The Champ Survival Sidekick 10-in-1 Multitool

The Champ Survival Sidekick 10-in-1 Multitool Practical Travel Gear

Survival preppers¬†will have nothing on you once you've picked up the Champ Survival Sidekick 10-in-1 Multitool.¬†I don't consider myself an alarmist, but I do like the feeling of knowing I'm prepared for most situations, and self-reliant while traveling, especially by car. After educating myself on the many functions of the Champ Sidekick, I feel good knowing it's in my car at all times, ready if I get sidelined by a snow storm when we travel to ski resorts. Depending on what part of the world … [Read more...]

Wazoo Adventure Paracord Survival Bracelet

Wazoo Adventure Paracord Survival Bracelet Practical Travel Gear

You need to be prepared for problems when you hike into the backcountry, but nobody wants to carry around 20 things they may or may not need if it's going to add a lot of bulk to the pack. This Adventure Survival Bracelet from Wazoo can cover a whole lot of situations with something that just clips around your wrist.We love double-duty gear anyway, but this paracord bracelet really takes it to the extreme. Like any paracord bracelet, you can unwrap this and have more than two meters of … [Read more...]

Gerber Bear Grylls Card Tool Travel Kit

Gerber Bear Grylls Card Tool Travel Kit Practical Travel Gear 1

Gerber Gear makes all kinds of wicked knives and multi-tools that look like they could transform into something that will take over the world, but for regular travelers who are going to get onto a plane for their adventures, that can be overkill. This neat little Bear Grylls Card Tool is more up our alley. It's a double-duty, easy-to-pack kit that comes with a few key essentials.On one side is a cool little knife with a finger hole for you to cut whatever needs cutting.There are three … [Read more...]

Snow Peak SnowMiner Headlamp

Snow Peak SnowMiner Headlamp Practical Travel Gear 1

I've long been ambivalent about needing a head lamp for backpacking and camping. When I've used them in the past, I've found it hard to control the beam of light (it's much easier to aim with a flashlight in my hands), and I never could justify the expense when I had camping lanterns that did the job.Then last month I found myself setting up an 8-person tent in a 2-person tent site on the edge of a ravine at midnight (yes, it was a very long night), and I reached for the Snow Peak SnowMiner … [Read more...]

Cheap Survival Insurance: $15 Adventure Medical Kit

Cheap Survival Insurance: $15 Adventure Medical Kit Practical Travel Gear

With this kit, you can prepare for unexpected problems without carrying a lot of extra weight and bulk.If you've ever been on a guided tour or hiking trip, you've probably noticed that whenever something goes wrong or someone gets hurt, the guide has a Hermione-like magic bag filled with all the right bandages and first-aid supplies. You almost never see a professional guide without some kind of daypack because they need to be prepared for whatever nature can throw at them.How prepared … [Read more...]

Timex E-tide Compass Expedition Watch Review

Timex E-tide Compass Expedition Watch Review Practical Travel Gear 1

It's tough being a watch company these days. The expensive ones still get bought as jewelry and for showing off, but for inexpensive ones many people have reverted back to a pocket watch: their mobile phone.Quite a few travelers don't use their phone overseas though. The roaming and data charges can bankrupt you if you're not at a hotspot and the batteries drain so fast on the iPhone and some competitors that your vacation becomes a long series of outlet quests---assuming you have the right … [Read more...]

A Compact, Lightweight Kit to Save Your Life

A Compact, Lightweight Kit to Save Your Life Practical Travel Gear 1

Usually when we try out travel gear products on here we try hard to put them through their paces in the real world. With this little Origin SOL Survival Kit, I have to take their word for it on some of the functions. I'm not so dedicated that I'm going to get lost in the woods for days to test out all the components.One thing is clear though: this is one cool survival kit. It's newly released from Adventure Medical Kits, a company that's already the leading player in this product space. The … [Read more...]

Camping Light: Kelty’s Lumapivot Lantern

Camping Light: Kelty's Lumapivot Lantern Practical Travel Gear

I don't know why we've taken so long to upgrade our camping kit with decent lighting. Sure, we carry candles and flashlights and a headlamp, but typically, we just shut down our efforts with the close of day. This has meant an early dinner, a bit of reading in the tent as the light fades, and, well, that's about it for the evening. I used to have one of those old propane lanterns, the kind that used the ever fragile mantle. The light was great, but they were kind of high maintenance plus, you … [Read more...]

Enigma Gore-Tex Pants from Outdoor Research

I had the good fortune, a few years back, to visit the Outdoor Research (OR) test lab here in Seattle. They had a machine for repeatedly poking holes in fabric, and a washer full of golf balls, and a number of other things to test the durability of the clothing they make and the materials they make it out of. I was impressed and inspired to do my own testing. That's why when I got my Enigma Gore-Tex pants from OR, I put on my wellies and stomped around in the choppy, knee deep waters of Puget … [Read more...]

Aspire Jacket from Outdoor Research

Aspire Jacket from Outdoor Research Practical Travel Gear

Outdoor Research is a Seattle based company, so it seems appropriate that they get rain gear right. Their Aspire jacket is a great addition to your travel wardrobe if you're planning to go somewhere wet -- warm or cold. I really like this coat, I've been wearing it outside since I got it -- though I did have to send it back to exchange it for one size larger.The jacket has a feature I wish more outdoor wear had -- side vents that go all the way down. They're calling this feature "TorsoFlo" … [Read more...]