Beyond using them to transport TSA-approved liquids or bury your phone at the beach, Ziploc bags can mean the difference between a fun surprise rainstorm and the heartbreaking realization that your phone and passport are hopelessly waterlogged.
Maybe you were still skiing in April and May, or maybe your season had ended, but we offered you some advice, gently suggesting that you wax and tune your skis or snowboard and wash your winter clothing before heading to the beach. Did you do it? I didn't either.
Sometimes I'm bumbling through airport security with three daughters, diapers and pacifiers flying in all directions; sometimes I'm flying luxuriously solo, rocking my wireless office. Both of these types of Dad-travel require different levels of preparedness and equipment.
Packing guides will often list trekking poles as "optional," but they are lying to you. They are as important as a backpack, if not more -- after all, backpacks can't really double as lightsabers to aid in the settling of disputes.
Heading somewhere far off means running smack into a spectrum of new sights, new sounds, new tastes. But along with these comes the inevitable oven-fresh batch of eye-rolling, mind-blowing, completely incomprehensible Mysteries of Travel.
We've all fantasized about going on an around-the-world trip but would you do it without a single bag? That's exactly what travel author Rolf Potts is attempting do on his six-week trip starting Saturday, August 21st.