6 Of The Best Packable Down Jackets

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Nothing screams versatility like a great down jacket. Whether you are heading into the mountains, off on your travels or are looking for something light, warm and comfortable, we have taken a look at the best packable down jackets to save you the time.

And when we say packable, it is a pretty big understatement, as the heaviest jacket we feature weighs in at a feather-light 17 ounces. One of them even folds up into its own pocket. How cool is that?

And when we say packable, it is a pretty big understatement, as the heaviest jacket we feature weighs in at a feather-light 17 ounces. One of them even folds up into its own pocket. How cool is that?

Why do I need a down jacket?

If the weather is both dry and cold, these jackets make an excellent outer layer. Down is not actually the feathers of a duck or goose, but rather the soft, fluffy stuff up against the body. It provides excellent insulation while remaining breathable, so any perspiration that transpires under your jacket will find a way out.

Down jackets tend to be made with a nylon exterior, adding a certain protection against the elements, although they will never be completely waterproof. If you are heading out in cold, wet weather, the down jacket is compact and therefore perfect to downgrade to a mid-layer. In these instances, I would recommend a light base layer (maybe a merino thermal top), followed by the down jacket with a light Gore-Tex-clad outer shell over the lot.

The unbelievable warmth-to-weight ratio of these jackets make them an ideal companion for travel, or for those heading off to explore the great outdoors.

What to look for in a down jacket

  •  Down fill power: This is such a commonly misunderstood term. It has nothing to do with the weight of the down, but how fluffy it is. The higher the number, the stronger and larger the clusters of down, therefore allowing the jacket to trap more warm air through the combination of down and air voids. Jackets with a higher down fill number have better warmth-to-weight ratios.
  •  Weight: If you are planning on taking that jacket on an ultralight backcountry adventure, then weight is a massive thing to consider. The lightest jacket on this list is just 8 oz, and would blow away in a gentle breeze.
  •  Hooded: This is a personal preference of mine. I love a jacket with a hood, especially one that is filled with lovely soft down that feels divinely warm when wrapped around your head.

For can find all the information you could ever need on down fill by watching this YouTube video:

Should I buy a down or synthetic jacket?

I have mentioned that down jackets are not waterproof. I have not yet told you how much it sucks when they become wet all the way through. It sucks big time! All that aforementioned breathability goes out the window and you will be left with a heavy, cold and soggy jacket that firmly traps the moisture in. This is the only downside of the down jackets.

The synthetic insulated jackets do not represent the same warmth-to-weight ratio as their down counterparts, which means you need a lot more mass of the synthetic stuff to make it as warm as a down jacket. They do, however, breathe a lot better in wet weather conditions and dry a lot faster, too, but I would not base your choice on this. No jacket, whether down or synthetic, is designed for the wet weather.

Due to the durability and lightweight nature of down jackets, I would choose them over their synthetic rivals for any kind of trip.

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7 of the Best Men’s Travel Pants

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Travel pants are those versatile things you buy for a more comfortable travel experience, but end up wearing almost every possible waking moment. You’d even wear them to your own wedding if you would not get into trouble.

If you do not yet own a pair of these miraculously comfortable pants, or even if you are looking for an upgrade, then I have selected the best men’s travel pants out there, and brought them in here for you to see.

Are they that comfortable?

Yes, yes and yes! You would even wear them to work if your boss would not send you home to change.  Now, if you could get a job like mine, you can wear your travel pants all day. I’m wearing mine right now. I even sleep in them. I have a spare pair for that regrettable time of the week when I have to take them off to wash. They are that good.

Can I use them for anything else?

Good travel pants usually make for excellent adventure pants as well. They are ultralight, as travelers look to cut down on unnecessary extra weight. It naturally makes for useful additions to your hiking, fishing, hunting and mountain climbing inventories. They look great worn casually on the weekend, and double up perfectly as your non-competition golfing pants.

Will I have to sacrifice comfort for fashion?

Absolutely not. When we chose the pants on this list, we were sure to include something for the fashion-minded man as well. We have a stylish set of chinos, as well as a pair of pants with a choice of 37 different colors and styles.

It enables you to travel in clothing that does not make you stand out as a traveler, which in turn makes you far less of a target for unwanted attention.

How do I choose a pair?

Okay, so first things first. Every pair of pants we feature are divinely comfortable, so there is no need to worry about that. You can forget about tight waist bands digging into your skin and fabric that wrinkles up after hours of travel. These pants are immune to that stuff.

They also all contain useful travel pockets, with either a velcro or zipped opening that allows you to seal your passport and valuables off from would-be pick-pocketers.

If you want a pair with a little bit more movement, then you will want to look at the choice of fabrics used to construct the pants. If the manufacturers have used either spandex or elastane then there is a good chance that they will be stretchy, and therefore will be better suited to those needing to reach and lunge (climbers and hunters).

For the serious hikers out there, look for the pants that are predominantly nylon-based and have been given some kind of water-resistance treatment. It is always good to go hiking with an outer waterproof shell, but these treated travel pants will repel light rain and are fast-drying.

Here are 7 of the Best Men’s Travel Pants:

1. prAna Stretch Zion Pant

These pants – which feature a handy inbuilt adjustable waist belt – come in 12 different colors and are made of mostly nylon, meaning that they both repel water and are quick-to-dry. You will find that they are stretchy and abrasion resistant too, making them useful for hiking and outdoor adventure-related activities.

With that in mind, the manufacturers have slapped a UPF 50+ sun protection rating on them, providing a greater safeguard for your skin than most sun creams. You will find front mesh pockets, one on the rear and a cargo pocket on the left leg, while the roll-up leg snaps allow your body to breathe

  • Great for use in the outdoors
  • Mesh pockets were a poor choice of material

2. Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo

If you are particular about the shade of your future travel pants, then Columbia have you covered with a whopping 18 different trendy variations to choose from. These lightweight pants are done in the cargo design with six pockets, including two pockets on the legs, one of which is zippered.

Columbia normally means quality, and it is no different with these traveling pants, which can just as easily be used for hiking, fishing, hunting, or indeed any of your outdoor recreational hobbies.

