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Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro Review: This Gadget Will Keep Your Home Safe While You Travel

Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro

Part of the joy of travel is getting to leave behind our home for days, weeks, or even months at a time—but that absence can bring a lot of worry as well. Will someone break-in while you’re away? Will your home be safe while you’re gone? What will happen to that package that gets delivered while you’re on vacation? 

The Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro solves those problems, giving you peace of mind while you’re away from home. 

What is the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro?

The Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro is an outdoor camera that you can mount by your front door, garage, or anywhere you want to keep an eye on. 

What Makes the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro Unique?

The Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro is packed with advanced features, such as 3D motion deduction, a camera that will give you a bird’s eye view of your property, a 110db siren, and an enhanced microphone that allows you to hear everything that’s happening through the Ring app (no matter how far away you are), as well as speak to someone as if you’re there.

I found that the microphone feature came in really handy when I was away and had to communicate with someone on my property (for example, asking a delivery person to hide a package in a different spot). 

The floodlights are motion-activated, which are great for when you’re coming home at night (especially if your hands are full). They light up the ground and surrounding area, making it easy to see.

Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro

How Does the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro Measure Up?

Ease of Use: 10/10

Installation is incredibly simple. Just download the Ring app to your phone and click “set up a device” and the app will walk you through the process. 

Cost: 8/10

The floodlight camera retails for $249.99, and comes with a free 30-day trial of Ring Protect. After the trail ends, you’ll need to pay $3 a month to continue Ring Protect if you want to use the video recording and photo capture features of the device. For the quality of the camera, the price is a good deal—and you can definitely continue to use the floodlight camera without the subscription if you don’t want to keep paying for it.

Design: 9/10

The floodlight camera is pretty unobtrusive, depending on where you mount it. It blends in to walls, so you won’t really notice it when you’re not using it. The motion-activated lights are nice and bright, and light up a good amount of area to guide your way at night. 

Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro Pros:

  • 1080p HDR video is very clear even at night (thanks to color night vision)
  • Floodlights are bright and illuminate a wide area
  • Very loud siren in case of emergency
  • Two-way talk comes through very clearly
  • Quick and easy to install and use
  • Camera and floodlights are very rugged and can withstand all types of weather
  • Can view a large area of your property from above with bird’s eye view
  • Customizable motion zones can alert you to movement on your property (or be turned off completely)
  • Everything can be controlled via the app, no matter where you are

Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro Cons:

  • Must purchase a $3 Ring Protect subscription if you want to be able to record video or capture photos.

 

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7 Travel Themed Candles to Transport You to Your Favorite Destination

 Travel Themed Candles to Transport You to Your Favorite Destination

Ever catch a whiff of an exotic flower or baked goods and get instantly transported back to a past vacation? Scent is the sense that’s most closely tied to memory and emotion, and smelling certain fragrances can vividly bring up old recollections. Use that to your advantage and light one of these seven candles designed to smell like certain destinations, and feel like you’re on vacation without ever leaving the house.

Fernweh Editions

Fernweh Editions

The name Fernweh comes from the German words fern (far) and weh (pain), which is translated to “a longing for faraway places.” If you’ve been longing for a place you’ve visited or lived in the past, the smell of Fernweh Editions’ candles can take you back there in your mind. The candles are themed around a number of different destinations, including France, New England, and Cascadia.

The soy coconut wax candles are hand-poured in small batches and made in the United States.

Literie Candles

Literie Candles

There are some city scents we definitely don’t want to smell in our homes (Eau de New York City summer sidewalk, for example) and some that we want to smell year-round. Literie’s clever line of candles has identified those iconic city scents that actually smell good and captured them in soy and coconut wax. Scents like Brunch in the West Village (citrus and champagne notes) and I Have a Cabin Upstate (smoke and pine) will bring memories and smiles to anyone who sniffs them. With lines inspired by New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, Literie’s candles are great for gifts or just for anyone who’s moved away from their favorite city.

