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SlotFlops Sandal Travel Gear Review

Wednesday April 24, 2013 at 5:05 PM | 0 Comments


SlotFlops sandal review

As a mother, beach-goer, swimmer and traveler, I’m always on the look out for products that offer good value and serve a functional purpose – in other words, I’m a value shopper.

Recently, I came across a clever new product that is affordable and the ideal Mother’s Day present under $25.  SlotFlops are flip flops with slots designed to carry credit cards, hotel keys and identification at the beach or pool.



SlotFlops for the traveler


SlotFlops at the beach, pool or on a cruise ship

As a world traveler, I have learned to pack and travel light. Nothing goes in my suitcase unless it serves a need. Flip flops are ideal to wear at the beach and at the pool. Unfortunately, credit cards, identification, money and hotel keys are often needed during trips to the beach and pool, but who wants to carry a purse, wallet or backpack with money and ID left behind when you venture into the water? SlotFlops are the answer to this travel dilemma.


SlotFlops for the security conscious

SlotFlops are an innovative and secure way to carry credit cards and ID in the sole of the sandal.  SlotFlops can be warn at the bar, on a cruise ship, at the swimming pool or on the beach. They are also good to carry in your purse, suitcase or backpack when those cute high heels are killing your feet.


SlotFlops sandal

SlotFlops, affordable footwear for security-minded travelers

SlotFlops for men

My husband thought the SlotFlops were a cool idea. He did ask if the SlotFlops included a bottle opener on the bottom of the sole.  I gave him a mini-opener that is able to fit in the slot!  Problem solved. SlotFlops come in several colors and sizes for both men and women and may be purchased on the website or at Brookstone.com.

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SlotFlops retail for $24.95. Check the website for details.

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SlotFlops shoe review written and pool photos by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. SlotFlops flexible sole photo courtesy of ArchPort. ArchPort supplied me with these SlotFlops sandals for review.




Guideline Sunglasses Travel Gear Review

Wednesday April 10, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 0 Comments

Have you ever had the misfortune to have been on the water or skiing on a sunny day without proper eyewear protection? If you have, you know that too much sun is bad for the skin and the eyes. Blood shot eyes are not very attractive. Any opthalmologist will tell you that it is important to protect your eyes from harmful UVA rays. With that in mind, I always travel with good quality sunglasses.

Guideline sunglasses are ideal for all conditions, from overcast to sunny.

The folks at GuideLine asked me to review the Marysol sunglasses. I brought them with me to Mazatlan, but the weather didn’t merit wearing sunglasses. Instead, I traveled with them to Maui, Hawaii and tested them on a Hana Bay ocean kayak adventure. The glasses performed well under bright  sunshine conditions, as well as a cloudy overcast day. The sunglasses cut the glare off the water and allowed me to see fish swimming below the kayak, in the coral reef.

Guideline Sunglasses

Featuring a polarized and light weight Polycarbonate lens, the Guideline Marysol is a graceful alternative to the over-sized sunglasses that are popular with many women. The wrap style frame is constructed from ultra-light and durable TR-55 nylon with spring hinges. It comes with its own soft, lightweight protective case with a Velcro closure for easy travel.

Priced at $52.46, these sunglasses offer good eye protection at a reasonable price. Guideline sunglasses are a worthwhile travel gear investment.

Guideline sunglasses are light weight and protect your eyes from harmful UVA rays.


Where to buy:

Guideline Sunglasses

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GuideLine supplied me with these sunglasses for review

SwitchFlops Sandal Travel Gear Review

Wednesday March 13, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 0 Comments

"Switch Flops sandal"

Lulu SwitchFlops sandal review

Remember the old days before smartphones, when travelers wore wrist watches that matched the color of their outfits? Well, now there is a company that lets you match your flip flop sandals to your clothing attire or swim suit.

SwitchFlops for travel

SwitchFlops is a clever fashion and travel footwear invention by Lindsay Phillips. A basic flip flop sandal allows for interchangeable, Velcro secured sandal straps. The California-based company also produces shoes with interchangeable, colorful, and bejeweled fashion straps.

"SwitchFlops sandal review"

SwitchFlops for the beach and travel

Sandals for all size feet

Due to my wide feet, I looked like Cinderella’s step sisters trying to squeeze my foot into a glass slipper. Needless to say, it wasn’t going to fit. Fortunately, SwitchFlop sandals come in small, medium and large sizes to fit most feet.

I recently traveled to Maui, Hawaii and wore the SwitchFlops sandal with several different outfits. The black and silver “rianna” strap matched perfectly with my swim suit, while the black and white polka dot “lulu” strap complimented my new yoga dress.

"Lindsay Phillips SwitchFlops"

Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops travel gear review

SwitchFlops dress up travel wardrobe

For the person who travels often, or the fashionista, SwitchFlops are an easy and affordable way to dress up, or down, travel apparel. SwitchFlops retail for $34.95. Check the website for details.

Lindsay Phillips flip flop shoe review written and photos by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. Lindsay Phillips supplied me with these SwitchFlops sandal for this travel gear review.

"Rianna SwitchFlops"

SwitchFlops sandals may be dressed up for travel

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