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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…

Timberland Alton 30-Liter Backpack | Practical Travel Gear 1

Timberland Alton 30-Liter Backpack

By Tim Guill | August 26, 2015

The Timberland Alton 30-Liter Backpack measures in at 20 by 11.5 by 7.5 inches, weighs less than 2 pounds, and the shell/lining are made from a polyester that is water resistant (more on that in a moment). This compact, lightweight, and durable pack employs a large bucket opening for the main part of the bag. I…

Trinity Audio Hyperion Earbuds | Practical Travel Gear

Trinity Audio Hyperion Earbuds

By Ramsey | August 17, 2015

The Trinity Hyperion headphones provide exceptional sound at a fair price

Nite Ize Steelie Vent Mount Kit | Practical Travel Gear

Nite Ize Steelie Vent Mount Kit

By Jill | August 14, 2015

You know you’re not supposed to hold your phone while you’re driving. Distracted driving kills more than 9 people and injures more than 1,153 people per day in the United States alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So what do you do about it, whether you’re at home or on vacation?…

Pick-Pocket Proof Business Travel Shorts by Clothing Arts | Practical Travel Gear 2

Pick-Pocket Proof Business Travel Shorts by Clothing Arts

By Tim Guill | August 13, 2015

Clothing Arts is the savvy travelers’ goto brand for ensuring their valuables stay on their bodies and out of would-be pickpockets’ hands. . . all while looking their best. Pick-Pocket Proof Business Travel Short and the Pick-Pocket Proof Adventure Travel Shorts are ideal for those seeking adventure in locales that could be considered a tad dodgy. The Layered Security of…

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

Lighted Getaway Toiletry Bag From Grand Trunk

By Tim Leffel | August 6, 2015

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…

LifeProof FRE Power Case | Practical Travel Gear

LifeProof FRE Power Case

By Jill | July 24, 2015

Everyone gets a bit attached to his or her favorite phone case. After all, if you use your phone as much as the average person, you want a case that works for you—whether your needs are stylish or functional. Once of my favorite cases for my iPhone is LifeProof. The brand is part of the…

Jade Yoga Travel Mat | Practical Travel Gear 2

Jade Yoga Travel Mat

By Amy | July 14, 2015

I’m often asked how to stay active and healthy while on the road. Since we frequently travel, I have plenty of opportunity to figure out what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to exercise in hotel rooms and vacation homes. While at home, I practice yoga, and I find that continuing a yoga practice…

Arc’teryx Covert Case | Practical Travel Gear

Arc’teryx Covert Case

By Jill | June 26, 2015

Hard-sided luggage certainly can protect your valuables from getting smashed, but when it comes to carrying your bag around, you pretty much have to rely on the hard-sided case’s wheels. There may be some that convert to backpacks, but imagine shouldering the load from airport to city, including at least 10 city blocks. Do you…

Timbuk2 Copilot Wheeled Luggage | Practical Travel Gear

Timbuk2 Copilot Wheeled Luggage

By Amy | June 23, 2015

I’m a fan of Timbuk2 products. Before anyone else seemed to know the brand, I had my trusty three-toned messenger bag, which I used in college, then repurposed as a rugged diaper bag when my kids were small. I’ve since tried out several additional Timbuk2 bags and backpacks, but the Copilot is my first piece…