Travel gear we use: packing cubes and TSA bags for the family

Today in our Travel Gear We Use series, we're talking about using packing cubes to make family packing easy! Below are the packing cubes we use for every trip, as well as the carry-on liquid quart bag we recommend. Many families consider packing cubes just for air travel, but we use them every time we pack. Most recently, packing cubes made our lives easier en route to a Lake Tahoe vacation … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: Four most comfortable travel pants for moms

A few great pairs of travel pants go a long favorites have gone from Northwest hiking trails to European cities to Central American marketplaces, and many more locations in-between. If you plan to pack light and travel carry-on only, it's essential to bring a few pairs of pants that can do it all. For women, here are my absolute most comfortable travel pants: Toad & Co Cassi … [Read more...]

My oh my: Which insulated water bottle to buy?!

At each season's Outdoor Retailer show (where new products from outdoor and travel brands are showcased and introduced), one or two top travel trends always emerge. This summer, one of those trends was insulated water bottles. It started with HydroFlask, and now, it seems every water bottle company has their own version of a double-walled, vacuum-sealed, stainless steel water bottle. Which to buy … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: family tents for camping

This week in our Travel Gear We Use series, we're talking about best family tents for camping. There are a mind-boggling array of family camping tents on the market, in a very wide price range. What's best for your family will depend on where you're camping, how often you camp, and the size of your family. Best family tents for minimalists or backpackers: All purpose: We love, love, love … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: GoTenna review

When we visited Paris last winter, we spent a wonderful day in the Louvre. At least, it was mostly wonderful, except for the two hours we spent looking for each other. My husband had our two older sons in one section, and I had our youngest in another, and our plans to 'find each other later' went woefully sideways. We both had phones, but had put them in airplane mode to save on our international … [Read more...]

Aventura capri breakdown: Which Aventura capri pant to buy

For today's Travel Gear We Use, I want to take a moment to compare various style of my favorite travel pants and capris. If you've checked out Aventura Clothing, you can probably see why this brand is my favorite for traveling in. Aventura clothes are almost all organic cotton, which don't wrinkle, they're designed for an active lifestyle, and they're comfortable and practical. Me, wearing … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: Ecoths shirts for teen travel

We've been singing the praises of men's clothing line Ecōths for several years now. Part of my favorite clothing company, Aventura, Ecōths is all about comfortable, practical men's wear that's environmentally and socially responsible. Not only are many of the offerings made from recycled or organic materials, Ecōths' GOOD SAM program has donated over 150,000 meals across the US to local food … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: best overnight backpack brands for kids and youth

As an editor at Practical Travel Gear and a gear reviewer for OutdoorsNW, I test a lot of travel products and outdoor gear. Some of this gear we keep and continue to use as a family, and some of it gets pushed to the wayside. Some of the most-frequent questions I'm asked on Pit Stops for Kids is related to what to pack, what to bring, and what to wear. Our Travel Gear We Use series will address … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: Spring travel wear from Aventura Clothing

As you may have seen if you follow our Pit Stops for Kids social channels, I am again an ambassador for Aventura Clothing this year. What does this mean? It means I help Aventura promote their products with my honest reviews and endorsement of the spring travel wear I think works well for women traveling with their families. You can see my photos on the Aventura website, which is as close as I'll … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: Camping Comfort Items

We used to be hardcore minimalist campers...until we starting reviewing camping gear. Then we realized there's a whole slew of fun, convenient camping items we now can't live without. Turns out, we like to be comfortable! While we still camp in a minimalist fashion when it comes to backpacking gear, we've added the following camping comfort items to our car camping experience. Big Agnes … [Read more...]