Traveler's Gear Box

Traveler's Gear Box: When It Comes To Base Layers, Do You Opt for Wool or Poly?

For years it's been hammered into us to dress in layers when we head outdoors for extended periods. But should your base layer be wool, or polypropylene when you set off into a national park's backcountry?

Traveler's Gear Box: Something To Hold Your Favorite Bevvie...

There are times when you don't need a hydration system for a walk in the (national) park, or when you're looking to pack a beverage other than water on your day hike or longer adventure. One option I recently came across offers a great solution: clean lines, food-grade materials, durability, and great insulation.

Traveler's Gear Box: For Women, A Handy Accessory for When Nature Beckons in the Outback

There are times when the call of nature can be downright inconvenient for women who head down the trail. The temperature might be too cold, or the mosquitoes too thick, to drop your pants. For those times, there's GoGirl.

Traveler's Gear Box: When You Need Good Footing, Consider YakTrax

Walking through many national parks in winter can be tricky. In Yellowstone National Park, for instance, the boardwalks through geyser basins can be snow-and-or-ice-covered, hiking trails in Grand Canyon National Park can be icy, and trails in countless other parks that experience snowy winters can be slippery. These are definitely instances when you need good footing.

Traveler's Gear Box: Can A Shoemaker Build A Decent Daypack?

I've long been a fan of Keen, the shoemaker. I find that their shoes fit me as if they made the lasts from my foot. But when I heard Keen was getting into daypacks, I raised an eyebrow. Can a shoemaker make a decent daypack?

Traveler's Gear Box: How Do You Cook Your Food in a National Park's Backcountry?

When it comes to cooking a meal in the backcountry of your favorite national park, there are more than a few options. Of course, those options quickly narrow when you're hauling food, shelter, and clothing in your backpack. So what are your options when it comes to cookstoves?

Traveler's Gear Box: A Tent For Every Occasion

Tents are one of the most important pieces of gear you need if you take extended treks into the national parks' backcountry. They truly can make a life-and-death difference in extreme conditions. While they also used to be one of the more expensive pieces of gear, there is a trend to make quality backpacking tents more affordable.

Traveler's Gear Box: Hauling Your Gear Around

Gear junkies know that there are two general categories for gear: The items that you use when you're off playing, and the items you need to get the aforementioned items you use to the starting point. That's why, if you paddle or ski or bike, you need a good rack system.

Traveler's Gear Box: The SoftBottle From Platypus

Hydration systems will continue to evolve as long as humans head away from the kitchen sink. One of the latest innovations for hikers is the SoftBottle from Platypus, which carries good, and not so good, aspects.

Traveler's Gear Box: When You Need To Stop Bleeding Fast....

May all your trips into the national parks be with the wind at your back, the sun overhead, and without mishaps. Sadly, we can't always ensure that accidents won't happen, and that's where some key First Aid items are nice to have on hand.

Traveler's Gear Box: Take A Stick When You Go For a Hike

How far things have come since the day when a simple stick served the job of balancing you on your hike through the woods. Today's poles are so wonderfully handy. They take the load off your knees on downhills, can be used to shoo snakes off the trail if you don't have patience for them to slither off, and can even be used to pitch a tent!The latest innovations from LEKI with its trekking poles are subtle, but nevertheless welcome.

Traveler's Gear Box: SPOT, The Next Generation

If you want to hedge your bets against getting hurt or stranded in the backcountry of a national park, or simply want to keep family and friends apprised of your movements during a remote trip, the next generation of SPOT might be just right for you.
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