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3 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

My latest published trip was to a beautiful luxury self-catering townhouse in the seaside town of Weymouth in the UK (you can read all about it here) where we had a very pleasant stay whilst attending a national sailing event. As with most of my travels, it threw up a new opportunity to trial a few new products and these are detailed below. Icebreaker merino long sleeve top from Natureshop Billed as “the world’s best base layer system”, this proved to be a very cosy garment on those days waiting on the shore for my sons to return from their sailing antics, especially with us now moving into cooler Autumn temperatures. I’m sure this will also serve me well in the Winter since the premium merino wool in this long sleeve Icebreaker top from Natureshop regulates your temperature and wicks moisture to keep you dry. I’m sometimes a little sensitive when it comes to wearing wool but this didn’t itch despite being in direct contact with my skin, making it perfect for sports and other outdoor activities during those cooler months. Icebreaker Summit 5 Litre Waterproof Dry Pack from buysend With our children now sailing extended periods – often up to several hours at a time – it’s sometimes necessary for them to take their lunch out on to the water also, so these 5-litre waterproof bags from buysend.com were just perfect for this. Comfortably holding enough for a packed lunch, they can be easily strapped around the base of a mast and float on water should they be dropped overboard, keeping the contents perfectly dry should this happen. Although we used them for sailing, they would have a wide application of uses for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, whatever the weather. Dry bag GO! water bottle from Water-to-Go I’ve had Water-to-Go bottles before but this smaller GO! water bottle is lighter and easier to carry about; in fact, it’s a really nice size – holding half a litre, yet compact at the same, making them perfect for the kids. They come in six different colours (the one pictured is coral red), but the key component is the filter which uses a unique patented technology to filter more than 99.9% of water borne contaminants.  With the new version of the bottle, you also get a timer to remind you when to replace the filter. Water-to-Go

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Hey Paul

    Great reviews. Personally I like the Water-to-Go bottle. I heard that you can drink even from the most infected water. Is that true and how does the water taste?

  2. Hi Adrian

    Thanks for dropping by to comment. It’s a great product although personally I wouldn’t aim to seek out infected water to put it to the test! I’ve never used it with a stagnant pond, for instance, but have used it with flowing streams, with samples taken from above the level where sheep are grazing (to avoid contamination from their faeces), and it tasted absolutely fine. I know they claim to get rid of 99.9% of bacteria with the filters, but I’ll bring your question to the attention of Kyle from Water-to-Go and maybe he can answer your question a little more precisely.


  3. Hi Adrian,

    Kyle here from Water-to-Go HQ. What you have heard is true. Using technology originally developed for NASA, Water-to-Go water bottles will filter in excess of 99.9% of chemicals, like chlorine and fluoride, heavy metals, like lead as well as bacteria and, importantly, viruses. They also remove any bad taste or smell from the water.

    The filters have been tried and tested (not only by our friends at A Luxury Travel Blog) at the London of School of Hygiene in the UK, The BCS Labs in the USA and the Bangalore Test House in India. You can view our testing data and filter facts using the links below:


    Any more info please message back.


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