I took a minimalist approach for my travel adventure in February. My goal was to bring only one carry on bag AND pack all essentials for a two-week trip to Southeast Asia. Thus I embarked on a quest to find some awesome gear so I could carry everything I needed with me in the airplane cabin. I also wanted my tech items easily accessible to keep me occupied on the long plane rides. Read about my first investment here: Zuca carry-on. My second investment was the Scottevest Chloe Glow Hoodie.
This cool X-Ray image from Think Geek, where I got mine in “Ember” red, shows all the pockets with items inside. The item was on for a great sale and has become an important stable in my wardrobe. I knew the hoodie would not be perfect for the warm weather I am going to be in, but knew also that I would get more regular use out of it than I would a travel vest, for example. The hoodie was perfect for the plane, since I tended to get chilly. In fact, I used the Chloe daily all winter and spring after I got it instead of a carrying a purse. It has 13 pockets with suggestions as for what each pocket could be used for. Here’s what I packed in the Chloe for the plane and I didn’t even use every pocket:
- boarding tickets
- mobile phone
- ear buds
- wet naps
- kashi bars
- credit cards
- pill box
- paperback book
The hoodie has dedicated pockets for a camera, extra memory cards, a small tablet, and glasses with an attached chamois cloth. There’s a system in place to run your ear buds into the hood so there are no dangling wires. The best thing about the hoodie is I don’t feel like I have all of that in my pockets; I don’t look bulky and it fits comfortably. The hood zips all the way up so I can cover my face if I need to catch some Zs in the airport. Going through security was a breeze – I just put my hoodie into a bin and my carry on the conveyor. I also felt secure carrying all my important documents with me because most of the pockets are inside the clothing, so it’s less likely that someone can pickpocket you. I was in Thailand during a political upheaval so making sure my passport was safe was very important in case I needed to prove my citizenship to my consulate.
After I decided on the Chloe, but before I purchased, I checked out the Scottevest site. They have really cool stuff and I wanted everything! SeV has clothes with enough pockets for all the things I need to carry with me so of course this quest cued a Scottevest obsession that has since seen me purchase 2 more items (Molly [17 pockets!] & Trench). My enthusiasm has rubbed off on my friends who love the items as well. Scottevest is part of my zombie apocalypse plan – I won’t need to fill my pockets with tech, but they will suit just as well for various smaller accouterments needed for survival. Tribe collecting score: 3