Precision Made


Compact, easily transportable tools combining craftsmanship and innovation to create a new category of patented products, Key Ring Tools.

Swiss+Tech

- Swiss+Tech Micro-Max Multi-Tool Comparison -

– Swiss+Tech Micro-Max Multi-Tool Open –



*TOOLS OF THE MICRO-MAX //


    – Flat-Nose Pliers

    – Bottle Opener

    – Wire Cutter

    – mm Ruler

    – mm Ruler Ext.

    – Nail File

    – 1/4″ Hex Wrench

    – 7/16″ Hex Wrench

    – #0 Flat Screwdriver

    – Wire Crimper

    – Wire Stripper

    – Inches Ruler

    – Inches Ruler Ext.

    – Hand Drill

    – #0 Phillips Screwdriver

    – #1 Phillips Screwdriver

    – #2 Phillips Screwdriver

    – #1 Flat Screwdriver

    – #2 Flat Screwdriver

    – Key Ring


- Swiss+Tech Micro-Max Multi-Tool Comparison -

– Swiss+Tech Micro-Max Multi-Tool Open and Closed –

The Swiss+Tech Micro-Max is not meant to replace the broader functions of full-sized mult-tools, but the ultra-compact size gives it a different purpose…

To be equipped for ultra-minimal packing and EDC.

In effect, it’s the multi-tool to carry when you don’t want to or it’s not convenient to carry a multi-tool.

Despite the extremely small form factor, the innovative design and tough stainless steel construction earns the Micro-Max the title of a legitimate multi-tool.

- Swiss+Tech Micro-Max Multi Tool Size Comparison -

– Swiss+Tech Micro-Max Multi Tool Size Comparison –

The Swiss+Tech Micro-Max 19-in-1 Multi Tool has become an indispensable and seamlessly equippable part of my vagabonding lifestyle gear.

So much so that I carry 2 of these multitools, in my backpack and on my person as part of my EDC.




Buy Micro-Max Multitool / $10

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[ April 28 2014 ]         DATA, EDC, GEAR, MINIMALISM, SURVIVAL


sportHolster

SportHolster: Ultra Minimal EDC Backpack /// VINJABONDThe sportHolster is an ultra minimal backpack designed for maximum mobility during active use and seamless everyday carry (EDC).

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BACKPACK BULK x MINIMAL + ERGONOMICS

= sportHolster

I’ve equipped this nearly everyday for the past year through 18 countries in all atmospheric conditions, terrain and countless activities. It has become one of the most utilized and important elements of my entire equipment and gear system for my vagabonding world travel lifestyle.

As a minimalist nomad and EDC practitioner, I need a way to carry a few pieces of essential gear for when a backpack is too large and pockets too small.

The sportHolster by URBAN TOOL($) is the answer.

Worn like a backpack, used like a holster and fits like a glove. The sportHolster is a truly innovative product that achieves its very specific purpose; to function like an extension of your body as additional pockets.

- URBAN TOOL sportHolster w/ Gear -

– URBAN TOOL sportHolster w/ Gear –

These have 5 pockets; 2 placed below on each side, 2 on the front chest and 1 centered on the back. The side pockets have just the right amount of padding to provide protection for the contents as well as comfort for the wearer. The back is made of mesh for excellent ventilation and is more of an optional but effective pocket that’s cleverly built-in.

The ergonomics of the sportHolster is above and beyond any other backpack. It’s this organic human fit that makes extended wear through any physical activity feel like its just another article of clothing.

- Hahoe Folk Village Cliff, Andong, Korea -

– Wearing the sportHolster on a Village Cliff –

The sportHolster has become such a vital part of my daily routine that not wearing it makes me feel like something is missing, much like the feeling of the absence of a watch or ring.




This is the ultra minimal backpack, perfected.


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[ March 19 2014 ]         DATA, EDC, GEAR, MINIMALISM


Alpaca Warrior Gloves

Integrated with style, function and exoticness, these are gloves for when you don’t want to wear or carry gloves.

