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5 Essential Bags You Need When Traveling (in Addition to Your Main Checked Luggage!)

5 Essential Bags You Need When Traveling (in Addition to Your Main Checked Luggage!)

Your bag is one of the most important things to get right when you’re traveling. Make a smart decision, and your trip becomes a breeze; you can find things easily, your gear is protected from the weather, and there’s much less risk of it being stolen. Get it wrong, and your vacation can be easily ruined; belongings wrecked, you end up straining your back and neck, and you’re painted as a pickpocket target.

But we don’t just travel with one bag when we go overseas, I’d argue there are 5 types of bag which are absolutely essential. Can you name them?

These are the 5 essential bags you need when traveling if you plan to be bag smart, in addition to your main checked luggage.

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What to Wear When Flying So You Don’t Get Kicked Off The Plane

What to Wear When Flying So You Don’t Get Kicked Off The Plane

We recently published a post on ‘should you wear activewear when traveling’, and this sparked some debate about what’s appropriate or not to wear on a plane. So in a follow-up post, you can find our best tips on what to wear when flying; what to wear to stay comfortable, while also remaining respectful of other passengers, and not getting kicked off the plane!

There are no universal laws dictating what you can and can’t wear on a plane, and while airline lounges may have dress codes, most airlines are pretty accepting when it comes to the plane.

“As long as you’re not sporting anything that may prevent the aircraft from flying safely, such as a suit of armor or a hoop skirt. – it’s up to the airline to decide what’s OK”. While all airlines will differ in their approach, here are some basic rules to follow.

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Should You Wear Activewear Traveling? (Hell Yes!)

Should You Wear Activewear Traveling? (Hell Yes!)

It’s something people have strong opinions on – should you wear activewear casually, in public. Should you wear lycra onto a plane? Personally, I’m a fan.

Activewear is the best travel wardrobe ever created, and I’m not ashamed to say it; leggings and a sports bra are the perfect clothes to travel in. It’s called athleisure, and while Paris your gym clothes might spark reactions from certain cliques, I probably think the same of women wearing stilettos to explore as they do of me (though kudos to their pain threshold – seriously!!).

Active wear is built to be comfy, easy to wash, odor resistant, and means you can pack less. Fabrics can take a beating while still looking fresh, and wearing it is practical, versatile and effortless. So when I’m asked ‘should you wear active wear while traveling?’ my response is a resouding ‘Hell Yes!’.

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Practical Beauty Products to Pack in Your Travel Bag

Practical Beauty Products to Pack in Your Travel Bag

You might not think that ‘beauty products’ are essential when you travel, but really, most personal care, skin care, make-up and cosmetic products are all described under the same category.

It can be a definite struggle figuring out which products you want to take with you; which to buy in your destination, which to pack in your carryon, and which have the least chance of spilling and making a mess in your bag!

Though there are some which are so practical, multipurpose, and serve your ongoing hygiene, that they become essential to feeling fresh, clean, and stress free.

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7 Things to Pack for a Romantic Weekend Away

7 Things to Pack for a Romantic Weekend Away

Normal packing lists include things like socks, charger cords, and your favorite book. But a romantic weekend is something much different.

A romantic getaway typically implies that you plan to spend more time in the hotel than away seeing the sights. You probably won’t need your walking shoes and camera for something like this. Instead, you’ll want fun things to do in the room while you’re relaxing and reconnecting with your spouse or partner.

Additionally, it can help to choose a hotel with amenities that give you both what you need to rest, relax, and reconnect. A pool, hot tub, and room service options can help you facilitate a lovely weekend.

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How to Choose the Safest and Most Comfortable Mask for Travel

How to Choose the Safest and Most Comfortable Mask for Travel

We’re all excited to get back to travel now that borders have begun to open and restrictions are easing up. But travel is obviously very different now than it was a couple of years ago.

While we’re looking forward to leaving the pandemic behind us, one change here to stay are face masks; they have become standard now across many destinations, transport, and public gathering places.

While many places like airlines might give you a mask, it’s worthwhile traveling with your own which you know is yours, and you’re comfortable wearing.

The CDC recently updated its mask guidelines, so the next logical question before you jump on that plane, bus, or train: What is the BEST face mask for travel to keep you safe?

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The Best Multipurpose Travel Backpack: Review of Shell by Tropicfeel

The Best Multipurpose Travel Backpack: Review of Shell by Tropicfeel

More important than what you pack for travel is what you pack your travel gear in. Of course, what travel pack you choose largely depends on what type of traveller you are…or does it?

What if there was a travel backpack for everyone, from the wilderness trekker to the urban backpacker and everyone in-between?

From the company that revolutionized the travel shoe with their all terrain sneaker line, comes the new Shell travel backpack that caters to all types of travellers. It’s a backpack and wardrobe system with unmatched versatility, easy access, and organization to pack up to 20% more; a multipurpose travel backpack every traveler will love to use.

