Travel Product Review: Buff Headwear

Lindsay Taub on safari wearing Buff Headband

When packing for a safari in Africa, one of the most important tips is to be practical. Pack as little as possible and include items that are versatile and can be worn multiple times in different ways. One of the best I found and used basically every day while on safari was a simple headband by Buff Headwear that scrunched up to nothing in my bag.

It could be worn stylishly as a traditional headband, extended to cover your whole head if desired to both protect from the sun and the bugs. It could be used as a scrunchie type of hairband to get hair off your neck. It can be used to cool yourself off by soaking it in water and wearing it as a bandana around your neck. You can even go pirate style by tying a knot at the back. Literally, it comes with a guide that shows you at least eight different ways to wear it.

Lindsay Taub and travel pal Lanee Neil wearing Buff Headbands in the Serengeti

The UV Headband and The Seamless Headband were my favorites. The Seamless one is half the length of a standard UV Buff and doubles as a helmet liner, skullcap or headband without the bunching of excess fabric.

It’s also made with Coolmax Extreme fabric, blocks 95 percent of UV rays, quickly wicks away sweat, keeps you cool when it’s hot by allowing the heat to escape and provides an extra layer of warmth to slide over your ears on cold days, not to mention the practical bonus of being able to pull it over your nose and mouth during dusty safari treks through the African bush!

Simple. Practical. Stylish. My three words to describe what makes a perfect travel product.

While I will be bringing mine on my next outdoor adventure, my friend Lanee left hers in the Masai Mara of Kenya. Why? While visiting a Masai village in Kichwa Tembo, one of the elders was so fascinated with the seamless headband, Lanee decided to give it to her. She was beyond excited and as African creativity goes, she didn’t even need instructions to rock the Buff, as we said. It looked gorgeous on her, as pictured below. She had a glow and pride about having something special that no one else did. Our only regret was not having Buff to give the whole tribe!!

Masai elder wearing Buff Headwear gifted to her by my travel pal (Photo: Lanee Neil)

Here’s a video about how to wear a Buff:

For more info on Buff Headwear and their other products, visit www.buffusa.com.

Lindsay Taub About Lindsay Taub

Lindsay Taub is a writer/editor, producer and photographer covering travel, lifestyle, culture, arts, food, and all facets that make life a journey. She calls Los Angeles home when she’s there, but prefers to leave the city for the mountains and open spaces as often as possible. She loves cooking, gardening, live music, hiking with her three rescue dogs, and nothing beats cheese and wine during a spectacular sunset. If you can’t find her, she’s trekking through a jungle, seeking a seeker, admiring wildlife, or on a plane, quite possibly jumping out of it when the adrenaline junkie is at her best. She is the co-founder of Voyage Vixens. Follow her on twitter @lindsaytaub.

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  3. [...] Buff Headwear – We both got one of these for our safari trip to Africa and loved its versatility. You can wear the seamless Buff in dozens of ways from a headband to a muffler, and on and on. The Buff Headwear model we got was treated with Insect Shield ($27). Lindsay still sports hers on adventure trips and Lanee gave her Buff to the elder Maasai tribeswoman in Masai Mara, Kenya. The woman was overjoyed, and we can imagine why. The Maasai women shave their hair as a part of a ritual and for its hygienic benefits. It must get cold at night living in their beautifully designed mud huts with no heat! Notice how she blinged her Buff out? Made in U.S.A. Read on for Lindsay’s review of Buff Headwear. [...]

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