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Hotel Saint Bernard- A Trip That Will Spark Generations of Ski Weeks

Last Updated on January 30, 2018 Hotel Saint Bernard Over the 2018 holiday I had finally earned enough ‘points’ with my in-laws to in be invited to attend “Ski Week” with them at the Hotel Saint Bernard. This is a hotel and a family experience that goes back a mere 20 years in their household.…

TravelLite Seat Cushion by Lifeform

Last Updated on September 27, 2016 When I drive long distances in one stint – say the 3.5 hours from my mountain house to the “big city” of Denver – my right foot gets fatigued and I feel dull pain radiating up my leg to my tush. Sometimes my lower back gets a bit sore,…

LAT_56 Road Warrior Carry-on Eight Wheel Spinner Luggage

The LAT_56 features eight wheels for exceptional durability on any type of surface. Its soft exterior is ideal for constant wear and tear.

Pakems Packable Boots

Last Updated on September 27, 2016 In my quest for the perfect apres ski boot and all-round, packable outdoor travel shoe, I gave Pakems a trial run. This brand new product designed by a single mom is marketed as a lightweight, compressible shoe designed for use after a ski day. Pakems come in two styles (for…

GSI Outdoors Camping Essentials: Our Top Three Picks

GSI Outdoors camping makes life very easy when you are out of town and off the trail. We have reviewed and field tested many GSI Outdoors items and have picked out our three favorites for 2018. We have chosen the GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Cup, Santoku Knife Set and the Glacier Stainless 1.1L Boiler. BUGABOO CUP…

Therm-a-Rest: Honcho Poncho and Women’s Prolite Mattress

In 1971, Jim Lea, Neil Anderson and John Burroughs came together to design a better mattress with comfort in mind and thus, Therm-a-Rest was born. Since its inception 40+ years ago, the focus has never strayed from comfort because the “better you rest, the better you play”. Practical Travel Gear met up with Therm-a-Rest in…

Review of The Innovative Dopper Water Bottle | The Perfect Picnic Bottle

Last Updated on June 29, 2016 I made the choice recently to stop being such a slob and actually start paying attention to how many plastic water bottles I was wasting. It occurred to me, after reading an article about the amount of plastic in the oceans, that I needed to do my part to…

Lems Shoes: Primal 2 and Boulder Boot Review

Primal 2 As reviewed by Chris As summer comes to an end with it goes my favorite rainbow flip flops.  If your looking for a spring shoe that doesn’t feel like your stuffing your feet into sausage casing then you need to pick up a pair of Lem’s Primal 2’s. Primal 2 has no drop…

8K Flexwarm Has Perfected Stylish Warmth

Do you know the secret to happiness? A warm wife. I’m sure there are other answers, but in my house, it is this girl’s warmth that can make or break any adventure! 8k Flexwarm has created a line of heated jackets and a vest that are both stylish, comfortable and the greatest thing to hit…

GSI Outdoors Has Done It Again! Add These Two to Your Camping Set.

Last Updated on May 24, 2019 Welcome back fellow campers! We are excited to announce two new favorites from GSI Outdoors! We have been field testing the GSI Outdoors Gourmet Griddle and the ESCAPE 2L Collapsible Pot and are excited to share our findings and gear opinion with you. Gourmet Griddle Weighing in at only…

LOWA Aerox GTX® Surround Shoes For Men And Women

Last Updated on December 14, 2017 LOWA Aerox GTX® Surround for men and women are an amazing, versatile shoe. We have had these shoes for about 3 months and they are constantly being worn on our adventures. LOWA Aerox GTX® Surround I am always looking for a shoe that can do it all. With a…

Sabre Red: Handheld Personal Safety Devices

The world as we know it is not the world I grew up in. Sabre understands the changes in crime rates and has developed an amazing line of personal safety devices to fit every lifestyle. Made in the U.S.A, The Runner pepper gel spray is lightweight (22grams) and fits into the palm of your hand.…

Aventure Gear

Mystery Ranch- The Scree Backpack

Mystery Ranch Scree By: Britney Smith (Guest Writer)             Mystery Ranch has built a profound equipment line to fit customers on a mission. They have constructed a variety of backpacks for men and women ranging from day trips goers, overnight adventurers, hunters and military and fire personnel. Their promise is to equip customers with backpacks…

MyCharge PowerGear Protective Charging Case for Earbuds

This clever case has a USB port inside so that your wireless Bluetooth ear buds are always charging when they are inside the case.

Keep Meals Fresh with Yeti Daytrip Lunch Bag

You don’t have to be an office-goer to care about packing a lunch. Whether you’re hitting the trail or the airport, there are plenty of reasons to pack your own meal, and nobody needs soggy sandwiches and lukewarm beverages smashed in a paper bag. Lately, I’ve been packing my on-the-road meals in a Yeti Daytrip…

Carve Designs: Apparel Favorites for Warmer Weather

Last Updated on September 3, 2018 Carve Designs is what Practical Travel Gear is all about. Clean lines, sustainability, clothing that looks great, can perform multiple tasks and is affordable. One of the best piece of advice I got when I bought my first house was to fill it with items I LOVED instead of…

Babytime Cheeky Salve – A Quick Review

Using an all-natural product on your skin is sometimes harder than it sounds when it comes to affordable body creams, but Babytime has created something that works quite well especially in the colder winter months.

