1. Honeywell HCM350B Cool Mist Humidifier
Lame? Maybe. Responsible for the first great night’s sleep I’ve had since moving to a dry apt in Brooklyn? YES.
2. Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream
Does it make your skin shiny? Yeah. Is it great for your skin otherwise? Yeah.
3. Fjallraven Kanken laptop backpack
Does it look like a child’s bookbag from summer camp in 1972? Definitely. But does it only weigh 1lb and not hurt my back at all? Totally.
4. Fuji Xpro2 digital rangefinder camera
This is my new best friend. Invaluable. Recommended with the 18mm wide lens, which magnifies to 23mm.
5. Fuji Instax 90 instant camera
I bought this to send my brother tiny photos every day during his Seal training. So far I’ve sent somewhere around 500. It gets the job done, battery lasts forever, and kids love it too.
6. Amazon Prime membership
Do you still not have one? Whyyyyyyyyyy not?!
7. Victorinox Spectra 2.0, 26L and carry-on luggage, red
Hard case, very light, already been on many planes with me. No complaints yet.
8. North Face Far Northern Parka, navy
Finally bit the bullet and bought a waterproof NF down park with a fur collar so I can look like literally every other person in America. But I get it: these things are warm. And light. And practical. Amen.
9. Maui Jim Cliff House polarized aviator blue mirror sunglasses
Clearly the theme of this list is “This item is really light”, but really, these things are LIGHT. It’s like wearing nothing. And they work SO WELL. And they look awesome.
10. On Cloud lightweight sneakers
‘On’ is the name of the brand, from Switzerland. ‘Cloud’ is the name of the shoe. This is embarrassing, but, again, these are basically weightless sneakers.
Apparently my goal in 2016 was to feel as lightweight as possible, maybe because I carry a 15″ laptop on my back 100% of the time as a tech consultant. But I highly recommend any of these purchases. Bonus shout-out to my old faithful possessions highlighted in previous Dougherty Indexes: Pure Internet Radio, and Bialetti’s Stovetop Venus Espresso Maker. Everything else I own is in storage.