Parks Project

Parks Project

Longing for the wide-open spaces of Glacier or Yosemite National Parks? Light a candle from the Parks Project, breathe in the custom fragrance and you’ll feel like you’re there. These hand-poured, soy-blend candles burn for 80 hours and smell like the best version of their namesakes. With scents for a wide range of parks and gorgeously-designed packaging, these candles make the perfect gift for any parks-lover. 

Homesick Candles

Homesick Candles

Missing home or your favorite vacation spot? Homesick Candles can help you recreate a destination through their line of candles designed to smell like certain states, cities, or countries. There’s a candle for every U.S. state (according to Homesick Candles, our home state of Massachusetts smells like apple cider, coffee, and donuts—which isn’t wrong considering how many Dunkin’ Donuts we have per capita). Or pick a city or country to send to a homesick friend.

Bright Black Diaspora Candle Collection

Bright Black Diaspora Candle Collection

Family-run Bright Black company uses “scent as a medium and candles as a platform for sharing positive narratives about Blackness”. Their Diaspora Candle Collection celebrates iconic destinations including Addis Abba, Durham, and Kingston through long-burning (70-80 hours), custom-blended, fragrant candles.

Flores Lane City Candles

Flores Lane City Candles

Missing New York City? Take an aromatic tour around the city via Flores Lane’s City Candles. These soy candles offer scents inspired by the neighborhoods of Chelsea, Astoria, Williamsburg, and other classic New York destinations.. 

The Kimpton Candle

The Kimpton Candle

You might not have left your house in months, but light The Kimpton Candle and you can close your eyes and pretend that you’re in a luxury hotel. Kimpton hotels have their own signature scent, so that no matter where in the world you’re staying, they all smell like an elegant blend of citrus, green tea, black pepper, clove and musk—and now, so can your place.

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The 6 Best Places to Visit in December

The 6 Best Places to Visit in December

With the Delta variant finally waning, travel may be on your mind again. December is the perfect time to travel, and whether you are looking for a Christmas wonderland or for some warmer weather to start off winter with, there are plenty of amazing places to visit. Here is our list of the best places to travel in December.

New York City 

New York City 

New York is one of the top destinations to visit in the USA in December, especially between Christmas and the New Year. Head to Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas Tree and enjoy some ice skating at one of the most famous ice rinks in the world. You won’t want to miss the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, where there is more ice skating plus pick up some unique gifts at the open air holiday market. Don’t forget to check out the window displays of the department stores like Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman. Take in the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular to make it a truly New York experience.

London

London

There is something quaint about visiting London during the holiday season that really gets you into the holiday spirit. Big cities are filled with holiday fun, with Christmas markets and mulled wine abound, London is no different. Ice skate at Somerset House, shop at Harrods, or Fortnum and Mason, and be amazed by the decorations at the Burlington Arcade. You’ll have loads of fun at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, which is back after a hiatus in 2020 thanks to COVID-19. While in London, you must go to the theatre, where there are plenty of Christmas shows and non-Christmas shows to choose from.

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands

December marks the beginning of the Virgin Islands dry season, so it is the perfect time to visit—before tourism peaks in the spring months. Whether you visit St. Thomas, St. Croix or St. John, you are in for the perfect tropical vacation, and a great way to start off your winter. Stay at an all-inclusive resort for the ultimate relaxation vacation. Explore the Virgin Islands National Park, Buck Island Reef National Monument, or relax in Cruz Bay.

Maldives

Maldives

While you might take a chance visiting the Maldive Islands earlier in December due to the end of the rainy season, you’ll likely get a hotel deal, so it is worth the risk. Explore Banana Reef, learn some history at Mulee’aage Palace and the National Museum, or relax on Fulhadhoo Beach.

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Riviera Maya, Mexico

December is the perfect time to head to Mexico for some warmer weather and r&r. The Riviera Maya has beaches to relax on, and plenty of all-inclusive resorts for a worry-free vacation. Explore caves like the Rio Secreto, feel the stress leaving your body at the Water Journey at Grand Velas Spa, or check out ancient ruins like the Chichen Itza.