The outer fabric of the pants is actually designed to absorb any water that it comes in contact with, and then spread rapidly across the material, allowing it to dry in record time. It is just one of the things we expect from these giants of the comfortable clothing industry

  • Comfortable and versatile
  • Waist sizes run a little small

3. ExOfficio Sol Cool Nomad Pant

These slim-designed pants come with a set of zippered side pockets and three different lengths to choose from. They are made completely from nylon, meaning they will have no problem whisking away a bit of moisture in a light shower, and will dry quickly if you get caught in a heavier one.

The pants come in road, walnut and cigar. And no, that is not a typo; those are the imaginatively named colors. The designers have incorporated something called ‘jade dust’ woven into the fabric which is meant to provide added UV protection, as well as providing odor resistance and breathability. They even claim it will make you feel 4°F cooler.

  • Amazing for traveling in hot, humid weather
  • Can require two hands to operate pocket zips

4. CQR Tactical Pants

There are good reasons why people are flocking to get their hands on a pair of these combat-oriented travel pants from CQR, and one of them is their cost-effective-yet-durable nature.

Coming in a crazy 37 different colors and styles, these cargo pants feature 8 different-styled pockets for a maximum range of uses. We are talking longer pockets for the army knives, and different variations for different tools and equipment.

The fabric is water, dirt, fade and wrinkle resistant, and comes with a comfortable multi-fit stretching waist band. There is an awesome tactical belt designed exclusively for these pants, but unfortunately, they do not come as a set.

  • Great value for money
  • Belt sold separately

5. Arcteryx Gamma LT Pants

These travel pants from Arcteryx will literally take you anywhere. They feature just the right amount of elastane to complement the nylon, meaning you get a pair of pants that are both highly water repellent and stretchy, making them another excellent hiking or even rock-climbing companion.

I love the gusseted crotch design that delivers the wearer a more mobile and active experience. Do you want to lunge in your pants? Show off your flexibility with a little bit of yoga? You will have no problem in these.

The effortless manoeuvrability available to you make these useful as a mid-layer in cooler climes, while the effortless breathability does not exclude them from use on your warmer weather forays either.

  • Stretchy and mobile
  • Expensive

6. UNIONBAY Rainier Travel Tech Chino Pants

These chino-style pants are mostly nylon with a bit of spandex, which dries quickly and provides at least UPF 50+ sun protection. It also gives them an added amount of stretchiness, something you may find endearing when on those long-haul flights.

Being made of nylon, they are going to pack a fair amount of water resistance and so they will be useful for those day hikes and when you are out exploring new cities. And they are chinos, so they are timeless, and you are going to look fashionable as well.

The range comes in 9 different colors and could be an excellent choice for those wanting to look trendy while traveling – without breaking the bank.

  • Good for those on a budget
  • Could use a couple more pockets

7. Camel Quick-Dry Travel Pants

Have we saved the best for last with these pants from Camel, that fold away compactly into their own back zipped-pocket? Perhaps we have. They come in three colors: black, grey and olive, and also feature two roomy pockets on the front.

These pants are ultra-lightweight – weighing in at 0.65 pounds – and as the name suggests, they are super-fast to dry (about 12.5% faster than their previous model, which in itself was pretty rapid). These two characteristics make these set of pants a great addition to you hiking inventory.

The 100D spandex makes these pants exceptionally comfortable, while the elastic waistband and drawcord design keeps them exactly where you want them.

  • Ultra compact
  • Sizes run a little large


It is hard to look past the Camel Quick-Dry Travel Pants as the best all-round product in this list. They are the most packable pants and therefore are the easiest to take with you. They are also quite affordable and therefore represent excellent value for money.

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If they are not your thing, then sitting in a close second place would be the Silver Ridge Cargo Pants by Columbia. Rounding out the list in third place is the pair from Arcteryx, just missing out on the top two because of its much higher price tag.

Best 9 Sun Hats for Men

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You’re about to visit a sweltering hot place, so you’re looking for some kind of sun protection. 

Sunscreen is not an option, because let’s be honest: That stuff’s smelly and sticky.

Borrowing your wife’s sun hat isn’t an option either, because (1) It’s hers, and (2) It probably has the sort of frills that’d attract the wrong kind of attention. 

The good news is, you don’t have to look far to find the best sun hats for men. All you have to do is read our guide on choosing the best sun hats, browse through our recs, and decide which one suits you best. 

What to Look for in a Sun Hat for Men


You might be thinking “Duh, that’s what I’m buying a sun hat for!” But we think it’s important to dig a little deeper into how a sun hat can protect you, exactly.

The most obvious consideration is the brim of the hat. The wider the brim, the less likely you’ll burn your head. Seems straightforward, doesn’t it?

Of course, you don’t want a mini-UFO on your head. You also don’t want a brim that’s too small to provide any sort of protection, no matter how stylish the hat looks otherwise.

Many sun hats for men have neck flaps. They protect your nape from the heat, but they’re not exactly the best-looking accessories to wear. Plus, there’s the issue of ventilation (i.e. your nape overheating from getting covered), but we’ll get to that in a bit.

Another thing to look at when considering how much protection a sun hat can provide is the UPF factor. It’s basically like the SPF factor, except for clothes instead of human skin. The highest UPF factor is 50+, so if protection is your priority, look for a sun hat with “50+” on the label. 


You know how closed spaces heat up after being under the sun for too long? The same principle works with hats. If your hat doesn’t have any sort of ventilation, you’ll feel your head (and neck, if the hat has a neck flap) heat up from the inside. Obviously, that defeats the purpose of wearing a sun hat in the first place!

Luckily, sun hats with neck flaps usually come with mesh. That way, the heat won’t be trapped inside the hat, and any sweat your body produces will have room to evaporate. 

Comfort and Fit

A sun hat for men can have all the protection in the world, but if you’re not comfortable wearing it, you might as well not wear one at all.

Your hat should neither be too tight nor too loose. To get the right hat size for you, wrap a tape measure around the widest part of your head, write down the measurement in inches and centimeters, and match the result to a standard hat size chart. Make sure you’re looking at the right chart: There are separate ones for adults and youths.

