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
Travel Gear

A Bowl For Furry Travel Companions

Picture of a collapsible water bowl to take along with dogs while traveling.Spotted this cute collapsible travel bowl while browsing Amazon the other day.

At first glance I thought it was maybe a catch-all bowl meant to be set up on the counter of a hotel room or something as a way for people to keep keys, wallets, and other travel miscellany in one place.

But when I clicked through it turns out that it’s a travel food and water bowl for dogs on the go lol.

It’s made of waterproof fabric and makes for a good sized dog bowl but also zips up pretty compactly.

Judging by the reviews people seem to like it a lot, with one person even saying that they like to use it to water their horse during outings.

Picture of the Jardin collapsible dog water bowl folded and zipped up.The main downside according to the reviews seems to be that when it comes to water it’s only good for temporary use, since if the water sits in the bowl for an extended period of time it will start to leak through.

So much for being ‘waterproof’ like it says in the description. Maybe ‘water resistant’ would be more accurate? Or maybe those people’s bowls sustained some kind of damage to break the waterproof seal. Either way if I had this bowl I’d keep that in mind and wouldn’t expect to leave water in it.

It’s still pretty cool though since it folds down so small and since it can be clipped right to a backpack it would stay out of the way until you needed it. Plus… it could theoretically still double as a catch-all :D.

May 2, 2013
Travel Gear

Jack Kerouac ‘On The Road’ Luggage Tag By Penguin Books

Penguin Books Kerouac On The Road Luggage TagSeems like Penguin Books is looking to expand their brand beyond straight out books these days.

Not long ago I came across a nice set of postcards each done in the design of one of 100 of their popular books, and now I see that they’re doing travel gear along the same lines as well.

Like this luggage tag done in the classic Penguin Books style of orange and white with the little Penguin logo at the bottom.

The book? On The Road by Jack Kerouac. Fitting, and it gives a while different dimension to the idea of a travel story.

May 2, 2013
Travel Gear

Cute Hello Kitty Passport Cover!

Picture of a Hello Kitty passport cover which is pink and has Hello Kitty on the front holding a letter.

Saw this on Amazon yesterday, what a cute Hello Kitty passport cover X).

It’s done in the style of an air mail letter which is of course pink and has little Hello Kitty stamps on it. Hello Kitty is pictured on the front holding a letter, is she about to send the letter off or open and read it…who knows but it’s cute.

The reviews for this Hello Kitty passport cover are mixed, some people absolutely love it and others think that the plastic is too cheap. I guess if it didn’t work out you could always keep it around as a really cute decoration lol.

March 5, 2013