Bahamas

Bahamas

Whether you do a yoga retreat or simply relax on the beach, the Bahamas are the perfect place to start off your winter. From seeing the wonder of the Marine Habitat at Atlantis, taking in nature at the Garden of the Groves, to hiking up to the Hermitage, you will forget all about the craziness of the holiday season going on at home.

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7 Tiny Travel Gadgets You Can’t Leave Home Without

7 Tiny Travel Gadgets You Can’t Leave Home Without

Having the latest technology at your fingertips doesn’t have to mean weighing down your suitcase. We’ve found seven can’t-be-without tiny travel gadgets you never knew existed (until now), and best of all, they’re all pocket-sized.

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Panasonic Technics True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Panasonic Technics True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Panasonic’s Technics small and packable earbuds will be a lifesaver on your next flight. The incredible noise canceling technology will drown out the loudest passengers (even if they’re sitting right next to you). The crystal clear sound makes everything from music to video calls sound good, and multi-point connectivity allows you to easily switch between your phone, laptop, and tablet. 

The earbuds come with seven sizes of earpieces, so you can get a comfortable, custom fit. Battery life lasts for seven hours, and the charging case can provide 24 hours of power.

Ultra Portable Pocket Charger

Ultra Portable Pocket Charger

Charge your iPhone and your Kindle using the same device? We never thought it was possible until we saw the Ultra Portable Pocket Charger, a magical device that has built-in Apple Lightning and Micro USB cables. It’s small enough to fit in your back pocket, while still packing enough power to give your phone about 2 full charges.

Dizaul Solar Charger

Dizaul Solar Charger

If you’ve got the sun and the Dizaul Solar Charger, then you’ve got power. It’s shockproof and water resistant design make it extra durable for the more adventurous traveler. It features dual USB ports for multi-device charging along with an emergency flashlight. Secure it to your luggage or hiking pack via the included carabiner clip.

Kenu Stance

Kenu Stance

Tired of shaky smartphone videos or photos? The Kenu Stance, available for iPhones and Android or Windows, fixes your problem (and photos). It’s a tripod that mounts right into your phone’s charging point—and it only weighs 1.2 ounces and folds down smaller than a pack of gum.

Victorinox Jetsetter 3-Pocket Knife

Victorinox Jetsetter 3-Pocket Knife

Finally, a TSA-friendly multi-use tool that you can actually take on airplanes. The Victorinox Jetsetter packs tweezers, toothpick, scissors, key ring, screwdriver tip, bottle opener, and wire stripper into one tiny tool.

Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

This Mini Bluetooth Speaker is by far the smallest wireless speaker we’ve ever seen. It’s only 1.89 inches and weighs 6.2 ounces. Despite the small size, this speaker delivers big sound and bass, thanks to a built-in air pressure system.

BlueDriver

BlueDriver

If you’re headed out on a road trip, the BlueDriver diagnostic scan tool could save your vacation if your car quits on you. This tiny tool works with your smartphone and lets you diagnose problems with your car (wireless, and no mechanic required). You can read and clear diagnostic trouble codes all on your own via Bluetooth, which will save you time and money for minor problems.

 

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7 Travel Decor Ideas to Make Your Home Feel Like Your Favorite Place

7 Travel Decor Ideas to Make Your Home Feel Like Your Favorite Place

The hardest part about coming home from vacation is leaving everything that you loved about it behind. Typically, a tacky shot glass or T-shirt quickly becomes your only memory of a life-changing trip. Here are six ways to personalize your home through travel decor so you can hold on to those precious memories a little bit longer. And bring that vacation feeling home.

How to Personalize Your Home to Feel Like Your Favorite Destination

Candles

Candles

On a recent trip to Morocco, I fell in love with the smells of the busy markets, spices, and food. Luckily, one of the hotels I visited—La Mamounia—created a candle with a scent specifically made for the hotel. I obviously caved and bought it, and it has been a great way to remember both the country and hotel.

Similarly, Homesick Candles makes candles with unique scents for all 50 states. So if you loved the smell of spruce trees on a recent trip to Colorado, you can smell them once you’re back home.

