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 getting your gourmet coffee fix on the go to transporting your favorite sun hat without crushing it in transit, all while managing to be aesthetically pleasing. 

Calpak Luggage Tag Phone Charger

Courtesy of Calpak

Smartphone usage tends to go up dramatically on transit days, running down your battery just when you could use the extra juice. To save yourself hunting down an available power outlet at the airport gate, invest in Calpak’s luggage tag phone charger – a slimline portable charger you can attach to your bag so it’s close whenever you need it.


Janessa Leoné Hat Carrier

Janessa Leone Hat Carrier

Wide-brim hats are a must when you’re off on a sun-filled vacation, and they’re virtually impossible to pack. Enter Janessa Leoné’s helpful Hat Carrier. Wrap the strap around the hat, then sling it over your shoulder or fasten it to your luggage to save your favorite straw fedora from getting crushed en route to your destination.


The Pakt Coffee Kit

Pakt Coffee Kit

If you’re unapologetically snooty about your coffee and making a cup of Joe is your favorite morning ritual, it’s worth investing in the Pakt Coffee Kit. This portable pour-over equipment can be used to make barista-quality coffees wherever you have access to water and electricity. Handily, it also packs away into a portable case that fits easily in your carry-on or backpack, so you never have to miss out on a premium caffeine fix no matter how remote your vacation abode is.


Cadence Travel Capsules

Cadence Travel Capsules

If you travel regularly and are sick of decanting your toiletries into the narrow necks of travel bottles, these capsules from Cadence are the perfect solution. Customizable thanks to a new series of removable labeled tiles, leakproof so you’ll never have any messy surprises on arrival, and magnetic so you can stash them together in a honeycomb formation, the Cadence travel capsules make it easy to maintain your personal care regimen while away.


Artifact Uprising Hardcover Travel Photo Book

Artifact Uprising Hardcover Travel Photo Book

Most of us take hundreds of photographs of our travels that rarely see the light of day (aside from Instagram, of course). Give your favorite images the treatment they deserve by displaying them in a custom-designed hardcover photo book from Artifact Uprising. Select the shape and layout, then drop your pictures in to tell the story of your trip and preserve your memories in tangible form.


*Featured image courtesy of Cadence

"This sculpture is called "Transmission" by artist Daniel Popper. Its a reminder that we are all rooted in love, unity and the divine. She stands a towering 28 feet tall and is located on Mojave Moon Ranch in Joshua Tree. The land is private property, so you can see it from the viewing platform off of Sunfair Road. And take it from me, it's best viewed at sunset."

Reel: @johnofah

There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

Reel: @farawayfarers

Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

Reel: @travelifejournal

Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

Reel: @everchanginghorizon

Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

Reel: @girlchill_sunset

Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

Reel: @cyncynti

New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

Reel: @kylekotajarvi

Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

Reel: @sophoebelous

Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

Reel: @hypermiggzz

For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

Reel: @juliiathompson

There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

Photo: @nathanleeallen

As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

Reel: @christopherballadarez

1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

Reel: @nathanleeallen