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2019 Golite for Women: Relite Jogger and ReActive Bikini

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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…

5.11 Tactical Gear For Men And Women- New Items for 2018

Last Updated on January 30, 2018 5.11 Tactical Gear for 2018 Across the country, and for most of us here in the Gem State, being able to carry a concealed fire arm or being prepared for any situation is key. With two military bases within 40 miles of each other, we have plenty of trained…

Pacific Shaving Company Caffeinated After Shave

Pacific Shaving Company has numerous shaving products that are fairly priced and keep your skin softer while providing smoother shaves.

Innate Active Travel Towel

Last Updated on June 28, 2016 Imagine a towel that is lightweight, perfect for travel or your outdoor activities or even drying off after a workout at the gym, and even made from recyclable materials and fabrics. The good news is, one already exists! The Innate Active travel towel is designed to do just that,…

2019 Wigwam Socks

Let’s talk about socks! I have been searching for durable socks that could keep up with me and my many adventures. I was lucky enough to have two pairs of Wigwam socks show up just in time for my Belize, Costa Rica trip! This trip was going to be packed with fly fishing on sand…

myCharge: Home & Go and myFlipShade Phone Accessories for Everyday Use

myCharge has been a favored battery pack for Practical Travel Gear’s writers for many years now. We have covered portable chargers, ear bud cases with an integrated charge system and the Adventure Jump Start for cars. Home & Go myCharge Home & Go is a slim, powerful charger with two USB ports and a fold-out…

Spi-Belt Personal Item Belt

Joggers and frequent travelers will find this Velcro-strapping Spi-Belt to be a helpful addition to their workout regime. It is a water-resistant belt that at first looks a bit strange, but later proves to be highly resourceful.

Showers Pass Trailhead Bamboo-Merino Hoodie

My first takeaway from the Showers Pass Trailhead Bamboo-Merino Hoodie is that it is incredibly soft. The weight of the 50/50 Bamboo to Merino Wool fabric is warm without causing you to sweat. Construction The 50/50 Bamboo and Merino Wool Cool Tech Fabric is comprised of Bamboo and Merino Wool fibers knit together for a…

Wazoo Gear: Our Top Two Picks for You

Last Updated on December 19, 2018 As you have seen on our Instagram feed, we first heard about Wazoo Survival Gear while listening to NPR’s How I Built This. I was so impressed with the ideas and application of necessities to everyday garments that I made my husband google them as soon as we came…

Sea to Summit | Travelling Light Series Review

Last Updated on June 29, 2016 A few months ago I set up to put together the ultimate light traveling kit.   My wife and I are planning on taking our two kids on a month long european trip this summer.  Travelling light is hard enough but with two small boys (3 and 7) we had…

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…

Review for Native Jimmy Shoes

Last Updated on April 15, 2016 From folks that first brought us a stylish alternative to the ultra-lightweight, ultra-comfortable, and not-so-stylish Crocs, now introducing a range of versatile boots that will definitely be a worthy investment for any family member. Native shoes won the hearts and legs of many with their comfortable and lightweight kicks…

Aventure Gear

Bracketron Roadtripper Travel Mount

Last Updated on May 7, 2019 It can be tough to stay entertained on a plane or in the car if you are on a long journey. But, several companies are making it easier for travelers to do just that by creating products that fit perfectly with our favorite personal electronic devices. Bracketron has a…

2019 Golite for Women: Relite Jogger and ReActive Bikini

Golite is back and better than ever with their travel and active friendly line. Golite was gracious enough to send along a sample of their Relite Joggers and ReActive Bikini underwear for women. I have a bonus section covering their ReGreen Windshell you should stick around for too. Golite Reactive Bikini Let us begin with…

LOWA Locarno GTX Will Take You From Trail To Tavern

The LOWA Locarno GTX for women fits perfectly into their long line of sturdy, well made shoes for the traveler and adventurer. Every time a LOWA Box hits our doorstep it is like Christmas has come a little early. LOWA Locarno GTX Weighing in at only 700 grams, the LOWA Locarno GTX pack a lot…

Ultimate Ears Megablast Speaker Brings Music to Your Ears

It’s always nice to have your tunes along when you travel. Whether you prefer sorting by genre or playlist, listen to entire albums in chronological order, or are lured to the storytelling of podcasts, our audio choices often enhance our journey. I’ve taken the Ultimate Ears Megablast speaker along on my recent road trips, and…

Etymotic High-Fidelity Earplugs

I was intrigued by the Etymotic High-Fidelity Earplugs because I figured that I could use them inside my ears with noise-canceling headphones on top for double protection.

