Best Travel Gear in the Bay Area
Bring both style and function to your fall travels with these locally made products.
Pack and Play
Perfect for the minimalist traveler, the Rolo Travel Bag works as a carry-on or clothing organizer that can be used as in-suitcase or hanging storage. The pack—which boasts military-grade mesh pockets that hold enough clothing for two to four days—compresses into an easy-to-tote bag that’s about the size of a yoga mat. Designed in Berkeley, the latest version, Rolo II, features more pockets, a carry-on handle, and new accessories such as a toiletry kit and a water-resistant cover. $50–$65, rolotravel.com.
Union City–based Aer also specializes in streamlined bags, and the company’s award-winning Travel Pack compactly organizes both personal gear and technology. Recently, the chic backpack underwent an upgrade: The Travel Pack 2 is optimized to meet domestic and international carry-on size limits and includes compartments for documents, lockable zippers, an area for shoes, a laptop pocket, and a lay-flat main section for easy packing. $230, aersf.com.
Travel can be dehydrating, so keep those lips moist with Pomegranate Coconut Lip Balm from Livermore’s Green Soap Bath Shoppe. The certified-organic product comes in four varieties, including the popular lavender-orange flavor, and can often be found at Green Soap Bath Shoppe in Livermore. $4, greensoapbathshoppe.com.
Alternately, if you are heading to a tropical destination, why not coordinate your balm with a beach theme? Oakland’s Earth Tu Face line includes a vanilla-peppermint lip balm encased in a chic mini shell purse. The product is made of pure beeswax and organic oils that aim to soothe and protect. $25, earthtuface.com.
Wi-Fi on the Fly
Stay connected wherever you go with the Skyroam Solis. This pocket-size device delivers 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi worldwide with no roaming fees. And, with its 16-plus hours of battery life, it doubles as a power-charging station for up to five gadgets. Skyroam—whose North American headquarters are located in San Francisco—promises instant coverage in more than 120 countries through its Unlimited Global Wi-Fi plans (available in daily or monthly subscriptions); the Solis is also offered for rent. $150, skyroam.com.
Bring the Noise
Settle in for a long plane ride and shut out the world—especially the loud talker in the row behind you—with the Tracks HD2 headphones from San Francisco’s Sol Republic. These sleek headphones offer quality sound, noise reduction, and lightweight comfort. A plug-in microphone-remote combo allows you to answer your phone, adjust volume, and even activate Siri. $80, solrepublic.com.