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Oh gosh...the belly pack gag gift is hilarious!

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Sarah and I talked about my trekking poles while on the Sicily tour with her this past March. Nice to see them recommended.😊

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Dirty underwear briefs safe? Does this really have to be the last thing I see before I go to bed?

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In case anyone is thinking of traveling to Europe with the Hot Logic Mini oven.....don't. While it works very well, it is very heavy and not dual voltage. To use in Europe you would need a voltage converter.

It's good for car trips.

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I thought the Allbirds shoes looked interesting, but I checked their website and they don't have my size (11W). Has anyone worn these? Is their an equivalent in another brand that has a bigger size range?

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Jane, I have been considering the Allbirds Wool Runner since they came on the market a few years ago. I have read pros & cons on their comfort. I do a lot of walking & need comfort & support. Yes, I believe the women's sizing is limited to size 10. I'm still on the fence. I too, would like to have feedback. I am not aware of a similar product on the market.

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I tried the Allbirds and ended up returning them. I didn't feel they offered enough support, but I know my feet are pickier than most. If they still offer free returns, why not give them a try?

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Has anyone tried the travel power strip or facsimile? I have been reluctant to use a power strip since my "catastrophe" in a boutique hotel in Paris 2013. Picture this- we arrive, I plug in my phone & iPad into my power strip and voila sparks were flying & it blew a fuse in the entire hotel. I thought we were doomed. I apologized profusely and was forgiven. They were kind enough to provide me with the correct adaptor. The next 5 days were uneventful. Phew.

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Jane, regarding the Allbirds, I was looking at the sizing chart Which notes that the men’s sizes are approximately 1.5 times bigger than the women’s. So a woman looking for a size 11 could buy a men’s 10. With the free returns it might be worth a try.

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kclyons, I might try that. I have found that switching to men's shoes doesn't usually work. It isn't just the length and width; they're bigger overall. I had one pair that about rubbed my ankles raw, even though the length and width were perfect. And the back tends to ride up too high on the Achilles tendon. But these look soft, and as you say, with free returns...

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jlschandler, I have that exact power strip. I've used it in Germany & France. It worked great for an reaching outlets behind furniture and for plugging in multiple items. Having the USB ports meant not having to bring multiple cubes for my iPhone and iPad. I think there are problems with power strips in Europe when they have a surge protector. This one doesn't.

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Andrea, thanks for your positive feedback on the travel power strip. Sounds like it will fit our needs!

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Jane, if you live by a Nordstrom you might be able to try them on. They carry the “Runner” in men’s. And they’re the same price as the Allbirds website.

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I also have the same powerstrip. In fact, I'm using it right now. No problems except one USB port has stopped charging. My phone shows it charging but the battery meter doesn't move. If I plug it into another port it's fine. I've had it over a year.

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Jane,

I wear a women's 11W. I ordered the mens Allbirds in a 10, and they fit fine. I have a narrow heel and the men's size wasn't a problem. They do stretch a little over time, so if I ordered them again, I might try a men's 9. (As I recall, they weren't available in half sizes.) They are definitely comfortable, light shoes that are easy to pack.

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I believe I have/had the same power bar but it was a dud. only one USB and one outlet worked. Of course, I didn't try it for some time after purchase so it ended up in the garbage. The link on her site does't work for me, so I can't see the brand, but it might be that the Canadian Amazon site has a different maker with the same look. I bought it due to recommendations here, but it wasn't worth the effort to purchase.

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have been considering the Allbirds Wool Runner since they came on the market a few years ago. I have read pros & cons on their comfort. I do a lot of walking & need comfort & support.

I've yet to meet anybody who's purchased them who didn't comment about either the too soft pliability, smell or, lack of support. While woven uppers are becoming more common, the wool uppers are just a bit too pliable. As for smell, yes, wool helps neutralize some body odors but, your feet sweat more than another part of your body thus overwhelming wool's natural ability to inhibit your stink. And then there's the lack of underfoot support, I think there's a better options out there for travelers who are on their feet 12-14+ hours a day.

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@zcorsair, I've decided to stick to my "tried & true" walking shoes. That would be my ASICS & ECCO 7's. At home we walk up to 5 miles a day. When traveling we may walk over 15 miles a day. My feet need adequate support!

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Eurostacy, I bought the Trtl pillow for a couple of trips where I really needed to sleep on the plane (Concert the night of arrival in Italy and flight to Cambodia 24 hours after returning to Seattle from Italy).

I’m a stomach sleeper, so the pillows that work best when you lean back are harder for me to sleep well. The Trtl gave me a comfortable position to sleep with my head either leaned to my side or leaning slightly forward. The fabric is warm but to me it was a cozy warmth, not a hot warmth.

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I bought a power strip with surge protector at a supermarket here in Israel - we use the same 2-prong plugs and voltage as most of Europe. It has room for 3 plugs and 2 usb ports and a 1-meter cord. I can charge my computer, my camera battery, my phone and my iPod all at the same time and only need one outlet. So useful.

I used it on my trip to Morocco a couple months ago and it worked fine. I would imagine if it's available here, you can pick one up easily in Europe. I plan to take it on all my European trips from now on. It was incorrectly labeled so I got it for about $10, about half the retail price.