Stylish Chaos Summit Breeze Sun Hat for Women

Stylish Chaos Summit Breeze Sun Hat for Women Practical Travel Gear 1

Let's face it: most of the sun hats made for travelers are more about function than fashion. They're meant to protect you from the elements, be washable, and stay in your possession. Anything beyond that is "nice to have" but not essential.Some travelers aren't content with this though and would like to have something that actually looks fashionable instead of adventure-worthy. There are people like my wife who wouldn't be caught dead with anything bearing a chin strap and who are seemingly … [Read more...]

Tilley Two-Tone TRH4 Sun Hat

Tilley Two-Tone TRH4 Sun Hat Practical Travel Gear 1

Have you ever played "count the khaki" when you've been in (or checked out) a crowd of travelers on an adventure tour? Especially when it comes to sun hats, you'll usually need more than 10 fingers. Enter the Two-Tone Hat from Tilley made from a blend of three fabrics.This is a wide-brimmed hat that will keep the sun off your face and neck, but it presents a different look than the norm, with a natural white fabric and black trim around the brim and the base of the part that fits over your … [Read more...]

Tilley Mash-Up Hat

Tilley Mash-Up Hat Practical Travel Gear 2

I'm a reformed sun worshipper. After spending way too many hours in the direct sun, I've finally learned to care for my skin while enjoying the outdoors. Side note: I'm well into my 30s and should know better. But if a sun-oholic like me can not only get used to wearing sun hats but actually sing the praises of them, anyone can.Tilley is the Rolls Royce of outdoor and sun hat wear. We've long been fans here at Practical Travel Gear, reviewing numerous Tilley products. In fact, you can access … [Read more...]

Sunday Afternoons Sun Protection Clothing for Kids

Sunday Afternoons Sun Protection Clothing for Kids Practical Travel Gear 1

Sunday Afternoons makes affordable, high-quality sun protection clothing for kids and adults. They're based near my hometown in Oregon, but trust me, Sunday Afternoons knows how to block bright sunshine. We took both a child's hat and tee along for a Southern California desert camping trip through Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks, and my fair-skinned Oregon-native boy lived to tell the tale!Sunday Afternoons' Radiant Tee is the perfect all-purpose, no-frills sun protection … [Read more...]

Canyon Sun Hiker Travel Hat From Mountain Hardwear

Canyon Sun Hiker Travel Hat From Mountain Hardwear Practical Travel Gear 1

Are you taking your pasty white skin somewhere bright and sunny anytime soon? Are you hiking in the mountains in thinner air? You're probably going to need some sun protection on your sweaty head and this Mountain Hardwear Canyon Sun Hiker is a great choice.I don't normally start off with the price, but this cap lists for $25, which is probably less than your home sports team's new logo hat. This is a technical sun hat that delivers, however. It has a UPF rating of 50, so you can walk in the … [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...]

Winter Travel Hats for When You’re Over 25

Winter Travel Hats for When You're Over 25 Practical Travel Gear 2

  For traveling to places with frigid temperatures. a Tilley hat will keep your head warm without making you look like a dork. Or a hoodlum. Or someone trying to pretend they're still in college.Eventually you reach a point in life where you want to wear nice things when you travel, things that are meant to last past a season or two and that make you look good. And maybe you can afford to step up your headgear purchase from what you'd find at a collection of hats set out on a fold-up … [Read more...]

Tilley TM10 Cotton Duck Hat

Tilley TM10 Cotton Duck Hat Practical Travel Gear 1

Sometimes outdoor excursions require a bit more than a baseball cap. I may have my favorite, acquired in Jackson Hole (complete with moose patch), but when it comes to an ideal shade hat that keeps my head cool, I turn to the Tilley TM10.Made from a cotton duck fabric, the hat has a broad brim that provides ample shade on even the brightest days. I wore mine nearly every day I was traveling in Namibia, but have also used it on the water. The brim gives me protection even on the sides of my … [Read more...]

Tilley Mash-up Airflow Hat Uses Cast-off Materials (& Looks Great)

Tilley Mash-up Airflow Hat Uses Cast-off Materials (& Looks Great) Practical Travel Gear 1

Taking the best elements of their popular Airflo hat and using recycled fibers to mix up the look, this Tilley TMH5 Mash-up Hat stands out from the sea of other sun hats you'll see in your travels.We're big fans of the Tilley brand here, joining half the traveling Canadian populace in singing its praises. We liked the Airflo so much that two of use reviewed it here (the organic cotton version) and here. I've also checked out a few others on trips to sunny places, including the Plaid … [Read more...]

Spring Beanies from Chaos Hats

Spring Beanies from Chaos Hats Practical Travel Gear 1

I think it's fitting that as I write this review, I'm sitting on the balcony of a ski condo in Squaw Valley, CA, with my feet up after a warm spring-skiing day. On my head is a knit Chaos beanie  which is doing double-duty keeping the spring sun at bay and taming my helmet hair.I've reviewed several Chaos hats for winter wear for women and children in the past, and am back with two more for warmer winter days, spring outdoor travel, and summer travel in cooler climates. Chaos is a solid pick … [Read more...]