Tim Leffel

Tim Leffel is founder of the Practical Travel Gear blog, as well as the Cheapest Destinations blog and the narrative webzine Perceptive Travel. He is the author of The World's Cheapest Destinations (now in its 4th edition), Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune, and A Better Life for Half the Price.
Keen UNEEK Corded Sandal Shoes | Practical Travel Gear 2

Keen UNEEK Corded Sandal Shoes

Lighted Getaway Toiletry Bag From Grand Trunk | Practical Travel Gear 1

Lighted Getaway Toiletry Bag From Grand Trunk

Hi-tec Altitude Lite 1 Waterproof Hiking Boots | Practical Travel Gear 1

Hi-tec Altitude Lite 1 Waterproof Hiking Boots

Craghoppers Simba Travel Pants With NosiLife | Practical Travel Gear 1

Craghoppers Simba Travel Pants With NosiLife

Stretchy, Insect-Repellent NosiLife Berko Shirt From Craghoppers | Practical Travel Gear 1

Stretchy, Insect-Repellent NosiLife Berko Shirt From Craghoppers

Lowa San Francisco Shoes With Gore-tex Surround | Practical Travel Gear 1

Best All Round Shoes: Lowa San Francisco Gore Tex Shoes

Cushe Mellow Getaway Shoes for Chilled-out Travel | Practical Travel Gear 1

Cushe Mellow Getaway Shoes for Chilled-out Travel

Organized Travel With Pro Packing Cubes | Practical Travel Gear 1

Organized Travel With Pro Packing Cubes

Ecco O2 Shoes With Gore-Tex Surround | Practical Travel Gear 1

Ecco O2 Shoes With Gore-Tex Surround

NYNE TT Bluetooth Speaker is No Wimp | Practical Travel Gear 1

NYNE TT Bluetooth Speaker is No Wimp

Thwart Pickpockets with P-Cubed Pants | Practical Travel Gear 1

Thwart Pickpockets with P-Cubed Pants

By Tim Leffel / November 10, 2011 /

Valid or not, many travelers worry far more about their valuables when they travel than they do in their home town, packing all sorts of special gadgets and bags designed to keep thieves away from their belongings. Some places are really safer than home in this respect, while others (hello Rome!) are known for separating…

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Mountain Khakis Travel Belt - and Beer Bottle Opener! | Practical Travel Gear 1

Mountain Khakis Travel Belt – and Beer Bottle Opener!

By Tim Leffel / September 29, 2011 /

We’re on a double-duty travel gear roll this week and we’ve got another item that earns its keep in your suitcase or backpack. It’s a rugged belt from Mountain Khakis that also will pop open a bottle of beer. This is a nylon webbing belt, which has long been a kind of belt popular with…

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Pacsafe Venturesafe 200 - Daypack with Extra Security | Practical Travel Gear 1

Pacsafe Venturesafe 200 – Daypack with Extra Security

By Tim Leffel / August 31, 2011 /

If you want to make sure nobody can steal what’s in your bag without a big fight, carry your belongings in a Pacsafe bag. Some travelers worry a lot about things being stolen out of their bag. Unlike the fears of being a terrorism kidnapping victim in the Middle East or getting beheaded by narcos…

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Packable Ultra-Sil Sling Bag is Tiny but Strong | Practical Travel Gear 1

Packable Ultra-Sil Sling Bag is Tiny but Strong

By Tim Leffel / February 10, 2011 /

We’ve reviewed a good number of Sea to Summit products here because they make a whole lot of practical travel gear and gadgets that won’t bust your budget. Since we also like to bring your attention to travel items that can pack up small, it’s time for their latest Ultra-sil product, the Sling Bag. Once…

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Don't Call Them Flip-Flops: Spenco Total Support Sandals | Practical Travel Gear 1

Don’t Call Them Flip-Flops: Spenco Total Support Sandals

By Tim Leffel / June 9, 2010 /

What would a company known for orthotic insoles do with a pair of flip-flops? Spenco took a shot at it and completely redesigned the experience. You won’t confuse these with beach flip-flops from Wal-mart, so Spenco won’t even use that term. These are “Polysorb Total Support Sandals.” It’s not just semantics though. Your feet will…

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Cocoon Cases with Handy GRID-IT Organizers | Practical Travel Gear 1

Cocoon Cases with Handy GRID-IT Organizers

By Tim Leffel / May 19, 2010 / Comments Off on Cocoon Cases with Handy GRID-IT Organizers

As our gadget and cord collections keep expanding, the accessory pocket of our laptop bags or backpacks can start to look like a pit filled with electronic snakes and critters. Trying to fish out the correct accessory if you’ve been packing and unpacking in a hurry isn’t always easy. So I’m always on the lookout…

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New SteriPen Adventurer Opti Model Review | Practical Travel Gear 2

New SteriPen Adventurer Opti Model Review

By Tim Leffel / May 12, 2010 /

In my section of our best and worst travel gear of 2009 post I raved about the SteriPen, classifying it as the product I’d most likely be talked into doing infomercials for—that’s how much I like it. At the Outdoor Retailers show this past January I swung by the parent company’s booth and saw that…

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BPA-free Water Bottles From Innate | Practical Travel Gear

BPA-free Water Bottles From Innate

By Tim Leffel / March 11, 2010 / Comments Off on BPA-free Water Bottles From Innate

In a sea of water bottles it’s hard to stand out, but in my experience the ones from Innate are rugged and work well for travelers. With a kid and a personal trainer wife in the house, I have tried out more than my fair share of water bottles over the years. The Innate ones…

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Brunton Restore Portable Solar Power Supply | Practical Travel Gear 1

Brunton Restore Portable Solar Power Supply

By Tim Leffel / March 4, 2010 /

If we’re not all charging up our music players and cell phones with solar power, it’s not for lack of trying on the part of device manufacturers. Some of these solar devices actually work quite well too, like this portable power supply from Brunton. The first idea here is you can charge it up at…

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Serengeti Sunglasses with Polar PhD Lenses | Practical Travel Gear 1

Serengeti Sunglasses with Polar PhD Lenses

By Tim Leffel / February 4, 2010 /

When does one graduate from mall kiosk shades to performance sunglasses? If you’re there yet, check out this new line from Serengeti Eyewear. When you’re a purist backpacker traveling on a shoestring, scoffing at anything requiring a sizable layout of cash is a necessary survival instinct. You laugh at the rich package tourists who spend…

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