Summer Travel Gear, Part 2

In the first installment of this two-part series, I profiled some cool new high-tech travel products.  Now let’s take a look at some of the low-tech items I’ve been testing that I think will make your summer adventures easier and more enjoyable:

TQ7-ORN-300Spire USA Bags

Okay, I admit I’m a bag freak.  From day-bags (“man purses,” my wife calls them) to suitcases, my office is littered with product samples.  But the two carry-on bags from Spire USA that I’ve been testing for the past several months have become my new favorites.  Both the sleek messenger-style Endo and the Torq backpack combine rugged construction and top-quality materials with roomy, laptop-friendly interiors and well thought-out design details.  Bottom line: These two bags and I will be spending a lot of time together this summer, while my previous go-to carry-ons sit gathering dust in the corner.

1241-0616_9999ExOfficio Travel Underwear

Okay, I realize underwear isn’t something one normally discusses in polite company, much less raves about.  But these specially-designed dainties from the adventure-savvy folks at ExOfficio have really impressed me in my recent travels.  They’re plenty comfortable and seem to be well-made, but the big selling point here is the fact that you can wash them in the hotel sink at night and feel confident they’ll be dry by morning.  Which means you’ll be able to travel for weeks at a time with just a few pairs. 

peppered_bacon_jerkyBacon Freak Bacon Jerky

Remember that old Motown song that went “If loving you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right”?  Well, that pretty much sums up how I feel about this new snack food from  Given the fact that bacon is the one thing standing between me and a vegetarian diet, it should come as no surprise that I love this portable bacon snack.  All five different flavors (Peppered, Cajun, Honey BBQ, Jalapeño, and Summer Tomato BLT) are dee-lish and come in their own re-sealable pouch that’s easy to throw in your carry-on for a little protein pick-me-up in the middle of a five-hour plane ride.  Their slogan says it all: Bacon Is Meat Candy!

For more of my favorite adventure travel gear, check out’s Stuff page.


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