Sea to Summit Comfort Light Sleeping Mat

Sea to Summit Comfort Light Sleeping Mat Practical Travel Gear

It’s becoming easier and easier to be a backpacker these days. With packs, tents, and mattresses becoming more technical, lighter, and more effective every year, backpacking enthusiasts no longer have to choose between comfort and weight (for a price).Case in point: the Sea to Summit Comfort Light sleeping mat is both the most comfortable and the lightest backpacking pad I’ve tried. While the Kelty TrailLogic PDa pad is still more compact, the Comfort Light wins in ease of use and cushion. … [Read more...]

Natural Wilderness Wipes From Sea to Summit

Natural Wilderness Wipes From Sea to Summit Practical Travel Gear

Grab a pack of these Wilderness Wipes from great travel and camping gear outfitter Sea to Summit and you'll be ready to clean your dirty hands or get presentable anywhere.Sometimes when you're in the backcountry or just stuck on a dusty Indian bus, it's hard to find a clean place to get yourself clean. We can all put up with a bit of grubbiness for a while, but it's not good to be caked in dirt and germs when it's time to lift food to your mouth. Or clean up a scraped arm. Or just wipe off … [Read more...]

Sea to Summit Travel Towel With Case

Sea to Summit Travel Towel With Case Practical Travel Gear 1

Sea to Summit has taken its popular line of travel towels and put them into a breathable but rugged carrying case. This way they pack down small and are easy to find in a suitcase or at the bottom of your stuffed backcountry hiking pack.A towel is a massively useful item for any traveler to carry (not just an interstellar hitchhiker). As any spontaneous swimmer or cleaner-upper has discovered when being without one at the most inopportune time, having your own towel can stave off many bouts … [Read more...]

Tiny Travel Umbrella from Sea to Summit

Tiny Travel Umbrella from Sea to Summit Practical Travel Gear

Packing an umbrella is a real pain, but there are plenty of times a traveler wishes there was one in their daypack. Sudden drizzles or downright downpours don't hold off just because you're on vacation or a business trip.I found this out last week when a deluge hit during my trip. This time I was prepared though, with some good waterproof shoes and my new Sea to Summit Pocket Travel Umbrella. I was carrying this around with me every day because it's lightweight and takes up almost no room. … [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...]

5 Things I Always Pack – David Lee of GoBackpacking

5 Things I Always Pack - David Lee of GoBackpacking Practical Travel Gear 1

David Lee is a the founder of two popular travel blogs, Go Backpacking and Medellin Living. He considers himself a minimalist, and when not on the move is based in Medellin, Colombia. So Dave, what do you always pack?In 2013, I challenged myself to begin traveling ultralight, with nothing but a 1,950 cubic inch North Face Big Shot backpack. Traveling with a small backpack requires boiling down what I take with me to the bare essentials. Here are 5 things I still find room to carry with me … [Read more...]

The Best Travel Gear We Reviewed This Year (2013)

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Jacket Is Both Toasty and Packable  Practical Travel Gear

We review a whole lot of travel gear on this blog every week, some of it good, some of it so great we can't stop talking about it. Out of the 250+ travel and outdoor adventure items we used and abused this year, here's what the four of us liked the best. And for those keeping score from what's below, yes Eagle Creek and ExOfficio are always safe bets when you walk out the door to some place on the other side of the globe... Jill Robinson's Favorite Gear of the Year This year had me all over … [Read more...]

Sea to Summit eVAC Dry Sack

Sea to Summit eVAC Dry Sack Practical Travel Gear

When it comes to protecting your important gear from the water, dry sacks have long been go-to tools. But traditional dry sacks can be bulky and not very fun to tote around. The slimmed-down Sea to Summit eVAC Dry Sack is my recent favorite way to safeguard my gear.The sack’s breathable base is constructed of waterproof laminate fabric, allowing air to get pushed out when you compress the sack, but still not allow water in. Just roll the sack down and air is pushed out of the base. The … [Read more...]

Sea to Summit Waterproof Packable Daypack

Sea to Summit Waterproof Packable Daypack Practical Travel Gear 1

I'm always happy to take something that can pack away into its own little pouch, but this Ultra-Sil Dry Daypack from Sea to Summit really takes things up a notch. It's ultralight, strong, and packable, yes, but the thing also keeps everything inside dry when you get caught in the rain!This daypack is configured like a dry bag you would take out on a boat or kayak, with a top closure that folds or rolls over a few times and then snaps shut. It's made of siliconized Cordura fabric and is seam … [Read more...]

Sea to Summit Duo Specialist Shelter

Sea to Summit Duo Specialist Shelter Practical Travel Gear

Let's say you're interested in ultra lightweight backpacking, but aren't quite ready to sleep in a cocoon of a bivy shelter. Or let's say you're not an extremist, but want to allocate your pack pounds to other comforts besides your shelter. For the sake of argument, let's also say you're willing to budget big for this experience.Enter the Sea to Summit Duo Specialist. This little wonder looks and feels like a tent--you can actually sit up in it, imagine!--but carries like a bivy. In fact, … [Read more...]