I’m a nomad. I’m a minimalist. I own a few things. My things will never own me. I do not want to travel the world with anything that I don’t need; that I don’t see as practical, useful, and light. For this reason, last December, I sought out a few companies that shared my philosophy about life, adventure, and travel. I found Nomad’s website and searched to see if there was anything I could use, and to reciprocate, if there was anything I could help promote.

Well, I don’t have a phone. I already told you I was a minimalist. So, that left out any need of their awesome accessories for smartphone cases or smartwatch straps. I’m a blogger and a photographer. I do need constant charging capabilities for my iPad and cameras with usb cables (preferably short with no messy wires.) I took a chance and let the guys know who I was, what I did, and what I would love from Nomad to take around the globe with me.

They gave me a Lightning carabiner that I still have and still use constantly, a carabiner for my GoPro (sad to say that was lost or stolen somewhere in Beirut – hey, that’s the life of a nomad, and hopefully someone else is out there using it,) and a rugged cable, which they say lasts at least five years, but I can’t imagine it not still working for me in a decade from now.

Take my word for it – my year’s experience with these products – if there was any problem at all, I would share it here, as I’m not guaranteed to get any more gear from them for 2018. I’m staying true to who I am and I want other minimalist adventurers to have the opportunity to travel as light and efficiently as possible, too.

My Nomad goods travelled with me in 2017 to:

Beirut, Lebanon ~ Cocoa Beach, Florida ~ Chisinau, Moldova ~ Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu, and Timisoara, Romania ~ Salzburg and Vienna, Austria ~ Budapest, Hungary ~ Munich and Frankfurt, Germany ~ London, England ~ New York City, New York ~ Miami, Florida 

and it kept my stuff charged up so that I could keep my blog going everywhere along the way!

On the beach in Cocoa Beach, Florida – so small and light, just hooks onto my backpack
On location for a photo shoot for my blog at artist David Rothman’s mural in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Charging my iPad with the lightning carabiner connected to my laptop
On location for a photo shoot for my blog at artist Izzy Izvne’s wall in Chisinau, Moldova.
An end-of-the-year return to Cocoa Beach and the Nomad carabiner is still going strong

December 2017

If you are interested in checking out all of the minimalist gear that Nomad has to offer, please click on the link at the top of the page ~ Happy New Year!!





  1. Sounds good, but I’m a bit afraid of carrying carabiners now. I got my regular carabiner (used to hang my water bottle or other accessories inside or outside my bag) taken by a French airport security, and I’m trying to find a way to replace it. Not sure if I should buy one again and avoid this airport (didn’t have any trouble in other airports), or find one metal less or what… the lightning one would be very useful but I’m afraid it would be taken again…
    Any issue with your carabiners at airport security? Do you keep them in your hand luggage or as a checked luggage?

    Many thanks,

    1. Great question! I wasn’t aware of them confiscating carabiners ~ fortunately, it’s never happened to me. To be safe in the future, I may put them in my checked bag…

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