Three practical Sea to Summit backpacking items
Last week, my 16-year-old son and I section-hiked through two Oregon wilderness areas of the PCT. Three Sea to Summit products definitely pulled their weight on the trip, and made our job as hikers easier. Pack Tap water container: My dad has an age-old water storage bladder with a... Read more
Baliloca Cross-Body Purse
So, what exactly is a Baliloca purse? Just another anti-theft bag? Not quite. A money belt? Nope. A fashion accessory? Much more. Sitting down to this review, it’s actually hard for me to classify it, because it’s essentially a travel-friendly purse that does all of the above, but with flair... Read more
Eagle Creek EC Lync System Wheeled Luggage
Here’s the challenge: You’re packing only a carry-on bag. Do you bring a suitcase or a backpack? The suitcase allows you to take nearly everything you want, but it’s not as easy to bring things along on day trips. The backpack allows you to bring most of what you... Read more
SplashFlash Waterproof LED Light
The size of a small finger and multi-functional, this little SplashFlash light should easily earn a place on your packing list. Some of the coolest, most useful gadgets we toss into our travel bags are often not the ones that cost hundreds of dollars. Sometimes the little “impulse buy”... Read more
Craghoppers CompressLite PackAway Jackets
Craghoppers has one of the best values in packable travel jackets I’ve seen in a long time. The CompressLite Packaway Jacket is made of a down-alternative, is incredibly lightweight for its price category, and includes all the features you need in a travel and outdoors jacket: a full hood, adjustable... Read more
PocketMonkey One-piece Multi-tool Fits in a Wallet
Want to have a travel gadget that will come in handy, but is no trouble to pack? We like the useful pocket tools we’ve reviewed in the past, from the likes of Victorinox, Gerber Gear, and True Utility. The big difference with this PocketMonkey tool is that it’s so... Read more
Eagle Creek 2-in-1 Tote and Backpack
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... Read more
Magnum winter boots: Halifax 8.0
I’ve learned a few things writing reviews at Practical Travel Gear. High-quality isn’t always synonymous with expensive, trendy styles can be overrated, and nearly every outdoor or travel gear item I own should do double duty. There’s only so much room in suitcases, duffels, and closets. The Halifax 8.0 work... Read more
EvoGrip S18 Swiss Army Knife: a Lot of Tools in a Small Package
I have to admit it’s been a while since I traveled regularly with a Swiss Army Knife if going anywhere near an airport, but with a few checked bag trips lately and local overland ones, I’ve been enjoying having this Victorinox EvoGrip S18 one on me. I forgot how... Read more
Oboz Mendenhall All-around Travel Shoes
We love shoes that can work in multiple situations in our travels so we don’t have to pay for a checked bag on the crappy domestic legacy airlines in the USA, so these Oboz Mendenhall shoes are some new favorites. You know they’re cut out well for frequent travelers... Read more