PacSafe AT21 Wheeled Carry-on ~ WanderGear Wednesday

by Beth Whitman (July 9th, 2014)

Pacsafe AT21 carry-onPacSafe is truly one of my favorite travel gear companies. I’ve been using and recommending their products for probably 10 years or more. Why? Because safety is their number one priority.

PacSafe manufactures luggage, backpacks, locks, wallets, purses, camera bags and more. And all of these items have safety features meant to deter thieves from slashing, cutting and breaking into your bag(s).

A typical product might be slashproof, puncture-resistant and have zippers that lock in place so the bag can’t be opened.

It wasn’t until relatively recently that they introduced a line of luggage. My guess is that it took them some time to create a bag light enough that still has the safety features for which they are famous. But now along comes the AT21 Wheeled Carry-on.

This is a soft-sided, semi-collapsible bag that’s not only puncture-resistant but also includes their proprietary eXoMesh technology, an interior mesh that ensures items can’t be pulled out of your bag if the fabric is slashed.

The weight of the bag is under seven pounds – which makes it right in line with other carry-on bags I own.

Most of my carry-on bags are 22″ while the AT21 is, well, 21″. While the fact that it’s one inch shorter means it will be accepted by more airlines as an actual carry-on, for me, it’s a tad too small to bring on a longer trip since I can’t get quite as much into it. But I’m unique. I’ve been known to travel for five weeks with one carry-on bag and a backpack.

What I Love

  • Puncture-resistant fabric and eXoMesh technology means that the bag is going to last longer than other bags and prevent loss of items.
  • An external pocket is large enough for magazines and paperwork that I might want to access easily.
  • A large mesh internal pocket is also good for paperwork and magazines.
  • A long interior zipped pocket is good for pens, receipts and other items I want to keep separate from the main compartment.
  • The drawstring compression system allows me to pack down my items a bit tighter in the main compartment.

Not So Much

  • The handle system is internal (rather than sitting on the outside of the bag) and this means it  cuts into the space in the main compartment and creates a bump so that I can’t pack clothing items flat. It’s unavoidable for a bag with the internal handle system but I it still bugs me a bit as it cuts into my packing space.

If you’re looking for a 21″ bag, the PacSafe AT21 is an awesome option, particularly because of the safety features. As a bit of added protection, I might suggest having small luggage locks to lock the zippers together.

Available on Amazon for under $220.

Travel Well,


Related links:
Osprey Ozone Convertible Bag
Eagle Creek Morphus Carry-on

Disclosure: PacSafe sent this bag to me for review. Regardless, everything I have said in the post reflects my honest opinions.

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Cocoon Thermolite Radiator MummyLiner ~ WanderGear Wednesday

by Beth Whitman (July 2nd, 2014)

Cocoon Thermolite Radiator MummylinerIf you’re backpacker, you likely already know what a sleep sack is. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this very handy and very packable item, it’s a liner you sleep in that puts a bit of distance between you and the bedsheets.

When you’re staying in basic accommodations (think: youth hostel), this can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep or a fitful night where you’re worrying about what you’re sleep on (or in).

The sleep sacks I’ve used in the past have always been silk. This is probably because most of my backpacking days were spent in Southeast Asia where being covered in as little as possible was key considering hostels and cheap hotels rarely have air conditioning.

As I prep for the Snowman Trek in September, the trek where I’ll be spending 24 nights in a sleeping bag, in a tent, I decided I’ll need a bit of extra warmth while sleeping at, oh, 16,000 feet.

The Cocoon Thermolite Radiator MummyLiner is just the thing for that kind of environment. Slip this into a sleeping bag and it’ll raise the rating of the bag temperature by nine degrees celsius. (Sorry, only celsius is listed on the Cocoon website.)

I have tested this out and can say unequivocally that it works. I dunno about an increase of nine degrees celsius but when I slept it in, I woke up sweating on a spring evening. That doesn’t happen unless I eat two slices of chocolate cake right before bed. Success, I would say.

This lightweight sleep sack is made of Merino wool which not only keeps in the warmth but if it does get wet, it’ll dry quickly (50% faster than cotton). It’ll also keep you warm if it does get wet.

Definitely an item that’s getting packed away for that little hiking trip I’ll be taking. :-)

What I Love

  • Soft merino wool makes for comfortable sleeping
  • Warmth without weight

The Cocoon Thermolite Radiator MummyLiner is available in Red and you can get it on Amazon for about $60.

Travel Well,


Disclosure: Cocoon sent this mummy liner to me for review. Regardless, everything I have said in the post reflects my honest opinions.

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This Month Win a Noe Short Sleeve Shirt from Royal Robbins

by Beth Whitman (July 1st, 2014)

 Noe Short Sleeve - Lilac

If you need a versatile top for the summer, the Royal Robbins Noe Short Sleeve shirt is just the thing for you.

The material is a Micro Modal with a touch of Spandex. That might mean nothing to you so I’ll just tell you that it’s super soft, lightweight (great for summer or warm climates when you travel) and has a bit of stretch to it.

Big bonus with this top is that it can be worn as a short sleeve top or as a tank (see photo below) as it has adjustable sleeves–all you have to do is button them up with the internal straps.

Best of all, it’s wrinkle-free which makes it a great travel piece.

My fave is the one in Lilac (pictured left), but the Noe Short Sleeve is available in Dark Blush, Light Spruce and Taupe.

About Royal Robbins
Royal Robbins produces practical outdoor travel clothing that utilizes performance fabrics, making their clothes comfortable and practical for packing and adventure activities.

Wanna win your own?
During the month of July, you can enter to win your very own Noe Short Sleeve shirt from Royal Robbins. One winner will be chosen on August 1, 2014.


Noe Short Sleeve - Dk Blush - Back1) Sign up for the Wanderlust and Lipstick newsletter. This goes out just once a month and your information is never shared.

2) Sign up for the RSS email feed (see the “subscribe me” box in the upper right) to receive an email each time I post to this blog (usually no more than 3x per week).

Oh, and get some good karma by forwarding this to friends whom you think might like to enter to win a Noe Short Sleeve shirt from Royal Robbins.

Value: $55

The Deets
This contest closes at 11:59 pm PST on July 31, 2014 and the lucky winner will be chosen on August 1, 2014. We can only ship to U.S. addresses (sorry!).

The winner will have three days to respond before another winner is chosen.

Travel Well,


Disclosure: Royal Robbins sent this top to me for review. Regardless, everything I have said in the post reflects my honest opinions.

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