Talus High Road Car Coat Hanger

High Road is know for creating all kinds of helpful devices for the car that make traveling easier.

Sufficient-C High Dose Lemon Peach Immune-Ade Drink Mix – A Quick Review

Sufficient-C High Dose Immune-Ade drink mix is much more potent than other dietary supplement making it ideal for times when you should be extra sensitive.

SOL Republic Headphones Review

Last Updated on September 29, 2016 If you are an avid runner, then you know how annoying it is to try and run with headphones. The wire is constantly bouncing in your face, gets caught in your clothes or even pulls the buds from your ears. Sometimes the headphone jack even pulls from your Smartphone…

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…

Adidas Terrex CC Voyager Sleek: Our Pick For a Walking Shoe

Adidas Terrex CC Voyager Sleek Long gone are the days of heavy, non-breathing sports shoes.  The Adidas Terrex CC Voyager Sleek is a comfortable shoe that’s stylish and durable.  The top of the shoe is breathable while the sole provides ample support.  The Adidas Terrex CC Voyager Sleek shoe was comfortable for long walks around…

Carve Designs: Apparel Favorites for Warmer Weather

Last Updated on September 3, 2018 Carve Designs is what Practical Travel Gear is all about. Clean lines, sustainability, clothing that looks great, can perform multiple tasks and is affordable. One of the best piece of advice I got when I bought my first house was to fill it with items I LOVED instead of…

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.

Clothing & Bags

Travel Socks For The Whole Family – A Quick Review

Last Updated on December 7, 2017 If you haven’t already invested in quality, high performance travel socks for the whole family, January seems like a good time to do so! Start the new year with wool, cotton, and wool-blend socks that travel well (they don’t smell!), perform everywhere from ski slopes to hiking trails, and…

Stay Comfortable in Patagonia Ahnya Fleece Pants

When you consider how many hours you spend on planes, boats, trains, buses, and cars, you might realize it’s worth the effort to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. We might not all be able to afford purchasing first-class seats or scramble for upgrades, so comfort often comes in what we choose to wear.…

2017 Timberland Breton Hill and Beckside Zip Chelsea Boots – A Quick Review

Last Updated on November 20, 2017 Timberland Women’s Beckwith Side Zip Chelsea There aren’t words to describe the amount of love I have for Timberland’s side zip Chelsea booties. The leather is rich and soft allowing for adequate coverage over one’s ankle. The side zip entry into the boot makes it easy to wear socks…

Sun-protection from Title Nine

Last Updated on July 2, 2019 Planning a warm-weather trip to a sandy beach or poolside oasis? Or are you perhaps packing for a river rafting expedition, paddleboarding or kayaking adventure, or women’s surf camp? Title Nine has you covered…literally. And you’ll still look great with a bit less skin exposed to those harmful UV…

Adidas Outdoor Terrex Solo Pant – A Quick Review

Last Updated on December 11, 2017 The Terrex Solo pant from Adidas Outdoor is the best all-around, universal-use pant for men we’ve come across to date. This soft-shell pant is lightweight, quick-drying, weather-resistant, packable, comfortable, and stylish. Who could ask for more? Here are the details: the Solo is 91% nylon and 9% elastic weave,…

Wigwam Socks for Winter Sports

Last Updated on April 15, 2016 For snow sports, socks are often an afterthought—until you realize that you don’t have exactly what you need to keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable for your outdoor pursuit of choice. Whether skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, ice climbing, snowmobiling, or merely walking from one place to the other, the…

Adventure Travel Comfort with The North Face Women’s Beyond the Wall High-Rise Pants

The majority of us don’t have our own plane or people to tend to our wardrobe around the world, so we have to be all about versatility on vacation. Clothes that can do double- and triple-duty are the most valued, and most likely to make the cut when we’re packing our bags. That’s why I’m…

Pack It All In The Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack

Last Updated on October 27, 2017 It may be easy for some, but I always have difficulty choosing which bags to take on each trip. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an indecisive person usually, however depending on where I’m going and what I’m doing, the selection of checked or carry-on bags is an important…

Downy Wrinkle Releaser – A Quick Review

I have begun carrying stain removing wipes to help with any errant spills on clothes, which come in handy, but the new Downy Wrinkle Releaser spray bottle was a pleasant surprise. It comes in travel-sized bottles that pass through TSA without concern.

