Kids and Family

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,…

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…

Brookstone Dash 20" 4-wheel Expandable Carry-on | Practical Travel Gear

Brookstone Dash 20″ 4-wheel Expandable Carry-on

By Ramsey | August 24, 2015

The bag is extremely lightweight, which is a major plus when traveling for longer periods of time.

Gregory Savant

Gregory Savant Hybrid Backpack

By Tim Leffel | May 24, 2012

Sometimes one simple change can make a huge difference in how useful a piece of travel gear can be. The one simple change Gregory made with this Savant 48-liter backpack takes it from being an also-ran to being something going on a 3-week trip to Asia with me this summer. You see, the lightest backpacks…

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…

BPA-free Water Bottles From Innate | Practical Travel Gear

BPA-free Water Bottles From Innate

By Tim Leffel | March 11, 2010

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…

Give Others a "Glympse" of Your Travels | Practical Travel Gear

Give Others a “Glympse” of Your Travels

By JohnG | January 26, 2010

Ever wish, on a long road trip, that your family could know where you are and when you’ll be home—without making phone calls along the way? Or did you ever fly into a town, hop in a rent car and want to let someone know when you would arrive for a meeting? Now, you can…


8 Wonderful Things You Should Know About Gore-Tex

By Tim Leffel | November 5, 2009

I spent a couple days at the GORE-TEX headquarters last week for a blogger’s summit with people who cover gear for traveling, snowboarding, rock climbing, camping, mountain biking, hiking, and more. It was the company’s plan to teach us how their stuff works, tell us about a new Experience More social network they’re launching, and…


Hilarious, Helpful “Pack ME” Notepad Checklist from LobotoME

By Kara | August 7, 2009

I’m a freak about making packing lists before I travel. I’ve got lists stored in my computer for my family’s annual summer trip back East, for beach vacations and for pop-up camping. But my boring columns of “things to bring” in Microsoft Word aren’t nearly as entertaining as this Pack ME notepad from the inspirational…