I’m always on the hunt for new tips to make traveling as hassle-free and comfortable as possible. Last May I wrote about my quest for stylish walking shoes in preparation for summer travel, and many of you sent helpful feedback. Just like our tagline says – celebrating inspired living with a little help from our friends – we love learning and sharing from one another. Read on for the tips I gathered the past few months.
The Dansko Helen in black suede are my new must-haves in the suitcase. Compared to the traditional Dansko clog, they are smaller in profile, lighter-weight, breathable with black mesh in the toe box, and substantially more stylish. When faced with a horrid gate issue at Boston’s Logan Airport, I OJ’d through the concourses, changed terminals, slipped these off and on quickly in the security line (they have metal plates that are not TSA-friendly) and sprinted for the gate just before the jetway door closed.
tSt (sporting them above) bought them for hiking and biking on our upcoming Biking Belles trip to the San Juan Islands, remarked,
I think I would also wear them for travel with black pants and city-walking, like Chicago or NYC!
Two of you mentioned purchasing Clarks models after reading about them in the walking shoes post.
bJm purchased the Sand Nubuck wedge and says,
…my go-to shoe this past summer. Wore them all day long with shorts, pants, a dress….flattering, feminine, and the perfect heel height!
jCb bought the Caslynn Shae metallic gold wedge and commented,
I received so many compliments on those shoes and I just love wearing them. They are so comfortable!
You now have three stylish walking shoes with the TGP Seal of Approval.
Mobile Passport App
LDB spotted a sign promoting a free app for iOS and android phones that streamlines the immigration process for those who don’t have the Global Entry designation. In short, once you set up your secure profile in Mobile Passport Control, when you return from a trip abroad to the U.S., you can skip the loonnnggg immigration and customs lines and head straight to the express lane, show the Customs and Border Agent the QR code for your flight, and proceed to baggage claim. You can do this for all members in your family as well, so nobody holds up the return.
And speaking of baggage claim, standing there requires the weary traveler to summon an abundance of patience, wondering if their luggage arrived and in what condition.
Bag in a Bag
I stood behind jDa in the baggage check line and watched her bag her carry-on bag. She does this to protect her luggage. She uses an Osprey Airporter LZ Pack Duffel from REI and pops her bag into it while standing in bag drop line. I asked her if the wheels ever break through the nylon bag; she said she typically doesn’t roll it once it’s in the bag.
Numerous luggage protectors are on the market, but I couldn’t find any that protect the wheels, which can be a huge problem if broken. I like jDa’s solution to protect the entire bag.
When I travel, I abandon my usual minimalist cross-body bag and haul a backpack, like the one seen below on my family trip to Spain.
It’s serviceable and doesn’t scream anything offensive but is decidedly old and frumpy. I’ve been on a quest for a worthy replacement, and finally discovered, through a link from the Skimm, the STATE Bags, whose tag line cool and classic backpacks and bags for a good cause resonated with me.
In addition to its style, I love this backpack’s interior cushioning for protecting phones, cameras and laptops. Also, its flat bottom makes it easier to stand upright. I searched long and hard for this backpack, so much so LDB quipped, our long national nightmare is over.
Keep sharing the intel friends! See how much we can learn from each other?
September 8, 2016