Don’t forget the material your sun hat is made of. Does it feel nice around your head, or do you feel like your scalp barely has room to breathe? Does the hat feel like it’s barely there, or does the material scratch and irritate your skin?  


Most sun hats aren’t designed for durability, but they should at least emerge unscathed from being crammed into your backpack, or getting blown away by the wind. If the material looks like it’s going to tear if you so much as pull at it, it’s probably not the best sun hat for men you’re looking for. 


You’ll notice that “style” is at the bottom of our list. That’s because, if you have to choose between utility and beauty, we’d generally recommend the former.

That said, if you don’t want to look like a discount sheikh, there are sun hats for men that look great while still offering the protection you need. Granted, they’re a bit pricier than most, but hey: Better that than a nasty case of sunburn!


These are the Best 9 Sun Hats for Men:

1. Home Prefer Mens UPF 50+ Sun Protection Cap Wide Brim Fishing Hat with Neck Flap

Don’t worry: If aqua blue isn’t your thing, this hat also comes in more masculine colors like army green, khaki, light gray and navy blue.

Colors aside, this one has just about everything you need in a sun hat. Brim that’s wide enough to shade your face? Check. Neck flap to protect your nape? Check. Mesh above the neck flap to aid ventilation? Check. A UPF factor of 50+? Check

  • Provides all-around protection without sacrificing comfort
  • Some of the available colors may not be for men

2. JFH Wide Brim Bora Booney Outdoor Safari Summer Hat

Despite its name, JFH’s outdoor safari hat isn’t just for safaris. Depending on the design you choose (and there are 24 of them), you can wear this hat at a backyard BBQ and not look out of place at all. 

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Compared to the last item on our list, this one’s made of tougher material. There’s a mesh wrapped around the crown, which makes it a one-size-fits-all hat, and provides ventilation to boot.

  • Versatile
  • Might be challenging to wash

3. DDYOUTDOOR Fishing Cap

Now, this one gives a whole new meaning to “all-around protection.” Aside from your head and nape, DDYOUTDOOR’s fishing cap also protects your face. The neck flap is detachable, so you can wear it like a traditional brim hat, like a fishing cap, or like someone who’s going on an undercover mission in the forest. If you have a lady in the family who’s into fishing, there’s a rose red version of this cap as well.

  • Protects your face, as well as your head and neck
  • Might not be suitable for small heads

4. EINSKEY Sun Hat for Men

EINSKEY’s sun hat for men and women is as traditional as it can get. It doesn’t have any neck or face flaps: Just a wide brim and an adjustable drawstring. Since it comes in neutral colors — dark gray, khaki, light gray and navy blue — it’s suitable for both sexes. The mesh is located on both sides of the crown, ensuring that you stay ventilated without trading off protection.

  • Simple design makes it suitable for everyday use
  • Lacks the additional protection provided by neck flaps

5. KeepSa Sun Hat for Men

What if there are days you need a hat, but not a hat’s brim? That must’ve been the thought process of whoever created this one. If, for whatever reason, you don’t need the brim, simply fasten the brim’s sides to their corresponding buttons on the crown. The hat comes in army green, black, coffee brown, grey and khaki — colors that make it easy to pair this hat with almost any outfit.

  • Simple yet elegant design
  • Brim is too short, even when fully extended

6. Home Prefer Men’s Sun Hat UPF 50+ Wide Brim Bucket Hat Windproof Fishing Hats

Don’t let its simple looks fool you. Although it looks like a run-of-the-mill fishing hat, Home Prefer’s sun hat for men comes with UPF 50+ rating. As we’ve explained earlier, 50+ is the highest possible rating for a hat that’s able to protect against UV rays. 

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The hat has two drawstrings — one at the back of the crown, the other around the chin area — which means this one can go with almost any head size. Also, you can choose from 15 colors, including army green, black, dark gray and navy blue.

  • High UPF factor
  • Design may be too basic for some people

7. JOSENI Outdoor Quick Dry Sun Hat Folding Portable Unisex UV SPF 50+ Baseball Cap

If it’s not too hot outside, a simple baseball cap might suffice. Then again, why go for just any baseball cap, when you can cap it off (excuse the pun) with UPF 50+ protection? 

Being the simplest hat on this list by far, it’s also the easiest to clean. And if a black or gray cap is too drab for you, you can always go for one that’s light blue, khaki, or (if you’re adventurous enough) two shades of purple.

  • Low maintenance
  • May not provide enough protection for more extreme weather conditions

8. Home Prefer Outdoor UPF50+ Mesh Sun Hat Wide Brim Fishing Hat with Neck Flap

Like the first item on our list, this one has UPF 50+ protection, a neck flap, a wide brim, and an adjustable chin strap. Unlike the first item on our list, the mesh on this one covers more of the crown, and the neck flap can be detached if you want a simple hat instead. It also comes in fewer colors: army green, black, dark gray, khaki, light gray, navy blue, purple and rose red.

  • Detachable neck flap makes for a versatile hat
  • Comes in fewer colors

9. Extra Big Size Brushed Twill Aussie Hats

You don’t have to be an Aussie to pull off an Aussie hat. Whether you’re going to the Land Down Under or not, this hat is stylish enough to pair with any casual outfit. At the same time, it’s wide-brimmed enough to shade your face on hot days. It’s about as basic a sun hat as you can get, though, so don’t expect any added protection to your face and neck.

  • Simple yet elegant design
  • No extra protection for the face and neck


A sun hat isn’t just a fashion statement. It’s also a way to let you enjoy the outdoors even when the heat gets unbearable. As long as you know how to choose the right sun hat for you, you can have a hat that not only lowers your risk of sunburns, but also adds pizzazz to your overall getup.

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What’s your experience with sun hats? Do they help with the hot days, or do good old-fashioned hats work just as well? Let us know in the comments — and maybe drop some recs on sun hats for men while you’re at it!

Best Digital Luggage Scales for Travel for 2019

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“Sorry, your luggage is over the weight limit.”

