Flashlights have gone the way of the Dodo bird when it comes to backpackers’ lighting gear of choice. In May 2006, I came to this realization when I tried to use my trusted Mini Maglite on a pre-dawn hike to the top of Temple IV in Tikal, Guatemala to watch the sunrise over the awakening […]
Gear & Gadgets
I received Hammacher Schlemmer’s 150-Country Auto-Detecting Travel Adapter and Converter ($50 shipped) in the mail a few days ago. I bought it because it included a USB port, and I had hoped to be able to charge my camera and mp3 player with it. At first, I was amused by the puzzle like nature of […]
In addition to getting my car fixed and looking up Visa info this past weekend, I also started to go OCD on ripping all of my CD’s to mp3’s. Talk about a thankless task! No wonder I had put it off for years. Actually, the most recent version of Windows Media Player (8, I think) […]
On March 11, 2007, I asked the gadget gurus of the BootsnAll message boards for some feedback on how much “cool” gear is too much for long term travel. One of the suggestions I got back was the $20 Empress MP3 player. Basically, you store your MP3’s on an SD flash memory card, and the […]
Question: What does a guy do when he’s planning a backpacking trip around the world, and he finds himself ahead of schedule in savings with 6 months to go? Answer: He buys a Casio Pathfinder watch for $199 from Amazon.com. Why would he need such a watch? Just consider the following scenario, and you’ll wonder […]
Arlington, VA – I was a young 21 when I first walked into Casual Adventure. I was on the prowl for a backpack to accompany me around Europe for the summer. Nine years later, I found myself returning once again as I prepare for my first trip around the world. Casual Adventure is a family […]
I bought my red Gregory Chaos backpack at family-owned Casual Adventure in Arlington, Virginia.