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Travel Gear Guides

Royal Robbins’ Eco-Traveler Go Anywhere® and Tempratech™ Apparel Perfect for Any Adventure

Separate or in combination these are some of the most versatile travel, hiking, everyday clothes out there. Each Royal Robbin line offers UV protection, quick dry technologies, and snaps at closures and adjustability. Hey, who doesn’t love snaps! Eco-Traveler Go Anywhere® … For the Adventurer – Discovery III Pant The Discovery III Pant is constructed…

LOWA Aerox GTX® Surround Shoes For Men And Women

Last Updated on December 14, 2017 LOWA Aerox GTX® Surround for men and women are an amazing, versatile shoe. We have had these shoes for about 3 months and they are constantly being worn on our adventures. LOWA Aerox GTX® Surround I am always looking for a shoe that can do it all. With a…

Best of Aventura Winter Wear for Women for 2017

It is cold and wet here in the Pacific NorthWest and the last thing I want to do is put on nice dress pants for the endless holiday gatherings. Aventura is my new winter wear company. With warm fabrics and flattering prints, these clothes take you from the plane to the board room to the…

GSI Outdoors Has Done It Again! Add These Two to Your Camping Set.

Last Updated on May 24, 2019 Welcome back fellow campers! We are excited to announce two new favorites from GSI Outdoors! We have been field testing the GSI Outdoors Gourmet Griddle and the ESCAPE 2L Collapsible Pot and are excited to share our findings and gear opinion with you. Gourmet Griddle Weighing in at only…

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle and Halulite Cook Sets

Last Updated on September 27, 2016 Ah, the world of integrated backpacking cook systems, in which value is determined in ounces and function derives from  minimalism. It’s quite impressive, how many cooking tools and utensils can fit into one compact system. Plus, those little cups and sporks are so cute. However, anyone who’s stood in…

The Traveler’s Guide to Darn Tough Socks

Last Updated on January 14, 2019 With a name like Darn Tough, it is difficult to take this company seriously but the socks made by this brand are the real deal. These socks really do justice to its brand name. They are specifically designed to last you a life-time. They sell a wide variety of…

Gregory DEVA 60L

Last Updated on November 28, 2018 Practical Travel Gear hasn’t review Gregory Backpacks in a while and we are so excited to bring you the redesigned DEVA 60L. Gregory DEVA 60L First thing first, the fit. Be sure you take accurate measurements and then have someone else measure for you. The DEVA frames are notorious…

Lug Clearview Envelopes – A Quick Review

Keeping small items separated in your carry-on bag is an art, one that I am not particularly skilled at doing on a regular basis. The Lug Clearview envelopes are a stylish way to keep things organized.

SCOTTeVest Microfleece Hoodie

Last Updated on April 15, 2016 The seasons are changing in earnest now, and for much of the world, that means it’s time to start wearing hoodies, gloves, and other such cold weather gear. If you’re in the market for a hoodie this season, this SCOTTeVest Microfleece Hoodie review will serve as a great overview…

Country Archer Jerky: 11 Of The Best Flavors To Satisfy Any Traveler – A Quick Review

Last Updated on November 28, 2017 2017’s new go-to protein packed snack. In the era when we are running from one spot to the next and trying to maintain a ‘Pintrest Perfect’ lifestyle, it has become increasingly difficult to find quick, healthy food on the go. Especially food that is whole, nutritious and requires no…

Vibram® Furoshiki: Travel Shoe for All Adventures

Created by Masaya Hashimoto, the Vibram® Furoshiki wrap shoe is sure to impress. Whether you are on the barefoot bandwagon or not, the Vibram® Furoshiki will wrap you in comfort and convince you to come to the minimalist side. I hear they have cookies. New for 2018, are bright and inviting colors with a redesigned…

Headsweats: The Boonie Hat

Finding that one Go-To hat is always a problem. Can it pack well? Does it stay on? Is it cute? Headsweats is the leader in amazing hats for outdoor activities and the Boonie Hat is no exception. Available in black or white, the Boonie Hat is perfect for those summer days when the sun is…

Aventure Gear

Fellowes MobilePro Series Deluxe Folio and Keyboard

The Fellowe’s Mobile Deluxe Pro has an integrated iPad stand (via a clever connecting stand that is removable and shifts for various angle degrees of display) plus space for a pad and pen.