Those are eight words no traveller wants to hear.

After all, excess weight means you have to pay an extra $100 or more.

Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to let your bag pack the pounds. An extra souvenir here and a couple of trinkets there may not seem like much, but they can add up if you’re not careful.  

To be fair, approximating weights isn’t exactly a common skill. It’s not like you can tell off the bat that your bag is .003 pounds over the weight limit, right? 

That is, unless you use one of the world’s best digital luggage scales.

What’s a luggage scale, and why should you use one?

Using a luggage scale, you can check how heavy your luggage is, and estimate how much you need to pay for the excess before you get your bags checked.

That way, there will be no nasty surprises, no having to stay in line for too long (and annoy your fellow passengers in the process), and no having to make last-minute decisions on which of your cool souvenirs you need to leave behind.   

What should you look for in a luggage scale?

Ideally, you should choose a digital luggage scale, which is often more accurate in its measurements than, say, a weighing scale from a wet market.

A digital luggage scale should also be portable, since a bulky one would be harder to carry, add weight to your bag, and defeat the purpose of having a scale in the first place. 

Of course, since most scales consist of the scale proper and a strap, you should also check if the strap is sturdy and durable enough to carry a 50- to 100-pound bag. 

How do you keep your luggage from being overweight?

Tired of your bag always tipping the scales? Here’s how to keep your travel luggage as light as possible.

Step 1: Make a list of what you need, and stick to it.

When you have a list, it’s easier to visualize what and how much you’re actually packing. Jot down the items you’re bringing with you, along with their quantities (e.g. 1 three-piece suit, 5 pairs of socks, etc.).

If your list takes up half of a legal pad, you might want to give it a second look. Maybe you don’t need to bring five bottles of shampoo. Maybe you only need a couple of sweaters where you’re going. Or maybe that 400-page hardbound novel can be replaced with a light e-reader instead. 

Step 2: Choose clothes that you can reuse over and over again.

The more reusable clothes you have, the fewer clothes you have to bring, and the more space you can free up in your bag. Unless your clothes are mostly formal wear, or unless you have a bad case of hyperhidrosis, most people aren’t going to mind you wearing the same T-shirt three days in a row.  

Step 3: Bring laundry detergent and toiletries wrapped in protective packs.

Don’t have hyperhidrosis, but still conscious of your personal hygiene? If you have an adequate supply of water where you’re going, you can always wash your used clothes. Don’t have time to wash your clothes? Have a thorough bath, and spritz yourself with perfume or cologne to mask any unwanted smells.  

Step 4: Replace your heavier items with their lighter counterparts. 

To repeat an earlier example, bring an e-reader instead of a 400-page hardbound novel. Take an old-fashioned hand fan instead of a portable electric fan if you’re travelling to a tropical country. Carry travel-sized toothpaste instead of a whole 200-ml pack.     

Step 5: Pack only what you can fit into a carry-on, if possible.

Assuming you followed Steps 1 to 4, you shouldn’t have too much trouble fitting everything into one bag. As long as the length, height and width don’t add up to 45 inches and above, your carry-on can be brought on board without extra fees. 


Best Digital Luggage Scales for Travel for 2019

1. Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale w/ 110 lb Capacity

Made with a stainless steel top plate and a high strength bottom plate, the Tarriss digital luggage scale is durable enough to withstand being crammed and squeezed into the tightest spaces in your bag. The LCD display doesn’t use a backlight, meaning you can extend the life of its lithium battery for as long as possible. Plus, it has auto-shutoff, auto-lock display and a lifetime warranty that’s not usually offered by digital luggage scale manufacturers.

  • Durable
  • No-backlight display saves battery
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Not 100 percent accurate
  • Possible battery issues
  • No alert for final weight reading

2. Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale, Rubber Paint, Temperature Sensor, 110 Pounds

If you’re travelling to a place with extreme weather conditions, the built-in thermometer for this one might be useful. The Etekcity digital luggage scale automatically turns off to save battery, and will alert you if the battery levels are too low, or if the bag is too heavy. In case you need to convert pounds to kilograms and vice versa, the scale has a unit converter as well. Etekcity claims that the product is FDA/FCC/CE/ROHS compliant, and that it has a 1-year warranty.

  • FDA/FCC/CE/ROHS compliance
  • Unit converter feature
  • Low battery/overweight indicator
  • Display has no backlight, making it hard to see in dim light
  • Consumes battery life even when not in use
  • Not 100 percent accurate

3. Camry 110 Lbs Luggage Scale with Temperature Sensor and Tare Function Gift For Traveler, Silver, One Size

Feel like your luggage scale’s grip could be better? Camry’s digital luggage scale has a rubber paint handle to protect your fingers when the scale is in use. Additionally, it has a room temperature display, a low battery/overload indicator, and a 1 x 3V lithium cell CR2032 battery included. At 3.5 ounces, this luggage scale can be stored in your bag like a flashlight or a mobile gadget.

  • Easy to grip handle
  • Portable
  • Low battery/overweight indicator
  • Not 100 percent accurate
  • Battery drains when not in use
  • Possible issues in replacing CR2032 when travelling to other countries

4. Balanzza Ergonomic and Digital Luggage Scale, 5 Years, Up To 44 Kilogram/100 Lbs

Balanzza’s scale is easy to grip, with ridges around the sides for your fingers to hold comfortably. It’s also easy to use: Just turn on the scale, put your bag in the strap, lift, and wait for the beep indicating that the weighing process is complete.

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It’s not the sleekest or best-looking of the scales we’ve listed so far, but if you don’t mind sacrificing style for comfort, this one might be right up your alley.

  • Durable
  • Ergonomic Design
  • Uses standard AAA batteries
  • Design could be better-looking
  • Not 100 percent accurate
  • Heavier than most digital luggage scales

5. EatSmart Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale w/ 110 lb. Capacity & SmartGrip

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is a detachable handle instead of a scale. After all, you can’t see the display unless you look from the top. Still, we think the design is brilliant. 

