Travel Gear

Scratch Your Way Across The World With A Scratch Map

Picture of the Scratch Map with a map of the world that you can scratch off with a coin.

Ever feel like you’ve won the lottery when you (finally) get a chance to travel to a new country?

If only you had some kind of cool thing to help you complete the experience.

Now with this world scratch map you can do just that. Er, but without the winning a million dollars and being set for life thing though lol.

Still, it’s a pretty neat idea. I came across this traveler’s map on Amazon the other day and was immediately drawn in by it. The map is called, fittingly, Scratch Map. It comes in a little protective tube and is small enough so that you can actually even take it with you on your trips if you want.

Picture of the back of the Scratch Map travel poster, which has a picture of the world and places to put your before and after travel photos.On the back of the map there’s a black and white line drawing style map of the world, along with little boxes and blank lines to fill in.

This is meant to be a place for you to do things like ‘draw your flight paths’ and place passport photos, etc.

I’m not sure how useful that would be, especially if you plan on hanging up the map someday.

The front of the map is the most interesting part of it by far, and I think it would be a cool conversation piece.

Whether you want to pack the Scratch Map with you on your travels and scratch off each new place as you go …or keep it at home and ceremoniously scratch off the country when you get back, the Scratch Map seems like a pretty cool way to keep track of your travels.

As for me, I’m betting if I got this map a trip to Antarctica would happen not long afterwards…just so I could scratch off the biggest area on the map :p.

Picture of the bottom of the traveler's Scratch Map that shows a big map of Antarctica ready for the scratching.

June 29, 2013
Travel Gear

Credit Card Cutlery Looks…Not So Good

Picture of Credit Card Cutlery fork and spoon made by Inekehans that are green and wallet sized.Picture yourself on a journey in some faraway place, it’s lunch time and you’ve decided to stop for some food.

You sit down to eat a delicious soup and salad for lunch (yum soup and salad!) but oh no, right after you pour the salad dressing on the lettuce you realize you have a huge problem: you don’t have any eating utensils…

…and for some strange reason there’s no way to get utensils anywhere.

Credit card cutlery to the rescue. Maybe.

Really this situation’s not such a bad thing, you’ve been waiting for this moment ever since you bought your very own Credit Card Cutlery.

Though it might be roughly the size of a credit card this is no ordinary piece of plastic. Snap it apart and it separates into two funky shaped pieces of plastic that can be contorted into a fork-like thing and a spoon-like thing.

Picture of the one piece Credit Card Cutlery unbroken and still in it's packaging, color is white.Theoretically at this point you contort the plastic into the right shapes and then use it to easily eat your soup and salad.

Not sure if that would really be the case if it happened in real life though. The spoon is the one that I feel the least confident about, as it’s more of a paddle or a shovel type of utensil.

Also not sure if it would actually hold a bit of soup, but maybe you could life the bowl to your mouth and use the spoon to paddle the soup in or something.

The fork I’m a little more confident about, especially if you’re using it for food that is easily pierced. A hearty salad might be a pain to eat with this fork but I’m guessing it’s doable. Overall my guess is it’s probably not super enjoyable to eat with these after the novelty wears off in roughly 30 seconds or less.

Closeup picture of black Credit Card Cutlery fork and spoon joined together.Seems more like something that a design student would get a good grade on, but not something that would be particularly practical in real use.

Maybe I’ll try this someday just for fun and see if it works out better than I think it will, but I’m guessing not.

On the upside though you could just stick it in your wallet and forget about it. If you ever find yourself in the position of needing a fork or spoon shovel with no other way to get them, then this would at least be better than nothing.

June 27, 2013
Travel Gear

Behold: A Hilariously Gigantic Swiss Army Knife

Picture of the Wenger 16999 Swiss Army Knife Giant with it's various tools out and displayed.If you’re traveling light on your next vacation adventure this is definitely not the Swiss Army knife to bring with you.

In fact, you probably don’t want to bring this Swiss Army Knife anywhere at all.

Maybe just keep it in a very sturdy drawer, or set it on your coffee table as a conversation piece.

Because this my friends is the mother of all Swiss Army knives.

Called the Wenger 16999 Swiss Army Knife Giant, this Swiss Army knife weighs an insane 7 pounds, is 8 inches wide, and probably has more tools than you have in your toolbox.

Picture of a Wenger 16999 Swiss Army Knife Giant standing up next to a boot so that you can see just how big it is.Along with the normal things you’d expect a Swiss Army knife to have, the Wenger 16999 Giant has accessories that will make you lol.

Mineral crystal magnifier, fiber optic tool holder, club face cleaner. And if you ever need a tire tread gauge the Wenger 16999 Giant has it, though I have pity for anyone who lets this monstrosity of a Swiss Army knife around their tires.

