Must-Have Resources for Every TraveliterIf you don't read any further at this web site, just go to the following three sites and you'll be a smarter traveler.
A comprehensive list of reviewed web sites is available at the Web Site Review section here. The following are those that I feel all readers should at least take a look at. Disclaimer: I produce this FAQ for free. I have not been paid by any of the following for their inclusion here, nor do I get any commercial gain from this listing.
If you decide to contact any of these places, please do me a favor by mentioning that you read about them here on the Travelite FAQ! Thanks!
In the process of becoming a traveliter, I believe everyone should try to get their hands on the following:
Magellan's: For More Comfortable, Safe and Rewarding Travel
Magellan's finally has its own domain web site. They are now even taking orders online, and their online catalog looks as comprehensive as their print catalog. You may have travel-related stores in your nearest mall, but Magellan's, IMHO, is the king of mail-order travel merchandise. I've never seen any other place with more or better travel "stuff" than these guys. They've got everything from money belts and travelpacks to collapsible water bottles and toiletry kits. They also specialize in electrical adapters and converters.
I have shopped with Magellan's these last few years, and their customer service (both mail order and in person) are incredible (to a level I thought was basically non-existent in the '90s). Drop by their store if you're ever in Santa Barbara. I was a bit surprised at the small size of their store, but it made perfect sense since they specialize in minimal packing.
TravelSmith: Outfitting Guide and Catalog from TravelSmith
TravelSmith is once again back on the web, this time with their own domain name. Their site is fully operational now, with many of their catalog items as well as online shopping.
What Magellan's is to travel "stuff" TravelSmith is to travel clothing. The folks at TravelSmith call themselves "the Gurus of Travel Wear," and I have to admit their products are both unique and impressive. For example, many of their outfits (for both women and men) are lightweight and wrinkle-resistant. Their prices are a bit on the higher side if you're used to other mail order firms like L.L. Bean and Lands' End, but TravelSmith outfits seem tailored for traveliters. Note that there is some merchandise overlap between Magellan's and TravelSmith, although it is minimal.
The Packing Book: Secrets of the Carry-On Traveler
This book well-capsulizes the travelite philosophy. I've bought copies of these for my traveload friends, much to their appreciation. There are other books on similar subjects, but hers touches the most bases. It goes into far more detail about choosing luggage and clothing than I have room for here, including shopping checklists. I use some of her tips myself, and I recommend taking a look at it if you have a chance.
IMPORTANT: I am not the author of this book, and I am in no way affiliated with the book, nor with the author.
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