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REVIEW: Snugpak Travelpak 2 Sleeping Bag

We take a look at Snugpak’s travel focused sleeping bag the Travelpak 2 which includes a built-in mosquito netContinue readingREVIEW: Snugpak Travelpak 2 Sleeping Bag

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REVIEW: Osprey Fairview Women’s Travel Backpack

A counterpart to their best-selling Farpoint series, the Fairview benefits from the same great features but with a female specific back system. I was lucky enough to test the Osprey Fairview 55 on a recent trip to Southeast Asia, so I’ll be discussing the key features, practicality and comfort of the pack in this review.…Continue readingREVIEW: Osprey Fairview Women’s Travel Backpack

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REVIEW: Osprey Transporter Duffle

The revamped Osprey Transporter arrived at GY HQ back in Autumn 2017, so it’s probably about time we reviewed Osprey’s new and improved duffle, which they describe as ‘Adventure-proof’. The Transporter is available in four different sizes, 40L, 65L, 95L and 130L, as well as 5 great colours with options to suit every traveller and…Continue readingREVIEW: Osprey Transporter Duffle

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Rucksack Review: Vango Contour vs Sherpa

The Contour and Sherpa rucksacks are long-standing Vango favourites, designed for multi-day backpacking and expeditions. Both rucksacks are recommended by the Scouts and DofE and are well-known in the outdoor market, but what are the key differences between the two and which is the right rucksack for you? In this review, I talk you through the…Continue readingRucksack Review: Vango Contour vs Sherpa

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Best Gap Year Sleeping Bags – 2018

It’s been a few years since our top 5 sleeping bags for travelling post, so we figured it was about time we updated our list. Our 2018 list includes some old favourites, which have received a revamp for 2018 and some new additions that could well be the travel sleeping bag of your dreams! So…Continue readingBest Gap Year Sleeping Bags – 2018

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REVIEW: Eagle Creek Global Companion 65 Backpack

A leading brand in the travel pack world since the 1980’s, Eagle Creek know their stuff when it comes to creating quality backpacks with useful travel-related features. Their new Global Companion 65 backpack is no exception, combining the structure and technical features of a backpack with the organisational features of a suitcase, resulting in a…Continue readingREVIEW: Eagle Creek Global Companion 65 Backpack

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REVIEW: Pacsafe Venturesafe EXP65 Travel Backpack

Pacsafe was founded by two Australian travellers back in 1998 and has since become the leading manufacturer of anti-theft backpacks and travel accessories. Their Venturesafe EXP65 travel backpack is arguably one of the best anti-theft backpacks for travelling and also includes several comfort and organisational features, making this a good all-rounder for any trip. First Impressions…Continue readingREVIEW: Pacsafe Venturesafe EXP65 Travel Backpack

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REVIEW: Pyramid Trek Ultra Mosquito Repellent

Back in 2016, Pyramid introduced their Trek Ultra repellent (formerly Repel Ultra). This micro-encapsulated DEET formula provides the same long-lasting protection as their now withdrawn Trek 100 repellent (97% DEET), while using only a third of the DEET. I got the chance to put Trek Ultra to the test on a recent trip to Southeast…Continue readingREVIEW: Pyramid Trek Ultra Mosquito Repellent

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Caribee Wheeled Backpacks: Fast Track vs Skymaster

One of the most common questions asked by our customers is ‘What is the difference between the Caribee Fast Track and Caribee Sky Master?’. While both are top of the range wheeled backpacks for travelling, they have some key differences that set them apart. In this post we will discuss these differences and hopefully shed…Continue readingCaribee Wheeled Backpacks: Fast Track vs Skymaster

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REVIEW: Caribee Fast Track 75 – 2016 Model

The Caribee Fast Track was introduced back in 2005 and has been a firm favourite with the Gap Year Travel Store team and our customers for a number of years. 2016 sees the introduction of the 4th generation Caribee Fast Track, which has just landed at GY HQ. Caribee have made a few minor tweaks to…Continue readingREVIEW: Caribee Fast Track 75 – 2016 Model

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REVIEW: Snugpak Jungle Bag Sleeping Bag

We’ve been selling the Snugpak Jungle Bag sleeping bag for a number of years, as this was one of the first ‘anti-mosquito’ bags available. But with so many newer additions to the sleeping bag market, including the Vango Planet & Highlander Voyager ranges, why should you consider the Jungle Bag when choosing your travel sleeping…Continue readingREVIEW: Snugpak Jungle Bag Sleeping Bag

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REVIEW: Osprey Meridian 75 Wheeled Backpack

*25/08/16 – Disclaimer* – This review is for the 2015 version of the Osprey Meridian 75, which has since received a specification update! See the latest Osprey range here. This week I’m reviewing the latest (and long overdue) addition to our wheeled travel backpack range, the Osprey Meridian 75. If you’ve done your research on…Continue readingREVIEW: Osprey Meridian 75 Wheeled Backpack

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Caribee Jet Pack 65 Travel Backpack Review

Caribee describe the Jet Pack 65 backpack as a lightweight and versatile travel pack, loaded with features found in more expensive packs. This certainly makes the backpack sound appealing to travellers wanting quality features, without breaking the bank…but how good is the Jet Pack range? Well, we’re about to find out! First Impressions Ok, first…Continue readingCaribee Jet Pack 65 Travel Backpack Review

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Vango Planet 150 Sleeping Bag Review

This week I decided  to take a closer look at the Vango Planet 150 sleeping bag from their award winning Planet sleeping bag range. The sleeping bag comes with anti-bacterial and mosquito protection and even features a mosquito net in the hood, but is this sleeping bag worthy of it’s award winning status? In this post I will discuss…Continue readingVango Planet 150 Sleeping Bag Review

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Lifeventure Travel Towel Review

We sell a number of travel towels including ‘softfibre’ and ‘microfibre’ options and with so many options available, how can you possibly know which one is right for you? I decided that this week, I would review Lifeventure’s softfibre & microfibre towels and talk through the key features to help you make a more informed decision,…Continue readingLifeventure Travel Towel Review

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Vango Purple Freedom 60+20L Travel Backpack Review

*DISCLAIMER – The Vango Freedom has received an updated since this review was published. Read the review of the Vango Freedom II here.* This week we’re looking at the Vango Freedom 60+20 travel backpack in purple, giving you our thoughts on the popular travel pack from leading outdoor brand Vango! First and foremost, it’s probably…Continue readingVango Purple Freedom 60+20L Travel Backpack Review