This Travel Gear
Microfiber Travel Towels
Usually I run away from anything that says microfiber, because I can’t stand that feeling of the fabric catching on my fingers. However, we needed travel towels on our last trip and everything was made of microfiber, so we took a chance at the Youphoria Sport Microfiber Towels. I am so happy we did, as this towel is super-light, portable, and dries fast. It soaks up water easily and if you hang it up for an hour or two, it’ll be dry again. Since they pack so well, we’ll probably be taking them on every trip from now on.
This Dog Gear
Clickit Sport Harness
When I found out that dog seat belts could actually cause more harm than good, I completely freaked out. We take our dogs on road trips and the idea of something happening to them in an accident broke my heart. There is ONE (only one!) dog harness that has been crash test certified by the kind folks at the Center for Pet Safety. We purchased the Sleepypod Clickit Sport and our dogs have gradually become used to being buckled in. The harness is like a normal harness you’d use while walking your dog, and when it’s time to get in the car you just attach it to the seat belt. While I was a little surprised at the cost ($80-ish for the harness), knowing my dogs are safe is the most important.
Highwave Dog Mug
At the dog park last week we saw someone using the Highwave AutoDogMug and I immediately went to find it online. Our dogs are really weird about drinking out of things that don’t look like bowls so this was perfect! It’s the size of a normal water bottle so it’s easy to pack, and you just give it a squeeze and water fills up. Release the pressure, and the water goes back into the bottle.
FOOD EXCELLENT. BEER ROTTEN. pic.twitter.com/gNEgAccKHT
— PostcardFromThePast (@PastPostcard) September 19, 2017
This story from Lonely Planet popped up on our Twitter feed and I’m in love. A man named Tom Jackson started amassing old postcards from travels of yesteryear and posting them on his twitter account. He now has a book deal and continues to have old postcards sent to him with funny, strange, and touching little notes on the back. The vast majority of the postcards are from the 60’s and 70’s. Can’t wait to see the book!
Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail was originally printed in 1998 and eventually turned into a movie. I just got around to finishing the book, so I’m going to include it in things I love this month. It’s a true story about Bill Bryson, who was not much of a hiker, who decided to set out to hike the Appalachian Trail with an old friend, who was even less of a hiker. It’s both funny, inspiring, and thought-provoking. Bill Bryson writes in a way that makes you feel like you’re right there with him, and I am still thinking about his book. This gem should be on everyone’s reading list.