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Packing for Europe
Happiness lies somewhere between a travel tote
and a steamer trunk. Our article has luggage tips with links to packing lists and
Packing for Europe in 1966
Forget your travel stereotypes about the Swinging Sixties. To the parents of
hippie generation, packing for Europe was more about suitcases and foundation
garments than backpacks or tie-dyed t-shirts.
Killer Shoulder Bags
Your camera bag, computer tote, or other shoulder
bag could put you in the hospital--or in the grave.
Ravenna Rolling Case
We tested this hybrid polycarbonate-fabric suitcase
on a trip from the U.S.A. to Laos, and it's our new "go to" bag for traveling
light in the summer months.
ECBC Lance Executive
Don't let the "executive" name deceive you--ECBC's airport-friendly backpack is ideal for travelers with laptops.
Travel Away Backpack
Mindshift Gear's unique backpack has a built-in
rotatable belt pack for your phone, small tablet, point-and-shoot camera,
guidebook, maps, and other travel essentials.
reviews the AirBac AirTech, which cushions the backpack's weight with an air
bladder that rests against the lower back.
Arcopédico L19 Booties
These ultra-lightweight women's boots are squishy for easy
packing, with enough comfort and arch support for all-day walking in Paris,
Porto, or Prague.
With 37 pockets, a "Weight Management System," and a "Personal
Area Network," this may be the ultimate three-season jacket (at least until
version 2.0 comes along) for the traveling packrat. Also see our
Scottevest Transformer Jacket
article and our other Scottevest
Unlike conventional electric razors, the pocket-size
ShaveTech weighs less than a smartphone and charges from your laptop's USB port.
Rogue Front Pocket
Men, take heed: If you're going to carry your wallet in your
trousers, get it off your hip and into a front pocket (where it should be safer
from pickpockets and won't contribute to back or leg pain).
Design's stylish but practical bifold wallet is made of Tyvek, which is thinner,
crisper, and more moisture-resistant than leather.
in your Pocket" passport cover from Jamila Starwater Tazewell's 11:11
Enterprises can make your passport stand out from others at the hotel reception
counter or your cruise ship's passport pickup desk.
Antler Size Zero Cabin Suitcase
This British wheeled upright is slightly smaller than its U.S.
counterparts, but it's remarkably light in weight, and most European and Asian
airlines will accept it as a carry-on bag. (Caveat: Our field tests raised
questions about the bag's durability.)
Briggs & Riley Expandable
The Briggs & Riley U-21NX has some unique features--among them, a patented
"one-touch" expansion device and a lifetime no-questions-asked warranty.
In our quest for the perfect European travel suitcase, we tested a fifth-generation
bag from the people who invented "rollaboard" luggage.
PUP Personal Utility Pouch
If you're tired of looking like a kangaroo and don't need a full-size tote,
ditch your "fanny pack" and wear a PUP around your waist, over your shoulder, or
across your chest. Also see:
GiZmo Travel Bag
Jean Newell improves on the original PUP with a bag that has 20% more space and
better protection against pickpockets.
If you've ever longed to take your Klipschorns on a vacation or business trip, a
Boom Bags 'stereo in a suitcase' may be the perfect travel companion.
The Ultimate Camera Bag for Travelers
It's made in England, it's a photographer's delight, and it converts into a
travel tote with a snap and a tug.
SCOTTEVEST CLASSIC VEST
SeV turns the travel vest inside out with a stylish, efficient design that
frustrates pickpockets. (Archived article.)
The Wine Mummy
Vino Amici's bubble-lined, reusable plastic pouch makes it easier (and safer) to
carry a bottle of wine or liquor in your checked luggage.
Put a spring in your step--literally--with these shock-absorbing shoes, which
prevent sore feet during all-day sightseeing.
If you've ever wanted to buy flowers while traveling, this lightweight folding
travel vase is for you.
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