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The Wally iPhone Wallet by Distil Union is a stylish accessory for your iPhone. It sticks to the back of your phone (or your iPhone case for those that are smart enough to protect their accessories) easily and can be removed without leaving a mark. It does not wrap around the entire phone, rather only sticks to the back surface leaving a space for the camera lens. I had no problem adhering it to my rubber case and also exchanging into to a plastic case when I swapped iPhone cases.
The red fabric strap pulls out to reveal storage space for a few credit cards, hotel room keys, or ID cards. This is especially ideal for those that are traveling in big cities or at crowded events and would rather not have their entire wallet with them (watch out for pickpockets), but still need to have a credit card and their phone.
True, if you lose one thing, you lose everything, but it is better than losing an entire wallet. Also, I found myself more careful with my phone than ever before since it had my credit card inside the Wally pouch. I am not the best guard of my cell phone, so this gave me added incentive.
My favorite feature, however, is the soft leather exterior which gives it a hip, contemporary look. It is far more stylish than the rubber case I have on my phone. It comes in a cowboy brown or slick black color and is designed for iPhone 4, 4S, and 5 models.
Many might assume that it is easy for cards to slide out, but the purpose of the fabric tab is to secure them in the case until you tug on that tab to release them. The wallet remains slim and adds little bulk to your phone. I found that I could comfortably put four cards in the wallet without a problem.
Unfortunately this is one of those bootstrapped products short on funding, so it’s out of stock at Amazon and hard to find at retail. It is available on Distil Union’s website for $39.99.
In my travels, I have seen a lot of snazzy alarm clocks in hotels. In fact, I do appreciate when there is an electrical outlet near the bed or an iPhone-charging clock that allows me to keep my smartphone plugged in overnight. But, I must admit, sliding the bar to stop the alarm on my iPhone is tough in the dark or when I am only half awake.
This clever iPhone alarm clock from Distil Union allows me to do just what we all want to do to our alarm clock when it wakes us up: give it a nice slap!
It comes with a clever, minimalist-style wooden stand that allows your phone to slide right inside and a large functioning rubber snooze bar. It stores your phone on its side and facing you while also leaving enough space for it to charge from its power port. There is an internal wedge that can slide in or out to accommodate bulkier cases allowing you to keep your phone in its case when you insert it into the stand.
Since it is secure in its wooden stand, you don’t need to worry about it falling off the night stand and becoming unplugged or wedged in between tight spaces when you are blaringly awakened mid-dream.
The solid maple wood stand also has a no-slip silicone bottom keeping it from scratching expensive furniture and preventing it from sliding off of a smooth surface. To activate the slap-happy snooze function, you have to download their Snooze Alarm App, which is free in the iTunes store.
The snooze function is simple to use, and Distil Union even provides a handy guide on common questions and answers.
Since space is often an issue for me with only a carry-on bag, I probably would not travel on longer trips with this device although it is ideal for shorter hops when I do not have as much clothing or gear. I have made it my go-to stand at home though, and it looks quite modern and stylish on my glass nightstand. No more need to pick up my phone and fumble for the sliding bar, now I just smack the wooden box and enjoy just a few more minutes of dozing.
Extreme outdoors travelers will find the Snow Lizard SLXtreme iPhone case to be a necessity, but as a business traveler, I admit, I did not realize why this would be such a useful device to me. To begin with, it has its own integrated battery that could double the life of your iPhone at the same time as remaining watertight. While I am not hiking up waterfalls daily, the extra battery life immediately caught my attention.
If I did accidentally drop my phone six feet into a pool, I would be safe too! That’s a deal that I could get into, extra battery life and waterproof capability?
And while my business travel may not send me hiking, it does send me to leisure destinations. As a travel writer, I can see myself taking photos underwater for an island destination adding to the benefit of this iPhone case and charger.
Holding onto my phone, in any situation whether wet or dry, is easier thanks to the rubberized side grips of this case. It even features a solar charger that keeps it going (for those using it outdoors).
If using it for just watching a program, the battery allows for 46 hours of playback or 380 hours of simply standby mode, which is incredibly generous when it comes to battery life.
With a variety of colors, it fits all kinds of situations from backpacking or camping to business travel in tropical climates. Another feature that I appreciated was that it was quick to slide the case on and off. Occasionally, iPhone cases are so snug that it takes brute force to snap it around your phone. If I had to find one thing that I disliked about this case is that it appears more recreational than professional, but again, its target customer is the adventurer. And, I found it to have a great double life for the road warrior.
