Welcome to the October edition of our monthly series, Favorites, Recommendations & Coveted Item, where we share our favorite travel products that we’re loving each month. This month we traveled quite a bit and have some super useful items to share with you. Just in time for the holidays, too!
XENVO Camera Lens Kit
We are big lovers of photography and in addition to taking photographs with a professional camera, we are quite fond of capturing moments with our phones, just like everyone else. While the quality of phone cameras have improved leaps and bounds, the inability to take wide angle shots have always been a disappointment. This month, we were on a mission to finally buy a wide lens for the phone and give it a go. Starting on our favorite site, Amazon, we looked for wide lens with great reviews and the XENVO camera lens kit showed up as the #1 best seller. For $20, we thought it was worth a try.
The kit comes with a wide lens and macro lens. Although we have not used the macro lens yet, we love the way the quality of the photos taken on the wide lens. It is as great for shooting landscapes as it is for shooting group selfies. Packaged in a nice zippered case, it comes with a LED light and a sturdy clip that can easily hook onto your purse, backpack or anything with a strap, making it super accessible for all your must photograph moments.
We’ve used it on all our trips this month and on all social media platforms (Instagram stories, Snapchat and Facebook Live) and are super pleased with its performance. Very easy to use, just clip and shoot. Although it feels a bit on the heavier side at first, that feeling of extra weight dissipates after a few days of usage. Compatible with the iPhone 6/6s/6s Plus/5s and Android/Samsung, it’s a product we recommend to anyone wanting to take wide angle shots with their phone cameras.
Price: starting at $20 (current sale price, regular price: $60)
Available for purchase at Amazon.
Vansky Universal Waterproof Dry Bag for Phone
With all our beach vacations this year, we’ve really needed to invest in a waterproof case for our iPhones. Unfortunately, trying to find the perfect waterproof case wound up feeling like a mission to find the perfect wedding dress. You know there are many great ones out there, but you’ve never purchased one and they aren’t cheap. As a result, you wind up looking at several dozens before becoming overwhelmed, exasperated and pushing it off to the side for another day.
Ok. Maybe not the best analogy, but you understand our predicament with this particular product.
So the best thing that could have happened, happened to us. We were gifted a waterproof dry bag…for our phone(s)! Even though it was the case we were least likely to pick out, after giving it a try we were incredibly pleased with how fool-proof (and waterproof) the case was! And honestly, for less than $10, it’s worth trying it out before dishing out $70+ on a case.
Note: we recommend testing it out on a product you don’t mind losing to water molecules before sticking your $700+ phone in it.
Price: $7 (currently on sale, regular price $30)
Available for purchase at Amazon.
With winter around the corner, we are all looking forward to our winter sports and activities. Whether you’re gearing for skiing/snowboarding, prepping for a dog sledding adventure or simply snow tubing, we all have one common goal: keep feet dry. Nothing ruins an outing on a winter day than wet feet, which is why you will love the Darn Tough socks line.
A friend introduced us so them and we’ve never looked back. Darn Tough is a family business and their motto is awesome:
For almost 40 years our family has been knitting socks in Northfield, Vermont. We know how to make socks. It’s what we do. We’re dedicated to creating the world’s best socks, and prove it by standing behind them unconditionally.
Any brand devoted to making socks is a winner with us. We have an appreciation for warm, cozy, cushiony socks and that’s why we love Darn Tough so much. They have socks designed specifically for men, women and kids. Divided by activities (hike/trek, run, bike, ski/ride, lifestyle, hunting, and work), and then further by cushioning, you really can’t ask for a much more customized delight for one of the most important part of your body.
Knowing we are supporting a local company is an added bonus. It’s really nice to see things made right here in our country. We are also a huge fan of the unbelievable lifetime guarantee Darn Tough offers.
Our unconditional lifetime guarantee is simple and without strings or conditions. If our socks are not the most comfortable, durable and best fitting socks you have ever owned, return them for another pair.
No strings. No conditions. For life.
Perfect present (stocking stuffer, anyone?) for anyone in our life and yours too.
Price: starting at $14
Available for purchase at Darn Tough and Amazon.
Rite in the Rain Notebooks
Another excellent product for the outdoors lover in your life, Rite in the Rain is committed to creating products that “defy mother nature“. The waterproof notebooks, writing instruments, planners, wallets are a great gift not just for those who like to be in the outdoors (avid campers/hikers) but also for those who need to be in the outdoors (military personnel, construction workers).
Those stockings are going to be stuffed with some excellent items this year. Are we right?
Made in USA and environmentally conscious, Rite in the Rain was developed nearly a century ago in the forests of the Great Northwest. In their own words:
Entrepreneur, Jerry Darling, recognized the logging industry’s need for a durable material that could be written on and survive in poor weather conditions. Jerry developed a special coating that created a unique moisture shield on the hand-dipped sheets of paper that he and his wife, Mary, processed at their home. From humble beginnings our first all-weather paper was born! Over the many years we’ve perfected and patented our environmentally responsible coating process. Still located in Tacoma, our continued mission is to provide innovative products for professionals and enthusiasts who brave the outdoors.
With some extraordinary winter and summer outdoor adventures coming up in 2017 for us, we are really looking forward to stalking up on a lot of the weatherproof writing materials.
Price: starting at $3.95
Available for purchase at Rite in the Rain, Walmart and Amazon.
Hope you enjoyed this month’s series and found it helpful! See you next month with more favorites, recommendations and coveted item. Till then, Happy Shopping and Happy Travels!
Disclaimer: We are not sponsored by any of these brands, we simply suggest the items we use and love.