Gamechangers: Products & Gear - Full-Time Travel

Gamechangers: Products & Gear

Gamechangers: Products & Gear

Our winners in the Products & Gear category solve common traveler pain points, from helping kids get some sleep on long flights to transporting your sun hat without crushing it in transit, all while managing to be aesthetically pleasing. 

Flyaway Kids Bed

Courtesy of Flyaway

It’s a cruel irony that many long-awaited family vacations begin with an exhausting long-haul flight, but if you invest in a Flyaway Kids Bed your next red eye could be a very different experience. This clever inflatable contraption turns any economy seat into a bed for little ones, allowing them to spread out, play, and rest in total comfort. With any luck, you’ll all get some sleep and arrive feeling energized.


Ries Refillable Travel Bottles

Courtesy of Ries

These refillable airless pump bottles from Ries are quickly becoming a favorite of frequent travelers. The Black-owned, woman-owned company uses recycled, skin-safe plastics to create a sleek travel bottle that’s TSA-compliant and easy to clean (simply unscrew it and rinse or pop it in the dishwasher). Whether you’re looking for a more sustainable alternative to buying personal care miniatures or you can’t find travel-size versions of your favorite products, you’re guaranteed to get a lot of use out of The Complete Essentials Set.


BAGGU’s Packable Sun Hat

Courtesy of BAGGU

Wide-brim hats are a must when on a sun-filled vacation, but they’re notoriously tricky to transport. Enter BAGGU’s packable sun hat, a clever, lightweight design that comes in 16 prints and folds into a zip-up circular bag that’s compact enough to toss in your beach tote or carry-on luggage. Pull it out when you need shade (it’s wide enough to cover your face, neck, chest, and shoulders), and tie it under your chin to keep it in place when the breeze picks up.

Paravel Cabana Tote and See-All Set

Courtesy of Paravel

If you’re in search of a compact travel bag to accommodate all your essentials in an organized fashion, the Paravel Cabana Tote and See-All Set has you covered. With its durable stain-and-spill-proof canvas exterior and water-resistant interior filled with handy pockets and compartments, the Paravel Cabana Tote is perfect for short escapes, from beach days to day trips. Off on a weekend getaway? Throw in the crush-proof Cabana Vanity Cases, filled with all your personal care favorites, and you’re good to go. You can even add a hand-painted or embroidered monogram with Paravel’s signature personalization service to really make it your own.

Featured image courtesy of Ries

The Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, transforms Römer square into a festive haven with twinkling lights and charming stalls. Aromas of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine fill the air as visitors explore handcrafted gifts and traditional treats. The iconic Christmas tree and live performances create a magical atmosphere, making this market a cherished holiday tradition.

Reel: @pillter_

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It`s cabin season where crackling fireplaces and peaceful solitude creates a magical and cozy atmosphere in the winter time.

Reel: @dirtandglass 📍 @evergreen_cabins

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We love a pre-winter adventure just before the water freezes into ice. @jaspernationalpark

Reel: @ninadefilla

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Throughout November, the mountains surrounding the well-known abodes of Shirakawa-gō begin to adopt the colors of autumn. 🍂 ...

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"The wait is over... it`s that time of year again! Every year from November to early March, millions of butterflies blanket the high altitude forest in central Mexico in a mesmerizing display. It`s truly spectacular to witness." - 🎥 @jess.wandering @everchanginghorizon ...

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In the latest episode of our podcast, an award winning editor, writer and producer and the host of the podcast, Travel That Matters, @brucewallintravel travels through Central America with his then fiancee to enjoy what they imagined to be their last big adventure before settling down. It was a trip that gave Bruce a new travel ethos, that travel gets better the more effort you put into it. 🎧 Link in bio to listen! ...

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When fall meets winter in Utah.

Reel: @ashleylporter

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Ethereal moments from a sunset in Scoresby Sound, Greenland.

Reel: @kylekotajarvi

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Autumn in Lago di Saoseo, a stunning alpine lake in the Poschiavo Valley of Switzerland, is a magical experience. The season transforms the surrounding landscape into a picturesque tapestry of vibrant colors. The dense forests that encircle the lake burst into a riot of reds, yellows, and oranges as the leaves change, creating a breathtaking contrast against the crystal-clear, emerald waters of the lake. The cool, crisp air of autumn adds to the tranquility of the scene, making it an ideal time for peaceful hikes and nature appreciation. It`s a time when the natural beauty of Lago di Saoseo truly shines, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.

Reel: @jakeguzman

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6 Spooky Fall Adventures (An Hour from NYC)

Follow this guide from @steffy where everything is Halloween themed
including the street signs!

- @pumpkinblaze
- @harvestmoonorchard
- @lyndhurst_mansion
- @ Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
- @sleepyhollowbookshop
- @horsefeathers for a spooky drink
- @castlehotelandspa to stay!

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Zhangjiajie, located in China`s Hunan province, is a stunning national park known for its towering sandstone pillars, deep ravines, and lush forests. It gained international fame as the inspiration for James Cameron`s "Avatar." The park`s surreal and otherworldly landscape, particularly the "Southern Sky Column" (renamed "Avatar Hallelujah Mountain"), served as the muse for the film`s floating mountains and lush forests. Zhangjiajie remains a popular destination for travelers seeking to witness the real-world beauty that inspired the cinematic masterpiece.

Reel: @cyn_cynti

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The scent of crisp, autumn air fills the atmosphere of this picturesque region in southern Germany. Allgäu turns into a patchwork of fiery reds, golden yellows, and rustic browns as the leaves change color.

Reel: @_marcelsiebert

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Host of our very own podcast, The Trip That Changed Me, and this week’s Travel That Matters guest, Esme Benjamin (@esmebenjamin), tells us about her year-in-the-making five-month-long road trip across the United States.

On the podcast, Esme starts by telling us the things that happened in her life that led her to take this life-altering adventure. Then, we hear about her path through the following incredible places: Black Hills & Badlands (South Dakota), Glacier National Park and Bozeman (Montana), Cody (Wyoming), Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park, Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa (Colorado), Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, and the Grand Canyon (Arizona), Indiana Dunes National Park (Indiana), San Francisco and Los Angeles (California), and more!

🎧 Link in bio to listen and to explore the transformative power of travel.

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