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Africa’s Best Horse Racing Destinations and Top Races to Visit

Africa’s Best Horse Racing Destinations and Top Races to Visit

You don’t often think of Africa as being a big horse racing destination, but in countries like South Africa, it has been taking place since the late 18th century.

While races like Australia’s Melbourne Cup and England’s Royal Ascot tend to get most of the world’s attention, here are some notable African horse racing destinations and their famous annual races to check out in-between going on safari.

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Why You Should Switch to Hemp Undies for Travel: WAMA Underwear Review

Why You Should Switch to Hemp Undies for Travel: WAMA Underwear Review

Whether you’re a light packer or an overpacker (guilty!), underwear is the one thing every traveler needs to pack. And every now and then, it does pay to give your underwear draw a refresh. But instead of buying the same old underwear you previously had (you know – the ones which gave you a wedgie in Morocco, and made you chafe in the Amazon’s humidity), a savvy traveler should aim to improve their underwear choices.

If you’re sick of wedgies, chafing, and odor in your suitcase (though underwear odor is a natural deterrent for having your suitcase hijacked), I have one word for you: Hemp.

Hemp is a cannabis Sativa fibre that is naturally antibacterial, anti-microbial, and a breathable fabric to wear. Hemp garments are not only strong, UV resistant and feel great against your skin, they’re also one of the world’s most sustainable fabrics.

WAMA Underwear specializes in ethical and sustainable hemp underwear, and since realizing the fantastic benefits of hemp undies for travel, I’ve stocked up on their boxers for Mike, and their underwear and bralettes for myself. Here’s why you should switch to WAMA hemp underwear for travel. I haven’t had a wedgie since!

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Shopping Online is the Best Way to Support Local Communities Right Now

Shopping Online is the Best Way to Support Local Communities Right Now

One of the joys of travel is being able to directly contribute to the economies of the communities we visit, and shopping locally has always been a great way to do this.

It’s the joy of stumbling across charming little shops selling handmade jewelry and clothing you literally couldn’t find anywhere else. And seeing the joy on the face of the artisan when they make a sale.

There’s nothing quite like buying something directly from the hands that made it, and knowing that the community from which it came will be benefiting from 100% of the profits.

We often associate online shopping with faceless corporations, which is the complete opposite to the concept of buying locally, but given the current pandemic climate, more and more local businesses have started moving online.

While we’ve been forced to cancel our travel plans, and isolate in our own homes, the shopfronts we would have been buying our souvenirs from have been forced to close.

Online shopping has become the solution to supporting the communities we would have been contributing to, and still collecting our souvenirs and taste of other cultures even when we can’t leave home.

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What to Pack for a Kenyan Safari

What to Pack for a Kenyan Safari

Many of us dream of taking an African safari at least once in our lives. Though packing for a safari is totally different than packing for a normal vacation.

After-all, you’re spending time in extremely different climates, maybe even camping in the wild, and have to ensure your gear is wildlife friendly, while still being safe and comfortable.

While you may not need all the technical outdoor wear shown in the glossy brochures, you will have to pack strategically, and with special thought to your activities. Kenya safari holidays are a once-in-a-lifetime experience – but are only enjoyable if you pack the right gear! Here’s what you need to pack.

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Las Vegas Casinos Dress Code

Las Vegas Casinos Dress Code

Las Vegas is now the only US city where land-based gambling is still thriving, as most casinos elsewhere loose the battle with their online counterparts. Though while Vegas is home to many of the world’s top casinos, people are also drawn by its entertainment; beyond the slot machines, roulette, and blackjack are a huge range of other draws, like outlandish productions, and the chance to rub shoulders with celebrities.

Even though many don’t come for the casinos anymore, most travelers to Vegas believe gambling a few dollars is a mandatory experience; after-all, can you really claim you’ve been to Vegas if you haven’t dabbled in at least a little gambling?!

Being that Vegas casinos draw everyone from high rollers to recreational punters, knowing how to fit in is important if you’re one of those people who don’t usually play at all. So we’ve put together the following dress code.

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The Average Person’s Guide to Tactical Pants for Travel

The Average Person’s Guide to Tactical Pants for Travel

Tactical pants – you don’t have to be going on a tactical mission to wear them, and you don’t have to be Bear Grylls or a US Navy Seal for them to have their use.

In fact, built to withstand the elements, and the abuse of wear, tear, tactical pants are a solid choice for adventurous travelers, whether you’re mountain climbing, trekking in the jungle, or just heading out on a short hike.

Tactical pants look like cargo pants, but they’ve been technically modified to be lightweight, fast drying, and have more concealed pockets than any other pair of pants in your closet.

