When I travel I am often on my own so compact is best,
especially since my Lenovo laptop
and assorted techie accoutrement is one
entire (albeit small) backpack unto itself. So I was delighted to find that the
portable, lightweight travel clothes washing machine sent to me by The Scrubba Wash Bag
billed. This product gets a free ride in my suitcase and starting
position in my latest wrap up of travel products
for the aviation crowd.
World's First Packable Washing Machine
The secret to packing spare is wearing things multiple
times which means hand-washing, a manicure-wrecking,
floor-soaking experience that I frankly don't like. The Scrubba Wash Bag
is a thermoplastic polyurethane knapsack that the company claims can
"rub out a machine quality wash in minutes."
One week into
a Mexico vacation, I gave it a try and chucked my Royal Robbins shorts, a knit
dress, Polo shirt, tee shirt, socks and unmentionables into the bag, added a
little soap, filled it with water and rolled down the top. I sloshed everything
around, dumped the wash water, added fresh water and two or three rinses later,
I was done.
I've often found hand-washed clothes to be stiff when dry,
probably because it is so hard to get all the soap out in a tiny sink. The
Scrubba gives a much more thorough rinse. That, plus it's foldable and
lightweight. And if that isn't enough, the bag doubles as a waterproof carry-all I can use while kayaking.
Scrubba is produced by Calibre8 an Australian
company and is sold online
Shorts for the Long Haul
It goes without saying, (okay, so it doesn't) that no article of
clothing goes in the suitcase if it can't be laundered easily on the road. So I
gravitate to the pants and shorts made by Royal Robbins
American outdoor clothier. Made of ultra-light weight Supplex nylon it doesn't
matter how tightly these pants are rolled or folded, they emerge from the suitcase
wrinkle-free. I especially like the many large zip and Velcro-close pockets that
by some engineering miracle do not add bulk in the hip
. Add the belt loops and button adjustable waistbands and the fact that they are stain-resistant and
easy to wash on the road and that explains why these are the go-to travel pants. Now, you won't be wearing these to a business meeting but for casual and sporting activities, they're great.
men and women's garments are sold in their online store
Clear-sighting on Wings or Wheels
When flying often my pilot friends will try to give me
control of the airplane, but I'm quick to remind them, I'm a professional
. So when Dual Eyewear
asked me to test-fly their aviation sunglasses,
I thought it best to let a real live pilot take over. Below, pilot
and plane builder David Paqua
's pirep on Dual's shades.
"Having flown for the past 10 years using various sunglasses
I had the opportunity to try the Dual Eyewear - AV2 glasses
and I have to say I'm very impressed with them. The frames fit well and are
very light when compared to my trusty Ray ban Aviators. They also fit well
beneath my headset so I still get a good tight fit that prevents sound from coming in.
The frames feel strong and stood up to some
fumbling and stretching when I put them on single-handed while flying. They
definitely are not delicate. The bifocal lenses took a little getting used to; however I
soon found them helpful in reading the tiny frequency notations on the
av-charts. Doing light aerobatics was not a problem and the glasses stayed
in place under the G's.
All in all I liked these glasses very much!"
David Paqua - Norwalk, Connecticut
While I ought to give David the last word, I can't resist chiming
in since I received a pair too, for wearing while riding my bike
. Like David I
find them extremely light and comfortable with no sliding even when sweating
and no glare. The magnification in the lower lens is great. I didn't notice it until
I needed it and then I was glad to have it. No drama, just performance; that's the mark of all great
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