How To Use Packing Cubes | Practical Travel Gear

 What are packing cubes?             Ever since airlines have become increasingly disinterested in the needs of travelers and increasingly interested in packing as many of us onto airplanes as is physically possible, the fees and limitations associated …

Keen UNEEK Corded Sandal Shoes | Practical Travel Gear 2

In the footwear world, there are hundreds of “me too” styles for every one that’s truly innovative. A little tweak here, a little change there, but not much that’s really unique. Then something comes along that’s so different they have to call it…UNE …

Hook'd Storm Polarized Active Sunglasses From Under Armour | Practical Travel Gear 1

For sunglasses that perform well on the water or in sports conditions, these polarized Hook’d shades from UA also look good enough to be the all-around pair you keep on when you’re not sweating. When you think of Under Armour you probably picture athle …

Lighted Getaway Toiletry Bag From Grand Trunk | Practical Travel Gear 1

Take the frequent traveler favorite, the hanging toiletry kit, then make one little change that has a huge impact. That’s the story with this new Getaway toiletry bag with a built-in light and mirror from Grand Trunk. We can argue all day about what’s …

Acoustic and Utilize Shorts From Nau | Practical Travel Gear 2

If you want shorts that are well made and look great in multiple situations, you can count on Nau to deliver. These synthetic Acoustic ones and the organic cotton Utilize ones are worth packing for your next warm weather adventure. We review a lot of t …

Revamped Treksta Kobra Shoes With BOA Lacing System | Practical Travel Gear 3

Once you go BOA, you’ll never go back. Well, you may wish you could never go back anyway, that you could wave a magic wand and all your shoes would have the BOA closure system like these Treksta Kobra shoes do. Nothing to tie, retie, and bend over to t …

Eagle Creek eTools Organizer Pro Tames the Gadget Beast | Practical Travel Gear 1

If you need to find a specific cord, charger, or gadget in your bag, how quickly can you do it? If you use this new eTools Organizer Pro from Eagle Creek, you might be able to answer “five seconds” because everything will be in one place. Despite all t …

Serengeti Lipari Sunglasses are Lightweight and Elegant | Practical Travel Gear 1

Giant sunglasses that take up half your face might be a good bet if you’re a celebrity trying to stay incognito, but if you’re driving down a sunny highway or carrying a pair of sunglasses in your shirt or jacket pocket, you probably don’t want somethi …

Stylish Chaos Summit Breeze Sun Hat for Women | Practical Travel Gear 1

Let’s face it: most of the sun hats made for travelers are more about function than fashion. They’re meant to protect you from the elements, be washable, and stay in your possession. Anything beyond that is “nice to have” but not essential. Some travel …

Vulc N Vent Casual Shoes From Columbia Sportwear | Practical Travel Gear 1

Consider this one a remixed classic. Columbia took the traditional vulcanized shoe design that’s been around for decades via the likes of Vans and PF Flyers and put a whole new spin on it. Unlike those traditional shoes that can leave the soles of your …

Techspresso Travel Polo Shirt From Exofficio | Practical Travel Gear 1

A polo shirt can be a great staple for warm weather travel wardrobes and this Exofficio Techspresso polo has a lot of features to make it one of the best ones you can buy. It’s a rare trip I take when there’s not at least one shirt like this in my pack …

Hi-tec Altitude Lite 1 Waterproof Hiking Boots | Practical Travel Gear 1

In the title I call these “boots,” but that word certainly doesn’t conjure up an accurate image of the lightweight Altitude Lite Waterproof footwear from Hi-Tec. These may be the lightest over-the-ankle shoes/boots I’ve ever strapped on for a hike: the …

Terai Casual Travel Shirt From Sherpa Adventure Gear | Practical Travel Gear 1

This Terai short sleeve shirt from Sherpa Adventure Gear hits all the right travel shirt check boxes: lightweight, wicking, quick-drying, and wrinkle resistant. Unlike many of them though, it also has some styling to it and some thought went into the s …

Craghoppers Simba Travel Pants With NosiLife | Practical Travel Gear 1

Looking for some good men’s travel pants that aren’t all baggy and shapeless? These fitted Simba Nosilife Trousers from Craghoppers give you all the right features, but with a low-profile look that doesn’t broadcast the fact you’re living out of a suit …

The Best Underwear for Adventure Activities: Saxx | Practical Travel Gear 1

If you’re a manly man who wants to keep his equipment in place no matter how rugged the activity, pack a pair of Saxx underwear. Back in 2012 we did a story on new developments in travel underwear and included Saxx. More than three years later I’m stil …

Popular Ahnu Del Rey Sandals Get Lighter | Practical Travel Gear 1

For a lot of long-term travelers, the perfect pair of shoes is…a pair of sandals. But not flimsy sandals with something sticking between two toes to hold them on. Rather the kind that have serious tread, a webbed covering over the foot, and the abili …

Stretchy, Insect-Repellent NosiLife Berko Shirt From Craghoppers | Practical Travel Gear 1

Want a travel shirt that moves when you do but looks fitted when you hit the pub at the end of the day? One that will keep the mosquitoes at bay when you’re setting up a tent or chilling out in the courtyard of that tropical guesthouse? This Craghopper …

Columbia Loch Lomand Rain Jacket With Omni-Tech | Practical Travel Gear 2

With breathable protection and lots of great features, this Loch Lomand jacket from Columbia Sportswear is light but serious rainwear. Most of us may hate packing a jacket when it’s not cold where we’re going. But when the skies open up and the rain de …

Oboz Switchback Real Trail Hiking Shoes | Practical Travel Gear 1

A lot of the shoes we’ve tried labeled as “light hikers” and such are fine for a mellow walk in the woods, but they aren’t really built for tough trails. If you want some low-rise shoes that aren’t real heavy but can really hold up during steep hikes w …

Rewind: Hiking Trip Travel Gear That Works | Practical Travel Gear 2

We try to take a good amount of time to try out the gear we review on here, but often it’s a year down the line, after multiple trips, that we really start loving the gear we can depend on. (And maybe hating that one nagging fault that bugged us just a …

Adidas Climalite Flex 360 Sports T-Shirt | Practical Travel Gear 1

Want a lightweight wicking shirt to pack that is cheap enough to buy in twos and threes? Check out this Climalite Flex 360 version from Adidas that’s a real deal. I don’t have a set packing list where I’ve got the exact same items along on every trip, …

Swift Sunglasses From Guideline Eyewear | Practical Travel Gear 3

Sometimes you just want a good pair of sunglasses, for a good price, that will do the job and be comfortable on your face. This Swift model from Guideline Eyewear is a solid performer that won’t cost you three figures. We review a fair number of brands …

Are You Getting the Best Possible Travel Gear Deals? | Practical Travel Gear

Would you rather pay $500 for the latest technical shell with a new zipper and stripe, or $150 for the one that works just as well but is last year’s model? Would you rather pay $20 for the hiking socks that just hit the shelves last week, or $8 for th …

Lowa San Francisco Shoes With Gore-tex Surround | Practical Travel Gear 1

If you want some great all-around travel shoes that will let your hot feet truly breathe, put on some San Francisco ones from Lowa. In an earlier review I raved about the new Gore-tex Surround technology just now going into shoes that have rolled out t …

New Serengeti Misano Sunglasses | Practical Travel Gear 1

On my last few trips I’ve been wearing sunglasses that do a good job of making me look much more classy and sophisticated than I really am: the new Misano shades from Serengeti. As I’ve traveled around on multiple travel writing assignments like an int …

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