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Sun Bum Sunscreen

We’ve tried every sunscreen known to man over the past few years.  Sun Bum is the créme de la créme of sunscreens.  There’s really nothing better, really! Sun Bum sunscreen, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways: 1. Sun Bum is not greasy or sticky – who wants to feel like they should be laying on a BBQ instead …

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Wine Skins

We’ve been in love with Wine Skins for years.  When we travel to wine growing regions around the world, we always take plenty of Wine Skins with us. Wine Skins are bottle shaped containers made from flexible, heavy duty plastic lined with bubble wrap.  Along the bottom of the Wine Skin is a double row of adhesive tape, so you can securely …

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Oster Electric WIne Opener

We’re on our third Oster Electric Wine Opener and we wouldn’t go back to anything else. Hearing people talk about wine openers, is like getting everyone on the same page about a particular wine.  Some love it, some hate it, some are apathetic about it.  Wine openers are similar.  Some prefer the old manual corkscrew method.  Boring and not always …

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Canada Goose Freestyle Vest

For the past two months, we’ve put a Canada Goose Freestyle Vest to the test in the cold, stormy weather from New York to Colorado.  It’s now one of our favorites and should become one of yours. Overall:  The Canada Goose Freestyle Vest was as warm as could be, even when the wind outside was whipping by at 30 mph …

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Dark Energy Reservoir

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Back in January, we started testing of the Dark Energy Reservoir to use as a backup charging source for our iPads and iPhones while traveling.  The results are in and we're thrilled. Overall:  This charger worked like a champ.  It charged quickly, efficiently and lasted forever.  If you don't have one of these and you travel, you're crazy.  We won't …

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Keen Waterproof Shoes

Keen Bryce Waterproof Shoes

As promised in our initial "in the lab" report, this is our final review of the Bryce version of Keen waterproof shoes.  These were replacements for a pair of Ecco GTX waterproof shoes that we loved. Overall:  We loved the shoes.  They performed very well.  As with most things Keen sells, it's built to last and built to high standards.   Testing time:  90 days Styling:  Of course, …

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Dark Energy Reservoir

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There’s nothing more that’s a pain in the a**, than having your tablet or phone run out of juice.  And of course, it always happens at the most inconvenient time.  After a long flight.  After running around all day.  Ugh.  Let’s face it.  No matter what kind of phone or tablet you have, the “advertised battery life” is never very …

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Timbuk2 Clear Flexito Pack

For our 3-1-1 toiletry bag, we carry the Timbuk2 Clear Flexito Pack.  We have both the small and the large.   There's nothing more irritating than having your ziploc bag break open or tear right as you go through TSA screening at the airport.  The Flexito solves that problem by being way more durable and has a ton more space …

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GoToob Travel Bottles by Humangear

GoToob Bottles by Humangear

We absolutely love these GoToob Travel Bottles.   We started using these bottles about a couple years ago and we’ve been pretty pleased with the results.  They fit very nicely in your 3-1-1 liquids bag.  Each one is also easy to fill and refill.  Just unscrew the cap and fill.  We also appreciate the “textured” surface which keeps them from slipping …

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Fresh & Go Travel Toothbrush

Unless you’re one of those people who have to take their electric toothbrush on a trip, Fresh & Go Travel toothbrushes are a godsend.  Fresh & Go's  come with both the toothbrush and toothpaste all in one convenient package.  We’ve taken the Fresh & Go Travel Toothbrushes on several trips and one will last from 8-10 days, assuming you brush …

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