Packable Backpack

Magellans Daytripper Bag Packable Backpack

If you are looking for a perfect-sized packable backpack, we found a nifty item that can really save the day!  The Daytripper bag by Magellans is a completely portable pack that stows away in a small zipper pouch until you need it.  The pack has ample space for any essentials you may need.  We like to stuff it in our pocket as a just-in-case bag.  It is a great on-the-go travel beach bag.  The outer pocket is lockable.  We also use it after swimming to carry our swimsuits and towels.  When not in use, this bag takes up only as much room as a pair of socks.  You can find this great bag at

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Trina Spring 2012

Trina Casablanca Collection

If you are looking for a sleek, contemporary style for your travel accessories, we recommend Trina’s Spring 2012 collection.  We recently reviewed the Casablanca Essential Weekender and Makeup Roll.  Each piece contains a bright green with white stripes outlined in brown.  The collection contains a protective plastic exterior.

The Casablanca Essential Weekender contains a waterproof insert and lining to store anything you are going to carry, including shampoo, makeup remover, or a wet swimsuit.  The Casablanca makeup roll is the ideal size to carry your makeup and get easy access to it.  You won’t lose sight of the Casablanca collection.  It is durable, well-made, and stylish.  The gold handles and accents add class and sophistication.  We recommend it as an accessory that will invigorate your travel accessory wardrobe.

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Rating: 3 stars!  Good!

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Travel In Style With This Travel Duo

Versailles iPad Shoulder Bag

What three words are music to a traveler’s ears?  “Pack your bags!”

Beauty comes in small packages, and it’s especially great when they’re travel-related!  When it comes to travel, less is more.  We recently tested two bags you will want to make part of your permanent travel fleet.

Versailles iPad Shoulder Bag

Ornate jacquard graces a black iPad case to create a beautiful masterpiece bag.  Once you see it, you will want to carry your iPad everywhere in this!  Whether for travel or leisure, this bag perfectly fits your iPad and contains extra padding to protect and secure it.

Lipault Weekend Shoulder Bag

The Lipault Weekend Shoulder Bag is sleek, sophisticated, and best of all?  Compact!  This amazing shoulder bag flattens for easy storage yet expands to provide the perfect roominess needed for weekend travel.

What our reviewers liked most: spacious design and smooth, 420-denier reinforced nylon.  This bag is made of durable material with a beautiful sheen.  It is extremely lightweight yet high-quality.

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

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Expand Your Horizons, Not Your Luggage With Three-In-One Luggage

AT505 by High Sierra Sport

   I love to travel, but I do not like to haul heavy luggage around.  Finding the right luggage for my needs has proven a greater task than I thought. I tried several bags, cases, and systems. After talking to lots of savvy travelers, I have discovered the secret art of traveling light.
     I have all of my clothes separated by using clear storage bags to tightly roll them up in. That way, I can store more in a smaller space. I also experimented with taking less and washing smaller items each night, letting them dry over night and using a blow dryer to finish them off in the morning. I can dry my socks in 1-2 minutes each morning this way.
     Gone are the days that I bring enough socks and underwear for every day of the trip. Now, 3-4 pair of each along with two pair of zip off pants, 3-4 shirts, a swim suit and a few t-shirts, and two pair of shoes make up my luggage for a two week trip.
The perfect suitcase for the job?  We recommend the A.T. Go 505 by High Sierra Sport.  We tested it, tried it, and love it.
This single case has everything you could ever want and need for a weekend or a trip to Europe. Not only does it roll, it also has a zip off backpack. The removable backpack is light but completely useful for transporting things to your destination, as well as taking it out for the day once you arrive. It has both top, and side carry handles, making this a bag that you can get to, and from, any position easily.
     The larger part of the system is laid out very well and has a hidden pocket behind the backpack position so you can keep private things private while traveling. The AT 505 also has hidden backpack straps so I can backpack the whole case to and from your destination if you wish.
Furthermore, we packed two weeks of clothes and backpacked the AT505 with no trouble at all. We thought it would be really heavy, but we were surprised at how easy it was to pack. Being able to carry the 505 in so many different ways makes it the most user friendly travel case I have ever used.
     Let me tell you that with the AT505, you will never fight another suitcase up or down stairs again, and being able to backpack the whole case is a real advantage.
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Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!
~ Keith Lee
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Rest On The Road With Bucky

Bucky Eye Shades With Ear Plugs

Rest On The Road With Bucky

 Attention: all tired and weary travelers!  Be tired and weary no more.  Bucky to the rescue.  The Bucky Eye Shades with Ear Plugs will ensure you get the sleep you need no matter where you are.  We have reviewed several sleep masks over the years.  These are at the top of our list!  They are comfortably plush and roomy.  They achieve the instant “drape effect”.  The “drape effect” occurs when you feel as if you are in a room with thick drapes, enshrouded in darkness for the perfect resting conditions. 

