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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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'Can I Take Ski Boots as My Carry-on Luggage?'

January 7, 2014 at 1:09 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."

If you spend most of summer hoping for winter so you can hop on a plane to carve up some powder, pay attention. There's a lot of gear to ensure your trip won't start in tears when you've forgotten something for the slopes, and some airlines are bit more lenient with your ski gear than others.

We're talking about ski boots today. Here's our run down of airline policies regarding ski boots as carry-on or checked luggage:

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One Perfect Present: A Tiny Toiletry Ideal for Dopp Kits

December 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

This present idea is divided into two, one for a guy and one for a gal.

For him: So LUSH Cosmetics, a company that makes much more than cosmetics, has these super cool things called "shampoo bars." Instead of relying on the iffy quality of hotel shampoo or messing with packing your own 3oz container of hair wash, throw one of these small, solid bars into your luggage.

There's 10 different bars, each with a distinctive scent and purpose. For example, our favorite—the campfire-scent "Soak and Float"—works to soothe irritated scalps and banish dandruff. Other bars address thinning hair, oily scalps and tangled tresses. Keep them in a tin for easy grab n' go.

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One Perfect Present: An All-Purpose Travel Hat Handmade in the USA

December 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

Don't run to the nearest Target the night before a trip to buy whatever woven synthetic topper "will do for now." A small investment in a custom hat, which is actually also an investment in the survival of a classic New York City business, is the answer.

Thanks to the impulsiveness of milliner Satya Twena and her brilliant Kickstarter campaign, the Makins Hats factory in Midtown Manhattan is coming back from closure, in time to save the collections, the American-made equipment, hat shapes dating back to the 1930s, and even the jobs of the skilled staff.

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One Perfect Present: A Ridiculously Lightweight, Hard-Shell Suitcase

December 18, 2013 at 8:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's so much crap travel gear out there that, all this week, we're wading through the muck to feature travel items truly worth giving as gifts. Every day, we'll feature one item we personally love and recommend and think you need in your travel life.

Luggage may be a popular graduation gift, but any walk through the airport makes it abundantly clear that some travelers haven't upgraded since. Every year brings new technology and materials for staying under weight limits while enduring everything a baggage handler can throw, and lately we've been very impressed with one such new-fangled line of luggage in particular: Samsonite CURV.

Not everyone can afford ribbed cases of Rimowa (prices for which hover around $1,000 a case), but take it down a few hundred dollars and there's Samsonite CURV's "Firelite" and "Cosmolite" cases in the same class of durability and style.

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