Gear Guide
How to thwart a disastrous stain when you can't get to a laundromat

How to thwart a disastrous stain when you can’t get to a laundromat

When you’re traveling and working with a limited wardrobe, there’s nothing more frustrating than getting a stain on your freshly laundered clothes. Whether you’re traveling for a wedding and splash red wine on the only formal dress you brought or are attending a business conference and spill your morning coffee down the front of your... read more
How to double your traveling wardrobe without packing more stuff

How to double your traveling wardrobe without packing more stuff

You’re trying to pack as lightly as possible for your vacation, but there’s just one problem. You don’t want to look the same everyday. But when you’ve got to carry everything in a little backpack or carry-on suitcase, packing multiples of everything just isn’t an option. So what’s a traveler to do? Two words: reversible... read more
The money belt that’s actually a belt

The money belt that’s actually a belt

A traditional money belt (the kind that goes under your clothing) should be on every traveler’s packing list, but let’s face it; sometimes those things just get annoying. Whether it’s bulging out from under your clothing, or making you hot and sweaty, wearing a money belt is simply not a pleasant experience. However, if you’re... read more
9 creative uses for dental floss that don’t involve your mouth

9 creative uses for dental floss that don’t involve your mouth

One of the things about traveling to remote destinations without access to modern conveniences – or simply being a frugal traveler for that matter – is that it forces you to become very resourceful with what you do have. Today’s gear post focuses on something you should really be carrying with regardless of where you... read more
A multivitamin a day keeps the doctor away

A multivitamin a day keeps the doctor away

Prescription medicines are typically at the top of most people’s packing lists, along with a supply of just-in-case aspirin. And while you don’t need to haul along an entire medicine cabinet with you, there is one other bottle of pills that may be worth bringing along on your trip – a bottle of multivitamins. For long-term... read more
The backpack big enough to hold your life yet small enough to fit on your keychain

The backpack big enough to hold your life yet small enough to fit on your keychain

So you’ve overestimated how many souvenirs you can cram into your suitcase and you need an extra bag to bring all your goodies back home? Or perhaps you’re going on a hike and need a little backpack to toss your drinks and snacks into? A packable daypack is the perfect solution for those times when... read more
Keep Your Currencies Straight With This Cheat Sheet

Keep Your Currencies Straight With This Cheat Sheet

Shopping (and eating… and drinking) abroad is fun, but poses dangers for those who are not so good with numbers. It’s all too easy to see something marked 10 euro but adjust your mindset to view the item as costing 10 dollars, and therefore pretty good value – even though the reality is you’re paying... read more
One way of sneaking an extra carry-on onto your flight

One way of sneaking an extra carry-on onto your flight

If there’s one thing about travel that gets old pretty quickly, it’s having to empty out every last thing from your pockets at airport security, pass through the scanners, then juggle all your bits and bobs in your arms as you collect them from your tray – and just hope you haven’t left anything important... read more
Smart bag tags let you skip the long lines at the airport

Smart bag tags let you skip the long lines at the airport

Airline travel has come a long way from the days where you had to go to a travel agent to book your flight, collect a stack of paper tickets, and physically check-in at the airport. Now it seems that just about everything can be done online – except if you’re checking in baggage. Qantas, however,... read more
Skip the hotel gym fees and exercise in your room with this laptop-sized device

Skip the hotel gym fees and exercise in your room with this laptop-sized device

People sometimes ask about how to stay fit while traveling, and I’ve always been a bit stumped as to how to answer that question. As the kind of person who likes to walk everywhere (it really is the best way to get a feel for a new place, in my opinion) I’ve never found lack... read more
Get yourself around town and out of a mugging with this all-in-one map and wallet

Get yourself around town and out of a mugging with this all-in-one map and wallet

The thing about wallets is that they’re so… well, so clearly a wallet. I mean, it’s generally pretty obvious that the square shape creating fade marks in your rear pant pocket is where your cash is stowed. Same deal when you pull your wallet out of your pocket or purse to buy something – there’s... read more
Hide money in the one place no one will ever guess

Hide money in the one place no one will ever guess

{Shoes with a secret compartment. Don’t worry, they come in manly colors too} I remember years ago during high school when I was on a student exchange in Switzerland and I was headed out to a club late one night with my local hosts and their friends. As we hopped out of our taxi, a... read more