cruz-hat

Nothing says summer to me quite like breaking out my selection of sun hats and fedoras. I’ve long attested to the fact that accessories make fashion easy to pull off when you’re traveling, but let’s face it: a lot of hats are bulky or fragile, and just …

Klymit-sleeping-pad

Camping season is here in most of the Northern Hemisphere, and there’s good news for those of us who like to camp and backpack light, but also comfortably. I’m not a fan of cutting ounces in my pack only to lie on hard ground at night, or with a ‘torso …

HomingPIN

I’m pretty excited about HomingPIN. At first glance, this lost property recovery system looks like it’s going to be pretty complicated, and probably expensive. For this reason, I actually didn’t investigate it for some time. In fact, it’s both inexpens …

sound+sleep

There are plenty of sleep studies and scientific data about white noise machines and sleep, and of course you can go look those up. My own take on using a sound therapy system is purely anecdotal: I am an extremely light sleeper and travel frequently; …

baggallini-tote-bag

I love to practice yoga while on the road. When I don’t have time for my usual exercise routine, I can almost always spend 15-30 minutes in yoga practice in any hotel room. Sometimes, I’m lucky enough to find a class to join at a resort, and they’ll re …

nemo-meta-tent

This spring, my teen son and I have been on a mission to find the most user-friendly trekking pole backpacking tent. Our family anticipates logging a lot of backcountry nights this summer, many of which will be on the Pacific Crest Trail, and we want t …

eagle-creek-duffel

  Every serious traveler needs at least one go-to, all-purpose, work horse of a duffel bag. I’ve had the same bright yellow duffel in my closet since heading to college 20+ years ago, and it just recently kicked the bucket. I thought I’d get an Ea …

high-sierra-lizzie-pullover

In our region of the Northwest, we’ve entered that season of difficult-to-decipher weather known as spring. We’re still skiing in the mountains, but the air is definitely more balmy than it was a month ago, and we’re also starting to hike and bike the …

under-armor-sunglasses

In the Pacific Northwest, it’s officially time to break out the sunglasses! Maybe it’s a year-round affair for you, but if you’re just getting around to shopping for your seasonal sunnies, it’s time to check out Under Armor’s offerings. Under Armor act …

REI-talusphere

Spring may be just around the corner, but for me, it’s still solidly winter. Ideal for those outdoor adventure days when you may work up a sweat in the sun or those spring ski days where anything goes in terms of weather, the REI Talusphere jacket is l …

leef-ibridge

Show me an iOS user, and I’ll show you someone who’s seen the dreaded ‘almost out of storage’ warning on their phone. I don’t consider myself someone with a large music or movie collection, but I do take a lot of photos and video for my job, and I do h …

baggallini-weekender

I’ve always appreciated Baggallini bags and totes for their attention to detail. You won’t find a brand more committed to making sure you have more sleeves, pockets, and zippers than you know what to do with. For an uber-organized person such as myself …

ThermaCELL ProFLEX

I enjoy reviewing all the products I test for Practical Travel Gear, but ThermaCELL’s heated products feel like they were made just with me in mind. I spend a great deal of the time outdoors, both when I travel and while I’m at home, and I constantly s …

aspenta-GPS

My first thought when I was introduced to the Aspenta Vectu Portable Vehicle Tracker was along the lines of, ‘I really don’t have anyone in my life whose driving habits I feel the need to track’. However, this simple, lightweight device does so much mo …

powell

We’re a family who loves outdoor adventure, but also has our share of technology. Not all of it comes into the field with us when we backpack, camp, and kayak, but we usually have at least one phone and charger in our gear. We all know that not all pho …

UST-survival-beast

If you ask me, you can’t have too many multi-tools. I stash them in my purse, in the car for road trips, in my day pack for day hikes, and of course, in my camping gear and my backpacking gear. UST Brands has been making survival and outdoor tools for …

innate-deltos

Innate is known for making quality travel gear that protects your valuables and keeps you organized. I’m not surprised they’re ready with RFID blocking technology. For a recent trip to Europe, I knew I needed a slim billfold that would house my passpor …

altitude-lite-jr

We’ve reviewed multiple Hi-Tec shoes and boots, including the men’s lightweight Altitude Lite, but what about the Altitude Lite for kids? Hi-Tec Altitude Lite Jr  combines the same high-quality, low impact hiking boot for adults with a fit designed jus …

STM-Atlas

My iPhone changes ‘clothes’ depending on my travel destination. For major outdoor adventures, you can bet it’s armored in a waterproof, shatterproof case, for instance, whereas on low key days, it needs only slim protection. Lately, my favorite case fo …

healthy-body-bag

I’ve been hearing buzz about Healthy Back Bags (or HBB) for a few months now, and am glad to get my hands on one to try it out. What is a HBB? Essentially, it’s a cross-body sling bag, designed intelligently to save your back and posture. Does it deliv …

lowa-innox-Evo

Before any major trip, I fret quite a lot about my shoes. Anyone traveling carry-on only understands why: shoes and boots take up the most room in my bag, so each selection had better pull its weight! For my most recent winter trip to Europe, I packed …

super.natural

Base layers are a must for winter travel. Of course, they’re a no-brainer on an outdoor-focused vacation like a ski trip, but we bring base layers on city travel too, during the cold months. Right now, we’re in Europe, and it’s chilly! I brought three …

Eagle Creek Lync 22 Roller Bag | Practical Travel Gear 2

We travel almost exclusively with Eagle Creek bags and packing cubes. I find the quality to value ratio to be just right, and so far, trusty EC hasn’t failed me. When I had the chance to try a bag in their new Gear of the Year Award winner, the EC Lync …

Blundstone boots for women and kids | Practical Travel Gear 1

As an American consumer and traveler, I hadn’t heard of Blundstone footwear, an Australian boot company. I’m very glad I was introduced! These classic boots have clean lines, rich leather, and rugged soles…basically everything you need in a quality w …

ExOfficio Wanderlux Crossfront shirt | Practical Travel Gear

Well, ExOfficio has done it again. Somehow, they keep making travel shirts I would happily sleep in, they’re so comfortable. Even more remarkable: they don’t look like something I’d sleep in. The ExOfficio Wanderlux Crossfront is the perfect example. R …

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