I bet right about now, many of you are either booking, or dreaming of, a winter trip so that you can escape the cold. If you’re heading to the warm weather, then you should check out these six products that I found on TravelSmith.com, that’ll help to make your trip even more enjoyable.
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1. Tilley AIRFLO Hat ($84.00)
I learned the hard way how important a good hat can be. In 2014, I had squamous cell carcinoma on my lower lip and the doctor told me I needed to stay out of the sun. The first product I got was a Tilley Hat, for two reasons. First, it has UPF 50+ built into it and secondly, the Mayo Clinic sells them as a form of sun protection. There are plenty of other reasons as well, including the fact that it’s so reliable, it’s guaranteed for life. It also repels rain with water-resistant Supplex nylon, it floats and has a mesh crown inset for cooling ventilation. One of my favorite things about the hat is that it has a built-in Velcro security pocket that can stash a credit card and cash.
2. SuperGoop! SPF50 Everyday Sunscreen ($19.00)
You can’t head out on a warm weather getaway without bringing sunscreen. I had no idea that you need SPF50 or higher to really protect you from the sun. TravelSmith turned me onto SuperGoop!, which I learned is the premier line of doctor-formulated suncare. It’s gentle enough for all skin types and has avobenzone-based lotion that provides powerful SPF50 protection. According to their website, “it also heals while it protects, enhancing skin’s vibrancy with antioxidant-rich Cellular Response Technology and hydrating with beta-glucan—a more efficient long-term moisturizer than hyaluronic acid. Free of oils and minerals, the formula absorbs completely into the skin with no residue, so it’s ideal for all skin tones.” I love it for those reasons and the fact that it’s lightweight, the perfect size so I can put it in my carry-on and it offers 80 minutes of water-resistance. It’s made in the USA and rated PA+++ for the highest level of UVA sun protection.
3. Men’s Craghoppers Kiwi Pants ($55.00)
Craghoppers is a British outdoor clothing manufacturer that was founded in West Yorkshire in 1965. One reason they’ve become so popular is because the English are said to have a passion for “rambling” — setting off on cross-country treks, sometimes with no particular destination in mind. Their clothes, including these Kiwi Pants, are designed for ramblers, hikers and lovers of the outdoors. What’s amazing about Craghoppers clothing is that they are ready-made for travelers who like to pack light yet be prepared for anything. Every piece comes with Craghoppers’ lifetime guarantee as well as TravelSmith’s 100% satisfaction guarantee. The pants are lightweight, smartly engineered, and once you try them on, you’ll know why. They have a cotton-soft feel but are made with water-repellent and stain-resistant fabric, are infused with UPF protection and are equipped with reinforced, scuff-resistant cuffs. Plus, there are nine pockets: two side slash, two side hidden zip, two back zip, one button cargo with a hidden zip pocket behind and one hidden cell-phone pocket.
4. ShedRain Mini Umbrella ($26.00)
After getting caught in a huge rainstorm in London, I now never leave home without a mini umbrella. Don’t even think about buying one of those $5 umbrellas from a corner store. I made that mistake once in New York City and the black dye ended up dripping all over my new beige jacket and ruined it. The ShedRain Mini Umbrella is one of the most compact automatic umbrellas around. At just 40″ diam and 10 oz., it fits easily in a backpack, purse or back pocket. Oh, and it’s also equipped with one-touch open/close functionality.
5. Waterproof Caddy ($27.00)
In case you get stuck in a huge rainstorm or are spending the day at the beach, then you will want something to keep your valuables safe and dry. This waterproof caddy allows you to stash your wallet, phone or small camera and take it swimming with you so you don’t have to worry about it getting swiped by a thief. The outer bag is made of nylon; the two interior plastic pouches are waterproof- certified to 60 meters (just be sure to seal it properly).
6. Ben’s 8-Hour Tick & Insect Repellent Towelettes ($12.00)
It really sucks to be bitten by mosquitoes, ticks, black flies and other insects that may carry infectious diseases, such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease, malaria, etc. To minimize your risk, bring along these handy repellent towelettes that make it easy to protect yourself from biting insects. They use a unique, fragrance-free formula that has 30% DEET (the minimum recommended by the CDC) in a water base that evaporates slowly for up to eight hours of protection with minimum skin absorption. The individually wrapped wipes let you control the amount and location of the repellent you apply. Unlike most spray-on insect repellents, they’re permitted in your carry-on bag.
Do you like these warm weather essentials? Check out TravelSmith.com and let me know in the comments section below if you would add or replace any of the products I listed above.
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