TINY travel kitchen:

Below are the items that make up my tiny travel kitchen.  I love these so much. (When I’ve left these behind, I’ve quickly regretted it.)  XO

Water Purifier

I don't mess around with water anymore, as I've been too sick from water that was supposedly safe.  So I'm grateful for this water purifier that's "proven to be safe and effective, eliminating over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and protozoa that cause water-borne illness."  From all the research I’ve read, using this purifier is safer for me than water filters. This also means I don't have to buy bottled water (no plastic/waste), nor haul water (on me) when I’d rather not.  BONUS: this purifier easily fits into my Pacsafe.

Eco Stainless + Bamboo Water Bottle (No Plastic, Paint, Coating, Etc.)

When I hike or bike, I do need a water bottle. It took a long time to find this truly eco water bottle with…

  • no plastic

  • no paints

  • no coatings

  • no lacquers “of any kind”

I also prefer this single layer (uninsulated) water bottle, as I…

  • rarely hike/bike in extreme temperatures (insulation not needed)

  • like to clean my water bottle in a dishwasher when possible

  • like my things to be as compact as possible

  • can boil water in this single layer bottle, if needed

While I honestly wish I never needed this, I do. And if I do, I’m tickled that I get to have this particular water bottle.

This Perfect Spork

I'm always proclaiming that this is the only eating utensil that need exist.  I find its weight, dimensions, spoon shape, prong length, prong placement, and its finish, perfectly balanced.  I can easily eat anything with this spork. No other spork I've tried has come close. In fact, I’m often telling retailers about this spork, so they can stock and sell it. It’s that good.

Paring Knife with Sheath

This paring knife is so large and sharp that it helps me more like a chef's knife.  And I love that it has a protective sheath. So this is the only knife I carry.  It easily cuts fruit, nuts, squash, etc. and my only regret has been when I’ve left it behind (on a certain someone’s boat, thinking an Airbnb would have better knives). But no other knife has made me smile like this knife.

Tiny Knife Sharpener

This is the tiniest and most lightweight little knife sharpener.  It sharpens my paring knife, so my knife can keep on keeping on.

Tiny Travel Can Opener

We once had two options for a travel can opener:  an exposed blade that could cut your finger off or a household can opener too heavy to lug around.  Now there's this.  It doesn't hurt my hand while twisting.  It leaves no sharp edges behind.  It's tiny, but still comfy.  I find it a must have on road trips, in hotels, Airbnbs, boats...everywhere.

Mini Silicone Tongs

These mini tongs are adorable, small, lightweight, and they have a ring that holds them closed when not in use.  These make it so easy to pick up and mix food together.  They are quick to clean and a fun treat to have on hand.  I love them and don’t really need another cooking utensil.  BONUS:  when it's cheaper to purchase these in multiples, the extras are great gifts for others.

Immersion Heater

I find one of the easiest ways to enjoy quick/economical nourishment (and to warm/wake oneself up) is to heat water for beverages, cereal and soup.  Since lodging facilities don’t always have cooking appliances in rooms, and since I don't want to have to always go out to eat, I think it’s invaluable to carry an immersion heater.

Lunchbox + Travel Cutting Board

When I saw this lunchbox and cutting board, I had to have it. It’s my daily travel cutting board plus it can carry food. BONUS:  when it’s not carrying food, the kitchen tools above can be stored inside it during transport. =)

Matcha Tea*

I'm in love with matcha tea.  But it isn't always easy to find pure organic Japanese matcha tea.  I love that this brand is tested to be safe from radiation.  BONUS: While matcha tea is typically expensive, a little goes a long way (one tiny can can last weeks). I like to use just a little, every morning.

*Is matcha tea one of the healthiest teas? | How should we protect our teeth from tea?

Hibiscus Tea*

Hibiscus tea makes it easy for me to consume the antioxidant levels that I should consume throughout each day. It can be tough to find pure hibiscus tea in stores, though, so each box I toss in my luggage gives me a two week supply. BONUS: When I mix this hibiscus tea with matcha tea and a chunk of fresh ginger, it tastes amazing (no sweetener necessary).

*Is hibiscus tea one of the healthiest teas? | How should we protect our teeth from tea?

Mug + Pot + Bowl

This lightweight cup/pot/bowl does it all.  It's an invaluable little mixing bowl; can cook a meal; plus store food in the fridge, freezer or day pack; and it can be used to drink beverages.  Its handle also makes it possible to hook onto a pack.  BONUS:  on transport days, when it’s not being used for eating food or drinking beverages, I can pack all my teas (above) into it. =)

om: a mantra...used in contemplation...

venture: to go somewhere that is unknown...