GSI Outdoors and HydroFlask Pint Glasses

GSI Outdoors and HydroFlask Pint Glasses Practical Travel Gear

Walk into any outdoor gear store, especially in craft brew hot spots like the Pacific Northwest, and it won’t take long to notice everyone is making travel-ready pint glasses. In my book, this can only be a good thing, and not just for beer consumption. In fact, we use the following travel pint glasses and tumblers both at home and on outdoor trips, hardly ever for the frothy craft brews found everywhere in my home state of Oregon. Depending on the trip and user, they’ve been holding water, … [Read more...]

Outdoor Travel Safety and First Aid Round Up

Outdoor Travel Safety and First Aid Round Up Practical Travel Gear

I’m always glad to find new products for my outdoor first aid arsenal. If you need to restock your supply of insect repellents, emergency medical supplies, or outdoor survival tools before high camping season or outdoor excursions while traveling, Natrapel, Adventure Medical Kits, and Sol have some interesting new items to consider. Here’s what we’ve recently tried out during our first camping and kayaking trips of the season.Natrapel bug spray:Natrapel is DEET-free, yet unlike most … [Read more...]

Baliloca Cross-Body Purse

Baliloca Cross-Body Purse Practical Travel Gear

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 and ease.I'll admit I was skeptical. I am not a purse person. I can usually be found with a backpack, or at very least, a tote or messenger bag. So I was unsure about reviewing something as obviously … [Read more...]

SplashFlash Waterproof LED Light

SplashFlash Waterproof LED Light Practical Travel Gear 1

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" things you see by the cash register at a retail store are the items that you keep coming back to over and over.From the beginning, we've had a tag on this gear blog called cheap and light because we're the … [Read more...]

Vapur Incognito Packable Flask

Vapur Incognito Packable Flask Practical Travel Gear

Want to carry some booze with you without it being obvious---or breakable? This Incognito Flexible Flask from collapsible water bottle company Vapur holds ten ounces of hooch when you want it, then washes out easily and packs flat when you don't.This flask is pretty darn indestructible too, as long as you treat it right. You can stick it in a dishwasher, stick it in the freezer full of vodka, or drop it on the ground without it breaking or getting dented. It's thin enough to stuff in a puffy … [Read more...]

Inexpensive & Useful Travel Gadgets From Nite Ize

Inexpensive & Useful Travel Gadgets From Nite Ize Practical Travel Gear 4

Want some gadgets that will make your travels easier, for ten bucks or less? Nite Ize has plenty of options for you---or your stocking stuffer recipient.Way back when I started this travel gear blog, the whole idea was to focus on things normal people could buy, pack, and use without breaking the bank. While Outside, Robb Report, and Wired catered to the 1% in their aspirational gear reviews, we would review items that you didn't have to be a stockbroker or Silicon Valley mogul to afford. … [Read more...]

PocketMonkey One-piece Multi-tool Fits in a Wallet

PocketMonkey One-piece Multi-tool Fits in a Wallet Practical Travel Gear 1

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 thin and light you can carry it along on a "just in case" basis without a second thought. Also, unless you get a borderline mental patient as a TSA agent, you shouldn't encounter any problems at the airport security theater.It's … [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...]

SOL REPUBLIC Punk Wireless Speaker

SOL REPUBLIC Punk Wireless Speaker Practical Travel Gear

We use Sol Republic's Tracks HD headphones when we travel and at home, so I was eager to check out their newest wireless speaker. The perfect size for people on-the-go, the Punk speaker weighs less than 8 ounces and approximately 5" x 5" x 2"...small enough to fit into even the smallest backpacks, bags, or purses.The Punk's target audience seems to be young people who crave portable music in nearly any situation, from a poolside party to a gathering of friends in public spaces, and you can … [Read more...]

Coast HP1 Flashlight: a Tiny $10 Powerhouse

Coast HP1 Flashlight: a Tiny $10 Powerhouse Practical Travel Gear

If you haven't bought a flashlight in a decade or two, you might want to go for an upgrade. This little HP1 model from Coast Portland embodies all that has changed since your dad lugged around a big light with D-sized batteries in it. It's small and uses a single AA battery, but cranks out a lot of light for a long time.While battery storage capacity hasn't kept up with our appetite for portable electronics and hybrid cars, other aspects of technology have followed Moore's Law or at least … [Read more...]