Reviewed: The CabinZero 44L Backpack

Reviewed: The CabinZero 44L Backpack

There are so many good reasons for travelling with just carry-on luggage. No worries about your luggage not turning up with you at your destination. Avoid ridiculous charges for checking-in hold luggage. No waiting at the carousel when you’d rather be out of the airport like a rocket itching to explore.

But which carry-on luggage is the best one for you? If you’re like me then you’re constantly looking out for the perfect carry-on luggage and I’ve tried loads over the years. Here’s what I think about the CabinZero 44L carry-on backpack.

 

Cabin Zero Backpack

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How to avoid Mosquito Bites in the Amazon Jungle

How to avoid Mosquito Bites in the Amazon Jungle

The Yarapa River, Peru

How to avoid mosquito bites on my travels has always been an issue but never more so than on our trip to the Amazon Jungle. We’d booked our flights to Peru and our stay at Treehouse Lodge, deep in the jungle, was confirmed. It was time to get very excited. I love adventure and staying in a treehouse in the Peruvian Jungle ticked a box right up there on my travel wish list.

Then the realisation kicked in that we’d be staying in a high-risk malaria zone and mozzies see me as one big moveable feast. Did I get ravaged by mosquitos? No. Here’s what I did to avoid mosquito bites in the Amazon Jungle.

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A Gift Guide for Travel Lovers

A Gift Guide for Travel Lovers

 

Looking for a great gift for the travel lover in your life? I’ve put together a travel-inspired gift guide so read on for some useful and quirky gift ideas. These are all things that I personally own, have bought and used myself for my travels and am happy to recommend.

 

A gift guide for travel lovers

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Essential travel items for savvy travellers

Essential travel items for savvy travellers

Whether you’re a regular traveller like me, a business traveller, or you just want to keep the kids amused during a long trip there are some essential travel items and gadgets that can make the journey a lot easier and your trip a lot more fun.

I travel for lots of reasons; for work, as a travel blogger and, of course, for pleasure. There are certain travel items and gadgets that I never leave home without (yes, I have a travel gadget geeky side).

mobile phone battery charger

 

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What to wear in Iceland – lists for summer and winter

What to wear in Iceland – lists for summer and winter

 

winding road in remote IcelandIceland road trip

I love Iceland! I’ve visited this amazing country twice; in February and August. Two different seasons with totally different weather conditions. Working out what to pack for Iceland needed some some serious thought as the weather is so unpredictable. Here’s what I’ve learned on my visits to this stunning country about what to wear in Iceland whatever time of year you visit – summer or winter.

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Reviewed: The North Face Resolve Insulated Jacket

Reviewed: The North Face Resolve Insulated Jacket

Reviewed – the North Face Resolve Jacket for women. The perfect lightweight jacket for Spring and Autumn walks and hikes to keep you warm and dry.

The Mister and I have been dog-sitting for the past couple of weeks so we were more than happy that the day Havana came to stay the rain stopped and the sun came out. Havana (aka Princess Yum Yum) is a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and not a sheep or teddy bear (if you were wondering).  Cute isn’t she?

Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

Is it time for walkies?

It was excellent timing that Blacks had just asked me check-out out a North Face Resolve jacket –  perfect for dog-walking in the Sussex countryside in this fresh, breezy spring weather.

Me and Havana

 

The North Face Women’s Resolve Jacket

 

The North Face Resolve Insulated Jacket

The Resolve jacket is waterproof, breathable and seam sealed for wet weather and it’s made from a durable Ripstop HyVent™ fabric. The jacket comes with 60g Heatseeker™ synthetic lightweight insulation for extra warmth.  It allows your body to breathe whether you’re trekking, walking the dog or even out in the snow. 

There’s an adjustable stowable hood, brushed chin guard and mesh lining. The centre zip has a Velcro storm flap for added weatherproofing, two zipped pockets and tailored styling and it weighs just 410g.

What’s to Love?

The jacket is totally waterproof so that when it rained the water just rolled straight off, without soaking into the fabric, keeping me completely dry. 

The hood is adjustable so didn’t blow down in the wind and kept my hair dry too. My hair frizzes and doubles in size in the slightest drizzle so that was a big plus and it wasn’t really cold enough to be wearing a hat.  When not in use the hood stows neatly away in the back of the collar without being bulky.

The funnel necked chin-guard looks great and had the added bonus of stopping the wind whipping around my throat. There’s a cinched hem so no unwanted drafts there either. 

I love that this jacket is tailored for women to give a neat fitted look and is light enough to slip into a rucksack or bag without being bulky.  Despite being very lightweight the jacket kept me really warm and as it’s breathable I didn’t get hot and clammy.  Basically this jacket has the cold, wet weather sewn up.

The North Face Resolve Insulated Jacket

What’s not to love?

I wasn’t keen on the elasticated cuffs. An adjustable cuff with velcro or fastener to keep wrists snug would have been preferable and would give the sleeves a more structured, finished look. But that was just a minor point in what is otherwise a really good walking and hiking jacket for spring and autumn.

I took the North Face Resolve jacket with me on a trip to Iceland in August. It was perfect for the changeable weather and light enough to squeeze easily into my bag when the sun came out.

Disclaimer: My ‘North Face’ Resolve Insulated Jacket was kindly provided by Blacks. However, all views and thoughts are entirely my own.