The Clever Travel Companion Updates

Waterproofing the Clever Travel Companion's Gear May 06 2015, 0 Comments

Some of our lovely customers have asked for waterproofed underwear. Well, we tested making a prototype with waterproof pockets and....the reason we don't have waterproof pockets are:

1) The testing revealed they don't work well enough. They do work most of the time, but not always, and nothing is ever guaranteed. If leaks occur and you have your passport in there.... Well, that simply won't do. Credit cards and money can handle humidity and even lots of water, but not passports.

2) Well, who swims in their underwear anyways? So you put your stuff in your underwear, take a swim, what then...Will you walk around in wet underwear all day? Of course you can always bring an extra pair and change.

3) We make underwear, not swimwear. Our underwear are for wearing under clothes. Not swimming. But if enough of you want swimwear we will make them! Let us know your thoughts!

4) The waterproofing material doesn't hold up well in hot machine washes and in dryers. And well, underwear should be washed warm and stand tumbling....

For those of you who do want to waterproof your valuables; we tested simply zipping our stuff in small bags made for waterproofing and guess what, that works very, very well and is much less bulky than having permanent waterproof pockets. We found some good ones on Amazon

 

Waterproof bag examples from Amazon.

 

 


The Four L’s of Avoiding Identity Theft While Traveling April 29 2015, 1 Comment

 

According to the 2013 Identity Fraud Industry Report, an identity theft occurs once every three seconds. With such a large number of cases being reported, it is certainly something to take seriously, especially while you are traveling. Having your identity stolen is hard enough at home, but when traveling the immediate repercussions can be more drastic. Fortunately, there are 4 rules to follow in order to prevent identity theft while traveling.

 

1. Leave it at home

Only take the documents and cards that you absolutely need with you. This should include some form of identification and 2 debit or credit cards. Leave additional cards, personal checks and cash at home.

 

 

2. Limit what you carry

As you set out for the day, limit what you take with you to only the documents and cards you need. Avoid being pick-pocketed altogether with tees, tanks and underwear that feature zippered pockets for your protection.

 

 

3. Look for security measures

If you need to use an ATM, look around for a camera to ensure that the ATM has not been tampered with. Also, be careful of using credit cards online and look to see that its a secure, encrypted site. Similarly, always use secure wireless networks.

 

 

4. Lock your valuables

Take advantage of hotel security and lock your valuables whenever possible. Do not leave anything in your room that could lead to identity theft. When you lock your valuables, do not share the code or key with anyone under any circumstances.

 

 

Identity theft has increased for travelers in recent years, but following the four L’s allows you to avoid becoming another statistic. While thieves continue to come up with more schemes to steal your identity, follow these simple steps to guard your identity.  

 

Have any of you had issues with identity theft?

 

 

 


International Travel: 5 Things to Know Before You Go April 23 2015, 0 Comments

 

After you have chosen your travel destination, whether it’s a beach paradise or an urban oasis, there are things that you should know before you go. Being an informed traveler not only keeps you safe, it actually enhances your experience. By being prepared, less trials and tribulations will spring up along your trip. To make the most of your travel destination, consider these 5 questions to ask before you leave town.

1. Are there any travel warnings for your destination? The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings for countries or regions where long-term activity has created travel risks for tourists. The cause of the warnings can range from civil unrest to weather conditions, but in all cases the ability of the embassies to assist citizens in an emergency is severely affected.

2. Are there any location-specific diseases or health risks? Depending on where you are going and the type of trip, you may be at a greater risk to contract a disease or other health risks. In some cases, vaccinations are even required. To learn about health concerns in a particular location, visit the Traveler’s Health website operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

3. Where is the closest U.S. embassy? In case of an emergency, you may require the assistance of U.S. Embassy or Consulate located in your destination country. It is best to know the address and have the phone number handy in the event of an emergency. To find more information about a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in a particular website, visit the State Department’s Embassy Directory.

4. Do you have contact information for and directions to your accommodations? This may seem like a basic concept, but you need to make sure that the information you’ve gathered is comprehensive. Write down everything you can about your accommodation and know how to get there from the airport or train station before you arrive. Also, make sure to have a backup plan or two in case you can’t reach your accommodation as you had planned. 

5. Are there any travel products to make the trip go more smoothly? To alleviate the frustrations, risks and stress that often come with travel, there are many products to consider that will make the trip flow much better and avoid any hiccups due to a stolen wallet. In some places pickpocketing is more rampant than others, but clothing with a zippered pocket to protect your valuables could make the difference. Think about which products work best with your destination.  

What are your, before you go, travel tips?