Unlike most other digital luggage scales, EatSmart has a closed, ridged handle that minimizes the chances of accidentally dropping it while in use. There’s a 20-second auto off feature to prolong battery life, and a 2-year warranty to help address any existing issues.

  • Ergonomic, intuitive design
  • Durable
  • Can be attached to luggage like a handle
  • Not 100 percent accurate
  • Possible battery issues
  • Design might be a dealbreaker for some people

6. Letsfit Digital Luggage Scale, 110lbs Hanging Baggage Scale with Backlit LCD Display, Portable Suitcase Weighing Scale, Travel Luggage Weight Scale with Hook, Strong Straps for Travelers

Letsfit’s digital luggage scale is so small, you can actually fit it into your purse. The display is backlit, which comes in handy if you’re measuring your bags at night, or when the surrounding shadows make it too dark to see the display. The zero/tare function instantly resets the scale when not in use, and the slightly curved design makes for an easier grip. It helps that the attached strap is durable enough to last for at least a few years.

  • Portability
  • Backlit display
  • Easy grip
  • Scale might be too small to grip for some people
  • Battery is not included
  • Not 100 percent accurate

7.Luggage Scale, Kaistyle 110lb/50kg Digital Hanging Luggage Weight Scale for Travel

Kaistyle’s digital luggage scale has all the standard features, and then some. It’s small enough to hide in your pocket, has a capacity of up to 110 pounds, and has a sensor that displays temperatures in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. Plus, the 1.4 inch display has a green backlight (which might drain the battery’s life a little too quickly), and the unit button lets you instantly convert your luggage’s weight from pounds to kilos and vice versa.

  • Wide variety of features
  • Unit converter
  • Thermometer
  • Limited availability
  • Possible issues with battery holder
  • Doesn’t really have any standout features

8. Travel Inspira Digital Luggage Scales with Overweight Alert Rubber Paint Technology White Backlight LCD Display 110LB / 50KG

Not digging the usual drab colors for digital luggage scales? Travel Inspira offers theirs in bright red, black and silver. 

Their digital luggage scale isn’t just pretty. The handle’s rubber paint makes for a comfortable grip, while the data lock feature ensures that you have enough time to view the displayed weight before it resets. Other features that might interest you are the built-in thermometer, the backlit display and the CE/FCC/ROHS stamp of approval.

  • Comfortable grip
  • Data lock function
  • 2-year warranty
  • Not 100 percent accurate
  • Possible durability issues
  • Possible battery issues

9. Digital Luggage Scale Dunheger 110 lb FREE: Carry Bag + E-Guide + AAA Batteries

If you’d like to give a digital luggage scale as a gift, Dunheger’s has a soft carrying bag that your recipient might appreciate. They may also appreciate that the batteries are AAA, which is easier to get in some countries than lithium ones. 

Plus, the device is shaped in such a way that it’s easier to grip than most digital luggage scales. The display beeps once you’re done using the device, so you’re not confused about the varying numbers that might crop up.

  • Comes with a soft carrying bag and e-guide
  • Ease of finding batteries
  • Ergonomic grip
  • Possible durability issues
  • Not 100 percent accurate
  • Might be bulkier than you expect

10. AmazonBasics Portable Digital Luggage Weight Scale

If you’re getting a feel for how digital luggage scales work, AmazonBasics has just the thing for you. It has all the features you can reasonably expect from a digital luggage scale: compactness, 110-pound capacity, low-battery/error indicators, and a zero/tare function that resets the scale back to zero.

On the flipside, the CR2032 battery might be difficult to obtain in some countries. Some reviewers also note that the scale may not be entirely accurate.

  • Has all the standard features
  • Sturdy strap
  • Portable
  • Not 100 percent accurate
  • Doesn’t Hold its Shape
  • No standout features

11. [Backlight LCD Display Luggage Scale]Dr.Meter 110lb/50kg Electronic Balance Digital Postal Luggage Hanging Scale with Rubber Paint Handle,Temperature Sensor, Silver/Black, 1 Pack

In terms of display visibility, Dr. Meter’s digital luggage scale is one of the better ones. The backlight automatically adjusts to the surrounding light, ensuring ease when viewing the display. 

Related: 9 Of The Best Travel Humidifiers For 2019

Also, the scale uses rubber paint technology for an easier grip, has a unit converter from pounds to kilos and vice versa, and a thermometer that displays temperatures in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. There might be some accuracy issues, however. 

  • Quality backlit display
  • Wide array of features
  • Easy grip
  • Not 100 percent accurate
  • Possible durability issues

12. SHANJE Luggage Scale 110 Lbs High Precision Travel Digital Hanging Scales 50kg with Hook

SHANJE’s digital luggage scale is one of the sleeker models on this list. All of it is in a silver finish — even the strap! The manufacturer acknowledges that the product has a measurement error of 1 oz (30 g), which at least gains them points for honesty. Depending on what you’re measuring, you can use the hook or the strap to secure the object you’re weighing to the scale.

  • Sleek design
  • Option to change strap to hook, and vice versa
  • Ergonomic design
  • Measurement error of 1 oz (30 g)
  • Possible durability issues
  • Possible battery issues


There’s no one-size-fits-all digital luggage scale. Some people are OK with just the standard features (e.g. relatively high accuracy and durability), while others need a little bit more (e.g. thermometer, backlit display). 

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There’s also no “perfect” digital luggage scale. Whichever one you use, you’re bound to encounter issues — whether in the accuracy of the scale relative to the airport’s, or the fact that the type of battery might not be available in the country you’re visiting. Check out the reviews for yourself, weigh the pros and cons carefully, and pick the scale you believe suits your needs best.  

What’s the best digital luggage scale you’ve ever used? Tell us in the comments!

10 Of The Best Camera Backpacks

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Whether you are a disappear-into-the-jungle-for-days kind of photographer, or more of a Sunday amateur, then you are probably looking for something entirely different to carry your camera around with you.

The person that stands on a crater to photograph an eruption will need different gear to the person snapping butterflies in the local meadow. We have laid out the differences and summed up the features to make your life easier, so read on as we look at 10 of the best camera backpacks on the market in 2019.