Nomad Apple Watch straps for travel and home

I travel with my Apple Watch, because I find it useful for getting prompt alerts from airlines on travel days and for using the haptic touch feature to get directions while I’m at my destination. That way, I’m never digging my phone out of my bag for every little thing, and I can be more…

Bring Your Beverage Along in GSI Outdoors MicroLite 500 Flip Bottle

The days are long gone when we used to call vacuum-insulated bottles “commuter bottles.” They make life easy for folks getting to work, whether by foot, bike, car, train, boat, and plane. But they also serve some other essential purposes that make it worthwhile to consider: They keep your beverages cold or hot (depending on…

Mens Lowa San Francisco GTX – Versatile and Great Looking Travel Shoe

Last Updated on September 23, 2018 The Lowa San Francisco GTX is the latest in a long line of high-quality Lowa street shoes. I am a massive fan of Lowa and was really excited to try these out. The San Francisco features a GORE-TEX® SURROUND™ for excellent waterproofing and breathability while still allowing drainage if…

Proviz Switch Reversible Backpack Cover

Last Updated on January 13, 2019 Proviz Switch Reversible Backpack Cover Review Biking is not exactly something that comes easy at first. It’s always been a struggle for me to find time to actually improve and build my stamina. I find that biking at night works best for me, but it can be really hazardous…

Sustainable Food Storage with Bee’s Wrap Sandwich Wrap

Do you ever feel guilty about using zip-lock baggies on your travels? They’re handy for storing your snacks and lunches, but using them a lot without washing them out and re-using them over and over means that you’re adding a bunch of plastic to the nearest landfill. I recently started using Bee’s Wrap Sandwich Wrap…

Protect your skin with Stoked Goods Lip & Face Balm

For me, it usually happens when I’m in cold and dry climates: I have sunscreen and lip balm in my pocket, but my skin could use a moisturizer, too. Why carry three cosmetic items around when I could pack less? With one tube of Stoked Goods Lip & Face Balm, I can cover it all.…

Big Agnes Big Joe Duffel for multi-purpose packing

I’ve found the workhorse of all duffels! The Big Agnes Big Joe has become my go-to bag for all things messy, rugged, outdoorsy and practical. This tarmac waterproof bag can withstand anything! The Big Joe comes in three sizes (45L, 80L, and 110L), with multiple strap options to allow you to heft it to your…

Climate Case Smartphone Protector – A Quick Review

If you travel often with your cell phone, it can be easily subjected to varying temperatures and climates. For example, sitting on the beach on a hot, sunny day (especially if it has a black case) can help to heat up the case. The same goes for leaving your phone on a snowy day in your car.

Stay Healthy for Travel with Brew Dr. Kombucha

Constant travel, or just one trip that changes your routine significantly, can tax your body. Every traveler has their own healthy routine—from vitamins to working out—to help keep them on their toes. And for some, probiotics is an essential part of their routine. Brew Dr. Kombucha is a Portland, Oregon-based kombucha producer operated jointly with…

KAVU: Function and Irresistible Prints

Kavu is a brand that will certainly bring a smile to your face. All their gear is well made and durable but it is their design team that makes KAVU the brand it is today. Plush Clutch For a quick $20 you can travel in style with the Plush Clutch. The Plush Clutch is the…

Seirus Soundtouch Xtreme All Weather Glove – A Quick Review

Last Updated on November 3, 2017 An all-weather glove review in July? Absolutely! Happy Independence Day, to US readers…and welcome to independence from weather extremes no matter the time of year. Truly, the Seirus Soundtouch Xtreme All Weather glove has proven to be one of the most practical gear items I’ve traveled with. Currently, I am…

Clothing & Bags

Get some lightweight shelter with Nau Slight Jacket

When you’re traveling in a place that’s known for the inconsistency of its weather, you can’t afford to bring a lot of different kinds of cover-ups. One jacket that does it all well is ideal for keeping your bags light and your back covered. One good solution is the Nau Slight Jacket. Made from 100-percent…

White Sierra fall travel clothing

Last Updated on September 27, 2016 It can be hard to find travel clothing that transitions well from summer to fall, and who wants to buy a new wardrobe for every season? White Sierra, a brand I’ve always appreciated for their affordability, has done a good job with their skirts and pants this year, with…

Mountain Khakis Cora Dress – A Quick Review

Last Updated on November 22, 2017 A good travel dress is essential to my travel wardrobe. I pack at least 2-3 travel dresses for almost all types of travel, and layer them with cardigans in spring and fall, or wear them solo in summer or during tropical weather. One of my favorite outdoor adventure travel…

Smith Vantage Women’s Ski Helmet

Sure, you can rent ski helmets at pretty much every ski resort, saving precious suitcase space for something else, but if you’re a regular skier, your own helmet makes much more sense. Two reasons: resort helmets rarely feature leading-edge technology and ew, sharing your helmet with hundreds/thousands of other people? The Smith Vantage Women’s Ski…

Splash Through Puddles with Bogs Sweetpea Boots

Rain finally came to Northern California after the devastating Camp Fire, and I had a chance to test out some rain boots that I’ve considered bringing on my travels. After a few days splashing around, I’m convinced that the Bogs Sweetpea Boots are my travel rain shoes. As with other specialized clothing items, rain boots…

Gregory Quadro Pro Hardcase 22”

New to the Gregory line is the Quadro Pro Hardcase with four, count them F-O-U-R wheels for a smooth ride. I am testing out the 22” Hardcase carry on for this review. The Quadro Pro Hardcase also comes in a 30” version for additional storage. The Outside Available in an anthracite black or steel grey,…

Best Suitcase From Eagle Creek – A Quick Review

Last Updated on December 21, 2017 Can you think back to a time when you didn’t have a suitcase with wheels? In some ways it seems ages since then, but in others… I still see people dragging their two-wheeled bag on the wrong side, or taking a corner quickly and making their wheelie bag spin…

