Travel Gear I Recommend

travel gearLooking for travel gear to make your journeys easier? Here are some road-tested products I personally recommend.

Bagsmart Packing Cubes

Bagsmart Packing Cubes Each of hard-sided packing cubes in this set of six is surrounded by sturdy wire frames that help them hold their shape while you pack your clothes which makes packing easier. There are large, medium and small cubes in the set which let you configure the cubes to fit your weekender bag and backpack or even use them for storage at home.

CA$80.14

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Thick plastic bags with beautiful design. I like that the bag could stay in the box shape, which make it is easier to contain folded clothes. You might find similar quality 6 organizer bags under $30, but I’m ok to pay a bit more with their design both in term of artistic and functional. Recommended.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter When they tell you to not drink the water, they really mean don't drink the water, but when you're hot and thirsty, it's tempting to take a swig from the faucet. Unless you like cholera or e. coli infections, stick to bottled or boiled water or use one of these incredible LifeStraws which let you drink the nastiest, germiest water with virtually no chance of ingesting any bacteria because it's filtered out.

CA$25.95

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I know and trust the brand as this filter saves lives daily in 3rd world countries. I am an army veteran and I believe everyone should have at least one of these *Per Person* in their household for unexpected events seeing that we need water to survive and in todays world with constant fracking, a clean drinking water guarantee never exists.
Forget the water boiling when water advisories are on....Just use one of these. Always try to prepare for the unexpected, Your very life may very well depend on it someday.

Osprey Packs Porter 46 Travel Pack

Osprey Packs Porter 46 Travel Pack This is the backpack that I travel with and it’s amazing. It boasts an impressive 46L in storage space and at 22″x14″x11″, it meets the carry-on size restrictions for most airlines. Most backpacks this size only have shoulder straps, but this one also comes with a hipbelt and the straps are all stowable which means you can also handle the pack like a duffel bag. There’s also a special zip sleeve for stowing laptops that can be easily accessed by security. It’s hard to beat this bag’s versatility.

CA$220

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The Osprey Porter is THE BEST carry-on luggage/backpack you will ever buy. It holds a ton of clothes, accessories and is extremely well buit. As well, Osprey guarantees its product with a warranty to replace or fix any issues with the bag. This bag is great for anyone as it has shoulder suspension straps to keep the bag close to your shoulders and back for comfort. My only advice is to get a rain cover for it (not included) and if needed a shoulder strap (not included) if you want to carry like a gym bag.
Amazon customer

EverSnug Travel Blanket and Pillow

EverSnug Travel Blanket and Pillow I like this blanket/pillow set because you can stuff the blanket into its pouch to turn it into a handy pillow or pull it out when you need to wrap yourself inside something warm. The blanket is quite large at 65″ x 40″ which is bigger than your average airline blanket which always seem to leave some part of you exposed.

CA$29.95

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The EverSnug travel blanket is a decent size for one person only of average height and built. It is extremely lightweight and super soft and dries quickly when washed. It is easy to fold as the case is quite generous for the item. In addition to an elastic strap to the rear of the outer case, that slots easily over the extended handle of hand luggage, there is also a large clip that can be fastened to the handle where there is no extendable handle. The only exception is the description of this product as a ‘travel blanket AND pillow’ when it can only be used as one or the other, but not both simultaneously. As a pillow it is comfortable. I had no problems going through security with it at Gatwick Airport for a long haul flight.
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trtl Pillow Plus, Fully Adjustable Travel Pillow

trtl Pillow Plus, Fully Adjustable Travel Pillow Trtl has several styles and models of pillows and accessories designed to help you sleep in comfort in an uncomfortable location. It’s essentially an improved version of their original Trtl pillow which is designed for taking on an airplane, car or bus ride, the train or even for using at home. It began as a Kickstarter project that was fully funded in just six hours. It’s differentiating feature is an adjustable strap that gives your neck perfect support.

