Scottevest NBT Vest Only $50 Until 14 Nov

This is the lowest I have ever seen this product!  Scottevests are a huge part of my being able to travel carry-on only and avoid checking bags as I can put some heavier items like a small laptop/tablet and some reading material in the vest pockets.  I also keep all my documents, cash and credit cards in the pockets and wear the vest on the plane which would allow me to make a rapid and safe exit in case of emergency with all my important items secured within my clothing.

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The clip below shows how to use the pockets if you aren’t familiar with Scottevest products.  Please use the link in the graphic or HERE as I will get a small commission at no cost to yourself which helps pay the site expenses.  Be sure to use the promo code RAINCHECK to get the discount.  Hurry as the sale ends 14 November!

Great Holiday Gift For Birders & Eco-Tourists

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa/Eid gift for the budget/eco-tourist in your life?  Or something to hint for to your loved ones?  Here’s the perfect idea!

During our trip around Africa, the use of Scottevests was essential to allowing us to stick to carry-on bags only.  It wasn’t the size of the bags, it was the weight.  Most birders have lots of heavy camera gear and bird field guides.  At several airports, they weighed our carry-ons and we would have been forced to check some bags if we didn’t have the Scottevests to stuff the heavy stuff into!  If you are traveling to hot climates, I recommend  the Featherweight Vest.  It is available in men’s and women’s sizes and comes in cement & cadet blue.  The cement is a better choice for birding.

Those afternoon tropical rains won’t be a problem as it is even waterproof – watch Scott in the video below as he demonstrates the features.

Always check out the daily sale tab at the top, they have a different item on sale each day!

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Cool Gadget – In-flight Pouch

Since next year’s trip involves a lot of economy flights, I was looking for a way to keep things I need during the flight on hand so I don’t have to keep digging into my backpack in the overhead locker.  This one looks nice, has lots of pockets and fits neatly into the seat pocket.  Has anyone ever used one of these?

Splurging On Travel Comforts – Yea or Nay?

Eco-tourists are a breed apart yet the one thing we have in common with “normal” travelers is the decision to be frugal or splurge.  Conde Nast Traveler has their suggestions but do they work for us?

1.  Checking a bag – I say nay.  We don’t really need a big wardrobe for birding.  Who’s going to be looking at us when there are so many stunning birds to look at?  Besides, who wants to risk having a bag go astray or waste time at the carousel?  I never bring more than 3 days worth of clothes and wash along the way.  I can fit everything I need plus camera gear between the eBags Motherload convertible backpack and my Scottevest

2.  In-flight Internet – I say nay.  There’s enough to keep me amused while in-flight with the airline’s AVOD and I can always keep a few movies or eBooks on my tablet.  Or just get some sleep!

3.  Out-of-Hotel Breakfasts – Usually necessary due to birder’s hours unless it’s a transit city stay.  If breakfast is included in the rate, I’ll take it.  Birding lodges will have breakfasts served at birder-friendly times.  Otherwise, we grab something at a supermarket and bring it along.

4.  Taxis – I say mostly nay unless there is a safety issue.  I wouldn’t want to walk around some town late at night with my gear.  Plus there is just something wasteful and un-green about taking a taxi if there is safe public transport available.

5.  One lavish meal – I’m not a foodie so easy for me to say nay on this one.  Birding lodges usually provide meals in the package.  If birding from a city with short drives into the bush such as Panama, we are happy to just grab takeaway and bring it back to the hotel.

6.  Souvenirs – I say YEA!  But only if they are locally made items, preferably by people who are honoring their native wildlife in the artwork.  Always support local communities to encourage eco-tourism!  Molas from Panama, numerous paintings, batiks, statues and arpilleras from Peru’s Amazon have all found a place in our home and serve as wonderful memories of our trip!

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Scottevest’s Big 14th Anniversary Sale Ends 2 March

Scottevest is offering a huge 40% off most of their unique jackets with 20-23 pockets.  I use these all the time to get around carry-on baggage limits to get heavier items such as camera lenses and birding field guides on board.  Some airports are weighing carry-ons at the security checkpoints but they don’t weigh your clothes!

*** Don’t forget to use the promo code for the discount! ***

Sale ends 2 March.  Click on the image below.

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New Lightweight Scottevest – The Featherweight

During our trip around Africa, the use of Scottevests was essential to allowing us to stick to carry-on bags only.  It wasn’t the size of the bags, it was the weight.  Most birders have lots of heavy camera gear and bird field guides.  At several airports, they weighed our carry-ons and we would have been forced to check some bags if we didn’t have the Scottevests to stuff the heavy stuff into!  Here’s their latest product – the Featherweight Vest!  Don’t forget to check out the daily sale tab, they have a different item on sale each day!

Scottevest FeatherweightIf you use my link, I will get a small commission for which I thank you.  I wouldn’t recommend these products if I didn’t use them myself and were very happy with them.

World’s Smallest Washing Machine

We’ve all been there.  A hot sweaty hike through the rainforest in pursuit of that rare bird.  Rewarding but you do end up with pretty filthy clothes!  This Aussie inventor/entrepreneur has come up with a very clever solution!

THE SCRUBBA!

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While originally designed with backpackers in mind, the Scrubba wash bag has also become the best way to clean clothes for people on vacation, business travelers, students living dorm rooms or small apartments, campers, hunters, cyclists, kayakers or people going on cruises. Whether it is so you can pack light, avoid hotel laundry costs, avoid searching for Laundromats, avoid potential hygiene issues washing in a sink, use less water or simply to have the freedom to wash clothes wherever you want, there is an aspect of the Scrubba wash bag that will appeal to all travelers.

This video shows a live demonstration of how it works.  The Scrubba can be ordered from their website.

Don’t Bug Me!

If you have a Coghlan’s Bug Jacket, hopefully you won’t be being bugged!  The flies are insane in the Aussie Outback!  While we wore head nets for our trip, this combo head net/jacket looks pretty interesting!

And if you prefer a simple head net, this is the one we used which worked well to keep the flies off our faces.