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Best Cameras For Hiking 2019

The review team look at the 4 top cameras to take on your hiking trips. We look at the most durable and compact cameras on the market that can be easily stored in your hiking daypack. The post Best Cameras For Hiking 2019 appeared first on...

Any adventurer or hiking enthusiast will admit that the whole trip is never complete until you bring along your favorite hiking  camera to capture the moments that matter. Obviously, you will need a camera that is able to take amazing photos and videos with a quality that is much better than your Smartphone’s. In fact, you need to go beyond the picture and video quality to think about the durability of the camera (especially if you will be hiking in the cold mountains) and how lightweight/compact it is to hike with.  In this post, we give you four of the best cameras to take hiking for durability, quality image and video capturing and of course affordability.

GoPro HERO6 Black

The best compact camera for hiking and sports activities

5/5
GoPro HERO6 Black — Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos
617 Reviews
GoPro HERO6 Black — Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos
  • HERO6 Black automatically sends your footage to your phone where the app turns it into a QuikStory-an awesome edited video
  • With 4K60 and 1080p240 video,HERO6 Black delivers 2x the performance compared to HERO5 BlackWith an all-new GP1 chip optimized for GoPro capture, HERO6 Black delivers vastly improved image quality
  • With our most advanced video stabilization yet, HERO6 Black captures super smooth footage, whether it's handheld or mounted to your gear HERO6 Black is waterproof to 33ft (10m) without a housing
  • Now featuring touch zoom and an updated UI, the 2-inch display makes it easy to frame shots, change settings and play back footage
  • Featuring 5GHz Wi-Fi, you can copy photos and videos over to your phone 3x faster than with HERO5 Black. Note-low or high temperature conditions may temporarily shorten the battery life or cause the camera to temporarily stop working properly

Hands down the best GoPro companion for hiking enthusiasts right now is the Hero 6. It has a compact and ultra-lightweight build quality making it one of the best cameras to have on a hike.

Features
But, the fun doesn’t just stop with its build quality. This camera comes with an image stabilization system that enabled you to capture uniquely smooth videos even when the original recording was bumpy. It comes with a capacity to shoot 4K and 1080p240 video quality. It’s a waterproof camera able to hold up its own without any housing up to 10 m under water. If that is impressive, there is more. The Hero 6 features a 5GHz WiFi capacity that makes copying and sharing of pictures and videos much easier.

Performance
The Hero 6 is a go-to for most hiking and adventure enthusiasts. Compared to its predecessor, the Hero 5, this camera boasts of improved performance with a better image and video quality. In fact, the fact that it comes with an image stabilization feature not to mention the improved video quality at 1080p is a plus for hiking lovers. In addition, you can quickly edit and share your videos thanks to the camera’s capacity to send and quickly edit footage on your phone. To top it all off, the camera boasts of a rugged waterproof design that is well capable of withstanding any harsh environment it’s subjected to.

Verdict
Even though it comes with a WiFi capacity, you ought to beware while you are out there in the wild since its battery has a rather short life. Furthermore, extremely low or high-temperature conditions might also shorten the life span of its battery. Plus, even though GoPro says it shoots 4K, there are a couple of complaints from users who were unable to play the recorded 4K footage on QuickTime. The solution here is to use VLC. All in all, this camera still remains to be one of the best options for those looking for a compact and rugged waterproof camera for hiking.

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight build quality
  • Waterproof design
  • Capable of shooting quality 4K footage
  • Comes with image stabilization

Cons

  • Its 4K footage does not play on QuickTime
  • The battery life could be better

Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Hiking Camera

Compact enough for your hiking daypack

4.5/5
Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Power Zoom Lens (Black)
286 Reviews
Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Power Zoom Lens (Black)
  • FASTER AUTOFOCUS: Shoot up to 11fps with 425 phase detection auto focus points and 0.05 sec AF speed
  • INCREDIBLE PHOTOGRAPHY: Advanced 24.2 MP Exmore CMOS sensor expands sensitivity and minimizes noise
  • ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER: Cameras feature a high resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder for enhanced viewing
  • 4K & HD RECORDING: Record professional content with multiple movie functions and full pixel readout
  • LENS INCLUDED: Sony E-Mount 16-50 mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS retractable zoom lens shoots in stunning detail

When you need to shoot fast-moving subjects, the Sony Alpha a6300 is the go-to camera. It’s a mirrorless compact camera with all the right features for adventure seekers.

