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BEACH, POOL,
AND YACHT GEAR

Not only do our sailors go to the BVI and the beach, most of them are constantly traveling across the USA and the world for work, so they know when a product is going to be great, even if it may seem quirky to less-frequent travelers

Given the odd factors of sailboat and yacht trips, our guys want to pass on a few recommendations for some travel accessories that can make your life a whole lot easier!

TRAVELING SMARTER = HAPPIER

Below is an array of great products that we either have or have enviously eyed friends who do!   They would be great for you on the Gay Armada trip, or really for any travel for work, fun, family, friends or adventure!

What are your go-to travel gear lifesavers?
Let us know and we can add them in along with your advice!

CARRY-ON PACKING CUBES FULL-BAG SET 

Packing cubes are key in tight spaces (like in our yacht cabins) and this VERY well-made set is carefully sized to perfectly fill a standard overhead bag, helping you stay perfectly organized throughout the trip.  Fantastic for multi-stop and extended stays away

SLIM PACKING CUBES: NUMBERED SET / 4

These are fantastic.  They're the perfect size for socks, underwear, swimsuits, tanks, gym shorts, etc., and the color and number coding on them helps you know immediately which is which (and which is missing) when you're late for the airport and throwing a suitcase back together in a distant hotel.   

These are the best fitting packing cubes for boats and yachts, too!

6-PACK OF ASSORTED PRO PACKING CUBES

A good set at a good price, and Pro has some fun colors to pick from.  Multicolor sets are actually better than matching so that you can tell what is what in a hurry and when they are all paced and look the same!   Always suggest adding a couple extra of the slim size, which are the most versatile & flexibile

BAGSMART WATER-PROOF DOPP KIT

Everybody has a =Dopp kit, but most of them should have been in the trash years ago.  This is an especially well-designed one with pockets, containers, and waterproof separation where it actually matters.  It's a mystery why most Dopp kits are so worthless, but also a mystery on how this great one is so low price

COLLAPSIBLE LUGGAGE

PROTECTIVE, ANTI-SPILL LAPTOP SLEEVE

Do you protect your laptop, even when in another bag?  Imagine how many times spills, accidental slams on the ground, or poor treatment from bellhops and luggage people put it at risk.  (Not even the fluke items, like an overhead completely flooded in cranberry juice!)   If you don't have one, they're cheap AF and this is a good one to check out

KENSINGTON CUSTOM COMBO LAPTOP LOCK

These are way less common than they used to be, but are fantastic for those who work in coffee shops, libraries, airports, etc.  Even better: the cord is long enough to run it through suitcases and backpacks before it gets to the laptop, avoiding the quick grab & go thief that would take advantage of even the slightest opportunity to waltz away with that new ultrabook.   Note:  this is good for most brands, but NOT Dell.  Dell links are on the above Amazon page

MASTER LOCK 3' LUGGAGE CABLE LOCK

A great lock that should be more popular!   These wrap around multiple bags, hard to lock backpacks, and (much like a bike lock) can lock up to anything. Perfect for when you have to leave bags some where less than ideal

For a cable cutting thief, it's no thick chain, but amazing for sleeping in an airport overnight, locking bags to a tree in Fire Island, or when your bags sit on docks in the islands!

FORGE SPECIAL TSA LUGGAGE LOCKS

There are millions of luggage locks, but these are notably better than the vast majority of them.  They are easy to custom-set and use, work flexibly well with almost any kind of bag or opening, and Forge has features in its TSA override keys so that officers can't remove THEIR key until YOURS is securely re-locked, leaving less chance of your luggage coming down the belt unsecured or worse, sans-lock

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THE BEST DEALS IN THE WORLD

Amazon Prime sells plenty of "Good Enough" swimwear to our gay boys with decent products, good styling, ludicrously cheap prices, and the invaluable benefit of free returns through Amazon Prime.  It's hard for many new brands to compete in the discount swim space

COLLAPSIPLE, GOOD-SIZE SHOWER CADDY

To be honest, we gays (with our group share houses) and sailors (without spare water or cozy showers) are probably the two biggest post-college needers of shower caddies!  If you don't have one or need one, lucky you!  If you're like most of us, this $6 will make your life a lot easier than trying to carry everything out on deck in a clump and watching your priciest face cream roll away and sink into the Caribbean 

BAGSMART LARGE ELEC. ORG. BAG

Hidden deep beneath that perfect hair and those enviable abs, we all know that many of you are (not so?) secret tech dorks at heart, traveling with enough gear to run a space shuttle mission.  Much like their Dopp kit, this organizer for your cords, electronics and gear keeps you more organized, protects your stuff, and is so well-designed that it will take less net space in your bag than the gear and parts did before

TWO-PACK OF CABLE ORGANIZER POUCHES

This stuff is so cheap, yet so effective at keeping your cords and chargers from being worn down and busted (bouced in bags) and left / lost all over the place.  If you make one cord and one adapter last six months longer, you've paid for the bag twice over.  Just a handy thing to have for things like shore runs during the sailing trip or hunting for power in Ptown, FIP, or Rehoboth

ANKER 10,000 mAh POWERCORE CHARGER

These are a lifesaver on boats that lack electicity without a generator running.  This Anker 10K model is a perfect middle ground:  Still small enough to easily carry around and charge your phone, but powerful enough for many charges of the phone, camera, iPad, multiple cords, and even a small laptop.  Love this lifesaver whether rural camping, Armada sailing, or two blocks away

GET A NEWER, BETTER,
X-LONG CORD SET

Are your roommates or "gentlemen callers" terrified that the old iPhone cord could burn the house down?  ...and notice how it doesn't even charge right anymore?   Make your life easier with a 6' and 10' cord that give you power freedom and not held prisoner to an inconvenient or distant power outlet

POWERFUL DUAL CORD CHARGING ADAPTER

Too many of us run around with cheap, underpowered chargers that can't do the job fast enough with today's phones and tablets.  Every year or so, add a new one to the rotation to replace the inevitable loss, and it's great for travel to grab the 30w double that will give both devices a fast charge  (Plus we should all have moved from running off USB-A by now to USB-C)

ANKER NANO:  MINI 18w CHARGING ADAPTER

At the same time, you often want the smallest charging cord possible if it has to be in your pocket.   The Anker Nano is the best of the minis:  This baby adapter will still give you the full 18w needed for serious devices
(Plus, it's kinda cute)

GREAT 5 FT + 6 DEVICE CUBE TRAVEL CORD

This extension cord is brilliant for serious road warriors and/or people like us who spend time in cramped boats with too much to charge and too few outlets.  The shape lets you way better use space in the bag and on the desk, yet this little baby can do three power cords and three USB inputs.  The 5 tt length is perfect for a hotel or cabin, too.

 

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