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On the Road with Nancy Brown: Gift Guide for Travelers

From travel bags to sleeping bags, Nancy D. Brown has got you covered this holiday season.

Nancy D. Brown wearing ExOfficio Storm Logic Jacket















Travel Gear And Guides

Sleep in Style

We’ve all crunched up a jacket to use as a pillow on an airplane, but the ExOfficio Storm Logic jacket actually comes with a stuff sack so you can convert it into an adjustable travel pillow. I took this lightweight and thermal jacket with me to Montana in the winter and used it for precisely that purpose. Here’s my full review. $150.

exofficio.com   twitter.com/#!/exofficio


Selkā€™bag // Photo from selkbagusa.com/Sleep in Style, Part II

I think of the Selk’bag, a Chilean sleepwear system that hit the U.S. market in 2008, as Gumby-meets-sleeping-bag. It’s a sleeping bag with arms, legs and feet, so you can wear it from the tent to the campfire. $99 (Gumby action figure not included).

selkbagusa.com  twitter.com/#!/selkbagusa


Brat Pack Travel Guide

You know him from the movies Pretty in Pink and Less Than Zero, but did you know that Brat Pack star Andrew McCarthy is also a contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler? And now McCarthy’s expanded from magazines to books, partnering with East Bay travel Don George to bring you Lights, Camera…Travel! On-the-road tales from screen storytellers. $14.99.

shop.lonelyplanet.com/world/lights-camera-travel   twitter.com/#!/lonelyplanet


Security Expediter

It can be hard to consider yourself a stylish traveler when you’re schlepping your toiletries through airport security. But Show Offs Travel Bags are changing that. These reusable toiletry bags come in quart sizes to meet the TSA’s 3-1-1 requirement for carry-on luggage (3 oz. or smaller containers of liquid or gel, 1 quart-size, clear plastic zip-top bag, 1 bag per traveler placed in the security bin), and have matching gallon size bags for checked luggage. $14.99 for two quart bags, two gallon bags, and three refillable bottles.



Proper Scale

Tired of battling with the bathroom scale to see if your luggage meets airline requirements? The Precision Voyager digital luggage scale holds up to 110 pounds and is easy to operate. Slip the strap around your luggage handle, turn on the battery and up comes the weight. $19.95

eatsmartproducts.com    twitter.com/#!/EatSmartScales


A lifelong resident of Contra Costa County, Nancy D. Brown grew up in Moraga. When she’s not traveling, she lives in Lafayette with her husband and teens. Nancy is the Uptake.com Travel Editor, writes the What a Trip blog and is a Contra Costa Times Lamorinda Sun columnist. Horse lovers will find her at www.writinghorseback.com. Follow Nancy on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Nancydbrown