The SLXtreme iPhone case is available for $129.99 at Snow Lizard’s website or on Amazon. When searching for a case that surcharges both your batter and phone protection, this model is certainly worth considering.
Shopping for business travelers is tough, which is often why I find myself flipping through SkyMall catalogs aimlessly. You never know when you might find something useful or worth recommending for a gift.
While I may not have heard of some of the travel purveyors in SkyMall, Magellan’s always catches my eye because of its trusted dependability and respected brand name in the travel industry. Heck, I remember going into my local Magellan’s store in the local mall just over a decade ago for all of my travel needs.
This is why I always flip to the Magellan’s section of SkyMall first because I know it and I trust it. I have always known about Mophie’s Juice Pack Plus, but love the fact that I can shop for these brands via the airline’s SkyMall link and earn mileage for those purchases.
The Mophie Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 4/4S has a powerful battery which extends the life of your iPhone for hours while offering a dual-injected hard shell case with protective rubberized band. I am known the world over for dropping my iPhone or losing it completely, and this device provides a double whammy: battery power and overall phone hardware protection. A rubberized band provides bolstered protection to the case in case of drops or hard hits against the surface of the device itself.
Sound quality is also boosted with this device providing stronger acoustics to those who use their phone to stream live audio or video.
It can more than double the time you have to utilize your device thanks to the external battery housed in the case itself. There is a toggle switch on the case that allows for standby and charging mode so you only have to use the juice pack plus battery when necessary.
I often find myself showing friends how to switch their iPhone to showing the percentage of their battery life left (something that many fellow travelers I meet are unaware of). This external battery also provides an alert via four LED lights on the bottom that show how much power is left in the juice pack plus battery.
The boost of up to 8 hours of talk time and up to 7 hours of data use on my 3G data phone is incredibly helpful. Surprising to me was the fact that if I were to use Wi-Fi networks, my battery life would be extended even further to 11 hours of data using this device. Suffice it to say, you will not see me traveling without this charger anytime soon. It is available at the Magellan’swebsite for iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 or on Amazon for $100.
By this time of the summer at Practical Travel Gear, I’ve collected so many useful yet smaller outdoor travel items that I decided to bring them together for their very own outdoor adventure accessories round-up. A successful backcountry trip is all in the details, so here are four perhaps overlooked items that will make your time in the wilderness more convenient and more comfortable.
MosquitNo silicone bands:
I have a deep hatred for mosquitos. Often, these pesky suckers (pun intended) are the only nuisance I can find in the wilderness…my tolerance for heat, cold, wind, rain, and bears are quite high. I usually slather myself in DEET (yes, I’ll probably die young), so I was skeptical of these non-DEET silicone bands designed to repel mosquitos. Do they work? Yes…though not as well as the straight stuff. They’re made with citronella oil, so they’re safe for kids, and they come in kid-sizes and are brightly colored to appeal to the younger set. They even glow in the dark. They last for 150 hours (around 5-6 days), and yes, they’re easier to apply than stinky spray. We did find them to repel the insects as well as a citronella candle, and the kids were much more agreeable to wearing them than to subjecting themselves to spray or lotion.
I’ve reviewed Nikwax products in the past, and loved them, so I knew I’d like their base fresh. What is it? A conditioner for technical clothing: all those base layers you sweat in. Add Base Fresh to your regular washer load (along with detergent) to keep these sensitive fabrics at the peak of shape. These clothes are expensive. You want to preserve their life and usefulness.
Pick up Base Fresh for $7.50 at Amazon.
E-Case for iPhone:
Keep your smart phone dry and dust-free while backpacking, kayaking, river rafting, and traveling. This little guy came along with me for a four-day whitewater rafting trip, and I could still take video through the case (I could have checked my email, too, should I have had any bars). I love that this case, made by Cascade Designs, is seal-locked, totally waterproof, and UV resistant. Plus, it fits the iPhone 5, but also older models.
I’ve admitted before to liking my comforts while in the backcountry. I’ll happily carry more weight in order to lay my head on a pillow at night. But Cocoon’s ultralight Air-Core pillow is a breeze to cart along at only 185 grams, and it comes with a stuff sack, too. I don’t normally find inflatable pillows comfortable, but the materials used are so soft, they make up for this.
Pick one up on Amazon for under $20.