Boulder Denim jeans for comfortable travel

Boulder Denim is not your standard fashion jean, though they’re certainly still fashionable. Instead, this denim company inspired by the rock climbing community in Colorado makes jeans that are stretchy, ready to move with your body during a host of activities, and still maintain their shape and form day after day. In other words, they’re…

Classic Fave: Athleta Bettona Boyfriend Pant

In 2012, I was an Athleta featured athlete. The brand chose a record 20 women athletes to highlight for the year, in a program that began in 2008 and has since morphed into an ambassador program that’s a little different than the featured athlete program. While Athleta doesn’t keep in touch with all its past…

Hot Chillys Base Layer Options For Women And Kids – A Quick Review

Hot Chillys has long been a solid go-to brand in the base layer category, and it’s fun to see them step up their game with options that are as much fashionable as functional. And if you think you don’t need a base layer set-up just because you don’t enjoy winter snowsports, think again: base layers…

Kids & Family

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…

Best Of SUP Boards: 2016 10’6 Ride MSL From Red Paddle Co – A Quick Review

Last Updated on November 28, 2017 First, this board is beautiful. Even the board bag it comes in is well constructed and can be pulled via the wheels or worn as a backpack. We traveled from the mainland to Honolulu, Oahu in January 2017 with a demo board from Red Paddle Co. I am so…

What We Recommend For Your Outdoor Trips: ASAP Wound Dressing Gel- OTC

Last Updated on December 24, 2017 I live in a house where Band-Aids fix everything from the real ‘boo-boo’ to the imaginary. There’s something in the psychology of children that requires a cartoon branded sticker to fix the moment. But, what about adults? We don’t look nearly as cool with our Ninja Turtle or Doc…

In 10 Minutes Sven Can See And So Can You – A Quick Review

Last Updated on November 27, 2017 Do you have a minute? How about 10. You do, trust me. Sven Can See is a spray on anti-fog solution for the lenses in your life. Why 10 minutes? Because it is the most important part to the application process of this anti-fog solution, the drying time. If…

New SteriPen Adventurer Opti Model Review

Last Updated on January 10, 2019 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…

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…

myCharge Portable Chargers Will Complete Your Travel Go-Tos

Last Updated on January 31, 2018 myCharge portable chargers are the accessory you have been missing for your phone, tablet and computer.  myCharge portable chargers are available in all sizes and battery backup to ensure you have the power you need at the exact time you need it. We were given the HUBXtra, Simple Power…

CGear Sand Free Beach Mat

With Labor Day still ahead and plenty of winter vacations ahead to plan, the CGear Sand Free Beach Mat can be the perfect gift for those that like to soak up the rays or relax on the sand with a good book.

Covered Goods four-in-one cover for moms

If you’re traveling with a little one, you need to have heard of Covered Goods. Their multi-use nursing covers are stylish, comfortable, useful and really do serve a ton of purposes. The first thing you think when you see one of these covers is that…it’s an infinity scarf. They’re just as stylish, and yes, they…

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…

Eagle Creek: Cargo Hauler Duffel 60L

If you are looking for a versatile duffel that works as your main bag or functions as an extra bag, Eagle Creek’s Cargo Hauler Duffel is for you. From the Outside The Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel comes to you in a tiny package weighing in at only 1lb 12oz. That alone is noteworthy. The…

Phone Soap UV Light Sanitizing Machine

A bit of a germaphobe myself, I was intrigued to learn about the Phone Soap machine. It is certainly clunky looking and a bit large (perhaps to fit a multitude of phone types), but it is a no-brainer to set up on a countertop and keep discreetly out of the way. It is designed to kill germs on the surface of your phone through infrared light.