Different backpacks for different styles

Camera bags are usually designed with certain hobbies in mind, so here are a couple of things to think about before purchasing your new toy:

  • Great Outdoors – If you are going to be taking natural landscape shots, it is possible you will be on the trail for days at a time. You will need to look for something with comfortable straps and made from a water-resistant material. The better packs will come with a waterproof cover for extra protection for your technology, while you should be looking for extra features like a water bottle holder, or perhaps one that is hydration pack-compatible.
  • Urban – Forget trail packs with all those dangling compression straps and hip belts getting in the way. Leave your things in the hotel room for the day and go lightweight, with only the photography essentials for a day of urban exploration.
  • Discreet – Some camera backpacks just scream look at me, I’m a camera backpack! Which is not a good thing if you are taking it somewhere a little bit dangerous. Think the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, for instance. If you do not want people to know you are carrying around a lot of expensive camera equipment, then buy a pack that is designed not to look like it is full of expensive camera equipment. They have those now.

The professional pack

If you are a professional photographer, I will not belittle you by telling you what kind of pack you need. If you are an aspiring professional, lend me your ears! The top camera backpacks will usually have space for 2 DSLR cameras, 4 to 6 lenses depending on their size, as well as room for all the other bits, such flash assemblies, extra batteries, chargers, a drone, tripod, laptop, tablet and pretty much anything else you could possibly need to take a photo and make some money from it.

The multipurpose pack

Designed with the amateur in mind, these backpacks will normally hold one camera and a couple of lenses, but will always have an additional (sometimes larger) compartment for other items you may need throughout the day. Take your sun cream, towel and head to the beach, or pack that book, your lunch and go to the park, knowing all the while your camera is on hand if you need to take that all-important shot.

With some packs you are able to completely remove the padded inserts, turning it into a regular backpack that can be used for anything you like. So, let’s have a look at them.

1. Evecase Extra Large Professional

We are beginning this list with a bang, in the form of this masterpiece from Evecase. The bag features a water bottle and tripod holder, a 15.6” padded laptop sleeve and a waterproof cover to go along with a higher number of external and internal pockets than I can even to count to.

The foam dividers in the pack keep your camera and accessories safe and compartmentalized. I love that you can then remove all those foam dividers, and what you have is a pack with sudden roominess, and a versatility that makes it useful for school, hiking, work or travel.

The main compartment is on the upper part of the bag, and can house one DSLR camera with 2 – 4 lenses, depending on their size. The smaller bottom chamber can fit your other DSLR, along with another 2 lenses. An awesome choice for the serious photographer.


Laptop Compatible


A little big for some
At 6 pounds it is heavy

2. Vanguard Havana 41

There is something that just says I am going to the beach with the Havana 41. I am not sure if it is the sandy color of the pack, or the way it hangs casually from your back, but this laid back pack from Vanguard ticks all the right boxes for me.

It can hold a 13” laptop and comes with a waterproof cover. It has a padded insert in the lower section that will hold a DSLR and 1-2 lenses, along with your flash assembly and a few other bits and pieces.

The designers of this bag firmly have in mind that you will be engaging in other recreational activities (maybe swimming at the beach), providing ample space in the main compartment for storing your daily essentials (like a towel to dry yourself).


Cool, beach-style vibe
Removable insert to leave camera at home


A little small for serious picture takers.

3. Thule Aspect DSLR Backpack

This is a basic, but very well-thought-out pack, with a side pocket for quick camera access. I also like the little mesh pockets on the hip belt, something that is often lacking in backpacks in this category. It just makes life so much easier to be able to slide that lens cap away to get your shot. Or to take whatever is in your hands, quickly out of them, just in case you need them for that all-important photo.

It has a padded sleeve that runs along your back for a 15.6” laptop or tablet and a decent-sized top compartment with a few separate pockets for storing other non-photography-related items.


Removable compartments
Basic and easy to use
Made in USA.


Need to purchase rain cover separately.

4. Case Logic SLRC-206

This is a pretty cool pack from Case Logic. First you have the EVA foam base, a solid waterproof platform that enables the bag to sit upright, no matter where you put it. It is also shock resistant and highly durable.

The top of the pack houses a smallish, easy-to-use zipper, which when opened up reveals a surprisingly large chamber for your DSLR with lens attached. And not just any lens. Try your longest zoom lens and I bet it still fits!

The design is such that the lens sits in a hammock vertically in the bag, meaning you can rearrange the foam dividers in the main pack to allow larger lenses to protrude through the bag.

This is one very cool, very lightweight pack. I think I will go and buy one.


Clever design, unique
Useful external pockets
Compatible with 16” laptop
Compatible with 17” Macbook


Needs waterproof cover

5. Lowepro Tahoe Backpack

Being very clever, the people at Lowepro have gone ahead and designed a sporty, lightweight backpack, that can either transport your DSLR camera, or your small drone. It is specifically designed with the DJI Mavic Pro and the DJI Spark in mind, so keep that in yours before you purchase this product.

What else? Not much really, just the basics done exceptionally well, which is all you can ask for. A discreet padded sleeve for the tablet, a customizable lens compartment to go with wonderfully comfortable straps. A great choice for those looking to get out and explore the world.


Sporty Design
Great for Hiking


A little small

6. Altura Photo Camera Backpack

If you need room for other stuff, to go along with your photography gear, then you may need to look elsewhere, because you will not find any in this backpack from Altura. This pack lives and breathes photography, but you will find space for both a 13” laptop and a 10” tablet.

If you need the ability to carry 2 different cameras, up to 6 lenses, a flash assembly and a tripod, then this could be the bag you are looking for. Additionally, it is made of a water-repellent grade of nylon and comes with a detachable rainproof cover, just in case the weather turns ugly.


Water resistant
Comfortable straps and waist belt


Not much space
Not much padding to keep gear safe.

7. Beschoi DSLR Camera Backpack

This is a similar-yet-slimline version of the Altura above, in that it is a photography purists backpack; plain and simple. The feature-packed nylon waterproof bag will hold 1 or 2 DSLR cameras and has space for 4 to 6 lenses, depending on their size.