Features
To begin with, it comes with a newly developed 24.3MP image sensor that delivers high-resolution 4K footage. With fast autofocus set at 11fps, you can easily capture fast moving objects while out in the great outdoors. The electronic viewfinder comes with a high-quality XGA OLED Tru-Finder to take your viewing a notch higher. Additionally, it supports consumer friendly footage recording at XAVC 5. This way you get minimized files that take up less space without losing the overall quality of your footage and images.

Performance
Most adventure and hiking lovers choose the Sony Alpha a6300 for its 4K and HD recording capacity. This camera is also compact enough making it easy to carry around during travel and since it has a retractable lens, you can zoom in to capture your images thanks to the 16-50mm lens with an aperture of f/3.5 to 5.6. The electronics viewfinder works as expected to deliver high-quality viewing and the slow-motion recording capacity at 120 fps is perfect for capturing every tiny moment in detail.

Verdict
The only downside to this camera is the fact that it does not come with image stabilization. However, what you get is a rugged and compact camera that is able to record high-quality professional footage with impeccable audio even without an external microphone. Basically, having the Sony Alpha a6300 is more like going on a hike with your DSLR only that now you have a lightweight and compact replacement of it, fitting neatly into your hiking day pack.

Pros

  • Tilting LCD screen for easy framing
  • Compact and rugged body
  • High-speed continuous shooting
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • The kit lens could be better
  • It’s not waterproof
  • Does not have image stabilization

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera

4/5
Canon PowerShot Digital Camera [G7 X Mark II] with Wi-Fi & NFC, LCD Screen, and 1-inch Sensor - Black
295 Reviews
Canon PowerShot Digital Camera [G7 X Mark II] with Wi-Fi & NFC, LCD Screen, and 1-inch Sensor - Black
  • The advanced video capabilities of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II camera can capture moments in the quality they deserve
  • Features a large 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor that helps capture high-quality images and videos with a wide dynamic range. Autofocus system features ttl autofocus and manual focus. Operating temperature is 0 to 40 degree celsius. Note-charging time varies considerably depending on the remaining battery power
  • An aperture value of f/1.8 at the wide angle and f/2.8 when fully zoomed to a factor of 4.2x (24-100mm), this lens equipped to capture a variety of situations with precision
  • High-resolution, 3.0" LCD monitor that tilts up 180° and down 45°is ideal for self-portraits and capturing pictures at high and low angles with ease
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for on-the-go convenience and the ability to easily post your images to select social networking and media sites

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is among the best point and shoot cameras you can find out there. Not only is it a much cheaper option compared to its rivals but it also comes with a bit more focal length for better overall performance.

Features
With its large CMOS image sensor at 20.1 megapixels, this camera is capable of capturing high-quality videos and images. The onboard LCD monitor tilts up to 180 degrees enabling you to take self-portraits at a variety of angles. Plus, you can shoot continuously up to 8 frames per second so as to capture fast moving subjects. Furthermore, it also comes with wireless connectivity that makes sharing photos on the go a much easier task.

Performance
For its size, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II packs a bunch of cool features and comes with the quality performance to match. Even though it does not come with interchangeable lenses, it can still fit the bill as a DSLR replacement thanks to its quality image capturing and video recording. Furthermore, it’s a lightweight camera that easily fits in your jacket pocket making it a perfect option for hiking.

Verdict
When it’s all said and done, any hiking enthusiast knows that portability comes first when picking a camera for trekking or moderate walking. This is exactly what the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II provides. It is also easy to use and the tilting touch screen LCD makes it easy to take high-quality photos and videos on the go. However, the battery can be a disappointment, especially for hiking as it can barely support all its functionality. Plus, the touch screen can be cumbersome at times especially when you attempt to adjust it without the touch focusing.

