Travel Gear

Gear Review: Preserve Toothbrush

Preserve Toothbrush

A green travel toothbrush for your dopp kit

Let’s face it, traveling can be tough. Airport delays can leave you stranded at O’Hare for a harrowing amount of time. Driving through North Dakota can leave you feeling like a zombie. That’s why taking a few minutes to freshen up and make yourself feel human can make the slog parts of traveling more bearable.… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Sunglasses

Nice Sunglasses vs Cheap Sunglasses: A Tale of Two Theories

Ray-Ban Wayfarers are perhaps the most perfect sunglasses ever designed*. They’re classic, comfortable, protect your eyes from that bright thing in the sky, and look effortlessly cool.

There’s just one little problem. They’re $100 bucks a pop, and if you’re prone to doing stupid things like wearing your sunglasses into the ocean, they’re not exactly affordable.… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: LeSportsac Abbey

The Ideal Carry-on Bag

It’s official, I’m in love with LeSportsac’s travel bags & purses.
Now you all know that I adore my Weekender. It’s been my faithful companion as we’ve traveled around the world. However, their new carry-on bag, the Abbey, is quite possibly the perfect bag for quick trips.… Continue Reading →

Win a LeSportsac Carry-on!

LeSportsac Carry On

We’ve partnered with LeSportsac, purveyors of fine travel bags that don’t sacrifice style for substance to give away a fabulous Abbey carry-on. Enter now!Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Coleman Cooler

Coleman Cooler with a Cat

Now that’s a three day cooler!

Those were the first words my dad said to me when he saw this cooler in the trunk of our car.

What is a three day cooler, you ask? Well, it’s a cooler that can keep your beer and provisions (that’s what you call food when you’re camping) cold for, you guessed it – three days.… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Lunch Skins

Lunch Skins

BYO Doggy Bag

One of the handiest things we take with us on trips are these LunchSkins Reusable Sandwich Bags. First off, they can hold your delicious, nutritious, non-airplane-food snacks on the way to your destination. Second, once you are there, you can stuff them full of leftover food from food carts or (if you are discreet) at restaurants.… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Ear Plugs

How to sleep like a baby no matter where you are

One of the trickiest parts of traveling is getting a good night’s sleep in an unfamiliar hotel room. I mean, let’s face it, even the most fabulous hotel on earth has weird sounds that jolt you from your soporific slumber like a jackhammer to the skull.… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Bottle Opener

Suck UK bottle opener

A Travel Essential for Beer Geeks

We’re kind of ashamed to admit it, but neither of us can open a beer bottle sans opener. We never mastered the lighter trick (and we don’t smoke anyway), our mothers would kill us if we used our teeth, and after an ill-advised and excruciating attempt to use a piece of paper to open a bottle of ESB in a B&B in the Lake District; we’ve just made it a point to pack a bottle opener whenever we travel.… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Wireless Remote Control

Camera Remote Control

Improve your photography for under $5

We’ve already discussed my first secret to getting great shots on vacation, and here’s the second. It’s a camera remote.

This little gizmo lets you take super-sharp shots in low light without any camera shake. It works with any camera with an  infrared port.… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: GorillaPod Tripod

Ryan & Kindra in Scotland

Expand your photography with a flexible tripod

My favorite camera accessory is my GorillaPod. A tripod is essential for capturing low light shots, and this particular one is small and light enough to stow in my backpack. However, the killer feature is the bendy legs which securely grip surfaces like light posts, trees and moving bikes, allowing you to get unique and special shots that might be inaccessible otherwise.… Continue Reading →