As with a lot of these packs, the interior compartments are movable and therefore removable, making this a useful all-round day pack as well, given that you unzip into just one large compartment. There is a sleeve designed to fit your 14” laptop as well.


Comes in three different sizes


Only the largest one comes with a rain cover.

8. Case Logic DCB-309

Another dual camera-carrying classic, this pack can hold up to 3 lenses as well as your flash and 14” laptop (up to 15” Macbook). It comes with a weather hood that fits snugly over the backpack to provide extra protection when you are at the mercy of the elements.

There are no bells and whistles on this pack, just a good camera bag, well made.


Good protection from the elements
Customizable interior.


Zipper strings are weak – might not last long
Straps could use more padding

9. Manfrotto MB MS-BP-IGR

With an eye on fashion and keeping with the times, this lovely lightweight pack from Manfrotto ticks all the right boxes. It has a spacious main compartment that lends the bag a world of versatility, being useful for so much more than just photography.

I love that you can take it away with you for the weekend, and nothing else is required. Camera, check. Toothbrush, check. Change of clothes, check! The photography compartment is on the small side for all you lens collectors out there, but if you are a minimalist who wants to look cool, this may be the pack for you.


For DSLR or CSC cameras


Small camera compartment

10. Endurax Waterproof Camera Backpack

You are going to turn a few heads when you unsheathe your camera from this Endurax backpack, a company where innovation seems to be king, for you will pull the camera out of your main backpack from a sliding drawer. And this drawer just so happens to be a detachable mini shoulder bag for short expeditions.

It is sleek and fashionable and you will attract attention. The pack also comes with room for a 15.6” laptop and has external space for either a tripod or water bottle.


Fashionable and innovative
Dual protection for your camera


Small camera compartment
For 2 lenses only

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It is impossible to pick only one backpack from the above list and make it the winner, because they are all useful for different things.

The professionals among us will need space for more gear, the outdoors enthusiast will need a more comfortable carrying experience and a waterproof pack, and so on. With that in mind, here is my pick of the bunch, based upon what the backpacks will be used for:

Best Professional Pack:      Evecase Extra Large Professional

Best Casual Pack:                Vanguard Havana 41

Best Design:                  Case Logic SLRC-206

Best Outdoors:              Lowepro Tahoe Backpack

9 Of The Best Waterproof Duffel Bags

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Looking for a backpack or suitcase alternative? Need something versatile, durable and easy to handle?

You just might want to add a duffel bag to your luggage collection.

Whether you want a bag that’s compact and foldable or something downright gigantic with a huge capacity, stay tuned to find out what are some of the best waterproof duffel bags out there.

How to Choose the Best Duffel Bag?

We’ve taken the time to elaborate on some of the most crucial aspects concerning duffel bags, so you’ll be able to make a reasonable, informed decision once you decide to make a purchase.

Size & Capacity

The One Size Fits All rule doesn’t apply to duffel bags. This handy piece of luggage can greatly vary in both size and capacity and the best choice for you depends on the length of your vacation, means of transportation, type of holiday etc.

If you’re traveling by plane and plan on using a duffel as a carry-on, make sure to pick a smaller sized bag that fits the airline specifications. Smaller-sized duffels can have a capacity from 25-50 liters and are a great choice if you’re used to packing lightly.

However, if you’re planning a long expedition and need to carry a lot of heavy gear, then you might want to consider heavy-duty duffel bags which have a storage capacity of 75 liters and higher.

Inbetweeners who need extra space but not a really massive bag can always opt for a medium-sized duffel with a 50-75 liter capacity.

Durability & Material

Duffel bags can be made from a variety of different materials such as Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), nylon, Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), oxford fabric, leather etc.

While all the above-mentioned materials have their pros and cons, it’s important to keep in mind that none of them is superior over the other and the overall quality and durability of the bag depend on a variety of other factors such as construction, hardware, lining, finishing etc.

The bags are frequently treated with protective finishes in order to make them waterproof, fire retardant and abrasion-resistant.

Straps & Handles

While a typical duffel will be equipped with strong handles to carry in one hand, some of them are designed with multiple grab handles on the sides of the bag for easier handling.

Some duffel bags also come with removable and adjustable straps. Depending on the overall design, you might be able to carry the duffel over your shoulder or even as a backpack.

Access & Functionality

The best duffel bag will offer plenty of interior storage for all your belongings, but also a fair amount of easily accessible pockets and pouches on the outside of the bag.

The bag should have separate, well-organized compartments so it’d be easier to locate and store your valuables without having to rummage through the whole bag.

Some duffel bags might even be equipped with additional straps or rings so they can be attached to a car, boat or another type of vehicle.

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Best Luggage Carts for Travel for 2020

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You’re not a “light traveler,” by any stretch of the imagination.

It’s not rare for you to lug around three or more suitcases at a time. Somehow, despite your lack of a Ph.D. in physics, you manage to keep your bags upright from the airport all the way to your home.

Still, you know you can do better.

You know that frequently travelling with bags that weigh as much as you will take its toll on you eventually.

In fact, you may have heard a horror story or two about injuries caused by heavy luggage.

If you’re not already a victim of baggage-related injuries, you sure as heck don’t want to become one.

One way to avoid getting injured by your luggage is to buy the best luggage carts you can get your hands on.

Why Use Luggage Carts?

Specifically, why bring your own luggage carts? Won’t they just take up more space in your bags? Don’t airports already offer those?

Actually, there are a handful of good reasons to bring your own luggage cart.

Luggage carts save space.

Unlike the wheels on wheeled bags, luggage carts can be separated from the luggage they’re carrying. Most luggage carts can be folded and tucked anywhere you want, so you don’t have to worry about the carts’ wheels taking up too much space in the overhead cabin.

Also, if you’re using luggage carts, chances are most of your bags aren’t the wheeled sort. In other words, the airport guy is more likely to let your bags on board, since there aren’t any wheels to hog space in the overhead compartment.

Luggage carts keep you safe.

