How To [Really] Use Packing Cubes – An Amazing Guide

What are Packing Cubes?   Pro Packing Cubes - 6 Piece Lightweight Travel Set #1 Bestselling PRO PACKING CUBES – THE LEADING SPECIALIST BRANDSTRONG & LIGHT: Ultra lightweight rip-stop nylon with YKK Zippers & DURABLE reinforced seams.ORGANIZE and COMPRESS your clothes.PERFECT FIT – Designed to fit perfectly into most airline carry-on suitcases, tote, weekender, backpacks and duffel bags.BUILT TO LAST – backed by our manufacturer 100% LIFETIME GUARANTEE! If you value QUALITY, these are the best cubes for you. Buy on Amazon Last Updated - 2016-08-26 Ever since airlines have become increasingly disinterested in the needs of travelers and increasingly interested in packing as many of us onto airplanes as is physically possible, the fees and limitations associated with how much luggage you can bring along with you and how much space it can take up have become more and more stringent. As a result, travelers have been forced to become creative and crafty in their packing methods, and out of this forced ingenuity have risen new tools in bag-stuffing known as packing cubes. Packing cubes are small, lightweight bags of various sizes, often with a see-through mesh window, that can be used to stuff your critical travel items into organized and dedicated sections of your bag. In theory, these cubes allow you to get more into your luggage without sacrificing organization by fragmenting your bag space into smaller,...

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Keen UNEEK Corded Sandal Shoes

In the footwear world, there are hundreds of “me too” styles for every one that’s truly innovative. A little tweak here, a little change there, but not much that’s really unique. Then something comes along that’s so different they have to call it…UNEEK. Are these shoes? Are they sandals? Are they just a few pieces of rubber and cloth held together by string? Well all of that really. Keen has created a class of “open air footwear” that’s unlike anything out there in the marketplace. These shoes are primarily made from two strands of tough paracord woven through the...

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Lighted Getaway Toiletry Bag From Grand Trunk

Take the frequent traveler favorite, the hanging toiletry kit, then make one little change that has a huge impact. That’s the story with this new Getaway toiletry bag with a built-in light and mirror from Grand Trunk. We can argue all day about what’s essential and what’s not when you’re packing light, but almost everyone has to have some kind of toiletry kit along on each trip. If you’re the bare bones type it might just contain five or six items. For a beauty queen maybe 30. For anywhere on the spectrum though you need to keep these things...

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Acoustic and Utilize Shorts From Nau

If you want shorts that are well made and look great in multiple situations, you can count on Nau to deliver. These synthetic Acoustic ones and the organic cotton Utilize ones are worth packing for your next warm weather adventure. We review a lot of travel pants on this gear blog because it usually makes more sense to wear pants when you travel than shorts. There’s the cultural norms aspect first of all, but pants are more versatile for different weather conditions and they’ll protect you from both the sun and trail thorns or branches. When you can wear...

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Revamped Treksta Kobra Shoes With BOA Lacing System

Once you go BOA, you’ll never go back. Well, you may wish you could never go back anyway, that you could wave a magic wand and all your shoes would have the BOA closure system like these Treksta Kobra shoes do. Nothing to tie, retie, and bend over to tie again. A tight fit distributed evenly, with the ability to loosen that fit throughout with the turn of a dial. The ability to loosen the whole affair completely and pop your shoes off in two seconds flat by popping the dial out completely. Treksta isn’t the only brand using...

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Stylish Chaos Summit Breeze Sun Hat for Women

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 allergic to the color khaki. For those we have hats like this Summit Breeze one from...

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Techspresso Travel Polo Shirt From Exofficio

A polo shirt can be a great staple for warm weather travel wardrobes and this Exofficio Techspresso polo has a lot of features to make it one of the best ones you can buy. It’s a rare trip I take when there’s not at least one shirt like this in my pack. As comfy as a t-shirt but nicer looking for every situation, this is an item that’s double-duty without trying very hard. What turns one into a real travel-worthy shirt is having the features that make it built for the road. This Techspresso one has them all. The...

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Hi-tec Altitude Lite 1 Waterproof Hiking Boots

In the title I call these “boots,” but that word certainly doesn’t conjure up an accurate image of the lightweight Altitude Lite Waterproof footwear from Hi-Tec. These may be the lightest over-the-ankle shoes/boots I’ve ever strapped on for a hike: they weigh in at just a shade more than a pound each, which is in line with a lot of low-rise regular walking shoes. Like many Hi-tec products, the Altitude Lite models are primarily a value play. If you want a lot of features in a boot that costs less than $100, this is your brand. It’s pretty tough...

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Craghoppers Simba Travel Pants With NosiLife

Looking for some good men’s travel pants that aren’t all baggy and shapeless? These fitted Simba Nosilife Trousers from Craghoppers give you all the right features, but with a low-profile look that doesn’t broadcast the fact you’re living out of a suitcase or backpack. We’ve reviewed other Craghoppers trousers in the past and really liked them. The last round was the Kiwi Pro Stretch version, which still comes on a lot of trips with me. These Simba ones are built rugged rather than soft, with lightweight but strong “Polyamide” synthetic fabric that is designed to be resistant to abrasion,...

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The Best Underwear for Adventure Activities: Saxx

If you’re a manly man who wants to keep his equipment in place no matter how rugged the activity, pack a pair of Saxx underwear. Back in 2012 we did a story on new developments in travel underwear and included Saxx. More than three years later I’m still packing the original pair I tested then. Lately I’ve been taking a new version with me for adventure activities, the Quest Boxer with Modern Fly. It’s kind of hard to review travel underwear without confronting a few issues people don’t usually talk about except with very close friends. One of the...

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