It’s interesting to imagine someone hauling this unwieldy monster of a Swiss Army knife out and trying to use it when they need a screwdriver or something… though come to think of it that would make a hilarious prank.

Er, hilarious but expensive since it sells for over $1,000. But hey then you’d have the giant paperweight you’ve always wanted :D.

I just thought of another use for the Wegner 16999 Giant, you could lug it over to the nightstand, set it on it’s side, and use it as a travel alarm clock. Oh wait…strangely…it doesn’t have an alarm clock. That’s too bad, you think they’d have found room for one somewhere between the watch case back opening tool and the compass.

Picture of the large Swiss Army knife Victorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp XAVT.But if you really have your heart set on a Swiss Army knife travel alarm clock then you could go for the slightly less ridiculous Victorinox SwissChamp XAVT.

It not only has an alarm clock but also an altimeter, thermometer, pruning blade, and sewing eye.

While not as ginormous as the Wengner Giant, the Victorinox SwissChamp is still quite hefty with it’s 80 tools and seems like it would be pretty darn inconvenient to use.

I must be wrong though, because they sell a leather carrying pouch for the SwissChamp so more than a few people out there have got to be traveling with it! I’d like to see that in action haha.

June 2, 2013
Travel Gear

The Xoopar Pokket Travel Mouse: Looks Cool But There’s A Problem

Picture of the Xoopar Pokket Shiny XP81001 Slim Wired Optical Mouse in different colors.I’ve seen pictures of the Xoopar Pokket Mouse (mice? mouses? meece?) here and there on various Pinterest travel boards and I gotta admit they always catch my eye.

With the many beautiful hues of orange, green, blue, pink, white, black, and even red, each slim and colorful square seems like it’s even glowing a bit.

And actually if you check out the Amazon listing for the Xoompar Pokket Mouse you see that it really does glow:

“Pokket is a slim wired optical mouse with a portable concept for traveling use.

Fashion and trendy design with the brilliant led lighting effect on around the body, catch your eyes, love at first sight!”

Pretty cool for a computer mouse that’s for sure.

There’s only one problem though, that unavoidable black wire that tethers the mouse to the laptop. Sadly that’s a deal breaker for me, especially in a travel mouse.

Too bad because each Pokket travel mouse looks quite beautiful! Might work for someone else though that doesn’t care about the wired aspect of it all. What do you think, would this work for you or not so much?

June 2, 2013
Travel Gear

I Was Here: A Wreck This Journal Style Travel Book

Picture of the cover for the book I Was Here A Travel Journal For The Curious Minded.I was browsing through travel journals and the cover of this one caught my eye amongst the more traditional ones.

It has colorful drawings of a strange variety of things, like a pencil worn down to the nub, a barber’s pole, a couple of taxi signs written in different languages, and tubes of toothpaste.

The title says I Was Here: A Travel Journal For The Curious Minded.

I wondered if this was a blank Moleskine type journal that just had a strange cover or if there was something a little more to it.

A peek at some of the pages showed that it really was something more than your average travel journal, quite a bit more, and is a lot like what you’d get if you mixed a travel journal with an activity book.

For example one of the pages has a picture lineup of toothpaste tubes from around the world and underneath reads:

Page from the book I Was Here Travel Journal For The Curious Minded that shows tubes of toothpaste from around the world.“At a local convenience store, purchase a toiletry brand that you do not recognize. Start a collection of this particular item and search for more on future trips you take.

Treat them as souvenirs.”

Another page has a big blank square in the middle marked MAP, with instructions to:

“Ask people you meet along your way to draw you a map to a place they love in the neighborhood.”

So from what I can tell this is a Wreck This Journal style travel journal.

If you don’t know, a Wreck This Journal is a journal made for people who have a hard time finishing a journal or want something more to work with than a blank page. It’s definitely not a conventional journal and unlike most conventional journals people don’t seem to have any problems writing in it.

Picture of the cover for the book Wreck This Journal the original.A Wreck This Journal is a catalyst for activity, and on each page are instructions to do all sorts of unexpected and fun things like “crack the spine”, “document a boring event in detail”, or even “tear this page out – put it in your pocket – put it through the wash – and then stick it back in.”

I know a couple of people who have gotten Wreck This Journals and they gleefully follow the instructions practically from the moment they open it.

I’m guessing the I Was Here travel journal hopes to be an interactive journal along the same lines.

Judging from the pages that I saw I’m not sure if it quite lives up to the fun of a Wreck This Journal, but still no doubt for most people it would be leaps and bounds more fun than a blank journal. And plus, it would give you ideas for experiences (and travel stories) on your trip you wouldn’t have had otherwise…and give you a one-of-a-kind keepsake to take back with you.

May 3, 2013