 We tested them on and off the road and found them to be suitable for travel and daily use.  Our favorite feature: Bucky Eye Shades with Ear Plugs contain a hidden pouch which holds a pair of ear plugs on a cord.  Now, you will never have to wonder where you put your ear plugs again. 

 Bucky also makes matching travel pillows so you can rest in style.  We reviewed the Minnie Travel Pillow.  The Minnie is miniature travel pillow which will give support in tight spaces, such as airplane seats.  It is also a great neck pillow for kids.  Bucky even makes the Bucky Bag, a travel pouch for the Minnie so it stays clean on the road. 

 The Bucky Eye Shades with Ear Plugs are a must-have for serious travelers looking for rest on the road.  The Minnie Travel Pillow and Bucky Bag will add to your resting bliss as well.  We recommend them!

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Rating: 4 Stars!  Very good!

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3-in-1 Luggage For Short Trips

Magellans Eagle Creek 22" Traverse Pro

At Best Of The Best, we never stop searching for ways to make travel better.  Whether products, places, or services, we are engaged in a relentless pursuit of perfection.  One the most important elements of travel is finding great luggage.  Many of us learned the hard way early on that traveling light is the best way to travel.  It has everything to do with the luggage you take!

One of our favorite pieces of luggage is the Eagle Creek Traverse Pro 22”.  The Traverse Pro 22” weighs less than 7 pounds, is a rolling carry-on with detachable daypack.  It truly is an all-in-one luggage system.  The backpack has a checkpoint-friendly laptop compartment for up to 17” laptops.  This feature is a handy plus.  It has ample storage space for short to intermediate length trips.  This high-quality 3-in-1 luggage offers the perfect combination of qualities we recommend: it is lightweight, durable, and compact.

The detachable daypack easily allows one to pre-arrange your daypack necessities in a separate compartment so you are pre-prepared for touring.  Eagle Creek makes this and many other fine travel products.  They truly know what a traveler needs when they need it.  We highly recommend Eagle Creek products.  They are well-thought-out and well-made.

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Perfect Daytrip Bag PacSafe VentureSafe 300

PacSafe VentureSafe 300 Day Bag offered by

Going to spend the day with friends?  Don’t feel like carrying a backpack but want your belongings to be secure?

If you are looking for the perfect DayTrip Bag, we have found the bag for you!  The VentureSafe 300 by PacSafe is a fortified day bag with a comfortable shoulder strap.    This bag is the perfect size to hold your itinerary, guide books, and other necessities.

This bag contains external pockets for your water bottle or umbrella as well as 3 compartments which are hidden away inside.  This bag contains a secret compartment in the middle to keep your most valued objects unnoticed, even when you are using your bag for other purposes.  You can even fit a 13″ laptop or netbook in this state-of-the-art bag.

The VentureSafe 300 is made with slash-proof exomesh antitheft technology.  The slash-proof shoulder strap is reinforced with a hidden steel cable.  The shoulder strap doubles as a security lock you can wrap around a pole or other fixed object to keep someone from running off with your bag.

5 Stars!

Two external pockets are also well-protected from unauthorized entry by small steel cables and hidden security latches.  The safety features and comfortable shoulder strap make this bag effortless to carry all day.  This bag prohibits “rob and run” quick pickpocketing because even the zippers fasten to a hidden security latch.

Nothing is better than worry-free travel.  We highly recommend this bag.  It is a must-have for travel and leisure.  You can find it here at

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BEST Travel Luggage Award 2010

BEST Award 2010

BEST Travel Luggage Award 2010:  International Traveler IT-0-1-3 Piece Luggage Set.  We believe that less is more when it comes to travel luggage.  The lighter-weight your luggage, the more carefree your travels.  Whether you are on a short or long trip, and especially if you are traveling to several destinations, your suitcase feels more and more like a 100-pound gorilla with every day you have to lug it around.  This is why we chose to give the Best Travel Luggage of the year award to the International Traveler

international_traveler_luggage_IT-0-1IT-0-1-3 Piece Luggage Set by Landor & Hawa. Their Sub-0 luggage is the most lightweight on the market. It is also surprisingly durable.

Competitors we considered: Samsonite, High Sierra Sport Company

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