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Photos

Photos

You don’t have to be a pro photographer to take awesome vacation photos. Photo website Artifact Uprising has an easy uploader that’ll transform even photos taken on your phone into a beautiful album, framed print, or calendar. I personally love the Instagram Friendly Books for your coffee table. Or enlarge some of your photos to hang in a gallery on your wall for some simple travel decor.

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Grafomap

Grafomap

These thoughtfully designed map posters from Grafomap are another great addition to help personalize your home after a meaningful trip. Simply type in a location or city, and you can customize the colors, layout, and text. The company currently has nine different designs to fit almost any travel decor style.

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Cutting Board

Cutting Board

These state-shaped bamboo cutting boards are a unique way to show love for your favorite place, whether that’s where you’re from, currently living, or dreaming about. From wall-hanging to cheese-serving, who says home decor can’t serve a second purpose?

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Wall Mural

Wall Mural

If you’re really looking to make a splash in your home, create your own wall mural wallpaper with your favorite vacation photo. Note that you will need a high-quality photo to enlarge for this travel decor item, however; Wallsauce.com has some epic photos of major travel landmarks. Or pick from the map wallpaper options for a more global approach.

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Pillows

Pillows

Custom-designed pillows are a comfy and easy way to add travel decor of your favorite destination. Simply upload your favorite photo to Target Photo’s website, and bring your best vacation memory straight to your couch.

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Coasters

Coasters

Location-specific coasters are a simple and inexpensive way to personalize your home. I love the Idea Design Coaster Set, which features illustrations of six popular cities. These Neighborwoods Coasters are also a great option if you have a favorite memory from a certain destination. Check out Etsy for even more custom coasters and travel decor ideas.

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SteriPen Adventurer Opti Review: Clean Water Anywhere

SteriPen Adventurer Opti Review

It’s easy to get clean, safe-to-drink water anytime and anywhere with the SteriPen Adventurer Opti.

SteriPen Adventurer Opti Review

SteriPen Adventurer Opti Review

Price and Where to Buy the SteriPen Adventurer Opti: The SteriPen Adventurer Opti is normally $89.95 on Amazon, but was on sale for $62.96 at the time of writing.

How the SteriPen Adventurer Opti Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10. Many water purification methods have downsides, whether it’s a chemical taste from drops or the time-consuming mess that pumps can be. Not so with the SteriPen Adventurer Opti, which is easy to use, works quickly, and doesn’t change the taste of the water. It also doubles as an LED flashlight, which saves space in your bag.
  • Value: 9/10. Water purification can be expensive, but this is a great price, especially if you buy it on sale.
  • Portability: 10/10. The SteriPen Adventurer Opti is one of the smallest purifiers on the market, weighing just 3.8 ounces (with batteries). It measures 6.1″ x 1.5 ” x 1″.
  • Durability: 10/10. The pen works by using UV light, and the lamp is good for 8,000 treatments.
  • Cool Factor: 10/10. The SteriPen protects you from diseases like typhoid and dysentery, which is pretty cool.

 

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Glamping in Maine: What This Travel Trend Is Really Like

Glamping in Maine

When I told my friend that I wanted to go glamping I got a blank stare, followed by a few questions on what in the world “glamping” means. My reply was that it’s “a more glamorous way to camp.” While I’d never done it before, I pretended I knew exactly what glamping was like—and that it would be fun.

Despite his initial doubts I convinced him to spend two nights with me at Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine. Pulling up to the entrance, we were greeted by a cute vintage car and campervan that inspired our entire glamping experience.

Glamping in Maine

Sandy Pines is a fully functional campground with simple RV and tent sites in addition to its glamping sites. Before entering the campground, visitors check in at a reception lodge located next to the site’s general store, which sells everything you could possibly need for a few nights in the “wilderness.” Its incredible breakfast sandwiches are worth buying each morning to enjoy on the front porch.

Camping with homemade breakfast sandwiches … I was beginning to get the sense of what this whole glamping thing is about.

Sandy Pines offers a variety of glamping experiences: from the large safari tents that are most commonly associated with the glamping trend to Hideaway Huts—a simple, enclosed A-frame with a bed on a platform and some space for bags. We stayed in the Camp Carriages, which are small rooms on a wheeled platform.

