Kit Review

Oct. 2nd, 2014 05:58 pm
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In August I wrote about the new kit I'd bought for traveling. Now I've had the chance to test them I'd like to write about what I found out.

First of all both the Kindle cover and Osprey backpack pass with flying colours! Durable. Practical. Extremely useful and efficient. However with the backpack the more you pack, the more it expands in width, so you have to watch you don't pack it to it's full capacity or it's too wide to fit in as hand luggage. I also discovered on the way out to Croatia that if it looks too big and bulky, airline staff (Jet2) will ask you to weigh it to prove it's not more than 10kg. Mine came in at 7.9kg (for a week's travel) - but luckily for me they didn't think my handbag needed weighing as that was easily another 3-4 kg! On the way back I didn't use the front pockets on the backpack and didn't get stopped.

The travel pillow from Paperchase looks and feels pretty, but doesn't stay inflated for more than about 15 minutes. FAIL! I'm going to buy new pillow when I can and use the case off this one to cover it.

I traveled with a "Thirst Aid Reusable Hydration Pack" for the first time this week too. Fuck the fancy name, it's essentially a roll up water bottle. Normally airport security won't let you take an empty plastic bottle through to fill up with water on the other side. (Can't work out whether this is to make you spend more, is a genuine security precaution or just a logic fail!) This one went through East Midlands Airport security rolled up in my bag no problem - and I happily saved about £10-£20 on water over the course of the week. You have to remember to wash it and let it dry out though. Don't forget about it and let it grow mold in your bag!

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