Best Travel Gear for Wherever You Are Going

Here we have reviewed the latest and best travel gear for your next adventure. These are some of our staff’s favorite pieces, depending on where you are going and what you will be doing. You should also checkout our Gift Ideas for the Traveler and Adventurer in Your Life

Best travel gear tote for weekends

Travel bags, totes, backpacks and suitcases. We love traveling and are always looking for practical, lightweight and multi-functional pieces. Here’s why we love the Classic Weekender Bag from Moleskine.

best travel gear Moleskine Classic Weekender Bag

best travel gear Moleskine Classic Weekender Bag

Moleskine’s Classic Weekender Bag

Going on a short trip for 1 – 4 overnights? The weekender bag is a lightweight, versatile tote that will fit your belongings and easily transition with you from your business meetings to the airport. In timeless black, it is neutral in styling and color. Moleskine’s Classic Weekender Bag is one of the newest additions in the Classic Bag Collection and designed to match this line.

I carried this bag several times for 2-3 nights away and each time was able to fit everything I wanted to bring.  It was the only bag I carried when I was gone 5 days/4 nights when I traveled from Boston to Phoenix for a 2-day conference. I was able to bring several changes of clothes and packed two additional pairs of shoes with accessories with a bit of room to spare, even after packing toiletries and reading materials.

I love that the bag extended vertically for when I needed more space, like for my 5-day trip. While I didn’t use it for my laptop, it easily fit my tablet. (It fits laptops with screens to 15 inches.) It’s great that you can use this bag for an overnight or two or expand it to pack for a few more days.

The bag doesn’t look like a suitcase yet fits easily in the overhead compartment as a carry-on when flying. Before being packed, its cabin size is 15.75″ x 16.5″ x 6.25.” The base itself is 6.25″ but it expands to much wider.

Some of the other standouts include the large pocket on the exterior of the bag that opens to a space that can hold stuff you need easy access to. It has a place for a smart phone, IDs and credit cards and pens. I really like that I was able to have that zippered side facing me so that it was protected.

What is helpful also is that the large compartment of the bag opens wide and has a secure spot for your laptop or tablet on one side. On the other side, there are two zippered mesh-type/easy-to-see-through pockets for other important items. The rest is open space to fill as needed. There is a sturdy base at the bottom that surprisingly enables me to place the bag on the ground, and it remains upright.
What I love MOST about the Classic Weekender Bag is the versatility I had while carrying it around. The handles are long enough so that I was able to loop the handles over my shoulder. I was also able to carry it lower (like I might carry a bag of groceries to give you an idea). There are straps on the back of it that enabled me to carry it as a backpack as well. Surprisingly, and even better, I could unclip that “backpack strap” and clip it to the anchors on the side of the bag for a longer strap (to sling it over my shoulder or back). Having so many options for carrying this bag, especially when walking and traveling long distances, is one of the best things about this bag. And because the bag is lightweight, depending on the weight of your items inside, it is easy to tote around.
The straps were comfortable. I used it as a backpack when the bag was fully extended and also when it was smaller, and it worked well each time.

From a distance, this bag appears to be leather but is actually made from water-resistant polyurethane. I can carry this no matter the weather and not worry about it getting ruined.

When traveling, it is so important to not be bogged down with multiple bags, totes, and luggage. Not only does it keep you on high alert trying to keep track of everything, it also physically wears you down by having to carry it all, and it takes a greater toll on the environment.

Best travel gear for camping and hiking

There are many must-haves to bring while camping and hiking. Water is one of the most important things. Sometimes you just can’t physically carry or tote enough water with you. Many portable water filtration systems are impractical. This one is easy to use. Here’s what we love about the Potable Aqua Pure Electrolytic Water Purifier and how it revolutionizes and simplifies the water filtration process.

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Potable Aqua Pure Electrolytic Water Purifier

Potable Aqua Pure Electrolytic Water Purifier

Wow! They really got this right. A direct quote from my husband after he tried this: “What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of this? Making my own virtually unlimited water treatment solution on the go!” My husband loves hiking and camping. Now that we have children, our hikes are shorter, but living in the southwest US, it is hot many months of the year. We can only carry so much water, especially for those all-day day hikes we want to do but are restricted by the amount of water we can carry. What would we do if there was an emergency?

No matter where we hike now — a long or short hike, for minutes, hours, all day, or overnight — we bring this Potable Aqua Pure Electrolytic Water Purifier with us. It is so small that it easily fits in our daypack, weighing 4 ounces, or in the palm of your hand. It is affordable. It is revolutionary. And it can really help you or even save you when you really need it.

This little water purifier exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological Purifiers. It is very easy to use and only requires a small amount of water and salt (self-made brine solution) that the device will then purify for you into a mixed oxidant disinfectant that you add to your water to purify your water. It’s scalable, so you can treat from one – 20 liters of water per disinfected brine cycle, but you can purify larger amounts of water by simply using multiple disinfected brine solution cycles. It kills bacteria, viruses, Protozao, Cryptosporidium, and Giardia so that you can safely drink the water. This disinfection process will help protect water that is being stored for later use.

  • It’s scalable to any reasonable amount of water
  • No batteries to replace – USB charging or built-in solar charger
  • Will treat 150+ liters when fully charged
  • Weighs 4 ounces
  • No pre-filter or pre-treated water necessary
  • Sustainable – No replacement parts or filters
  • Cost effective – Buy the device and you only need regular table salt

We love the convenience and its “earth-friendliness.” It is solar rechargeable (also includes a plug-in charger). It simply requires salt to operate, nothing else to buy or replace. It comes with pH strips so you can use to confirm the disinfected brine solution before you add it to the water you are purifying. It weighs less than half a pound. My husband has used other water purification systems before, and they all had tubes, were cumbersome and not compact, and required pumping; this one does not. My husband would rather carry 15-20 pounds of water, than a traditional water filter.

This is a great product for those traveling to other parts of the world where clean drinking water isn’t a given. It is also ideal for those who enjoy hiking and/or camping for extended periods of time as you can only bring in and carry a limited amount of safe water. This is also great to include with your survival packs and disaster preparedness kits. It barely takes up any space and comes with a small tote to keep everything together. It even has a built-in flashlight.

The Potable Aqua Pure Electrolytic Water Purifier can purify and treat up to 60,000 liters of water without having to clean, change or buy a new filter or other replacement parts. We think it is just remarkable.

Best travel gear for gifts or yourself

Travel smarter with the best travel gear for your particular journey or adventure whether you are going for a day hike, a road trip for the weekend, or camping for a week or more.