Glamping in Maine

This was my idea of camping—relaxing in the woods on the front porch and rain pattering on the roof lulling us to sleep. It didn’t hurt that we were also enclosed in a room with its own air conditioner unit, safe from bugs in a plush, king-sized bed.

My boyfriend quickly found his inner wilderness and built us a fire despite impending rainstorms. While the fire didn’t last too long, we were able to enjoy our freshly steamed lobsters (also picked up from the general store that evening … yup, I could get used to this) by the fire with s’mores. Since we live in the city, this was something totally different than our typical summer weekends.

And while the Kennebunkport location is great to explore the quaint town, relax on its beaches, and even get on the water (boating, paddleboarding, or kayaking on the nearby marshes are all options here), we found ourselves wanting to stay in this perfect little home for the weekend, doing crossword puzzles and listening to the rain, or soaking up the sun on our mini-porch when the weather cooperated.

Sandy Pines uniquely decorates each hut, tent, and carriage. Each safari tent has a theme, like Blixen’s Oasis, which includes six teardrop-shaped lanterns dangling above, and the tents are fully outfitted with dressers, a dining table, a desk, and outdoor seating.

Glamping in Maine

The carriages have less space than the tents, but give you a little more security with walls and a solid roof. Statement lighting and flea market decorations are a theme here, as each carriage is adorned with a gorgeous hanging chandelier. There’s enough space for a desk or small vanity in each one, as well as some extra seating, an outdoor porch, and fire pit area.

The huts are simpler but still picture-perfect: An A-frame with two angled windows and a platform bed. The hut zips closed and there’s an outdoor area with a fire pit and Adirondack chairs.

Each glamping experience is different, so if you’re booking your own experience, call ahead and ask exactly what is included. Sandy Pines provides electricity, toiletries, towels, extra blankets, a flashlight, and laundry bags (a housekeeper comes around every morning to collect trash and towels, which was very helpful). But you would definitely want to bring any supplies your glamping experience doesn’t include.

Glamping in Maine

Almost immediately after I posted some photos on Instagram, I had about 10 messages from friends and family asking me where I was and how they could go glamping.

So while you won’t have a TV and will be sharing a campground bathroom (a very nice one at that), this luxurious, yet affordable camping experience might just be the perfect choice for your next weekend getaway.

To book your glamping experience, head to Sandy Pines Campground’s website.

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7 Travel Electronics the Least Tech-Savvy Travelers Will Love

7 Travel Electronics the Least Tech-Savvy Travelers Will Love

Not all travelers are packing high-tech travel electronics or plugging in every chance they get, but there are plenty of everyday items that travel better when they incorporate some technology. These travel electronics provide low-tech solutions to common travel challenges like staying in touch, easily sourcing potable water, and protecting your personal property while traveling.

These are the best travel electronics, ranging from those with charge-free simplicity to low-tech gadgets that require little to no tinkering.

 

RFID-Blocking Wallet or Purse

RFID-Blocking Wallet or Purse

Safeguard yourself from electronic pickpockets looking to lift personal data from chips inserted in passports, IDs, and credit cards. Simply put those important documents in RFID-blocking wallets like this spacious women’s leather clutch or this men’s passport wallet, which makes room for cash and cards, too.


Water-Filtering Bottle

Water-Filtering Bottle

A low-tech solution to sourcing clean, potable water, a filtration water bottle means you can hydrate at just about any water source. The LifeStraw Water-Filtering Bottle claims to filter out 99.9 percent of water-borne bacteria, making even the grossest water drinkable. That includes water from questionable sources such as ponds and lakes when you’re camping, and tap water in destinations where you’d normally not drink from the faucet.

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Universal Power Adapter

Universal Power Adapter

It’s time to upgrade your universal power adapter. Today’s adapters simultaneously perform prong-adapting and power-converting duties, so your gadgets don’t get fried in nations with different voltages. Amazon’s most popular power adapter/converter is the Bestek Universal Power Adapter, which can charge seven items at once. 

