Travel Gear We Use: GlocalMe WiFi hotspot for travel

Let’s get real about WiFi usage and fees while traveling internationally as a family. When we travel, we embrace being off-the-grid most of the time, but we absolutely need wifi at various times. Sometimes, this is due to necessity: we need … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: Best day pack for international travel

I've been conducting travel bag reviews here and at Practical Travel Gear since 2009 and 2011 respectively. That's a lot of reviews! I've tried crossover bags, messenger bags, backpacks, totes, and roller bags. Finally, I think I've nailed it. I … [Read more...]

Gift for outdoor adventurers: Cairn subscription box review

I adore subscription boxes. Maybe it's the thrill of getting regular packages in the mail, or the fun of never knowing exactly what's going to be inside, but we've tried several varieties, from kids' craft boxes to snack boxes. By far the best we've … [Read more...]

WiFi hotspot in your car: ZTE Mobley review

AT&T reached out to us to product test their mobile hotspot, the ZTE Mobley. We said we'd give it a whirl on a seven-hour road trip, because I was curious about the pros and cons of having a WiFi hotspot in your car: after trying it out, would we … [Read more...]

Products for parents who work on the go

None of us want to, but sometimes as parents, we simply must work on the go. My job has me working on the fly on airplanes (pun intended), in cars, and in hotel rooms on just about every trip we take, and while I'm the exception, I know most parents … [Read more...]

Best essential oils for travel

Like everyone else (it seems), I've recently started using essential oils in my home and for my family. While I don't deem them lifesaving (gasp!), I do believe essential oils add to our family's well-being and overall health. Why not take this show … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: best overnight backpack brands for kids and youth

As an editor at Practical Travel Gear and a gear reviewer for OutdoorsNW, I test a lot of travel products and outdoor gear. Some of this gear we keep and continue to use as a family, and some of it gets pushed to the wayside. Some of the … [Read more...]

Oregon travel without leaving home: Cellar 503 for Valentine’s Day

My husband and I always plan to get away for Valentine's Day, but it doesn't always happen. Or if it does, it tends to happen with kids in tow. This weekend, we'll be exploring the Shasta Cascades of Northern California (with kids!) but we'll be … [Read more...]

Win a Kodak Video Monitor for home security

I probably shouldn't admit this, but until recently, we didn't own any type of home security system. We live in a safe neighborhood, have big dogs, and great neighbors who look out for us. However, after a flurry of break-ins to cars and garages in … [Read more...]

Travel Gifts for Kids: best electronic travel accessories for kids

Will you be hitting the road or flying long distance on a trip this year? Slip one or more of these electronics' accessories into your kids' stockings this holiday season! Below, best electronic travel accessories for kids who log some serious travel … [Read more...]