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Soarigami: A Gizmo That Puts an End to Armrest Hogging

December 5, 2014 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Thankfully, America is finally having long overdue, tough conversations that bridge the gap between those who recline their airplane seats and those who (rightfully, IMO) shun them. But let’s not allow these discussions to distract us from another important issue:

Armrest hogs.

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Kickstarter's 'Fugu Luggage' May Finally Solve the 2-Wheel or 4-Wheel Debate

November 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Luggage sucks.

Don't think so? Take a flight without it some time, perhaps on a quick overnight with just a messenger bag, and you'll quickly find that luggage is its own particular brand of torture. Travelers with it are less agile, earlier exhausted, responsible for extra fees, potential crime targets, and forced to spend more time at the airport dealing with it. Then there's the whole separate nightmare of if it's delayed or gone missing.

2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of commercial flight, and it's shocking to think how little the baggage situation has changed in that century. Adding wheels and decreasing weight have seemingly been the most pervasive advances in the luggage industry through the decades, and the most passionate arguments occur over "carry-on only or checked?" and "two-wheel or four-wheel?" rather than contemplating why we're still dragging our belongings behind us like wayward hobos.

Deep breath.

There is some hope, however; a company called Fugu Luggage has taken to Kickstarter to seek help producing what may be a breath of fresh air in the stodgy old luggage industry. It literally utilizes air to expand from a compact wheeled carry-on into a durable checked bag, complete with interior organization and "omniwheels."

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Gadget Watch: Meet the World's Tiniest Travel Humidifier

November 10, 2014 at 10:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

When it comes to #FirstWorldProblems, travel woes typically take the cake. To paraphrase your mother’s dinner time admonishments: There are starving children in the world who don’t even have mini-bars!

With that disclaimer in mind, we’d like to take a moment to bemoan a major pet peeve: hotel rooms with air so dry, you could cure your own ham in the time it takes for the shower to warm up. If you have sinus issues, you know you’re in for a night of hell. Even if you don’t, an especially dry hotel room might mean you wake in the morning with a nosebleed and lips chapped enough to whittle a whistle.

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Smart Luggage Controlled by Your Smartphone is Just Plain Smart

October 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Lost luggage? Thing of the past.

Overweight carry-on? No more.

Forgetting the keys to your TSA baggage locks? Impossible!

It was probably only a matter of time before carry-ons got the smartphone treatment and, thanks to Bluesmart, some hassles of heading to an airport may soon be forgotten.

A new carry-on bag claims to keep travelers connected to their cabin baggage with the help of an iPhone app. It allows travelers to weigh their luggage instantly, locate misplaced bags, remotely lock and unlock the suitcase, and even charge devices while on the road. Here are the major features:

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Finally, a Travel Neck Pillow That's Not Ugly and Useless

April 2, 2014 at 5:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've been discussing Economy Class travel quite a lot recently, from surviving a 14-hour flight sitting up to the next generation of seats, and now it's time to share our little secret in the realm of BYO comfort: the MUJI microbead neck cushion.

Neck pillows are ugly, awkward, and embarrassing to be seen with outside an airport. We kind of hate them, actually, Unfortunately, they're still very much required if you hope for any sort of lengthy sleep in economy.

About three years ago we discovered the microbead neck cushion at one of Japanese retailer MUJI's NYC stores, and it's been keeping us comfy company on long flights ever since. At $25, it doesn't break the bank, and there's a few other excellent reasons we deign to drag it along:

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Review: Do Travel Socks Really Help Leg Fatigue?

March 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

About two years ago when traveling to Mexico, this contributor met a man in a long line at customs. When I mentioned I was a travel writer, he began telling me about a new business he was entering: Compression socks.

Compression socks, right. Sounds riveting. What's next? You're going to tell me how much fun it is to be an accountant? He laughed as if he'd heard it before. He looked down at my feet, and told me, all kidding aside, that he thought they’d be good for me with all the travel I do. He said he’d send me a pair once the company was up and running. We went our separate ways, but a few months later, I got a box in the mail.

