Going somewhere remote, where you may not have access to medical care? If you’re headed out for adventure travel in developing countries or the backcountry, this World Travel medical kit by Adventure Medical Kits has what you need to deal with everything from fractures and sprains to stomach ailments, allergies, dehydration, pain and inflammation and even blisters.
A visual communication card with pictures of various ailments will help you communicate the problem to a medical professional that speaks another language. A booklet offers advice on how to handle various situations. It’s like a portable medicine cabinet, and a little bulky, but worth the space in your bag to maintain health while far from home. Find it HERE.by
Are you a fan of Bose’s QuietComfort 15 Headphones? I am. They sound like a dream and do an excellent job blocking out the world. The only thing is, as great as they are on the plane, they are not ideal for travel if you like to travel light. They’re bulky and take up a good chunk of space in your bag.
Enter the most awesome headphones I’ve ever experienced: the QuietComfort 20i Noise Cancelling in-ear Headphones. Wow. I was skeptical that the noise canceling technology would work with the ear bud style, but it does, and they are small enough to fit in your hand.
They block out surrounding noise so well that they feature an “aware” mode, for safety, so you can hear what’s going on around you. They stay comfortably in your ear without falling out when you turn your head. A control module is on the cord to access the aware mode, on/off, and for charging via USB. It takes about two hours to get a full charge and from there you have up to 16 hours of play time. These are not dependent on battery life to play like the QC15s, they will play, but without noise canceling capability. A green battery life indicator light will let you know when it’s time for a charge. Volume control and inline mic is further up and compatible with iPhones (the QC20 model is for use with other cell phone brands). A USB cord and case are included, the case is just about the size of a deck of cards.
For noise canceling, I would probably go for the QC15 over-the-ear headphones, as they do seem to block the world out a little better. Putting on headphones for me is a little like putting on a helmet, there is a physiological component to that. Having said that, I would choose the QC20i in-ear headphones over the others. The minimalist nature is hands-down more important to me and the sound quality is so similar that any sacrifice is negligible. These are my favorite headphones for travel and to keep with me in my bag when I’m not traveling for momentary escapes and entertainment in daily life. Find them HERE.by
This is Patagonia’s last year to offer shoes, so if you’ve had your eye on any of their styles, better snatch them up while you still can. Check out this versatile Better Clog Ankle Shoe. It’s part clog, part loafer, and has a little bit of boot-vibe going on too. Wear with jeans, dresses, skirts or dress pants–there’s some nice versatility here taking you from a business meeting to dinner and a walk through the park. Made with eco friendly materials, it’s a great travel shoe for fall. Find it HERE.by
First Ascent’s MicroTherm StormDown Jacket takes light weight to a new level. This thing is like a feather. It’s warm too, and I’m not sure how something so light can be so warm, but it is and it’s perfect for travel and made for men and women. An 800 StormDown fill with proprietary Downtek to repel water gives you that versatility to get caught in the rain without your down turning into globby balls of yuk. Stretch panels help with mobility make it a good piece for activity.
It’s also a great layering piece. Wear it under a shell or over a fleece. First Ascent has a wonderful layering system that gives you options for different looks on the go, as well as being able to adjust for climate changes. It’s comfortable, functional, and packs down tiny. Find it HERE.by
Do you ever worry about EMFs coming from your computer? Electromagnetic frequency, or EMR–electro magnetic radiation. Health implications include cancer, infertility and DNA damage. It’s something we want to avoid, but it’s nearly impossible. The best we can do is limit our exposure.
The SafeSleeve is a radiation-blocking sleeve for your laptop. It also functions as a lap desk and protective case for your computer. I never tried the previous version, but the 2.0 is supposed to utilize technology that provides more protection for EMR–electromagnetic radiation.
At the moment, I’m using an old MacBook Pro that gets really hot. The SafeSleeve cuts back on that heat transmission. I can have it on my lap for a good two hours before I even notice the heat at all now. I do not have a device to measure EMFs, but SafeSleeve has tested it (photos on their website). It makes working more comfortable and provides protection for you and the laptop. Aesthetically, it’s a great look. Clean lines and two color options. Find it HERE.by
Looking for a functional top for cold weather travel? Icebreaker’s Crush Long Sleeve Scoop top is an awesome base layer, but it’s cute enough to function alone. Wear it with a skirt, jeans, snow pants, it’s awesome and versatile and I’m loving the Vivid stripe with shades of purple, magenta, grey and black. It’s bright and happy and just what you need when the weather is dark and drab.
Wool is ideal for travel because it regulates body temps and doesn’t hold odor. If you want to wash this top in a hotel sink, it dries quickly and holds its shape. If you only buy one piece for fall and winter this year, consider this, it’s that fabulous. Find it HERE.by
Do you have a big laptop and you’re looking for the best way to travel with it? Here it is, Eagle Creek’s new Convertabrief. It’s big. And it’s checkpoint friendly, so you’re not struggling with your expensive 15-inch computer going through security, you just unzip the bag and you’re good. I love that it has a slip pocket to go right over your wheelie bag carryon, allowing you to be hands free. That’s hard to find and those two qualities alone seal the deal. But it has a few more awesome features. There’s a dedicated iPad/tablet sleeve, more space for other gadgets and cords, and great organization. If you travel with multiple devices, this is a great bag for that.
Security features like an RFID passport slot and lockable zippers make this good for international travel and it converts to a backpack so you have the option to carry it that way too. I like it best as a briefcase. If you’re traveling with a small computer, like an Air, this will be too much briefcase for you. But if you have a 13-inch or bigger full size laptop and some other gadgets, this is a great choice. It looks professional, but can function in a rugged manor, so after that business meeting, you can hit the trails. Find it HERE.by