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Patagonia Black Hole Duffel | Practical Travel Gear

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

By Jill | November 20, 2015

When you need a bag to carry everything—and I mean everything essential—the duffel is hard to beat. Sure, it doesn’t have fancy wheels, and the shapeless tubular style isn’t always great if you have far fewer things to pack inside, but that same shape is fantastic for cramming your gear inside and hauling it to…

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Nau Down Shirt and Synner Cape | Practical Travel Gear 1

Nau Down Shirt and Synner Cape

By Jill | November 13, 2015

Do you love the idea of a down jacket, but not always the execution? Do you think insulated jackets make you look like the Michelin Man? The problem may not be all down jackets, but only their construction. Take a look at two different styles of jacket by Nau: the Down Shirt and the Synner…

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La Sportiva Saturn Hoody | Practical Travel Gear

La Sportiva Saturn Hoody

By Jill | November 6, 2015

Winter comes sooner than we think, and before we know it, everything’s all icy and snowy and you have to shovel the drive every day. Or, perhaps you live somewhere that doesn’t get that kind of weather, but you still plan ski trips during the winter season. Regardless, it can’t hurt to have a cozy…

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Aventura Avila Top | Practical Travel Gear

Aventura Avila Top

By Jill | October 30, 2015

I’m somewhat of a Plain Jane when it comes to my travel wardrobe. Unless I’m on a luxury adventure or attending an industry conference (aside from Outdoor Retailer), my clothing choices are usually T-shirts, jeans or comfortable pants, simple skirts, and shoes with very little heel (if at all). Every once in a while, a…

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Rareform Classic Tote | Practical Travel Gear

Rareform Classic Tote

By Jill | October 23, 2015

We already know it’s the case for carry-on-sized wheelies, but it also seems that many laptop bags look the same. Whether you shove yours into the overhead bin or have it sitting against the wall in the airport while you scarf down your lunch between flights, you want to make sure that someone doesn’t mistake…

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Icebreaker Crush Pants | Practical Travel Gear

Icebreaker Crush Pants

By Jill | October 16, 2015

Do you wear sweats when you travel, or do they make you feel like a slob? Some claim that dressing up when you’re flying can often score you choice upgrades. Others prefer being comfortable on long-haul trips, and as long as they’re appropriately covered, who cares what they’re wearing? I fall between the two camps.…

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PackTowl Nano Towel | Practical Travel Gear

PackTowl Nano Towel

By Jill | October 9, 2015

Currently, I’m trying to teach a 6-year-old that using a napkin is much better than wiping her dirty and greasy hands on her clothing. And even though I remind her after seeing one wipe on the napkin per four wipes on her jeans, I know I often do the same, especially when I’m traveling. Shh,…

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CamelBak Arete 18 Pack | Practical Travel Gear

CamelBak Arete 18 Pack

By Jill | September 18, 2015

The right daypack to bring along on vacation is sometimes an elusive beast. Go in the ultra-light direction, and you often lose comfort and space for everything you need to bring along. Head in the other direction, and sometimes you’ve just got a heavy pack and wish you didn’t bring so much weight. Take a…

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Snow Peak Silicone Wine Glass | Practical Travel Gear

Snow Peak Silicone Wine Glass

By Jill | September 4, 2015

When it comes to packing your favorite drink (once you’re past the TSA), everyone’s got a favorite way: plastic baggies, boda bags, flask, growler, and glass (or aluminum) beverage container. But when it’s time to enjoy your beverage of choice, it’s pretty hard to drink out of a plastic baggie, and sometimes you just crave…

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Arc’teryx Index Dopp Kit | Practical Travel Gear

Arc’teryx Index Dopp Kit

By Jill | August 28, 2015

Unless you’re planning on taking a ton of selfies on your vacation, you really don’t need all that stuff in your toiletry bag. No, really, you look fine. Traveling light requires travelers to focus on only the essential elements to enjoy a new place, and the pleasure of having a light bag means that the…

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