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Charging Phone Case

Charging Phone Case

You can map your destination, stay in touch with everyone, and keep your entertainment accessible while traveling—but you can only do that if your phone has battery life. The best way to keep your phone charged without having to carry all those cables is by popping your phone in a charging phone case. Make sure to get a charging phone case that fits your particular phone’s model, and one that’s waterproof, to boot.

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E-Reader

E-Reader

Who has space to spare in their luggage when we’re all just trying to avoid paying bag fees? Lighten your load by trading in paperbacks for an e-reader. The latest iteration of the Amazon Kindle holds twice the amount of content, is waterproof, and starts at $129 (check for sales during the holiday shopping period).

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Tracking Device

Tracking Device

Ever get distracted by the sights and suddenly realize one of your valuables is gone? Quickly locate lost items with a tracking device like Tile. The tracking device will ring when in range of a member of the Tile community, and its location will be shown on the Tile app even if you’re out of range. Attach a tracking device to your luggage, camera, keys, phone, wallet, purse, or anything else you’d be hard-pressed to replace.

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Fitness Tracker

Fitness Tracker

Use a fitness-tracking device such as the Fitbit to keep key health metrics such as heart rate, spent calories, and sleep patterns at your fingertips. Achieving weight-loss goals is easier thanks to fitness trackers that help you count steps while you’re on the road. Fitbit Pay on newer models also now offers the ability to pay on-the-go. If you’re willing to go a little more high-tech, Smartwatches can also be used as fitness trackers.

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No matter where you’re headed on your next trip, comfort is key during travel. Show off your high-tech gear with a cozy yet fashionable style to pair.

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9 Best Workout Clothes and Tools for Travel and Home

9 Best Workout Clothes and Tools for Travel and Home

Finding the motivation to work out while on vacation is no easy feat. I try and stick to my normal exercise routine as much as I can while I travel, and this list of the nine best workout clothes and tools helps me stay in shape on the road—and at home between trips.

 

Vi Headphones and Fitness Tracker

Vi Headphones and Fitness Tracker

Say goodbye to tangled headphones, wearing a Fitbit, and paying for expensive fitness-tracking apps—the Vi headphones and corresponding app are the ultimate travel workout companion. With a variety of earbud sizes and clips, these wireless headphones are comfortable and won’t fall out once you get the right size.

If you run outdoors at home and on the road, the Vi Fitness app is a great way to track your runs and mileage. Hikers and cyclers can also benefit from the activity tracker. Dubbed a “personal trainer,” the activity monitor tracks things like speed, heart rate, and distance. It also adapts to your fitness level and personalizes workouts. Plus, the app links to your favorite music streaming service.


Takeya Water Bottle

Takeya Water Bottle

A reusable water bottle is an essential workout item for travelers, and I especially love Takeya’s insulated stainless water bottles. The handle is great for travel, since you can hook it onto the outside of any bag, and it’s easy to carry around the gym. The double-wall vacuum insulation keeps water cold for hours, and the narrow mouth is great for grabbing a quick sip mid-workout.

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Zella Live In High Waisted Leggings

Zella Live In High Waisted Leggings

Built from moisture-wicking fabric and fitted with a no-slip waistband, these stretchy, figure-sculpting leggings keep you cool as your workout warms up. They’re comfy enough to wear in other situations as well, including on the plane or while working from home.

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Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Wipes

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Wipes

Don’t forget one of the most important things to do after working out, even on vacation: taking care of your skin. I am obsessed with these facial cleansing wipes from Burt’s Bees for a post-workout refresh. Whether you don’t have time to hit the shower or you need some immediate rejuvenation, these wipes, made from white tea extract, cucumber, and aloe, are a must. I even use them over my whole body sometimes if I need to skip a shower.

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Nike Dri Fit Head Tie

Nike Dri Fit Head Tie

Nike makes a great moisture-wicking headband that fits any head size. I typically find myself shifting any sort of headband during a workout because it sits too far forward or back—but you won’t have that problem with this one because it ties.

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L.L.Bean Coolmax Nano Glide Multisport Socks

L.L.Bean Coolmax Nano Glide Multisport Socks

I swear by L.L.Bean socks (with styles for both men and women) for working out. The quick-drying, breathable fabric and thoughtful cushioning on these moisture-wicking socks will keep your feet cool and dry during any activity. These socks are also designed to reduce friction inside your shoe to prevent blisters.

