Posts Tagged ‘essential journeys kit’

How to Pack When going to a War Zone?

Posted on: March 6th, 2011 | No Comments

Packing depends a lot on your expected length of travel, gender and personal preferences but it’s helpful to think in the layer system (discussed in a previous post) and climate throughout the trip (not just at the destination).  It’s often cold in deserts and sunny in cold places, there could be a pool at your overnight stay while in transit and then there’s that unplanned requirement to sleep in the airport (here’s a worthwhile link to consider).  All these should be considered on one trip. 

Almost universally, things that stimulate the mind are carried by those traveling to Libya: books, MP3 players stuffed with music, laptops loaded with cheaply acquired movies and TV series.  But ballistic body armor is not: freelance stringers can’t afford it and aid workers are usually not that close to the fighting.  Besides vests and helmets are heavy, take up lots of luggage space and makes you stick out like a sore thumb.

So in most ways, packing to go to a war is no different than going to any place that is severely underdeveloped with a (possible) lack of electricity, clean drinking water, the presence of bugs and other annoyances that make travel more interesting. Even if conditions are fine today, what if the power suddenly goes out for three straight days?  A candle, matches and a flashlight that doesn’t need batteries would be great.  What if I need to wash my clothes in my hotel sink? I’d need a long cord to dry them.  What if my camera strap breaks, pack rips or jack tears at the elbow?  A bit of duct tape is essential.  This is what the Essential Journey’s Kit was made for and is included on my bag on the way to Libya.

Great Testimonials for Neverest’s Essential Journey’s Kit

Posted on: February 1st, 2011 | No Comments

Many of you know that we’ve been making an effort to connect with our customers and the response has been helpful and encouraging.  We thought we’d share some of this feedback about our Essential Journey’s Kit:

“This is a great product…Neverest offers way more items in one kit than any other company.” – Steve, Manchester

“My daughter is going to Patagonia for the semester and the kit will give me, and her, some piece of mind” – Gerard, Atlanta

“This [kit] really came in handy on my last trip.  Thanks” – Tammy, Sherman Oaks

“Cool name, cool brand, cool product ideas.  I’d like to see more products” – Brent, Portland

On this last point, we’re taking specific recommendations into account as we finalize our next two kits.  These will be available soon so please stay tuned.

Eartheducation: Neverest supplies expedition to learn about sustainable development

Posted on: January 13th, 2011 | No Comments

Earthducation is a series of eight expeditions to climate hotspots over the course of four years.   The goal is to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning.   Understanding connections between education and the natural environment on local scales will enable and empower change in education on a global scale by providing new approaches to education.

Right now, the Eartheducation team is in Tenkodogo, Burkina Faso (see map), where they are interviewing elders, students and others to learn and connect.  Through this expedition, they hope to create a world narrative of the dynamic intersections between education and sustainability.  The current expedition is led by Aaron Doering and Charles Miller, professors of Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota. 

Neverest has outfitted them with gear including the Essential Journey’s Kit and On-the-go items.  We hope you find them helpful.  Best of luck and travel safe!

What is “Adventure” Travel?

Posted on: January 6th, 2011 | No Comments

“The word adventure has gotten over used.  For me, adventure is when everything goes wrong.  That’s when the adventure starts” – Yvon Chouinard in 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless (great movie, btw).    

This quote nicely sums up our attitude at Neverest.  It’s the idea that travel is about the journey, not the destination.  It’s the notion that things always will go wrong but that’s where the real challenge as well as the fun and learning begin.  It’s about being prepared, mentally as well as physically (this why we call our great product the Essential Journey’s Kit, not just another “adventure kit”).

Preparing for another trip to Haiti

Posted on: December 8th, 2010 | No Comments

Time for another visit to Port-au-Prince.  The cholera epidemic is getting worse and the elections have put everything on edge.  Yesterday, violence gripped the city.  Frustrated Haitians took to the streets, blocking off intersections and burning tires.   It is unclear how things might progress but air travel into the city is a no-go today.  Well before this, on 24 June, the following travel warning was issued:   

“The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Haiti. The January 12 earthquake caused significant damage to key infrastructure and access to basic services remains limited.  The country continues to experience shortages of food, drinking water, transportation and adequate shelter.  The earthquake significantly reduced the capacity of Port-au-Prince’s medical facilities and inadequate public sanitation poses serious health risks.  While the Embassy’s ability to provide emergency consular services has improved in the months following the earthquake, it is still limited.  The level of violent crime in Port-au-Prince, including murder and kidnapping, remains high.”