Pros

  • Responsive touch screen LCD
  • Comes with reliable WiFi connectivity
  • Great low light performance
  • Lightweight and portable design

Cons

  • The battery life could be better
  • Does not shoot in 4K
  • The touch screen can be cumbersome at times

Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera for Hiking

3.6/5
Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera with 3-Inch LCD, Red
265 Reviews
Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera with 3-Inch LCD, Red
  • New 12MP Hi-Speed Image Sensor for improved low light performance and noise reduction
  • Underwater: compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps). Bright F2.0 high-speed Lens. Video Recording format : MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264)
  • Dual Quad Core TruePic VIII Image Processor. 3.0 inches 460k-Dot LCD Monitor. Focus Range Normal: 3.94 inches (10 cm) to Infinity. Macro: 0.4 inches (1 cm) to Infinity
  • Field sensor system with GPS, Manometer, Compass, and temperature sensors
  • Waterproof to 50 feet, F, Dustproof, Crushproof to 220 lbf, Shockproof from 7 feet, Freezeproof to 14 degrees, Anti-Fog lens

If you are looking for the ultimate compact camera for hiking, you would miss a lot if you passed on the Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera. This camera is simply designed to endure the elements with an anti-fog dual pane glass covering the lens.

Features
One of its most outstanding features is the fact that it comes with a capacity to withstand low temperatures in the range of 140F to 100C. Added to its waterproof capacity up to 50 feet is a shockproof and dustproof feature as well. The Olympus TG-5 brings about quality video recording at 4K and with its specialized image sensor, its low light performance is one of the best. Other helpful features it comes with include a GPS and compass, Wi-Fi connectivity for easy sharing and live composite modes that lets you explore different ways of framing your shots.

Performance
In terms of performance, this camera lets you attach a fish-eye converted so as to get wide angle shots. You can also use its telezoom converted for better zoom range. Granted, you cannot use multiple lenses with this camera, however, it‘s portable and lightweight build quality makes it a much better options to the DSLR.

Verdict
For those hiking enthusiasts that love taking macro mode photos and videos in the deep waters, the Olympus TG-5 is simply a must-have. Its rugged waterproof design makes it the perfect camera for hiking plus the fact that it can shoot in 4K is a plus for those looking to create quality vlogs of their adventures.

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Pros

  • Great low light performance
  • Ideal for underwater shooting
  • Durable rugged build quality
  • Shoots in 4K
  • Comes with an action track sensor

Cons

  • The lens is not interchangeable

Conclusion – Choosing the best hiking camera for you


Well, there you have it. Whatever camera you settle for, keep in mind that some of the biggest considerations include the weight of the camera, its weather sealing quality and the price. With our list, you will be sure to find a hiking camera that checks all the boxes. If you are not quite sure about your choice, we suggest the Olympus TG-5 as the ultimate hiking camera as it boasts of a rugged build quality with 4K shooting capacity which is great.

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The Best Travel Trailer Generators 2019

Our guide to the best portable inverter generators for people using travel trailers & RVs The post The Best Travel Trailer Generators 2019 appeared first on TravelBusy.

If you have had a travel trailer for a while, you will know that your battery cannot always be relied upon as a power source, which is why people buy portable travel generators. They act as as a backup or used when there is no electrical hook up available. 

Portable generators are not only used by RV owners, one of the biggest markets is travel trailers owners. We also have many friends who go camping but always take a quiet travel generator, most campsites are fine with this if they run under 60 decibels – which only inverter generators can do

Below is our best inverter generator comparison chart for the 3 best generators for taking to a campsite. These are all very quiet and portable.

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15 Things to do in Philadelphia

Last Updated: Monday, December 17, 2018 The great city of Philadelphia was founded in 1682 by William Penn to serve as the capital of Pennsylvania. It briefly became the capital of the United States while Washington DC was being built. It’s one of America’s oldest and most historically important cities, instrumental in the American Revolution [...] The post 15 Things to do in Philadelphia appeared first on...

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The great city of Philadelphia was founded in 1682 by William Penn to serve as the capital of Pennsylvania. It briefly became the capital of the United States while Washington DC was being built. It’s one of America’s oldest and most historically important cities, instrumental in the American Revolution where the Founding Fathers met, signed the Declaration of Independence (1776) and later the Constitution (1787). With notable firsts including the first US library, the first zoo and the first children-oriented museum, Philadelphia has the cachet of being part of the USA’s cultural and historical bedrock and also that of a pioneering city with its eye on the future. A holiday here will fire the imagination and give you a glimpse into what makes Americans tick.

