Planning a bucket list adventure for the new year? If so, here are a few key items that’ll ensure you’re ready for anything your travels fling your way and the photos you snap are ready for their close-ups.
Geoffrey Kent, founder of luxury small group tour operator Abercrombie & Kent, suggests packing a pair of lightweight boots, an indestructible pair of binoculars and a camera with a good zoom lens – and then packing it all in a Briggs & Riley’s Baseline case.
“It compresses so I have more room for the treasures my wife finds,” Kent said, noting that some destinations, like Croatia, boast excellent bargain shopping where having luggage with the ability to size-up really counts.
The secret is in the customization
Briggs & Riley’s Baseline allows travelers to customize their carry-on, whether it’s being packed for a musical heritage-themed tour to Vienna, a journey to a Beijing hutong or a shopping or fishing expedition to Croatia – three of the bucket list adventures available with Abercrombie & Kent’s new value-priced Connections. Headlining this ingenious collection is the Domestic Carry-On Expandable Upright with CX Expansion System ($449).
A simple ergonomic operation expands the bag to nearly 25 percent of its original size; that means more room for more stuff, an especially handy feature for longer trips or treks to shopping meccas. Once the bag is loaded and closed, you press down lightly on the lid and – viola! – the bag compresses to its original size. You won’t need to check it, nor will you need to wrestle with it to get it into the overhead bin.
Bucket list essentials
Make sure your second carry-on item is as hardworking as the first. Bring along ECBC’s compact and water-repellent Lance Daypack ($149.99). Excellent for serious sightseeing or hiking excursions, it is roomy enough to hold everything: stow your laptop in the padded, checkpoint-friendly FastPass sleeve and tuck your tablet into an interior compartment, along with a change of clothes or swimwear, pens, meds, electronics and more.
Unzip the utility side pockets to hold two bottles of water and add your shades or mp3 player to the fleece-lined top pocket. This bag is made to withstand the rigors of the road in ballistic nylon with an EVA foam back panel – comfy, too, with sternum strap and waist buckle.
Another essential is SpareOne ($99.99), the world’s only cell phone powered by a single AA battery. Should an emergency arise while you’re exploring Monument Valley or Machu Picchu, you’ll be able to count on this CES Best of Innovations winner for 2013, which delivers up to 10 hours of talk time when in use.
Slim, smooth and easily slipped into purse or pocket, this cell phone features a dedicated 911 dial button (which works even without a SIM card) and room for nine speed dial numbers, plus a TorchLight that provides 24 hours of continuous light. If you’re traveling someplace with limited access to reliable power – say on safari to East Africa – this phone needs to go along with you.
Immortalize your bucket list memory
You won’t need to pack this; the technology will be waiting for you – and your camera – when you get home. MyPix2Canvas turns digital photos into show pieces to hang on your walls by printing them on museum-grade canvas that is then sealed with a protective coating.
MyPix2Canvas is a division of Artful Color, a fine art reproduction business, so your bucket list pics get the gallery treatment with prints wrapped on high-quality, kiln-dried fir stretcher bars and edge options including Over Wrap, Mirror Wrap and Multi-Color Wrap.
The images can be printed in full color, sepia tone or black and white, and the service includes an easy-to-use design studio to enhance your photos prior to printing. Costs range from about $30 to $350, depending on the size of canvas. There is free image color correction, red-eye removal and date stamp removal – and how many of us haven’t forgotten to deactivate that setting! – as well as advanced editing options (additional cost).
You’ve taken the bucket list adventure – might as well show it off!