Limited in what to pack for your travels, yet attempting to look fashionably chic? I know I often struggle with fashion vs function in my travel gear; not so much with my luggage. I have found that the lightweight and durable Briggs and Riley luggage competes quite well on the fashion scene. It’s the purse, clutch, backpack situation that I struggle with. Backpacks and large shoulder bags are fine for day trips, but what do I use to carry my wallet, Canon Digital Camera, Flip Mino video camera, passport and lipstick when I’m at an upscale restaurant or on a cruise ship?
Urbandillo Classic Hobo Bag Travel Gear Review
Shrink and Go Urbandillo Hobo Bag
Created by Veronica James, the Urbandillo brands include the Classic Hobo Bag. Priced at $69, the Hobo bag compacts from 23″ x 21″ down to a ball form. The Hobo, made of polyester material, arrives in a 7″ x 7″ x 4″ packaging tin. However, my travel bag sample didn’t arrive in a tin. Like the Genie, released from Aladdin’s magic lamp, I imagine it would be easier to remove the bag, than to stuff it back into the tin. Personally, I prefer to tuck the bag in my carry on and pull it out when needed.
The Hobo travel bag has an adjustable shoulder strap for cross body and shoulder wear and a side snap pocket to fit your phone or iPod, unless you have an Otterbox iPhone defender case. Fortunately, my iPhone slides into the side pocket. However, my iPhone, wrapped in the protective Otterbox defender case, doesn’t allow the the snap to close.
The Hobo travel bag comes with plenty of storage compartments to fit a water bottle, cell phone and includes an attached key clasp. The Classic Hobo comes in black or purple.
Urbandillo Hobo Bag, a Travel Gear Review
Buy Urbandillo – Give Love
Travel writers and bloggers often write about how best to respond to third world children begging in the streets. To be sure, responsible travel is a subject fraught with much controversy. Urbandillo’s mission is to provide children in need with blankets. With every Urbandillo purchase, a blanket is personally given to a child in the US and worldwide.
It’s bad enough that high school, college students and executives have to lug around heavy laptop computers all day long. Why add further weight to an already over-loaded backpack or messenger bag?
The Cache Laptop Sleeve by Tom Bihn
Introducing The Cache by Tom Bihn, a light weight padded sleeve designed to protect your laptop from scratches and scrapes. Designed to be used inside a backpack, briefcase, messenger or travel bag, the Seattle, Washington based travel gear company has created a simple sleeve. Affordably priced at $30, The Cache is checkpoint friendly, meeting TSA-approved guidelines for laptop bags. No longer will you have to send your laptop through airport security machines unprotected.
Travel Gear Review of Tom Bihn's Cache Laptop Sleeve
The Cache comes in black or charcoal grey colors and multiple sizes to fit laptops, including the MacBook Pro. Check the Tom Bihn website for their Laptop Bag Fit Guide.
Travel Gift Guide for the Globetrotter in your life
Whether you prefer travel by land, sea or air, this travel holiday gift guide has a gift in mind for every traveler. From high ticket, luxury travel experiences to affordable stocking stuffers for the travel girl or guy in your life, this list has something to please everyone.
Up In the Air Travel
Love taking aerial photographs, but not wild about hanging out of a helicopter while being harnessed to the door frame? Take a ride in Airship Ventures Zeppelin. From Los Angeles to Monterey and San Francisco, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is the ideal gift for the adventure seeking traveler. Visit the Airship Ventures website for special holiday pricing.
Hornblower Cruises or Hurtigruten – Sail the West Coast
Be it sailing California’s West Coast with Hornblower Cruises or plying Norway’s West Coast waters with Hurtigruten, sea-worthy travelers will want to keep their eye on the horizon. For gift ideas such as a holiday wine tasting cruise on San Francisco Bay or a whale watching cruise in San Diego, Hornblower Cruises has got California’s west coast destinations covered.
For a sailing adventure further afield, look to Hurtigruten to offer seven day coastal voyages on Norway’s West Coast. There are plenty of things to see and do in Norway while sailing aboard one of 14 Hurtigruten ships.
Travel Gift of Goodwill – Donate to Passports with Purpose
Here’s a holiday gift idea that will make everyone feel good and doesn’t even require gift wrap. Passports with Purpose is helping to build a village in India.
For a $10 donation you will be able to select a prize that a travel blogger has donated in support of Passports with Purpose. My sponsors, HurtigrutenUSA and Briggs & Riley have each donated an item. HurtigrutenUSA has donated a seven-day Norwegian Coastal voyage for two, valued at $2,074. Briggs and Riley donated a 22” Upright carry-on, a $290 value.
Carried Away on the Streets of San Francisco
Leave your car keys and your cares behind for a day of fun on the streets of San Francisco. Carried Away is a new car tour company run by two fun, energetic and knowledgeable ladies from the San Francisco Bay Area. Foodies will love the Snacker’s Delight tour, while the Big Soak will give you a full day of things to do in San Francisco .
Hands Free Travel
The Scottevest allows for hands free travel
We all know a gadget guy or girl. Someone who has state–of-the art ear phones plugged into their iPod in one hand, while an Otterbox smart phone case protects their precious iPhone in the other hand; an iPad is tucked into their carry on bag, that hangs over the shoulder. Imagine if a stylish travel vest existed that allowed the gadget guy to carry all of his travel items in his vest, while leaving him hands free to breeze through airport security. Such a vest exists and its called the Scottevest.
As an equestrian, I wear the Scottevest, priced at $100, on my horseback rides. Of course, the vest also comes in handy while I’m traveling. Their latest product for the traveler is the SEv Carry-On Coat.
A major airline refused to run an advertisement for the SEv Carry-On Coat in their in-flight magazine. Why? Because the $225 coat contains 33 pockets – enough to eliminate the need to check baggage on a weekend trip.
Are you a woman who travels often for business or pleasure? Are you a collage student or backpacker staying in inexpensive hotel rooms? Priced at $19.99 the Ila WEDGE portable door alarm makes a great stocking stuffer for the security minded traveler. Turn the power switch on and slide the wedge under the door as an extra security measure. The locked door will be difficult to open and the ear-splitting alarm will ward off intruders.
Sick and tired of paying checked luggage fees? Back hurt from lifting heavy luggage into the overhead airline storage bins? Check out Briggs and Riley’s BRX Explore 22″ Upright Carryon. At seven and a half pounds, this light weight carry-on luggage from Briggs & Riley will have travelers worldwide singing Joy to the World this holiday season.
Mosquito Free Travel
ExOfficio has joined with Insect Shield to create insect resistant clothing
The fisherman, equestrian or adventurous traveler on your list will thank you for their insect shield clothing from ExOfficio.
ExOfficio has joined forces with Insect Shield to create insect shield clothing, proven effective up to 70 washings. I have the Halo woman’s long-sleeve shirt, retailing for $60. Kids with limited budgets might consider giving the Insect Shield Vented Hiker Sock. Priced at $14.92 on the website, and made from 17% wool, these socks protect you from bugs and keep your toes warm.
For the book lover on your list, Ten Perfect Gifts for Travelers Who Read.
Travel Clothes – Holiday Gift Guide
What are your holiday gift ideas for the traveler?
Airship Ventures photo by Nancy D. Brown, California Hornblower photo courtesy of Hornblower Cruises and Events.