J’adore #69 – Travel Gear Edition 3
I'm thrilled to bring you a new edition of J'adore, my series on my favorite internet finds. This one is focused on travel gear and travel related products. Who would have thought when I published my first J'adore in 2010 that I'd ever get to #69! It's a testimony to the ingenuity of people and the entrepreneurial spirit that continually creates products we must have!
Travel Gear that Protects You from Germs
We all know how dirty airplanes are. Truth be told, I avoid reading those articles these days because I just don't want to know. But after a year by ourselves on the road (read, not working in an office surrounded by sick people) with relatively little illness, I kind of want to keep it that way so I bought these cool Air-Protector Anti-bacterial Tray Covers that fit over the tray in front of you.
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It may not keep all the cooties off me, for that you need a hazmat suit, but it's going to make me feel a whole let better!
Last year we used our Klean Kanteens almost exclusively. National and state parks usually have water filling stations and we took advantage of it. However, sometimes the taste of the water seemed a bit questionable and I REALLY wish I had known about Lifestraw Personal Water Filter.
You don't have to be camping to have a need for this. Think of Flint Michigan. I think if you carry around a water bottle, you should have one of these. You can also use the Lifestraw to drink directly from a water source, like a stream, great for backcountry hiking. If you haven't got a water bottle, Lifestraw has its own LifeStraw Go water bottle with an integrated filter already in it.
Travel Gear for Your Wrists
I have been using seasickness/nausea bands for a long time, close to ten years. They work, but I never loved the bands. First off, I had to wear two, one on each wrist and secondly, they just weren't comfortable. Then the fine folks of Relief Band reached out to me to see if I was interested in trying their solution and I said, “yes please!”
I tested it out when we were 4x4ing because sometimes the rocking back and forth as we go over rocks tended to get me a little nauseous. It worked like a charm! It's a natural no-medication-required solution to travel sickness (and morning sickness). An electrical pulse is sent up the median nerve in your arm that alleviates any symptoms.
I don't have long hair, but the Maria Shireen hair tie bracelets really make me want to!
Thankfully I have friends that have long hair and I am thinking this makes a great gift. I can't tell you how many times I've heard, “have you seen my hairband?” It's perfect for travel because it can pretty up a dinner outfit while still serving a function!
Anyone else ever get tangled up in their headphone cord? It happens to me every single dang time! I really want to try out these My Wraps headphone bracelets to see if it makes my tangled life any better!
Have you tried something like this? It's perfect for traveling and I think it's great for the office too.
Travel Gear – Camping Comforts
Mr. Misadventures has been dying to outfit our Jeep for camping. He wants to do the 15-day Canyonlands 4x4ing trip. I say no way unless I have a decent place to sleep. And here comes iKamper's Skycamp!
This is good for keeping critters away too! Perfect for off-road camping.
I've heard of the portable espresso maker from Wacaco, it looks great for camping or traveling, especially if you are particular about your espresso. The thing that turns it from, “that's cool” to “holy hell I must have it” is that I just found out that they make one that fits my Nespresso capsules!
I've had Nespresso machines for more than 15 years and order capsules constantly. Not having to buy different coffee to accommodate my travel or camping is pretty awesome!
Stuff That Gives Me Wanderlust
Finally! It's April and that means the launch of my Parisian pal Lindsey of Lost in Cheeseland‘s new book: The New Paris: The People, Places & Ideas Fueling a Movement.
I've had it on pre-order for months! It's been 15 months since our last trip to Paris and I am itching to return. This book is going to be absolutely essential to check out all the new things that Paris has to offer.
Maps are ALWAYS making me want to get out and travel! In order to get to know Portland better, I picked up a city map from Modern Map Art.
I love red so this is going to be perfect for my office once I frame it. They have a ton of cities here in the U.S. and around the world, I will probably pick up one for Paris too.
Well, that's it for this travel gear edition of J'adore! Hope you enjoyed it and stayed tuned for the next one coming to you real soon!
How about you? Have you seen some travel gear lately that you are adoring? Do share!
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This post gave me the itch to plan a camping trip soon! I love visiting REI and other camping stores to check out all their new gear. There’s so much stuff out there!
I just recently read that the trays are one of the dirtiest parts of a plane so I am for sure going to get myself a tray cover! I don’t ever travel without cameras and, lately, portable luggage scales!
@Joline, I love my portable scale too!
This article is great! Now I am more focused on travel gear and travel related products. Will check out on my next trip for sure.
That’s some great gear to have along for the ride,love the motion sickness band it’s awesome
Lots of neat gear I haven’t seen before here, thanks for sharing
This is very cool travel gear. I will definitely keep this in mind for my mother for Mother’s Day as her and my dad will be camping this summer. I know she can use new gear. Thank you for sharing.
I have never been camping and wonder what it is all about. But that camping gear on the car is interesting as I do not like the outdoors but makes me want to do it. Plus side I like that mini coffee maker. Because who doesn’t like coffee.
Love the tiny espresso maker (we use Nespresso capsules, too) and the tray covers — I’m one of those airplane travelers that takes an anti-bacterial wipe to the whole tray table, especially on long flights.
@Jenna, another Nespresso fan girl! I am totally ordering the Wacoca machine asap!
I love traveling and always find challenging having the correct gear. All these products look so cool that portable Nespresso coffee maker is a must have, I need one. I am a coffee snob so when traveling I do want my specialty coffee at my leisure That relief band is the bomb too I need that one as I get sick easily. Thanks for all the tips!
@Adriana, so glad you liked the gear!
WHY did I not hear about the ReliefBand back in January when I needed it soooo badly? And we’re about to get on a flight at 6:00 tomorrow morning, when Justin will undoubtedly down a Dramamine that will make him feel tired and out of it for the rest of the morning. I wish I would’ve seen this post yesterday and gotten the 2-day shipping!
@Katie, ack, I’m sorry. I didn’t know that Justin gets sick or I would have mentioned it to you sooner – next time!
I haven’t seen some of the gear you mentioned, Thanks for sharing.
We don t camp a lot but these make it look fun.
This travel gear is amazing! It really updates the whole outdoor camping experience when you can use gadgets like these to “rough it.”
I like those headset wraps. I don’t have to worry about untangling my headset cords anymore and it works like a stylish arm bling when not in use! Cool.