8 Wonderful Things You Should Know About Gore-Tex

Last Updated on September 28, 2016 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…

Best Wool Sweater From Merino, Ibex Dyad Cowl Neck – A Quick Review

Last Updated on December 13, 2017 Do you have a natural sense of style? You pack the right accessories when you travel and everyone wants you to show them how you tied that scarf/sarong/belt? Then you’ll love the Ibex Dyad Cowl Neck Sweater, as will those who feel that picking the perfect accessories every day…

Craghoppers Fall Layers For Men And Women – A Quick Review

Last Updated on November 8, 2017 Autumn can be a tricky time of year to pack well for travel. You know you need layers, but you’re loathe to bring too bulky of jackets and outerwear, knowing you’ll be shedding most before the day’s end. In the past, I’ve reviewed winter layers from Craghoppers, but this…

Kavu San Blas Overalls- Summer is Coming

Last Updated on June 17, 2019 Overalls have been a staple in my life since I was little. My Grandfather could always be found in his Oshkosh denim overalls on his farm. I even wore a pair of overalls throughout Highschool. I was excited to get a call from KAVU and check out their San…

United by Blue Base Backpack for your next adventure

The value of a quality, all-purpose travel-ready backpack cannot be underestimated. United by Blue’s 30L Base Backpack delivers, with just the right amount of bells and whistles without going overboard.  After all, there is such a thing as too complicated. At 30 liters, it’s just the right size to use as a day pack while traveling…

Kids & Family

ROXs 2s Provides Entertainment for Kids and Parents Alike

ROXs 2s Provides Entertainment for Kids and Parents Alike Like any parent, we are trying to limit the amount of screen time our kids have. Let’s be honest with ourselves, it’s tough.  However, A-Champs has created the ROXs 2s system to cure not only summer boredom but the winter blues as well. The ROXs 2s…

Best Auto Stove Shut Off Device, Fire Avert – A Quick Review

FireAvert plugs into the back of your stove and does not require any type of regular fee (like an alarm system) or even batteries. It simply plugs into your power system.

Sanuk Puff N Chill- Warmth for Him and Her

Last Updated on November 21, 2018 With winter weather quickly approaching, I am doing everything in my power to stay warm. Sanuk Puff N Chill boots are definitely helping to keep my feet warm and comfortable as the leaves begin to fall and Jack Frost leaves his wintery mark. What’s Inside? Constructed as a slip-on…

Picture Keeper Connect – A Quick Review

This clever Picture Keeper Connect device allows you to clear space from your smart phone or tablet and save photos on its secure drive. To begin, you have to download the free app to your device.

8K Flexwarm Has Perfected Stylish Warmth

Do you know the secret to happiness? A warm wife. I’m sure there are other answers, but in my house, it is this girl’s warmth that can make or break any adventure! 8k Flexwarm has created a line of heated jackets and a vest that are both stylish, comfortable and the greatest thing to hit…

GSI Outdoors: Travel Ready Favorites

GSI Outdoors’ booth is always a favorite place to look through and hear about the new products at the Outdoor Retailer Show. This year was no exception. We’ve picked out 2 new favorites and will update you the on the Bugaboo Cups in this review. Glacier Stainless Double Wall Wine Glass Much like your favorite…

Outside Inside: Two Family Friendly Games for You

We love being outside as a family and exploring. But sometimes building a sandcastle for the millionth time just doesn’t keep anyone’s attention. Outside Inside from GSI Outdoors is always coming with us. On our latest trip, we took along the small and simple Backpack Shut The Box and the Freestyle Chicken Disk Battle. Backpack…

GSI Outdoors Has Done It Again! Add These Two to Your Camping Set.

Last Updated on May 24, 2019 Welcome back fellow campers! We are excited to announce two new favorites from GSI Outdoors! We have been field testing the GSI Outdoors Gourmet Griddle and the ESCAPE 2L Collapsible Pot and are excited to share our findings and gear opinion with you. Gourmet Griddle Weighing in at only…

Chawel: Multiuse has never been so easy

Last Updated on November 28, 2018 is a multiuse hooded polyester that is going to make your trips so much easier! Invented in Vancouver, B.C. by a local beach lifeguard, the Chawel was born to make your beach, camping, airplane and car trips more enjoyable and with less gear or embarrassment. Due to the overwhelming…

Snow Peak Silicone Wine Glass

Last Updated on September 27, 2016 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…

Craghoppers Appleby Half Zip For Fall And Winter Travel – A Quick Review

Last Updated on October 3, 2017 Have you checked out Craghoppers yet? This outdoor brand is quietly but steadily winning a place in my heart. Their clothing is consistently practical, affordable, comfortable, and stylish, and they have an especially nice selection of kids’ outdoor wear, which can be hard to find. The Craghoppers Appleby Half…

Lounge Buddy

Lounge Buddy is a free app that has the most comprehensive directory of airline lounges that I have found anywhere.