They’ll also outlast anything else in your closet.

Tactical pants are commonly worn by law enforcement; men and women in the military, SWAT teams, and, yes, Bear Grylls! These aren’t just your average trousers. But the following is a guide should you, the average person, want to add them to your everyday armor!

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Destination Wedding Styles For Women: What to Wear to a Tropical Beach Wedding

Destination Wedding Styles For Women: What to Wear to a Tropical Beach Wedding

Have you been invited to a destination beach wedding? A tropical wedding is amazingly beautiful in every possible way, and the combination of an exotic location, soft sand, and tropical breeze is a hard invitation to refuse!

But, a destination wedding isn’t an event where you can pull off a last minute outfit – it’s something you’ll need to plan for, pack, and you may find yourself requiring outfits for events over multiple days.

When it comes to dressing for a beach wedding, you have tons of options, from various fabrics, textures, and designs. You need a gorgeous dress to wear to the wedding ceremony, though should also think of some stylish outfits to wear to the after-parties.

While there are many stunning dress options, we’ve cut the list down for you to three classic styles. Here are the top three wedding guest dresses for a destination wedding.

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Why Every Female Traveler Needs Mox Shoes

Why Every Female Traveler Needs Mox Shoes

I recently spent two weeks in Asia with my aunt, and I wouldn’t be surprised if, by the end of it, she was sick of hearing about how incredible my new shoes are … it may have been a daily conversation point!

They had arrived the day I was leaving; one of those times where you find out about an epic product 3 days before you board the plane, and pray to God that you haven’t left your order too late.

Stylish, comfortable ballet flats, made from super soft manmade rubber, they promised to be stylish for every occasion, easy to wash, and comfortable from the very minute you put them on.

Think crocs that people would actually compliment you on; a jelly shoe that you can walk in all day, that’s crazy light for traveling, and one you can wear to the beach, throw under a tap, and then wear to a 5 star restaurant. I came home from overseas and instantly bought 2 new colors!

If you’re looking for the perfect shoe for both home and abroad, the name you need to know is Mox. Read on to find out why I’ve been raving about them so much!

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Why Eco-Friendly Fabrics Make For Better Travel Clothing

Why Eco-Friendly Fabrics Make For Better Travel Clothing

In today’s age of social awareness, travelers are increasingly aware of the environmental impact in tourism.

A recent revolution which prioritizes responsible travel has swept up the travel industry, and it is becoming more and more difficult to ignore that irresponsible travel choices have a long-lasting effect on our planet.

But ecotourism goes beyond taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint, and if you’re truly committed to reducing your environmental impact, this should reflect in more basic choices too; like the fabrics you choose when purchasing travel clothing.

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Dear Female Travelers: Reasons Knix Is the Greatest Travel Underwear You’ll Ever Own!

Dear Female Travelers: Reasons Knix Is the Greatest Travel Underwear You’ll Ever Own!

Forget your passport, when it comes to travel, appropriate underwear is one of the most essential things. (Don’t actually forget your passport, but I’m sure you get what I meant!)

But traditional cotton underwear isn’t always the best option for travel – they’re slow drying and they absorb moisture meaning cotton isn’t the most comfortable or hygienic thing to wear for extended periods of time.

Underwear might be one of those things you don’t think twice about, but purchasing a pair for the practicalities of travel can make or break a trip. There are plenty of options out there for travel-specific underwear, but when it comes to being specifically designed for women, Knixwear is a Canadian based brand you should know.

The following are seven reasons why Knixwear is the greatest travel underwear you’ll own. But the biggest reason? The amount of confidence you gain from wearing them, for all the reasons below.

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How to Keep Your Style on Point Whilst Travelling

How to Keep Your Style on Point Whilst Travelling

Travelling is hard work – there’s no doubt about it. Waiting around, dragging heavy suitcases, keeping hold of your crazy mate who wants to get the party started at 5am at the airport, sitting in very close proximity to complete strangers on public transport and planes – this is why planning what you’re going to wear for this ordeal is important.

Although comfort is top of the list, you want to look stylish too whether you’re heading off for a romantic break with your beau or a wild party holiday with the girls in Amsterdam.

With this in mind, check out these tips on keeping your style on point, whilst travelling this season.

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The Shoe Care Guide for Travel: Effective Tips For Taking Care of Your Shoes

The Shoe Care Guide for Travel: Effective Tips For Taking Care of Your Shoes

One of the essentials we all pack when traveling are our shoes. Whether you’re planning on hiking, nightclubbing, or spending most of your time at the beach, you’ll always pack at least 2 pairs of shoes.

And it’s easy to just toss these in your luggage, without any real concern, but hopefully after this post, you’ll understand the importance of shoe care!