CA$79.99

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I am a big guy with a big noggin! Recently purchased for a 14 hour flight to the Philippines and I am very happy to say that it was a lifesaver! I was able to get several hours of sleep in total. I think I look kind of Goofy wearing it, especially with my face all mushed up as I lean into it but that is nothing compared to the discomfort of a crappy air inflatable, I just draped the blanket over my head LOL.
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Flight 001 4-in-1 Travel Plug Adapter

Flight 001 4-in-1 Travel Plug Adapter The Flight 001 4-in-1 Adapter is a set of colour-coded plugs that allows you to easily adapt your electronics to over 150 countries. This is the first product utilizing the JA/C READY Adapter system. The JA/C Ready Adapter System is a colour-coded world adapter system, that makes finding the right plug for your trip as simple as matching the colours. The 4-in-1 Adapter is packaged in a box that has the top 48 countries printed on the inside for easy reference.

CA$58

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Most plug adapters are one piece units with fiddly buttons that extend or retract the various plugs. They all seem pretty flimsy and don’t seem very safe. They also mostly flop around in a wall socket and are only really usable in an extension cord. Because this one has no moving parts it is safer and makes a more secure connection. In addition, you can take only the ones that you need and leave the others behind. While there are some that have individual plugs, they don’t fit together so nicely.
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Charmast 10,000 mAh Smallest Portable Charger

Charmast 10,000 mAh Smallest Portable Charger For many travellers, space is at a premium, especially for those who are already packing a suitcase full of personal electronics. For them, this tiny power bank from Charmast is one of the smallest in the market. Even though it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, it can still pack a 10,000 mAh charge which is enough to recharge your devices more than once.

CA$32.99

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I needed a fast charger with more charging ports for all my gadgets. Being out a lot, this charger comes in really handy. The unit is super light weight. The quality of superb. It came with 2 wires. There is a light indicator to show how much battery is left. There is also an indicator to show quick charge is activated. It took me 2 1/2 hours to charge the power bank fully. The unit isn’t hot at all when charging 2 things at the same time. I definitely recommend getting a power bank with at least 2 charging ports. A friend liked it so much, she bought one too. A+++
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Canon PowerShot SX740 Digital Camera w/40X Optical Zoom

Canon PowerShot SX740 Digital Camera w/40X Optical Zoom This is the next generation of the Canon camera that is my main choice when I travel, but this model comes with even more enhancements. The SX740 HS still boasts an eye-popping 40x optical zoom with optical image stabilizer and zoom framing assist, but now captures video and time-lapse video in 4K. In addition, it has a 180-degree tilt-type screen to help you compose your shots, even if you’re in them yourself. One of its coolest features are the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC connections that make it easy to get your photos off your camera and onto your phone or computer in order to share them right away.

CA$424

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What I disliked was it was a bit bigger than expected, then I quit whining and completely enjoyed the capabilities of this camera. The clarity and options are absolutely amazing. I have purchased no less than 12 cameras since 1976, including Canon, Nikon, Minolta, and various others. This is the most practical for travel and everyday use. I had a Canon body with many lenses, filters, flash and various other goodies to achieve good photos. This PowerShot is all I take now and am more than satisfied when I develop my family or travel photos
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Personalized leather passport holder

Personalized leather passport holder Give a loved one the gift of one of these personalized leather passport holders so they can carry a piece of you wherever they travel. There are designs and colours aimed at different demographics and room for you to add your own heart-felt message to make a truly unique keepsake.

CA$28.89

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I sent one to my daughter for Christmas. She loves it, finds it well-made, knows if she can ever travel after COVID that it will be practical and useful. She appreciated the inscription on the front. Well-done.
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Airport destinations board travel poster

Airport destinations board travel poster This quartet of evocative travel posters is perfect for your home, office or shop. There are two different airport schedule posters with different destinations on each, some travel inspiration and one that invites you to adventure. They are all unframed and come in a variety of different sizes to suit your space. You can buy them individually are a set of all four

US$13

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"Excellent quality and speed"
Jet Set Generation customer