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Hoka Bondi 6 Running Shoes

Hoka Bondi 6 Running Shoes

I always travel with my Hoka Bondi 6’s, because I can wear them to the airport with a travel outfit or put them into my carry-on, where they don’t take up too much room. These shoes are extremely flexible and comfortable for workouts and provide incredible sole support; that’s actually part of Hoka’s mission as a shoe company.

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Salomon Agile 250 Running Belt Pack

Salomon Agile 250 Running Belt Pack

I cannot say enough how much I love this running belt pack from Salomon. It miraculously fits a phone, keys, and some cash or cards. It doesn’t move while running, and I’ve worn it for stationary workouts as well to hold my phone. It takes up zero room in your suitcase and helps make your workouts annoying armband-free.

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Lululemon Break a Trail Jacket

Lululemon Break a Trail Jacket

This Trail Jacket from Lululemon is an ideal choice for hikers and others who love to exercise outdoors. The fabric is both water-repellent and wind-resistant, so the jacket will hold up in any climate. The hood is designed not to bounce when you move, and there are vents in the fabric so you don’t overheat. There’s even a hidden pocket for your phone.

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8 Stylish Hiking Boots (That Don’t Look Like Hiking Boots)

8 Stylish Hiking Boots

Hiking boots may not have a reputation for being lightweight, packable, or fashionable, but these 8 stylish hiking boots are in a whole different class.

Stylish Hiking Boots for Travel for Men & Women

Read on to find the perfect pair for your next active vacation, for adventures both big and small.

Forsake Tract Boots

Forsake Tract Boots

These stylish hiking boots for women are comfortable and made of stylish suede, nubuck leather, and micro mesh. Plus, they’re waterproof.


LOWA Innox Evo Low 

LOWA Innox Evo Low 

LOWA’s popular Innox Evo gives you coverage and support while still looking more like a fitness shoe. The lightweight construction and waterproof material make them great stylish hiking boots for travel in rougher, wet terrain.

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Rockport Men’s Century Plain-Toe Boot

Rockport Men’s Century Plain-Toe Boot

Rockport makes a great pair of hiking boots for travel that are well-suited for the style-conscious traveler. This is a classic pair of boots with traction soles that are ideal for a variety of weather conditions and terrain.

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Vasque Grand Traverse Hiking Shoe

Vasque Grand Traverse Hiking Shoe

These fitness-inspired stylish hiking boots for travel are available in both men’s and women’s styles. The Vibram sole and webbing heel lock are great features for serious hikers, but these shoes won’t take up much room in your suitcase and really look like a pair of sneakers.

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Danner Men’s Mountain 600 Low

Danner Men’s Mountain 600 Low

Available in both brown and black, these stylish hiking boots are a solid choice for multi-use travel shoes. The sleek shoe doubles as casual wear and a hiking boot all in one. Notable features include a Vibram sole, OrthoLite footbed, and MegaGrip technology for wet and dry surfaces.

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Danner Women’s Tramline Hiking Boot

Danner Women’s Tramline Hiking Boot

A more toned-down version than Danner’s famous Mountain Light Cascade boot, the Tramline is made with the same high-quality leather and construction. You can easily wear this pair of stylish hiking boots on the plane, with a casual outfit, or out on the trails.

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KEEN Jasper Hiking Shoe

KEEN Jasper Hiking Shoe

If you’re looking for a shoe that can hold up while climbing, then the Keen Jasper (available in men’s and women’s) is for you. Bonus: These stylish hiking shoes are very affordable, and reviewers love the full-length laces for support and comfort.

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L.L. Bean Women’s Katahdin Waterproof Hiking Boots

L.L. Bean Women’s Katahdin Waterproof Hiking Boots

The vintage L.L. Bean Women’s Katahdin Waterproof Hiking Boots are suitable for everyday wear but durable enough for inclement weather thanks to L.L.Bean’s TEK 2.5 waterproof system.

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