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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Never Leave Home Without ...

Travel

Hiking

Zojirushi Tuff Slim Stainless Steel Vacuum Bottle

Outstanding for both travel and hiking. The 1/2 liter thermos keep hot liquids (oh whose kidding, I mean coffee) "piping" hot all day long, even when it's cold outside. The coffee is still warm the next day! And even better, the top has a one-handed push button opener/closer so that you don't have to remove the stopper to pour. Heaven!

Zojirushi Tuff Slim Stainless Steel Vacuum Bottle

Outstanding for both travel and hiking. The 1/2 liter thermos keep hot liquids (oh whose kidding, I mean coffee) "piping" hot all day long, even when it's cold outside. The coffee is still warm the next day! And even better, the top has a one-handed push button opener/closer so that you don't have to remove the stopper to pour. Heaven!

Eagle Creek ORV Trunk 30''

The dimensions of this duffle fit all international travel requirements for maximum "volume". Holds an incredible amount, yet is easy to maneuver when fully loaded and doesn't tip over empty or full as some other brands.

SmartWool Adrenaline Medium Crew Sock - Women's

A new product from Smartwool. Formfitted to a woman's foot. These really make a difference.

Camelbak Polycarbonate Better Bottle - 16Oz./0.5L

CAMELBAK 70 OZ OMEGA RESERVOIR 90432

Terrific for inside your pack. You will drink more water since it is so handy and because the weight of the water is distributed evenly on your back, (due to where the water pouch in your pack is) you won't feel like you are carrying as much water as you are.

Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman Pocket Knife

Indispensable for things like cutting up apples, etc. while on the road. Has every tool you might need, but only weighs 0.8 ounces. Features blades, kitchen tools, scissors, woodsaw, and more.

Gregory - Maven Womens Pack

I purchased this pack 2 years ago and haven't regretted it a day. I can carry 20 lbs comfortably because of the way it is engineered. They even have an XS size which is what I bought since I am short (but not super slim) and it fits me perfectly. The more I use this pack, the more I come to appreciate it.

Eyesave Croakies & Cords - Croakies Terra-Cords

Keeps your sunglasses from falling off your face or dropping off your shirt neck as you gaze into that "grand" canyon!

LEKI Super Makalu COR-TEC PA Hiking Poles

I can't tell you the number of times these poles have saved me. Either from falling over, tripping, slipping as I was going down a steep hill or just a over a patch of gravel. And then, there is the benefits you get from propelling yourself UP hill. They not only make hiking more enjoyable for your body (no more aching knees, wrenched back from trying to catch yourself when you slip, etc.), they allow you to go farther along the trail and see what is around the corner...

One more thing, they compress so that they will fit into your Eagle Creek ORV Trunk 30''.

Flexible Cutting Board

Great for road trips and cutting fruit, bread, cheese, etc. Packs in your suitcase and even your hiking pack. Weighs nothing. Stands up to sharp knives. Comes in several sizes.

Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman Pocket Knife

Indispensable for things like cutting up apples, etc. while on the road. Has every tool you might need, but only weighs 0.8 ounces. Features blades, kitchen tools, scissors, woodsaw, and more.

Spot Headlamp by Black Diamond

Once you use a headlamp, you will never go back to a flashlight. A friend pointed out to me that they are useful around the house when the power goes out during our winter wind storms!

Tikka Pouch Headlamp Accessory

Unless you already have a good place to put your headlamp you will probably want to purchase this handy item to protect your light source.

Fox River X-Static Liner Sock

The best way to prevent blisters is to use a sock liner. If you use a sock liner, the friction that causes blisters will occur between the 2 pairs of socks and not between your foot and the 1 pair of socks, thereby causing blisters. This tip was given to me by a seasoned hiker and I always use liners and I have never had a blister! I have tried several brands of liners and like these the best.