5 Things I Always Pack: Marina K. Villatora of TravelExperta

5 Things I Always Pack: Marina K. Villatora of TravelExperta Practical Travel Gear 3

Marina Kuperman Villatoro runs TravelExperta, a resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. She lives in beautiful Antigua, Guatemala and travels with her husband and two boys all over the world. So tell us Marina, what travel gear do you always pack?Traveling has fully changed me for me since having children. It's all about ease and organization and peacefulness.1. Hanging Toiletry Bag - I just recently discovered this accessory and now it literally is the most … [Read more...]

Mindshift Rotation180 Trail Backpack

Mindshift Rotation180 Trail Backpack Practical Travel Gear 1

If you, like me, are lazy about bringing your bulky DSLR camera on day trips and travel days because you get tired of stopping to take it out of your pack and put it back in, get ready. In about three seconds, you're going to ask yourself, 'Why didn't I think of that?'. Mindshift Rotation180 backpacks are fully technical packs with rotating camera compartments, allowing users to access cameras and other gear without taking the pack on and off.Here's how they work: a removable, rotating … [Read more...]

Osprey Nebula Daypack for 34 Liters of Gear & Gadgets

Osprey Nebula Daypack for 34 Liters of Gear & Gadgets Practical Travel Gear 1

The Nebula Daypack from Osprey is a good all-around workhorse daypack that can carry just about everything you would need for your days of urban travel, even if you're a dressed-down digital nomad working from coffee shops. It can hold a laptop, a tablet, all your gadgets, a water bottle, and whatever you want to stuff in the front.Osprey is known for making quality packs for a wide range of uses, from bike commuting to trail running to backpacking around the world. This Nebula one brings … [Read more...]

Eagle Creek 2-in-1 Tote and Backpack

Eagle Creek 2-in-1 Tote and Backpack  Practical Travel Gear 2

Ever have one of those times where you go somewhere with one bag and come back with two? Or you need something after arrival for carrying things to the beach or for going shopping at the local market? This handy Eagle Creek 2-in-1 Tote/Backpack stuffs down to nothing in your suitcase but will hold loads of goodies as a carry-on, shopping bag, or daypack.This first photo at the top is how the tote looks when you fully expand it to backpack form. In that state it will hold 26 liters of … [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...]

STM Drifter Laptop Backpack With Loads of Pockets

STM Drifter Laptop Backpack With Loads of Pockets Practical Travel Gear

The STM Drifter Laptop Backpack is rather retro in design, but it's a false retro in more ways than just the superior modern materials. It's got a lot more places to store your gear than any daypack from the 80s or 90s had.Two decades ago when travelers set out for a six-week vacation or a trip around the world in the pre-internet days, the gadgets they carried were pretty limited. Something bulky to play music with, a flashlight, a Swiss Army knife that you could still take in a carry-on, … [Read more...]

Gregory Compass 30 Pack

Gregory Compass 30 Pack Practical Travel Gear

Do you pack your backpack perfectly, placing the things you’ll need first on top, so you don’t have to dig for something? Don’t lie. Many have attempted, but few have accomplished the perfect packing technique. Wouldn’t it be great to have a backpack that opens like a duffel, so you can see all the contents at once? You’ve got that with the Gregory Compass 30 pack.The pack’s single main compartment has zippered duffel access, so if you’ve yet to get the packing order right, you can easily … [Read more...]

Kelty Redstart and Redtail Daypacks

Kelty Redstart and Redtail Daypacks Practical Travel Gear 1

We frequently tout Kelty backpacks as the best bang for the buck options out there and these two daypacks are no exceptions. The 28-liter Redstart and 27-liter Redtail are both great daypacks for hitting the hiking trails or just taking along for a day of sightseeing and sidewalk pounding. Kelty Redstart 28 As the name would suggest, the Redstart is a starter daypack for people who only go on hikes every once in a while and aren't looking for anything very heavy-duty.This is your basic … [Read more...]

Kelty Shrike Large Daypack or Light Packer Backpack

Kelty Shrike Large Daypack or Light Packer Backpack Practical Travel Gear 1

Need a good all-around daypack or hiking pack that won't break the bank? This new Shrike backpack from Kelty includes a lot of features in its sub-$100 list price.If you go on any message board frequented by people getting ready to take off on an extended bout of travel, you'll find plenty of arguments about what size backpack is the right one to take. If you're the type who can stuff everything you need into one that holds just 30 liters, go order this Shrike pack from Kelty right now. If  … [Read more...]

Eagle Creek 2-in-1 Backpack Duffel

Eagle Creek 2-in-1 Backpack Duffel Practical Travel Gear 1

I love packable travel backpacks. The new Eagle Creek 2-in-1 duffel may be the best I've seen to-date. It meets my non-negotiable criteria for an overnight carry-on: it's lightweight, packable (stuffs into its own pocket), and offers many of the bells and whistles of a full-scale (non-stuffable) backpack.I'm usually less of a fan of convertible bags. Maybe it's just me, but on a given trip, I either need a duffle or a backpack, but rarely both. However, with the Eagle Creek 2-in-1, you don't … [Read more...]