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The 6 Best and Most Effective Umbrellas for Travel

We certainly hope you’ll never encounter rain on your travels, but occasional stormy skies are an unfortunate fact of life. To prevent getting soggy (or burned in the sun) while on the road, it’s smart to always pack an umbrella. Sure, you could just grab a $10 disposable version at a convenience store. Or, you…

How to Pack Your Toiletries Without Making a Mess

Jack Kennard/Flickr Packing toiletries can be the bane of an organized traveler’s existence. First, there’s the agony of making sure everything — liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, pastes, and powders — fits within the TSA’s carry-on guidelines. Then, you have to worry about shampoo bottles and makeup leaking and making a gooey mess in your suitcase.…

The One Travel Pillow You Need

Travel pillows can make all the difference when it comes to getting some much-needed sleep while crammed into a tiny airplane seat. Unfortunately, not all travel pillows are created equal. There are hundreds of models and styles on the market, from zany to classic, but you only need one reliable option. That’s where we come…

What to Pack for an Alaskan Cruise

Terrace Pool on Ruby Princess/Oyster A popular way to see Alaska is by cruise, as it gives travelers an up-close view of its stellar coastline and glaciers. Plus, it makes covering the huge state far easier and quicker. While Alaskan sailings have similar protocols and must-take items as other cruises (think sunscreen, luggage tags, and…

What to Pack for Thailand (and What to Buy There)

Phi Phi Relax Beach Resort, Thailand/Oyster I made so many packing mistakes on a recent trip to Thailand. I schlepped at least a dozen items 9,000 miles, give or take, only to find them readily available and for cheap all over the country. On the flip side, there were things that would have made a…

What to Pack When You Won’t Have Shower Access on Vacation

While traveling, there are many times when a long, hot shower (or even a quick cold rinse) just isn’t an option. Whether you’re camping in a national park, partying at Burning Man, or visiting a destination that’s completely off the grid, there may come a time when you have to pack for a trip that…

What to Pack for the Perfect Trip to Paris

The Eiffel Suite at Hotel Plaza Athenee/Oyster Paris is a bucket-list destination for many travelers, but thanks to the city’s reputation for style and glamour, packing for a trip to the City of Light can feel a bit intimidating. On top of navigating cobblestoned streets and unpredictable weather, visitors can also feel pressure to look…

What to Pack When There’s No Air-Conditioning on Your Vacation

Ahh, air-conditioning. With it, you can get a good night’s sleep and an overall feeling of comfort. Without it, sleeping may be miserable and even low-energy tasks, like reading the newspaper, can leave you covered in sweat. If you’re planning on vacationing somewhere without air-conditioning — whether it’s at a budget hostel, a friend’s beach…

9 Fun Things to Pack for a Girls’ Trip

There’s something so special about taking a vacation with just the girls. Whether you’re going on a bachelorette party in Vegas, heading out on a road trip through the Southwest, trekking around Europe, or simply planning a girls-only staycation at a nearby locale, don’t forget that packing some surprise goodies can put a smile on…

Travel Gear You Need to Visit Iceland in the Summer

Geysir/Oyster Iceland‘s climate and terrain are unlike anywhere else on earth — and that’s a good thing. Where else can you ride a miniature horse, soak in a geothermal pool, hike to waterfalls, sit next to a crater, see geysers erupt, and watch the sunset in the middle of the night — all in one…