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SwitchFlops Sandal Travel Gear Review

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

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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.

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SwitchFlops sandals may be dressed up for travel

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Otterbox iPhone 4 Defender Case Review

Wednesday January 30, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 4 Comments

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Otterbox iPhone Defender Case – Travel Gear Review

As many of you know, I specialize in equestrian travel. That means that sometimes my office is a dude ranch or you may find me horseback riding on the trails.  I have been known to drop my camera or cell phone when horseback riding.  Fortunately for me,  my smartphone is protected by the Otterbox case.

I first learned about this Fort Collins, Colorado based company in 2009 when I reviewed the Defender case for my iPhone 3. The Otterbox Defender series offers three layers of protection. The high-impact plastic shell cradles your iPhone (the company makes case covers for a variety of cell phones) the built-in screen protector is on the front and a durable silicone skin completes the package.

Otterbox Defender Case heavy duty protection


Otterbox iPhone 4 Defender Case; iPhone case for your smartphone

My friend is a construction worker by day and a cowboy by night. He, too, has the Otterbox Defender case. He likes it because it protects his phone from dust on work sites and when he’s working cattle on horseback. My son also owns the Defender Case. He is a waterpolo player. I used to cringe when he tossed his swim bag on the pool deck with his cell phone inside. Now that he has the Otterbox Defender case, I know his cell phone is properly protected from scratches and dents and the unique USA cover makes his cell phone stand out from the many black iPhones floating around his high school.

Otterbox headphone jack 

My one issue with the iPhone 4 Defender case was that, to my eye, the phone case didn’t align with the headphone jack.  I called Otterbox customer service to ask about this and learned that the hole is to accommodate an internal antenna in the phone. The headphone jack is meant to be covered so that no dust or dirt enters the area. Simply pull back the silicone cover to expose and connect to the headphone jack.  Mystery solved; case closed.

Insider Tip

If you plan to use a docking station to listen to your iTunes, this is not the cell phone case for you!  I suggest the Otterbox Commuter case for ease of removal.

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Otterbox Defender Case

Suggested retail price: $59.95

Otterbox provided me with the iPhone 4/4S Defender case for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Travel gear review and bottom Defender case photo courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown.

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Filson Cover Cloth Weekender Coat Travel Apparel Review

Friday January 4, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 11 Comments

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Filson Cover Cloth Bomber Jacket travel apparel review

When I met my boyfriend (now husband) in college, I didn’t know much about camping and had no experience with hunting. It was the classic California girl meets Oregon boy love story. I introduced him to San Francisco’s city life and he introduced me to camping next to rivers and swimming under waterfalls.  Little did I know I would be marrying a hunter, but I did like the way he dressed. Years later, I have come to know and love the Filson brand.

Might as well have the best

My husband is loyal when it comes to travel gear and travel apparel. He knows what he likes and he knows what works out in the field.  He enjoys Filson jackets and has introduced our son to the brand.

This Christmas, instead of wearing my husband’s Filson hand-me-downs, my son received his first Filson Cover Cloth Weekender Coat. This young man is one well-dressed, happy camper!

Filson Cover Cloth Weekender Coat

"Filson Cover Cloth Coat"

Filson Cover Cloth Weekender Coat travel apparel review

Lightweight and strong, the Filson Cover Cloth Weekender Coat is wind and water repellent, ideal for San Francisco, California weather. The Filson coat comes in three colors; black, brown and otter green.

“It’s a good looking jacket that you can do anything in,” notes Evan Brown. The Filson Cover Cloth Weekender Coat’s dense weave and cotton lining protect from wind and rain.

The Filson Cover Cloth Weekender Coat retails for $290.

Filson Cover Cloth Bomber Jacket

The Filson Cover Cloth Bomber Jacket is my husband’s go-to jacket.  This water-resistant bomber jacket is well worn and well loved. In fact this is his second Filson Bomber Jacket. He wasn’t happy with the way the left sleeve wore at the bottom of the knit cuff. This is the only knock my husband has with this Filson jacket.

True to Filson’s guarantee, they exchanged his Filson Cover Cloth Bomber Jacket with a replacement. Both the Filson Cover Cloth Bomber Jacket and the Filson Cover Cloth Weekender Coat are made in the USA.

This water-repellent bomber jacket comes in black, brown and otter green colors and retails for $235. Currently the Filson jacket is on sale for $139.99. Check the Filson website for product pricing.

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Father and son wearing their Filson Cover Cloth jackets

“I love the Filson jacket for it’s pockets,” states Cory Brown, a sports and outdoorsman from Northern California. “You can go anywhere in the Bay Area wearing a Filson coat and feel comfortable.  It’s also a good weight for Northern California weather.”


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Filson travel apparel review written and photos by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown

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