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TravelWise 3-Piece Packing Cube System Review

 TravelWise 3 Piece Packing Cube System Review

The travel packing mantra is always “less is more”.  Adding anything to my suitcase is a critical decision on balancing weight, space and necessity. Very few non-apparel items make it on the necessary list. So needless to say, I was skeptical when the TravelWise Packing Cube System came to my door. Was this another bogus SkyMall-type item? Or a valuable addition to my travel collection. Good news… it’s the latter.

I received (complimentary) 1 small, medium and large cube from the 3-piece set to try out. I’m a firm believer that packing is an art and a science. And the TravelWise Packing Cubes helped me on this test to pack to near perfection.

Red Envelope Gadget Charger for the Car: Travel Gear Review

 Red Envelope Gadget Charger for the Car: Travel Gear Review

My cell phone has become my de facto camera for everything travel. I rarely use my point and shoot and DSLR cameras anymore. And when you combine that usage with twitter, facebook pinterest, email and Jurassic Park (my guilty pleasure), my cell phone battery drains pretty quickly. When it hits 30% I start to get nervous! All of this to say, I’m always in need of a charger of some sort.

Enter the Red Envelope Gadget Charger for the Car*.

The Red Envelope Car Charger ($49.99) is a coffee cup-sized charger with one USB and two AC outlets on it. It plugs into your car cigarette lighter and chargers your technology while you are driving.

I Just Traveled With 0 Pieces of Luggage – Here’s How You Can Too

 I Just Traveled With 0 Pieces of Luggage   Heres How You Can Too

You may recall, the SCOTTEVEST made the list of my top Travel Gifts for 2011 - and with good reason. It’s a versatile travel vest that looks great but has 22 different pockets to store virtually anything you need to travel. Seriously, their vest has so many pockets you don’t need to travel with any luggage. They even have promoted their vest through a No Baggage Challenge - where travelers have literally crossed the globe with nothing but their SCOTTEVEST apparel.

Is it really possible to do this? I decided to discover for myself over my weekend trip to Philadelphia.

Guerrilla Packs Voltij Backpack Travel Gear Review & Giveaway!

 Guerrilla Packs Voltij Backpack Travel Gear Review & Giveaway!

Hey Adventurers,

If you’ve got exciting travel plans this year, you may want to consider upgrading your travel gear (it’s an important travel tip). And if a backpack is on that list, I’ve got a great recommendation – the Guerrilla Pack Voltij Backpack*.

In 2005, when I took my first backpacking trip through Europe I carried with me a Columbia Europacker (photo) (no longer in production). It’s served me well over the past 7 years, but is starting to show signs of fatigue and knowing now what I know about travel and what I need, a new backpack was in order.

Backpacking as a Business Traveler

 Backpacking as a Business Traveler

I’m not a backpacker. Not a backpacker in the sense that I travel around the world for months at a time and live out of my backpack. But I am a traveler that loves traveling with a backpack. I love carrying my belongings on my back (and some in the front as displayed in this “turtling” photo above) than tugging them behind me in a suitcase.

But business travel doesn’t always lend itself to backpacks. Business travelers “must” carry briefcases, garment bags, suitcases and the like. They “must” exude an aura of professionalism, competence, leadership and command strength and attention. Stereotypically, backpacks communicate: immaturity, drunkenness, penny-pinching, slovenly appearance and general inexperience.

Pick-Pocket Proof Pants: P^Cubed Travel Pants Travel Gear Review

 Pick Pocket Proof Pants: P^Cubed Travel Pants Travel Gear Review

Protecting yourself from pickpockets is one of the realities of travel, especially in Europe. I’ve heard countless stories from travelers of how their credit cards, cash, identification and other valuables were lifted from their pants without them even knowing. But the P^Cubed Travel Pants from Clothing Arts prevent just that. They provided me with a pair of their adventure pants to try out for the past few months. How’d they test out in the field? Let’s take a look (and I promise there will be no underwear shots today)!

Functionality

Underwear with Pockets Travel Gear Review: Protect Your Valuables (& Money too!)

 Underwear with Pockets Travel Gear Review: Protect Your Valuables (& Money too!)

Your most important travel document is your passport. Hands down. Without it, you’re going nowhere fast. And if you’re like me, you probably keep an ever-watchful, neurotic eye on it’s whereabouts at all times. I’m constantly patting my pockets, looking inside my bag and (gasp) sometimes checking inside my embarrassingly lame money belt to make sure it’s safe. But the days of strapping on this purely functional tacky-tourist travel tool are gone.

Enter The Clever Travel Companion

How Cold is Whitewater Rafting in Alaska?

 How Cold is Whitewater Rafting in Alaska?

How cold is whitewater rafting in Alaska?

Cold. Very Cold.

On my Great Alaskan Adventure I took the opportunity to go Whitewater Rafting with Denali Outdoor Center* and receive my first “glacial facial” while traveling down the Nenana River. Here’s what you need to know to have your own, awesome whitewater rafting adventure in Alaska.

Denali Outdoor Center

 How Cold is Whitewater Rafting in Alaska?

5 Reasons Why Vibram FiveFingers Are Great For Travelers

 5 Reasons Why Vibram FiveFingers Are Great For Travelers

You may recall an earlier post I wrote encouraging you to invest a lot of money before you travel on proper travel gear.  One of those purchases was a pair of Vibram FiveFingers. I’ve been wearing them for about three months now and absolutely love them.

Vibram FiveFingers are the shoes you’ve seen people wear that look like feet (as in the photo above). Here are five reasons why they are great for travelers.

1. Comfortable

Appalachian Outdoors Travel Store Review

Last week I wrote about the importance of investing in quality travel gear before your next adventure. Today, I’d like to highlight appalachian outdoors*, an online travel gear retailer that you may want to consider when you need to stock up on travel apparel and other equipment. Here’s 3 reasons why.

1. Product Selection

 Appalachian Outdoors Travel Store Review

One of the last items on my must-purchase list for my Great Alaskan Adventure was a rain jacket. Not knowing what to expect as far as what features exist and how much they cost, I was curious with what I would find online. Pleasantly…