Tinkle Belle: Move over Peter, There’s a New Belle in Town

Last Updated on August 22, 2018 The Tinkle Belle is the cheeky answer to your outdoor voiding issues. Tinkle Belle was created by a urology nurse and a group of adventure loving women for car travel, backpacking, camping or even potty-training! With a great sense of humor to address the stand-up peeing phenomenon Tinkle Belle…

Wazoo Gear: Our Top Two Picks for You

Last Updated on December 19, 2018 As you have seen on our Instagram feed, we first heard about Wazoo Survival Gear while listening to NPR’s How I Built This. I was so impressed with the ideas and application of necessities to everyday garments that I made my husband google them as soon as we came…

Stay Healthy for Travel with Brew Dr. Kombucha

Constant travel, or just one trip that changes your routine significantly, can tax your body. Every traveler has their own healthy routine—from vitamins to working out—to help keep them on their toes. And for some, probiotics is an essential part of their routine. Brew Dr. Kombucha is a Portland, Oregon-based kombucha producer operated jointly with…

MIU Color Waterproof Outdoor Blanket For All Seasons – A Quick Review

A compact, travel-friendly, storable outdoor picnic blanket is a great item to have stashed in your car, tote bag, or backpack, during every season. And if it folds down into its own envelope-style storage system even after the first time you’ve used it, so much the better. The MIU Color Waterproof Outdoor Picnic Blanket delivers, offering travelers a go-to product that can be used as a blanket to sit on at festivals, in parks or camping sites, and in the car (to protect upholstery), and as a tablecloth outdoors.

Lem’s Trailhead Men’s Lightweight Hikers

Lems Trailhead Review I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone on a hike in the wrong shoes and ended up paying for it through a series of blisters on my feet. That’s why I would recommend getting a lightweight hiking shoe that won’t trip you up on rough terrain. The developers behind Lems…

SOG Tactical Travel Gear 2017

SOG Prophet 33L Pack – Tactical Travel Versatility I have been testing the SOG Prophet 33 Liter pack this fall as a replacement for my standard hiking & hunting pack. SOG, known for its tactical gear, has been working hard to bring military-grade materials to consumer level products. The Prophet is one of it’s latest…

OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7

The synthetic rubber casing of the OtterBox Defender series case for iPhone 8 and 7 keeps this safe during a fall

Clothing & Bags

Lems Trailhead- Women All Terrain Show

Last Updated on November 28, 2018 The Lems Trailhead shoe was created for the adventurer who needs one shoe that can show up and dominate the terrain. Preach! Trailhead shoes can handle the hiking/running trails and are comfortable enough to wear around town. Just as a plant based diet is good for the body, the…

Outdoor Training in Style with Icebreaker Tech Trainer Hybrid Jacket and Tights

When you’re traveling, it can be hard to keep up the same training routine you have at home. Whether it’s hard to wake up early on vacation, or you have to plan a new running route in a city with which you’re not very familiar, there are countless reasons to blow the whole thing off.…

Up Your Beach Game with Carve Designs Clothing for Women

Even if you think you have your summer clothing game handled, it’s always a great time to augment your warm-weather wardrobe when there’s plenty of product to be had and the puffy jackets of winter aren’t yet on display in stores. Besides, for travelers, there’s always a destination that has summery weather even when your…

Eagle Creek Borderless Convertible Carry-on by National Geographic

Eagle Creek is our go-to luggage brand for our family. We must have a dozen Eagle Creek carry-ons of all types and models, and each time one of us travels, we snag one and go. I was excited to see Eagle Creek up its game with a new series designed for durability and rugged practicality,…

Icebreaker Destiny Dress

Last Updated on April 15, 2016 Packing the right wardrobe, especially if your itinerary includes casual and somewhat dressy activities, can be a challenge. Some travelers turn to monochrome clothing that can easily mix and match, others bring extra luggage. But when you pick the right pieces, those that can be worn for nearly any…

Mountain Khakis Warm-Weather Wear For Men And Women – A Quick Review

Last Updated on November 19, 2017 Last week, I introduced the Mountain Khaki Cora Dress, which is a versatile dress for spring and summer travel just about anywhere. Today, I want to focus on three pieces that work wonders in your travel wardrobe for equatorial climates. I just returned from Central America, where I wore…

Lucy Activewear: Comfortable, Stylish Travel Clothes for Women

Last Updated on November 15, 2016 Are you a PracticalTravelGear.com reader who Tweets? That is, you’re active on the social-networking site Twitter? I sure am (follow me at @karasw), and earlier this month, one of the travel folks I follow on Twitter wrote: “If you love comfortable, flattering active/travel clothes… I love Lucy. Check em’…

MagnaReady Birdseye Knit Short Sleeve Polo with Magnetic Closures

Developed by an entrepreneurial couple looking to solve dexterity problems due to health issues, this ingenious product is bound to help many people get dressed each day.

