Travel Gear

WaterField Essential Crossbody: I Reviewed It, and I Still Use It

Through Gear Diary, I get to review all kinds of unique products. Many of those products have become essential to my everyday carry items collection. That’s especially true with products from WaterField. I’m currently out of the country, and the WaterField Essential Crossbody I reviewed years ago is part of my everyday carry.



xSuit 4.0 Review: Ready for Travel and Also Perfect for Daily Wear

I recently reviewed the xBriefcase from xSuit and was incredibly impressed with the thoughtful, intelligent design, the premium materials, and the durability. The company was kind enough to send me one of their xSuit 4.0 suits, and I’ve been equally impressed. It’s comfortable, has a surprising amount of stretch, looks good, and, best of all, it’s machine washable.


Ugreen Nexode 300W USB-C GaN Desktop Charger Review: So Powerful It Can Charge up to Three Laptops at Once!

From smartphones and laptops to tablets and gaming consoles, the number of power-hungry electronic devices that many of us are using has never been greater. But with so many power-hungry devices, the need for efficient and reliable charging solutions has never been greater; that’s where the Ugreen Nexode 300W USB-C GaN Desktop Charger comes in. This compact charging hub has four USB-C ports and one USB-A port, and with it, you can charge up to five high-power devices simultaneously, including a 140W laptop, without the need for extra chargers or multiple wall outlets.








ICECO VL60 Review: An Extraordinary 63.4-Quart Dual-Zone Refrigerator and Freezer That’s Ready for Every Adventure

Kev and I recently purchased a travel trailer that can be pulled behind his Toyota Tacoma or my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Part of the fun of planning your first big camping adventure is making sure that you have all the necessary gear to go off-grid for days at a time, which is why the offer to review the ICECO VL60 couldn’t have come at a better time. The VL60 is a heavy-duty metal dual-zone refrigerator and/or freezer powered by a Danfoss SECOP compressor that can be used in multiple outdoor and indoor scenarios. Let’s take a look.




Bote Highwater Hitchhiker Review: A Versatile Waterproof Action Bag

The Bote Highwater Hitchhiker is a new product in the brand’s line of waterproof bags and packs. Measuring 7″ wide by 4″ high and 2.2″ deep, it is the smallest bag in their line-up; it is perfect for carrying most phones and can easily also accommodate your wallet, glasses, keys, and whatever else is in your pockets that you wish to keep dry while enjoying your favorite watersport.




Jabra Speak2 55 Portable Speakerphone Review: Full Duplex, Noise-Cancellation, and Advanced Microphones

The Jabra Speak2 55 Portable Speakerphone is a high-quality portable speakerphone designed to provide clear and uninterrupted audio during conference calls. It is a versatile device that is suitable for use with smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Jabra, a Danish firm that offers many personal sound and office solutions, recently presented the Speak2 range, the newest products in Jabra’s line-up of professional speakerphones, which include the Speak2 75, Speak2 55, and the Speak2 40.


Sterling Pacific 35L Cabin Travel Case Review: Raising the Bar for Stylish and Well-Built 2-Wheeled Aluminum Carry-On Luggage

Business travel is ramping back to pre-pandemic levels, which means many of us are once again on the road or in the air multiple times a month. If the sight of your beat-up carry-on is making you question its viability, the Sterling Pacific 35L Cabin Travel Case is here for your consideration. Built like a tank and sporting a chic retro style, this bag harkens to an era when travel was an event. It costs as much (or more) than a round-trip economy flight to Europe, but could this bag be the last you’ll ever have to buy?


BlenderCap by Cruz Review: Don’t Leave Home Without It If You Enjoy Smoothies on the Go!

We’ve reviewed portable blenders before, but the BlenderCap by Cruz is something else. Designed by two former Apple Engineers, BlenderCap is one of the most functional and best-designed solutions we’ve yet seen for making smoothies, shakes, frozen drinks, or flavored ices while traveling or on the go. All you need to create your favorite concoctions are the ingredients, some ice, a wide-mouth bottle, and the BlenderCap by Cruz will do the rest.


Snapdragon Satellite Will Enable Two-Way Messaging on Compatible Smartphones from Anywhere on Earth

We take our phones everywhere. After all, they’re our cameras as well as communication devices; when we’re on a remote hiking adventure or skiing in the mountains, we not only want to be able to capture those moments but more importantly, we want to be able to call for help if it’s needed, even in truly remote areas that don’t have cellular service. That’s where Snapdragon Satellite will come into play.