According to the literature on the box, Dr. Segal’s True Graduated Compression Socks are said to increase circulation and reduce swelling and leg fatigue. A little bit of research shows that the general benefit of compression socks is all science at this point (regardless of the brand), but I was skeptical that they would make much of a notable impact for a young guy like me. Like a good little journalist, I gave them a shot on my next cross-country flight to find out.

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The Two Products Every Traveler Needs in a Toiletry Kit During Winter Weather

February 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

This winter has been a rough one for the northern hemisphere, with harsh winter conditions in the US and the dreariest of rainy seasons in Europe. Unfortunately the winter isn't over yet, so we're here to drop one big tip that's been a huge help to us as we travel during less than lovely weather: take care of your lips.

Frequent flying and the stress of switching time zones means lots of moisturizing to keep skin fresh and hydrated. It's just that we often overlook the importance of lips. Male or female, it doesn't matter. You need to have these two products in your toiletry kit:

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'How Do I Travel with Scuba Gear as Checked Luggage?'

February 5, 2014 at 5:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

With each new season comes new questions about what passengers can and cannot take onboard a plane. Thus, we'll be addressing some of the most popular requests with a series called, "Got Baggage."

So, how to fly on a commercial airplane with SCUBA gear?

First, consider how much diving you'll actually do. Just a day or two of two-tank dives? Keep it minimal. A week of day-long diving on a live-aboard? Bring your best stuff. Rent your tanks at the destination, and even your weight belt unless your BCD is has an integrated weight system.

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'Can I Bring My Yoga Mat As Carry-On Luggage?'

January 17, 2014 at 2:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

With each new season comes new questions about what passengers can and cannot take onboard a plane. Thus, we'll be addressing some of the most popular requests with a series called, "Got Baggage."

Here's some raw truth: traveling nowadays can be quite hectic and stressful. One great way to combat this undue stress is to ensure you fit in some healthy and relaxing activity while away. A morning jog, afternoon weights session, or even some in-room yoga does wonders to burn off any aggression and replace it with peace.

If you're a yogi who jets off to exotic (or not so exotic locales), you might want to pay attention to the carry-on baggage rules before settling into Shavasana.

Standard yoga mats are about 24" wide and are carried rolled up in a compact cylinder, so you really only have to consider this length. Even though it's just over the 22" limit for roll-aboards, the rolled diameter of about 6" keeps the cushy and tacky mats well within the total carry-on size allowance.

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'Can I Bring My Ice Skates As Carry-On Luggage?'

January 16, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

With each new season comes new questions about what passengers can and cannot take onboard a plane. Thus, we'll be addressing some of the most popular requests with a series called, "Got Baggage."

When it comes to bringing your ice skates with you things are a little bit tricky, and honestly a lot of seems to depend on who is hanging out at the security checkpoint. Sure the airlines have their say in the matter, but first things first—we need to check with the TSA.

It sounds like ice skates are cool with the TSA, as they seem to classify things as sports equipment. Since ice skates probably aren’t specifically to be used as a bludgeon—their words—like a bat or a club, things should be permitted to be carried aboard. They do say that certain items could require additional screening, and that the final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane. So we say be extra nice, hope for the best, and be prepared to possibly check them—or toss them in the trash.

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'How Do I Travel with a Snowboard as Checked Luggage?'

January 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM | by | Comment (1)

With each new season comes new questions about what passengers can and cannot take onboard a plane. Thus, we'll be addressing some of the most popular requests with a series called, "Got Baggage."

So, how to fly on a commercial airplane with a snowboard?

Well, the easy answer is that snowboards are not allowed as a carry-on item for any airline, and it must be checked. Here, the details vary with the airline, with the exception that one snowboard bag plus boot bag counts as one piece of checked luggage, for which you will have to pay the checked baggage fee (if the airline charges for baggage).

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'Can I Take Snowshoes as My Carry-on Luggage?'

January 9, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

With each new season comes new questions about what passengers can and cannot take onboard a plane. Thus, we'll be addressing some of the most popular requests with a series called, "Got Baggage."

So you’ve booked that winter trip up to Yosemite to do the snowshoe thing among the weather and wilderness, but now you’re wondering how the heck you’re going to get all your gear to come along with you. With baggage rules, regulations, and requirements more specific than ever it’s a good questions, so we’ll try to help you with the question—how do I bring along my snowshoes?

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