A minimalist’s preferred apparel, a part of a vagabond’s essential gear and a warrior’s EDC glove.

    Alpaca Warrior Gloves

For a thousand years warriors have wrapped their hands with a strip of cloth or animal hide to protect the wrist and strengthen the fist for combat. ‘Men In Cities’, a lifestyle accessories brand based in New York utilizes this time-tested technique to make their own warrior gloves… The Alpaca Warrior Gloves.

Although not specifically meant for fist fighting, it does combat the cold while maximizing maneuverability balanced by a truly unique but subtle style.

Made from ultra soft genuine alpaca fur with a blend of dark and light shades of grey result in elegance and masculinity. The Warrior Gloves are essentially a piece of fur, wool and velcro – but a well crafted and luxurious piece that’s effective and packable.

- Alpaca Warrior Gloves / Front -

– Alpaca Warrior Gloves / Front –

Alpaca Warrior Gloves by Men In Cities - Vagabonding Vinjabond

– Alpaca Warrior Gloves / Palm –

The Alpaca Warrior Gloves aren’t meant to replace rugged tactical gloves or weatherproof winter gloves. It is however, meant for those moderately cold times when you want to wear gloves but still want complete tactile abilities with your fingers and still look good.




– Buy Warrior Gloves for $40 USD via [Men In Cities]

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[ January 29 2014 ]         DATA, EDC, GEAR, MINIMALISM, SURVIVAL


Home is Where I Put My Backpack Down

Vagabonding Daypack EDC Gear - VINJABONDI’m a homeless man with homes all around the world.

That’s essentially a vagabond.

“Home” is a relative term and in this case its where I happen to put my backpack down, rest and relax. Any place with walls, on wheels, in a tent, on rails or simply under a roof.

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.”

-Maya Angelou

So constantly traveling as a world citizen, home is wherever I happen to be for a while. Home is who I am sharing space or traveling with. Home is when I put my backpack down and unpack.

This is an always refreshing and ever-interesting way to live. In a sense, my backpack is my home so at anywhere or at anytime, I could be at home.

This is living out of a backpack.

Although I own a luxury apartment in a high-rise in Miami and still have an active lease on a loft in Midtown Manhattan, I prefer my current nomadic lifestyle that I’ve been living since August 2012…

Constantly sleeping in a different bed; mostly in a hostel dorm, sometimes on a friend’s couch, if possible in an island bungalow, and at a hotel if there’s nothing else or for special occasions.

That. Is. The. Life.

Once you live such a mobile and minimalistic lifestyle, you realize how little you need to not just survive but also thrive with all your gear that fit in just a backpack.

Home is where your backpack makes it.




[The featured photo is my current EDC daypack gear.]

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[ January 18 2014 ]         DATA, LIFESTYLE, LODGING, MINIMALISM


Vagabonding: The Art of Minimalism

Taipei Airport Mirror Selfie /// VINJABONDVagabonding is a minimalistic lifestyle.

Living and traveling the world effectively with just the contents of our backpacks. Carrying, buying and using just what we need with complete satisfaction and elegant efficiency.

Minimal + Mobile = Vagabond

Living a minimalist life may mean less “things”, frugality and active moderation but its actually a way to get more out of life…

…particularly while vagabonding.

The purpose of a minimalistic lifestyle is simply to live with less or specifically what’s needed without losing out on what “normal” life has to offer. As a vagabond living out of a backpack traveling the world, minimalism is not only second nature but a necessity.

A minimal life can equal a mosaic life through vagabonding.

The concept of vagabonding is to constantly travel from one place to another as a means to explore – as a lifestyle. As this goes hand in hand with a minimal lifestyle, the natural merge makes the experience and rewards for each method incomparable to anything else.

A static (non-traveling) minimalist may have just as fulfilling a life as any other but one that’s in motion reaches new heights.

A vagabond.