For anyone who has ever ruined the shape of their shoes by packing them haphazardly, had foot odor stink out a suitcase full of clothes, or ended up with sore feet after a day traveling, the following are effective tips for taking care of your shoes while traveling.

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Choosing a Travel Backpack with Wheels: BlackWolf Grand Tour Review

Choosing a Travel Backpack with Wheels: BlackWolf Grand Tour Review

It’s the great debate among travelers – backpacks vs wheels. On one hand, a backpack is easier to get around with, and wheels don’t bode well on cobblestone streets or through jungles (I’ve tried). But on the other hand, after a couple of trips hauling a heavy backpack, even the most hardened travelers have secretly wished for wheels.

So which is better? The good news is you no longer have to decide. Leading brands like BlackWolf Adventure Gear offer hybrids; a wheeled travel backpack, which is basically like a suitcase you can take off road. When the terrain becomes too much for the wheels to handle, simply pick it up and put it on your back.

Combining the best parts of a suitcase (the wheels, handle and packing structure), and the best parts of a backpack (removable day pack, compression straps, terrific support), today we review the BlackWolf Grand Tour.

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7 Reasons the CabinZero Urban Carry-On is Perfect for Active City Adventures!

7 Reasons the CabinZero Urban Carry-On is Perfect for Active City Adventures!

When it comes to backpacks we’re always interested to hear about the hottest, newest designs, and are constantly amazed at the newest innovations and ideas which improve the ease of both travel, and everyday life.

And I think we’ve found a backpack that active city adventurers in particular will be interested in – the new Urban Carry-On from CabinZero, optimized for urban life!

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The Best Leather Travel Bag Money Can Buy: Saddleback Leather Squared Backpack Review

The Best Leather Travel Bag Money Can Buy: Saddleback Leather Squared Backpack Review

If there was ever a company with a cult following and legendary customer service it would be Saddleback Leather. Known around the world for producing some of the best, high-quality leather bags, briefcases, backpacks and wallets, this is a brand which has established a reputation for excellence, and made carrying things an art form.

And for those wanting a high quality bag, which exudes class, style, and makes you look as though you belong among the rugged explorers of our time, one of the company’s newest bags is the Squared Backpack; a full grain leather work of art and one of the sturdiest travel bags you’ll ever find.

This is a bag which I absolutely adore however I’ll aim to keep my romantic cliches in check. We’ll discuss the features, the look, comfort, durability, weight, and cost, and end with a verdict I’m sure you can already expect!

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How to Pick the Best Travel Shoes: Make Sure They Have All the Same Features of Jambu

How to Pick the Best Travel Shoes: Make Sure They Have All the Same Features of Jambu

Over the last year we’ve scrambled through sand dunes in Peru, trekked deep into the Amazon, and hiked through some of the most remote island destinations on earth. We’ve wandered through the desert, rappelled down buildings, and trodden on the ruins of ancient Incan civilizations. So we’re fairly well versed in what to look for in a good travel shoe.

Because let’s face it – flights, accommodation and tours might be the holy trinity of travel planning, but finding, buying and breaking in good shoes is equally as important. No-one has ever enjoyed a trip while their feet were blistering and sore.

So we’ve put together a list to guide you when picking your next pair of travel shoes. You shouldn’t compromise on any of the following features. Over the years we’ve come to realize it’s essential to find a shoe which incorporates them all.

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The Ultimate Packing List for Female Travelers

The Ultimate Packing List for Female Travelers

It’s every woman’s dream – to be able to travel with a bag with a limitless bottom like the one Hermoine from Harry Potter had. Unfortunately however, that kind of magic isn’t available to those of us from the muggle world, and we must instead carefully choose each item for the journey so it fits in our bag.

It’s a talent to take only the most necessary things with us when we travel, and not every female wanderer is gifted with the skill. Though keeping to the following packing list will rescue your from endless hours of selecting items for your travel bag.

This travel checklist accents on the needs of female travellers who want to travel light and with essentials.

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Zippy Skirts: The Little Black Skirt Every Female Traveler Needs

Zippy Skirts: The Little Black Skirt Every Female Traveler Needs

For every woman who has ever wanted to travel light, though without compromising style, Australian designer Chalisa Morrison has created a brilliant new garment called the Zippy Skirt. A high quality, stretch pencil skirt with a unique zip on, zip off panel system, you can change your look in seconds by literally zipping-on different panels.

A qualified fashion designer with over 20 years experience working in product design, trends, styling and body image, Chalisa set out to create a versatile skirt that was stylish and flattering and could be effortlessly worn multiple ways by all shapes and sizes. She wanted to create a product to empower women to feel stylish and sexy while living a busy life; including travelling with a light suitcase – empowered and on the move!

1 skirt + zip-on panels (which also doubles as a stylish strapless top)…. Zippy Skirt is the little black skirt that every female traveler needs.

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