3 Useful Items for the Adventure Traveler

enjoying paquime, Chihuahua, Mexico

in Chihuahua I used all three products

I wanted to share my thoughts on three products I used last year. I’d recommend all three for any adventure traveler.

Clothing Arts P-Cubed Adventure Pants

Zipline across the Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico

I wore my P3 - Adventure Pants by Clothing Arts on the Copper Canyon Zipline

After attending the most recent Meet, Plan, Go event in New York, I once again met up with Adam to discuss his Clothing Arts company. As a three time sponsor (and I am a three time volunteer) we’ve talked every year. Finally, this year I asked to test his Adventure Pants with the P-Cubed -Pick Pocket Proof System. He agreed.

I took my Adventure Pants (great name) on a week long journey through Chihuahua Mexico. The pants with it’s light weight fabric and pocket system of multiple pockets kept me safe and secure all through Chihuahua. The pants walked the streets of Ciudad Juarez, hiked the Sand Dunes of Samalayuca, toured the ancient ruins of Paquime, rode the el Chepe train, climbed (a little) in the Valley of the Monks outside Creel, and zipped across the Copper Canyon. They had an eventful week. And not only did they stay comfortable, but the also seemed to survive the week of wear. They remained stylish and seemingly odorless. Both big wins when packing light.

And yes, everything stayed safe and secure.

ScotteVest -Travel Vest

In Scotland I almost thought to fit a pint and a single malt in the vest too

Wearing a three-piece suit years ago was essentially the last time I wore a vest, but as a attendee of  TBEX 2012 I received a ScotteVest Travel Vest. It was clearly one of the highlighted gifts to us travel bloggers, but I wasn’t sure if I’d wear it. Today, I am converted.

The vest has more pockets than I know how to use.  It claims it can hold iPads, mobiles phones, passports, and much more with instructions to explain how. I simply discovered I enjoyed the pockets, the light weight and even the style. Now, I bring my vest on nearly every trip. It’s already traveled across the roads of Scotland as well as at sea (photo).  I’ve taken it to Veracruz and Chihuahua Mexico (other photo).

SpaceBag – On the Go


used on every trip since I received them

I received an email last year and was asked if I wanted to sample SpaceBags. Living in a small NYC apartment I thought even if I didn’t like them for travel, I could probably use them at home so I said yes.

Packing for my first trip, I wasn’t sold (yet) and  even struggled with the plastic piece used to close the bag. The products might be cheaply made, but doesn’t mean they can’t be useful.  Now, I use at least one of the two bags I received on every trip. And the shirts put in the bag seem wrinkle less then ones outside the bag.

Travel Tip: Also, I don’t normally fill the bags (squeeze the air out) before I leave as I enjoy the space it provides when I return with a few extra items.  Not to mention the bag separation is perfectly for keeping the clean away from the dirty in the bag when your travels take you through multiple destinations.

Well, I’ll see what new products I start to use in the new year, Hopefully I’ll find a few more products I will continue to use in the years to come like these three.

stay adventurous, Craig

I want to thank  Clothing Arts, Scottevest, and Spacebag for providing the products so I can use them. The good news is, I continue to use them all on nearly every adventure. 



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  • Maria Falvey

    Hadn’t considered using the space bags during travel. Nice tip!

    I like to use Eagle Creek Packit Folders and their travel towels too think I’ll add the space bags to the next trip.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Maria, the bags help. And I’ll look into the Eagle Creek products. Gracias. Stay adventurous, Craig

  • wkaliher@gmail.com

    Nice summary of the products–thanks for this useful review.


    Thanks for the great feature! We’d love to use these photos for our catalog! Thanks, Craig.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Most excellent; I’ll email you my modeling rates. ok, I’ll send you an email. Thanks. stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://twitter.com/JourneyMexico Journey Mexico

    Great suggestions for the adventure traveler!

  • Maryann

    I have seen the vest and it is smart looking for wherever you go. Great travel ideas.

  • http://twitter.com/BritSeeingStars Britany Robinson

    I could definitely use those SpaceBags. Might help the regurgitation reflex of my backpack, every time I open it up.