1. Independence Seaport Museum

This anchor attraction is Philadelphia’s home to its maritime history and features artefacts and archive materials documenting the Greater Delaware Valley and the timeline of the Port of Philadelphia. It’s also where you will see the USS Olympia, victorious Admiral Dewey’s flagship and the only ship to survive the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.

USS Olympia

USS Olympia

2. Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American Independence and the abolition of slavery. Originally shipped in from the UK, the bell cracked during its first sounding. Subsequent recasts added copper, lead and tin but the bell sounded dull and then cracked again. The Liberty Bell Center has free admission, informative videos and boards detailing the extraordinary history of this troubled but emblematic bell.

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

3. Christ Church

William Penn was baptised here and the very same font is still in use today! It was constructed in the 1720s in a Georgian style harking back to the architecture of Sir Christopher Wren. Christ Church’s 60 m tower held the record for the tallest structure in the US until 1810. Its congregation included notables George Washington, Robert Morris, Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross and there are brass plaques on the pews where they once sat.

Christ Church

Christ Church

4. Independence Hall

Completed in 1753, Independence Hall is the focal building of the Independence National Historical Park. This is where the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and signed. Architecturally interesting, it’s built from red brick in the Georgian style and was the original home of the Liberty Bell.

Independence Hall

Independence Hall

5. Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier

This war memorial commemorates the thousands of fallen soldiers who fought in the American Revolutionary War. In 1976 an eternal flame was lit, watched over by a bronze statue of George Washington. The park is open to the public and there are many seating areas provided. No-one knows exactly how many bodies are buried in this location and a visit here serves as a sobering experience.

Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier

6. Reading Terminal Market

Philadelphia’s original public market has evolved dramatically over two centuries. A not-for-profit organisation runs the Reading Terminal Market and, today, it’s one of the States’ most successful public markets featuring over 75 independent small businesses that cater to all tastes with an array of fresh and prepared foods, specialist eateries and shops.

Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market

7. Schuylkill River Trail

There are many opportunities for outdoors exercise, running, cycling, rowing and dragon boat racing. The Schuylkill River Trail extends some 130 miles although only 60 miles have been completed to date. The Kelly Drive Loop is a four mile circuit running alongside the river – it’s here that the country’s oldest collegiate boat race – the Dad Vail Regatta – takes place.

Schuylkill River Trail

Schuylkill River Trail

8. Barnes Foundation Art Collection

The Barnes Art Collection was founded in 1922 with its aim of promoting the ‘advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts’. At the Philadelphia campus you will find one of the greatest private galleries of impressionist, post-impressionist and early-modern paintings. Take the time to browse through over 3,000 amazing works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh.

Barnes Foundation

Barnes Foundation

9. Ghosts of the Mansions Tour

The original Ghost Tour in Philadelphia boasts two spooky mansions in the old district known as Society Hill. A nocturnal, candle-lit tour by a costumed guide will start at the eerie Strangers Burial Ground and take you to the colonial-era Powel House or Physick House where documented reports of ghostly activity have been recorded for over 70 years! The would-be ghost hunter will be given the use of an electromagnetic field meter (think of Ghostbusters’ handheld PKE ghost detectors) to help locate any paranormal goings-on!

Physick House

Physick House

10. Please Touch Museum

The Please Touch Museum was the first museum aimed at young children, particularly the under-sevens. Recently celebrating its 40th anniversary, the museum prides itself on self-directed, experiential, content-rich attractions that promote skills which help shape a child’s success in school and in life. Among the exhibits are interactive displays and features of historical toys from its collection numbering around 25,000!

Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum

11. The Franklin Institute

Founded in 1824 in honour of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, the institute is among the oldest science centres in the country. A visit here puts you in good company – many scientists have demonstrated groundbreaking new technology at the Franklin Institute. Their newest exhibits are based around robots, their intelligence, abilities, cooperation and locomotion. Did we mention you can test drive a Google self-driving car?