Since you don’t have to put luggage carts in the overhead cabin, they’re not likely to roll off and land on your head. And since luggage carts are often used when your carry-on luggage doesn’t have wheels, the latter isn’t likely to roll out of the cabin either. As you know, luggage-related injuries are far too common, so luggage carts can literally save your life.

Luggage carts give you more mobility.

Sometimes, you want to drag your luggage on wheels. Other times, you want to carry it by hand or on your back.

Most bags only allow one of the above options. With a luggage cart, you have the option to put all your bags in one cart and drag them from there, or tuck the cart away and use whatever strength you have to carry your bags instead.

Luggage carts can be used outside the airport. 

Of course, this only applies if you buy your own luggage cart. If you’re renting a cart from the airline (or from a third party), there might be a limit as to how far you can take the cart before giving it back to the renter.

Related: 9 Of The Best Wheeled Backpacks for Travel for 2020

On the other hand, if you bring your own luggage cart, you can take it all the way to your house, and not have to worry about paying extra fees for a one-time service.

Luggage carts keep the weight off your shoulders (literally).

This is arguably the most important benefit of luggage carts. You don’t have to worry about strategically stacking bags anymore: All you have to do is put all your bags into your cart, and let the cart do all the heavy lifting for you.

How to Choose Luggage Carts

Check the maximum capacity.

As sturdy as luggage carts are, there’s a limit to how much weight they can carry. Before you buy one, make sure it’s capable of carrying the usual amount of luggage you use when travelling. Also, if you have doubts about the maximum capacity advertised by the manufacturer, check out what other customers have to say.

Don’t compromise on durability.

The last thing you want is your luggage cart breaking before you get into your ride back home. Do your homework on both the cart’s material and manufacturer. Check whether the material is the durable sort, and whether the manufacturer has a solid reputation for high-quality products.

Make sure the size is right.

If you’re not putting the luggage cart in the overhead cabin (and it’s highly recommended that you don’t, for reasons we’ve talked about above), it should be small enough to fit underneath the airline seat. At the same time, it should be large enough (when extended) to accommodate all the bags you intend to put into it.

Make sure the luggage cart fits your unique needs.

At the very least, your luggage cart should score high in terms of capacity, durability and size. However, you may have additional requirements for your cart, such as the ability to fold easily, or the ability to be used for purposes other than carrying travel luggage. In that case, check whether the cart meets these requirements as well.

Need help assembling your luggage cart? Check out this video:


5 Best Luggage Carts for Travel for 2020

Samsonite Compact Folding Luggage Cart

Samsonite’s travel products are usually excellent, and their luggage cart is no exception. With a maximum extended height of 37 inches, and a capacity of up to 70 pounds, it can accommodate at least two standard-sized carry-ons.

At the same time, the luggage cart is light enough to stash wherever you want, and easy enough to fold that you won’t take too much time setting it up. For a product that’s US$30 as of this writing, this one’s a steal.

On the other hand, you might want to be careful about the way you tug at the handles, since they can get stuck. You’ll also want to avoid an unbalanced load, as the cart might tip to the side.

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AODAILIHB Portable Folding Luggage Cart 360° Rotate Wheels Load 440 pounds

Flexibility was obviously AODAILIHB’s priority when designing this luggage cart. The wheels can rotate 360 degrees, allowing you to change direction in a jiffy. The base plate is also extendable, which is great if your luggage proves to be larger than you anticipated. You can even use it for non-travel related stuff, such as transporting boxes when you’re moving house.

When folded, the cart’s size is 17.7 x 12.2 x 4.1 inches, making it easy to tuck into the corner of your house or car. When extended, the cart can accommodate up to 440 pounds — an incredible capacity, any way you look at it.

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TravelKart Travel Luggage Cart

If you’re looking for a medium capacity luggage cart, this TravelKart item is the way to go. It won’t be able to carry as much as the ones we’ve already talked about, but it’s still a solid choice for a 1- to 2-day trip.

Related: 9 of the Best Pieces of Underseat Carry On Luggage for 2020

For one, the stretch cords are straightforward to use: Just wrap them around your bag(s), and you’re good to go. It’s also small enough to carry wherever you go, and the material is sturdy enough that you don’t have to worry about it collapsing onto itself. The wheels might break a little too easily though, so you might not want to use this over Europe’s cobblestone streets.

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Ultimaxx Folding Compact Lightweight Premium Luggage Cart – Travel Trolley

A name like “Ultimaxx” might be overselling it, but if you’re looking for a barebones luggage cart, it might not hurt to give this one a try.

If your bag doesn’t already have wheels, simply attach it to this cart and pull it around like wheeled luggage.

Related: 9 Of The Best Pieces Of Underseat Carry On Luggage For 2020

The handle extends up to 36.5 inches high, allowing you to stack at least one more bag on top. Since the base plate is a bit small, however, you might encounter stability issues unless you’re a loading/stacking genius. Also, this cart is designed with the Ultimaxx Pro series bags in mind, so you might want to check those out too.

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FCH Folding Hand Truck Aluminum Portable Folding Hand Cart 165lbs Capacity Hand Cart and Dolly

Want a little more personality for your luggage cart? The FCH line of carts comes in four different colors: black, blue, purple and red. With a maximum capacity of 165 pounds, the cart can carry most types of travel luggage, and then some.

FCH’s folding system is pretty straightforward. If you want to use the cart, push the wheels outwards and the base plate downwards; otherwise, fold them in the opposite direction. When extended, the handle can reach up to 39.37 inches — meaning you can fit a couple of standard-sized bags, or one long bag/box, at a time.

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Whether you’re tired of figuring out the law of physics that allows you to carry four large bags at a time, or you’re simply unable to carry heavy luggage due to health reasons (e.g. muscle pain, back injury), a luggage cart can be a great help. You only have to pack your bags onto it the way you’d pack your stuff into your bags, and you’re all set.

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And if you’re careful to choose the right luggage cart for your needs, you can be sure your future trips will be relatively hassle-free.

What are your thoughts on luggage carts? Any recommendations other than the ones we gave above? Let us know in the comments!