XQISIT Bluetooth Stereo Headphones LZ380

XQISIT Bluetooth Stereo Headphones LZ380 Practical Travel Gear

This stylish pair of Bluetooth headphones is from European manufacturer XQISIT and brings a trendsetting new look to noise reduction headphones in the U.S. Newly on the market stateside, this pair showcases a fine matte, brushed silver finish on the casing.The flexible, padded ear cups are soft and ensconcing without being too tight. Noise does not escape as easily because of their cupped shape. The lightweight, metal headband flexes so that it wraps around your head. Often, I see people … [Read more...]

Two Sherpani Bags for Organized Travel Days

Two Sherpani Bags for Organized Travel Days Practical Travel Gear 2

For staying organized on traveling days and looking good at the same time, the Soleil tote and Lindsay travel wallet from Sherpani are great airport or train companions. My own frequent travel companion Donna takes them for a ride:A couple of years ago The Container Store opened up near my home in Tampa, FL. I was so excited I couldn’t wait to check it out. A whole store dedicated to containers, boxes, files, folders, bins and holders in all shapes and sizes. Aisles and aisles of stuff to … [Read more...]

Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Air Travel Days

Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Air Travel Days Practical Travel Gear 2

Everyone needs stocking stuffers for the traveler in their lives. If yours spends a good amount of time in the air, the following travel-friendly gifts will go a long way toward a more comfortable, convenient flight. Whether traveling for business or with kids in tow, something on this list will appeal!My Air Mask:If you don't want to get sick on your travel day and don't care who knows it, the My Air Mask might be for you. I won't knock it: there's nothing worse than sitting down next … [Read more...]

Osprey Jet Daypack for Kids

Osprey Jet Daypack for Kids Practical Travel Gear 1

It can be a challenge to find kid-sized travel gear that's sturdy enough to handle the rigors of childhood but affordable enough to be practical. After all, kids grow. And grow. The Osprey Jet is designed to fit kids age 5-10, is constructed with Osprey quality, and doesn't skimp on the bells and whistles Mom and Dad have on their packs.At 18 liters, the Jet is just big enough to be worth carting along, but small enough that kids in this age category can actually carry it themselves. … [Read more...]

Eagle Creek Adventure Pop Top Carry-On

Eagle Creek Adventure Pop Top Carry-On Practical Travel Gear

You know how everything fits into your carry-on when you depart for your destination, but when you're packing to return home, you no longer have room? Even if you're simply re-packing the very same items? Or how you go to a work conference unencumbered, and return with promotional items and sheafs of papers you never knew you needed? Or how you fold everything perfectly when packing to go somewhere awesome, but simply stuff dirty laundry back in your back every which way when it's time to head … [Read more...]

Osprey Airporter pack protector

Osprey Airporter pack protector Practical Travel Gear 1

If you travel by air and check your multi-day backpack, you'll need to protect it. In fact, unless you have a travel-specific backpack, with straps that stow, it's required by most airlines. In order to be used as checked luggage, any large backpack must be free of any outside straps, cords, buckles, or bungees that could get stuck in conveyor belts or snagged on various surfaces in the underbelly that is airline baggage check. A pack protector is one of those items you typically don't know … [Read more...]

Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow

Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow Practical Travel Gear

Plenty of elements of travel are uncomfortable, especially bus, train, airplane and airport seats. Considering the amount of time you send in each of them, perhaps a little more luxe treatment is in order, like the Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow.This inflatable pillow comes in two sizes: regular and large. The regular pillow measures 14 x 10 x 5 inches and weighs 2.8 ounces. The large pillow measures 16.5 x 11.5 x 5.5 inches and weighs 3.7 ounces. Both pack into a tiny stuff sack, which … [Read more...]

V-MODA M-100 CLIQFOLD Noise Canceling Headphones Review

V-MODA M-100 CLIQFOLD Noise Canceling Headphones Review Practical Travel Gear

These classy, over-ear noise canceling headphones have a distinctive look that is sure to turn heads on an airplane or train. And that is not because the sound leaks out of the side (one of my biggest pet peeves from clueless travelers when they have no idea they are sharing their music with everyone on the plane). V-Moda headphones have memory foam ear covers that lock in the sound improving quality and saving the sanity of your seatmates. I tested out the V-Moda M-100 Cliqfold model on … [Read more...]

Hummingbird WideMouth Carry-On

Hummingbird WideMouth Carry-On  Practical Travel Gear

Finally. A bag tough enough to travel with my tween and teen boys. The Hummingbird WideMouth Carry-On is a multi-use, double and triple duty all-purpose bag you never knew you couldn't do without. When I first got it, I wondered what I'd use it for, but multiple times since, I've wondered how I used to get along without it.Don't let the name sway you: the WideMouth is good for a lot more than just as a carry-on. In fact, I've yet to use it as such (though I have checked it as luggage). … [Read more...]

WoodTones Over-The-Ear Griffin Headphones Review

WoodTones Over-The-Ear Griffin Headphones Review Practical Travel Gear

This pair of stylish headphones from Griffin is polished with a wood exterior that gives it a unique look unlike any other pair of noise-canceling devices I have owned. What is even better is that the sound quality matches the elegant look, which is a plus for those that would rather not look like a sound studio technician while traveling.The ear piece covers are devised from real wood and come in a variety of styles including walnut, sapele grain or the lighter beech wood. These are far … [Read more...]