Travel Gear

The gear you use when traveling can make all the difference. High quality gear is important, but I also don’t always want to spend exorbitant amounts of money for the highest quality when it’s not always necessary. The gear I use many not work best for everyone, or it may only be useful for certain experiences or types of trips. Below you can find detailed reviews of some of my favorite travel gear and the best uses for each item.
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Why prAna is Exactly What’s Missing From Your Suitcase

I spend a lot of time on the road. Planes, cars, trains… you name it. Whatever it takes to get to my next destination. Through all these travels, dressing comfortably can make all the difference, especially when things don’t go as planned. After giving my new clothes from prAna a shot during the few weeks I spent traveling in Canada, it was instantly clear that I…

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The Ultimate 2018 Traveler’s Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again! It always seems to creep up on us, doesn’t it? This traveler’s gift guide is my largest one yet, so get that holiday shopping list ready and cross off all those travelers on your list. And maybe treat yourself while you’re at it! If you don’t find the perfect gift here, you can always check out the 2016 gift…

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Why Every Traveler Needs a Push Pin Travel Map

I have this thing for maps. I need to pace myself from having my whole apartment covered in them. I even have an app on my phone where I keep track of all the different places I’ve visited. But viewing the world from my phone was never enough. Enter: Push Pin Travel Maps. Husband and wife team Mike and Brenda started the company out of…

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What to Pack for a Month of Backpacking Through Croatia

There is no doubt that Croatia is a beautiful destination, packed with an interesting history and culture waiting to be explored. Luckily, it’s not too difficult to pack light for a trip to Croatia. I managed to pack for a month of backpacking through Croatia in my trusty 48L REI carry-on backpack. I made a lot of stops during the journey through Croatia but a…

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The Best Travel Tote Bag: The DELSEY MONTMARTRE+ Personal Tote

As usual, this year’s Women in Travel Summit left me with a whole pile of goodies to take home — one of them being the DELSEY MONTMARTRE + Personal Tote that has quickly become my new favorite travel companion. I always like to keep an “under-the-seat” bag handy when flying with my easy access items like a good book, my computer or iPad, and a water…

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Is Travel Insurance Worth It?

In short, yes, travel insurance is worth it. We all know the critics out there, and the confident travelers who believe they are so invincible that they don’t need travel insurance. While it is a personal decision (security won’t kick you off the plane if you don’t have it), buying travel insurance is smart and safe not only for your health but also for your…

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Get Up and Go With the Gama Internal Frame Pack

I never thought I could be so amazed by a backpack. When I got the Gama Internal Frame Pack into my hands it seemed like a nice pack. Comfortable padding including the waist belt, good size, and lots of zippers indicating I would have no shortage of storage compartments. Then I actually started packing it up. The zippers unhinged their grip and introduced me to the…

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The Laptop Bag to End All Others

  There are always plenty of free goodies you get when attending a conference. Sometimes they are useless and end up in the trash. Other times, the goodie bag may blow your mind, like the one I received at the Women in Travel Summit. Not only was this bag overflowing with goodies, but the bag itself was actually the best gift of all! The Samsonite Jordyn…

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Travel With the Confidence of RFID Protection

  What if I told you that someone could read all the information from your credit cards, debit cards, drivers license, and passport without even scanning or swiping them? What if I told you they could do all that without ever seeing any of those items? This is entirely possible due to something called RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and it happens a lot more often than…

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Stay Healthy While Flying with SkyReady

It’s never fun getting sick in general, but it’s even worse when you get sick while traveling. Time changes, sitting on flights for too long, contaminated surfaces, and being in close proximity to others who sick are just a few of the many factors present while traveling that can take a toll on your immune system. Emergency room nurse Rachelle Michelon noticed how many people get…

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Vortex Day Pack: The Versatile Bag That “Packs” a Punch

Having a good backpack is one of the most important ways to start off a day hike on the right foot. Especially since I am petite, it can be challenging to find the right size backpack that can store my belongings while also being comfortable and not weighing me down. The Vortex Day Pack by Outdoor Products was the perfect choice for Brandon and I to…

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Help Protect Your Digital Travel Companions With Gorilla Glass

We all know that dreaded moment. You drop your phone and as you slowly and carefully bend down to pick it up, you close your eyes and hope that you won’t be peering down at a shattered screen. I know the feeling (all too well in my option), which is why I was even more excited to hear Corning Incorporated speak during one of the…

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7 Packing Essentials For Volunteering Abroad

Preparing for a volunteer abroad trip can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming. Above all, it is important to do your own research based on the work you will be doing and the location you will be traveling to. I am sharing the following 7 essentials to help get you started with your packing. 1. Snacks If you love food as much as I do,…

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