Vagabonding is the art of minimalism as well as the art of living many lives. Each life reached and experienced with very little baggage to hold you back (figurative and literal) in each new destination.

This is minimalism, maximized.

Minimalism Main Gear

Minimalism + Travel Gear

Minimalist Daypack

Minimalist Daypack

As seen in the photo, that duffle bag and an ultra-minimal EDC backpack is all I carry for vagabonding world travel. Weighing in at just 5.5 kilograms with a volume of just over 16 liters,

Vagabonding is the art of minimalism.


[The featured photo was taken at the Taipei Airport]


[ November 29 2013 ]         DATA, LIFESTYLE, MINIMALISM, THE ART


Vagabonding: The Art of Mobility

Motorbiking in Bali, Indonesia - VINJABONDVagabonding = Mobile Lifestyle

A way of living on fast and light feet. Capable of swift location changes with elegance and efficiency, like an active escape artist.

A vagabond is a master of mobility.

By definition, vagabonding is traveling from place to place in a relatively consistent manner – in effect, to be mobile. This is the essence of vagabonding. As a result this inherent mobility affords the vagabond unrivaled freedom and flexibility to constantly travel the world.

A vagabond is not a drifter.

Drifters shift from place to place keeping to themselves with no thoughts of exploration or experience but is also a practitioner of the art of mobility. Vagabonds travel from place to place seeking #culture, exploration and experience with mobility a means to that end.

But the art of mobility is far more than that.

Effective mobility is a highly useful skill that goes beyond travel extending to any #lifestyle. The ability to be so agile can make travel and everyday life more fulfilling by increasing productivity and reducing downtime. High mobility makes it easier to adjust to change, location or otherwise.

Minimalism + Travel x Mobility = Vagabonding


Vagabonding is the art of mobility.

[The featured photo was taken at my temporary bungalow home on Nusa Lembongan Island in Indonesia.]

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[ November 03 2013 ]         DATA, LIFESTYLE, MINIMALISM, THE ART


Vagabonds Will Thrive in an Apocalypse

Vagabonds Will Thrive in a Zombie Apocalypse - VINJABONDAs an experienced world traveling vagabond and a zombie film / comic / video game / TV aficionado, that may very well make me a potentially thriving survivor for when this apocalypse does happen.

Vagabonds Are Mobile And Mimimalists

In many zombie movies, the survivors all carry a backpack holding their only possessions but living efficiently with next to nothing.

This is logical in any apocalypse but the fact remains that vagabonds and backpackers are experts and masters of “living out of a backpack” due to experience and expected (and unexpected) circumstances.

But this is particularly true in a zombie invasion as you have to constantly move around, like a backpacker.

In a zombie apocalypse, supplies will be scarce and everyone will have will be forced to live with only the absolute essentials with no luxuries. Basically, a minimalist. Or simply, a vagabond.

Vagabonds Can Explore And Sleep Anywhere

It takes most freshman backpackers and starting world travelers a bit of getting used to but once you start “living” and sleeping in cramped hostels, grimy guesthouses, strangers’ couches couchsurfing, beautiful beaches or anywhere with a roof.

The term “vagabond” was originally used as “drifter” which is exactly what you’ll have to be with a zombie apocalypse – traveling and finding a new place call “home” all the time, this is vagabonding.

A vagabond’s purpose is to explore and dwell anywhere. Which is what everyone will need to get used to with the oncoming zombie apocalypse.

Vagabonds Thrive In New Cultures And Worlds

Once the earth is full of a new and exotic race of people, zombies, it will be a whole new culture and world. The most extreme example of culture shock.

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A new culture and world is what vagabonds seek for in their travels which makes them ideal for integrating and surviving the zombie apocalypse.

Vagabonds may even enjoy this brave-dead new world.

The inherent explorative and wandering lifestyle of a vagabond makes for surviving and thriving the aftermath of the end of the world a natural transition.

[The featured photo was taken at Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia.]

[ October 01 2013 ]         DATA, MINIMALISM, PHILOSOPHY, SURVIVAL