In any case, that’s hardly enough reason not to go.  In Haiti, people work, kids go to school and aid workers are helping to reconstruct the devastated city.   For Neverest, field testing for Hydro-Life is ongoing and the midst of the cholera epidemic, it’s as important as ever.

Travel Tip: Go with the Light

Posted on: October 26th, 2010 | No Comments

Flashlights are turning up in everything these days so it is always a good idea to have something that provides light.  Power outages are so common in many countries that it is always a good idea to have one handy if you’re going to an area with little or no electricity.  Neverest’s Essential Journey’s Kit contains a hand-powered flashlight, no batteries needed, so you’ll always be ready.

Travel Tip: Go Light

Posted on: July 28th, 2010 | No Comments

Flashlights are turning up in everything these days so it is always a good idea to have something that provides light.  Power outages are so common in many countries that it is always a good idea to have one handy if you’re going to an area with little or no electricity.  Neverest’s Essential Journey’s Kit contains a hand-powered flashlight, no batteries needed, so you’ll always be ready.

Staying healthy while traveling

Posted on: June 20th, 2010 | No Comments

In Somalia, acute watery diarrhea (AWD), which includes diseases such as cholera, regularly hospitalizes and kills people. According to the UN, a whopping 72% of children are affected by AWD. This is a direct result of the decades of fighting and lack of clean water. Half of the entire population is in need of life-saving assistance.    

When I travel in places like this, prevention is key. Washing hands and drinking water from known sources is the easiest and best thing to do. True, food can also make you sick but that’s usually less of a concern than most people worry about (for example, any meat is fine as long as it’s cooked through). That’s why Neveret’s Essential Journey’s Kit includes things to keep clean (especially your hands) rather than tablets that will block you up after the fact.

Nairobi: A traveler’s city, a Neverest city

Posted on: June 15th, 2010 | No Comments

Nairobi is the gateway to countless adventures including many types of safari (the Swahili word for “long journey”) and the region’s wars and humanitarian crises. The city definitely has a buzz.  It is also dusty, from the red earth in that part of Kenya, and, at an elevation of nearly 6,000 feet/1,800 meters, chilly-cold especially at night and early morning. I’ve been here several times including a month long stint about four years ago. For now, this is the best way to where I’m headed on the next leg of my trip, Somalia. 

There are some great hotels and some great restaurants here. On the high end is the Norfolk Hotel, a former haunt of British colonials and Big Game hunters like Ernest Hemmingway. It is worth stopping by for a drink or meal on the veranda. Also towards the high end is the Fairview Hotel which is a good bet. My room here has all the normal facilities and is on the second floor with half a view over the gardens. At the low end, there are plenty of places that charge by the hour and some good backpacker hostels.    

Nairobi National Park, practically in town, is also seeable in less than a day. Most of the big animals are seen here and sometimes with the city skyline in the background. There are also a lot of smaller animals like those in the tree in this photo.   

The city is itself half a slum (Kibera is the second largest in Africa after Soweto in South Africa) and home to considerable unrest. On the night I arrived, a public rally in Uruhu (Freedom) Park ended when someone threw a grenade killing six people. It’s still a great place to visit and pass through on the way to other adventures but always follow big city rules with plenty of caution.

Thank you Relief International, twice!

Posted on: May 8th, 2010 | No Comments

There are too few organizations that make meaningful contributions to assist the world’s worst off people. Relief International (RI) is one of those that make’s a real difference. Based in Los Angeles, RI has an operational presence in 17 countries. Their motto is “Saving Lives, Rebuilding Livelihoods.” They assist in numerous ways such as sheltering disaster victims, providing clean water to refugees and providing loans to the disadvantaged. 

Their management also understands that it is important to “help the helpers.” They recently placed an order so that each of their international relief staff would be equipped with a Neverest’s Essential Journey’s Kit. Thank you RI!