Travelon Anti-Theft Urban E/W Messenger Bag

Travelon Anti-Theft Urban E/W Messenger Bag Practical Travel Gear 3

The Travelon Anti-Theft Urban E/W Messenger Bag offers a unique take on the standard laptop carry-on piece. It is lightweight, sleek, and contemporary, as most are. But, it offers a unique differentiating point.Its major selling feature is its secure compartment that has a slash-proof construction keeping even the most intent theft at bay. It can hold a 15.6 inch laptop, iPad, or standard tablet and features a RFID blocking card slot. Also protected are the shoulder straps, which can be … [Read more...]

King Kong Giant Killer 14L Messenger Duffel Bag

King Kong Giant Killer 14L Messenger Duffel Bag Practical Travel Gear

The King Kong Giant Killer duffel bag has a soft, expandable exterior that is perfect for those that like to pack a lot on their trips. It has an expandable shoulder cord, padded top handle, and Velcro covers that seal the front. Despite original concern, the Velcro seal does keep the top of the bag closed properly so that items are secure. If someone were to sneak their hands in while on the subway, for example, you would certainly hear the Velcro patch (unlike bags with a magnetic cover that … [Read more...]

Fjallraven Totepack No. 1

Fjallraven Totepack No. 1 Practical Travel Gear

Sometimes all the bells and whistles get in the way when you’re traveling, and you feel the urge to ditch it all and go classic old-school. Fjallraven helps you out with the Totepack No. 1.Somewhat akin to the simple design of its famed Kanken backpack, the Totepack No. 1 is made from waxed G-1000 fabric. The material was originally developed by using a durable fabric a little too heavy for lightweight tents (in the 1960s) and a paraffin beeswax mixture for added resilience.The bag has … [Read more...]

Pacsafe Camsafe Z16

Pacsafe Camsafe Z16 Practical Travel Gear

Somewhat like Goldilocks, I’m forever searching for something that’s just right. In my case, it’s a carry-on bag that totes my camera and laptop, has a little extra room for a wallet and phone, and is comfortable to use. Extra bonus if it’s not an obvious camera bag, so I can escape the watchful eyes of thieves looking for a free DSLR camera.I’ve been testing out the Pacsafe Camsafe Z16 during my travels in Vietnam for the past couple of weeks, and it’s already like a tried-and-true friend. … [Read more...]

Oliberte Fair Trade Kobio Tote

Oliberte Fair Trade Kobio Tote Practical Travel Gear

While it’s great to have a travel bag with a bunch of dedicated pockets to stash your stuff, sometimes it’s nice to have the old-school tote. The only way this works, however, is if you’re not also an old-school over-packer who will fill every last space in a bag with stuff for your trip.The Oliberte Kobio Tote is made from fair-trade certified premium cow and goat leather from Ethiopia that is sourced from local tanneries. If you’re not familiar with the process that leather goes through to … [Read more...]

Mindshift Rotation 180 Travel Away Backpack

Mindshift Rotation 180 Travel Away Backpack Practical Travel Gear

This backpack provides a unique rotating strategy that allows you to move a section of the bag from the back to the front, similar to a fanny pack. The Mindshift Rotation 180 Travel Away backpack is great for travelers that wear everything on their back, but want to protect important valuables like wallets, passports, keys, phones, or cameras. Pickpockets on subways or the sidewalk will have less of a chance to snatch your valuable items since this pocket is shifted to the front when … [Read more...]

Osprey Ozone Luggage

Osprey Ozone Luggage Practical Travel Gear

Packing is one of the least fun aspects of travel. Or, perhaps unpacking is worse. Let’s be honest—pretty much everything involving a suitcase is a major pain. But unless you’re so wealthy that you can keep a wardrobe in a handful of countries across the globe, you pretty much have to use something in which to pack your clothes. The Osprey Ozone line includes carry-on and larger sizes, and all have an aluminum frame and light chassis with large wheels to get you over terrain more rugged than the … [Read more...]


ReboundTAG Practical Travel Gear

The unique ReboundTAG is the wave of the future. Some airlines like Qantas and British Airways have invested into the use of RFID (radio frequency identification) bag tags already, which contain a microchip that helps to track luggage throughout its journey. With so many bags lost each year by airlines, this micro-chipped tag helps to highlight the inefficiency of the current paper tag system.The ReboundTAG does the same thing and is a wonderful idea for frequent travelers. While some … [Read more...]

Brenthaven Collins Slim Brief Messenger Laptop Bag

Brenthaven Collins Slim Brief Messenger Laptop Bag Practical Travel Gear

Let's face it. We are what we wear sometimes, and this sleek and comfortable messenger bag sends a contemporary and modern impression. My charcoal Brenthaven Collins Slim briefcase looks as hip and cool as ever as I stroll through airports with it slung over my shoulder using the adjustable strap or dangling over my rollaboard suitcase.It can easily fit a MacBook Air 13" or MacBook Pro 13"-15". I admit that I am not cool enough to have a MacBook (and I am proud of it), but my Lenovo ThinkPad … [Read more...]

Kelty Ascender 22 Trunk Luggage System

Kelty Ascender 22 Trunk Luggage System Practical Travel Gear 1

It takes all kinds of luggage to please a variety of travelers. For me, business travel necessitates functionality and flexibility in what and how I pack. The Kelty Ascender Trunk Luggage System seemed like a good idea worth trying especially when I have long two or three week trips to varying climates.Now, I will be the first to tell you that I do not carry backpacks on business trips so the option to wear this on my back was never one that I considered. But, it was nice to know that … [Read more...]