Sun-protection from Title Nine

Last Updated on July 2, 2019 Planning a warm-weather trip to a sandy beach or poolside oasis? Or are you perhaps packing for a river rafting expedition, paddleboarding or kayaking adventure, or women’s surf camp? Title Nine has you covered…literally. And you’ll still look great with a bit less skin exposed to those harmful UV…

Toad & Co. Jetlite Pant – A Quick Review

Last Updated on December 25, 2017 True minimalists prefer multi-functional clothing items when it comes to packing for travel. Pieces that can be worn different ways, or can function both as daytime and evening wear, are immediately valuable because you can limit the suitcase space needed for your wardrobe. The Toad & Co. Jetlite Pant…

Warm And Versatile Eddie Bauer Women’s MicroTherm StormDown Jacket – A Quick Review

Last Updated on December 6, 2017 Whether you’re active in the outdoors or traveling in cities, the weight of your belongings is a big deal. Packing heavy clothing along in suitcases and backpacks is rarely your best move, and examining each clothing items for its utility as well as its weight will usually serve you…

SOG Tactical Travel Gear 2017

SOG Prophet 33L Pack – Tactical Travel Versatility I have been testing the SOG Prophet 33 Liter pack this fall as a replacement for my standard hiking & hunting pack. SOG, known for its tactical gear, has been working hard to bring military-grade materials to consumer level products. The Prophet is one of it’s latest…

Kids & Family

Deuter XV 3 Commuter Bag

Last Updated on November 2, 2018 XV 3 Outside Features The Deuter XV 3 is a 21-liter daypack with one front pocket big enough to store a 32-ounce growler or water bottle. There is no hydration integration so the front pocket is perfect for carrying liquids. The Deuter XV 3 is unique in its adjustable…

Diamond Gear: Retro Throwback with the New Belay Bag

Last Updated on August 24, 2018 The 1980s are calling and they want you to have your Belay Bag back! Except, it has been updated and ready for the new generation of adventurers! The Diamond Brand Gear Company has been making camping gear and tents here in the USA since 1881. The Belay Bag was…

Coverage Created in Colorado: 5 Things You Need From Phunkshun Wear

Last Updated on November 17, 2017 If your winter weather was anything like the one we experience this season, I wish I would have had Phunkshun Wear in my bag. Created from those pesky water bottles you have rolling around on the floor of your car, these environmentally friendly neck tubes, infinity scarfs and headbands…

Outside Inside: Two Family Friendly Games for You

We love being outside as a family and exploring. But sometimes building a sandcastle for the millionth time just doesn’t keep anyone’s attention. Outside Inside from GSI Outdoors is always coming with us. On our latest trip, we took along the small and simple Backpack Shut The Box and the Freestyle Chicken Disk Battle. Backpack…

Grip All-In-1 (6PC) Universal Mount

The new Grip All-In-1 (6PC) Universal Mount helps travelers continue to use their phone while keeping both hands on the wheel.

Wūru Wool: Organic Comfort for all Seasons

2019 provides 365 opportunities to try something new or to make better something you already enjoy. Why not make it the year to step up your comfort with Wūru Wool? Wūru Wool is a product of comfort that was born on the trail of the Milford Track when two Americans went looking for relief from…

LifeSaver Liberty: Clean Water No Matter the Conditions

Last Updated on September 21, 2018 Lifesaver Liberty has developed the world’s FIRST and ONLY portable water purifier and inline pump filter combined and it comes to you, and with you, disguised as a water bottle. The Liberty Lifesaver is lightweight, coming in at an easy to carry 0.425kg. This makes it ideal to pack…

Green Goo All Natural Skin Repair – A Quick Review

With a name like Green Goo, it is something that certainly captures your attention. The balm is meant to replenish skin, and the product comes in a travel size. The product says that it replenishes and nourishes skin blemishes like sun burn or scars (similar to Neosporin), but this product uses all-natural ingredients.

HYDAWAY Collapsible Water Bottle – A Quick Review

This is a great gift for those looking to do their small part for the planet when traveling.

Trailfoody Review: Snacks For Everyone and Every Trail

Last Updated on March 19, 2018 TRAILFOODY  is a novel subscription service that provides automatic monthly shipments of high-quality trail snacks. Different subscription plans correspond to increasing amounts of food. You can choose regular, gluten-free, or vegetarian plans. I received a Trailfoody evaluation package containing their iconic Trailfoody orange food bag and an assortment of…

ECOlunchbox Three-in-One container for road trip snacks

I love ECOlunchbox. These guys have been making quality bento boxes and snack containers for years, helping me reduce my carbon footprint as we travel. We’re big believers in skipping as much packaging as possible, which can be challenging enough at home, let alone on the road. When we road trip, which is often, we…

New From Nuu Muu: Dresses For Active Kids

Last Updated on March 15, 2018 If you’re a woman who enjoys adding a flair of fashion to your activewear options, you may already know about Nuu Muu. We featured Nuu Muu’s dresses for women just a few months ago. But now girls are included in the mix, which we love to see. What makes…