Franklin Institute

Franklin Institute

12. Sesame Place

Philadelphia is home to the States’ only theme park based on the much-loved children’s programme Sesame Street. Across this 14-acre site you’ll find choreographed stage shows, roller coaster, water attractions and fun rides. Now approaching its 37th year, Sesame Place continues to delight children young and old with their seasonal attractions. This year’s ‘A Very Furry Christmas’ has transformed the Park into a winter wonderland full of magical lights, Christmas decorations, shows and festive savoury menus. Aside from all the active play areas suitable for toddlers and older children, there are themed shopping areas and the chance to see Santa in his special ‘Furry Workshop’!

Sesame Place

Sesame Place

13. Longwood Gardens

This expansive area of some 1,000 acres is the idyllic setting showcasing one of the US’s most exciting horticultural display gardens. It has 20 indoor gardens and its Conservatory contains 4,600 species of plants and trees. There are educational, hands-on experiences all year round and November’s extravaganza is an intensively cultivated display, featuring more chrysanthemums than ever – the largest Thousand Bloom Mum grown outside of Asia!

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

14. QVC Studio Tour

One of Philadelphia’s more modern attractions is a tour of the world famous shopping channel – QVC. The studio is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017 and what better time to visit than when there is a palpable buzz of excitement of celebration?  Experience how experience how QVC products are sourced, tested, brought to life on air, and delivered to millions of QVC customers.

QVC

QVC

15. Philadephia Zoo

The Philadelphia Zoo opened in 1874 and its 42-acre site goes from strength to strength being home to nearly 2,000 animals including gorillas, orang-utans, lions, jaguars and – of course – the famous tigers which roam above you in mesh-enclosed aerial walkways. No trip here is complete without seeing Princess, the amazing Andean condor. The educational ‘Unless’ project brings to life the habitat loss due to deforestation by our increasing use of palm oil.

Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

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8 Best Lightweight Suitcases for International Travel

Frequent flying comes with luggage. Choosing the best lightweight suitcase will ensure that you comply with strict airline rules about weight and size. The post 8 Best Lightweight Suitcases for International Travel appeared first on TravelBusy.

Frequent flying comes with luggage. Choosing the best lightweight suitcase will ensure that you comply with strict airline rules about weight and size. Before you start going through all the colors and styles, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the provisions of luggage regarding the airlines you plan to use.

US carriers including Delta, United Airlines, and American Airlines all stipulate suitcase sizes for international travel for carry-on as 18-22 inches high, 9 inches deep, and 14 inches wide. For checked luggage, different airlines have their recommendations, but they range from 24 to 30 inches high. This comes with a weight limit too.

Delta baggagesize limits

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Buying a Lightweight Suitcase for International Travel

• Size
It’s an obvious consideration because you will want luggage that can squeeze in all your essential items while still complying with size restrictions. Consider how long your travel will be so that you don’t leave anything out. It’s always important to be realistic and not stuff the things you hope to use but in reality are just by the way items that take up valuable space.

Lightweight suitcase size guide

 

• Soft vs. Hard Suitcases
Soft bags are flexible and can easily fit in an overhead compartment. Their flexibility also means you can fit an extra outfit. But they can rip easily if you don’t pick a high-quality suitcase made of dense materials. Hard suitcases, on the other hand, are ideal for storing fragile items. They are lightweight, durable, and less likely to be damaged in transit. Since they have hard sides, you will mostly carry the necessary items because it’s hard to go over the limit. With hard carry-on suitcases, you have to get the right size because you will not be able to squeeze it into an overhead compartment if it is not the right fit.

• Wheels
You can choose to go with a suitcase with two or four wheels and some have double wheel sets so are called  8-wheel.  Four-wheeled luggage is easy to move since the spinner wheels move in all directions. For navigating through airports, 360-degree wheels are more comfortable to pull through since you can turn a corner without having to stop. But they can be hard to pull on cobblestone roads mostly found in Europe. That is why you may need to consider two-wheeled suitcases if your destination is Europe. Two wheels move in two directions only which makes them stable on rough surfaces.

The cost of being overweight

If your luggage is overweight or over sized you can expect to be hit with a hefty fine of up to $550 on some flights, basically the cost of the flight again! Here’s some charges from teh American airlines page.

Lightweight Carry-On Suitcases for International Travel (Cabin Luggage Approved)

We class ultra lightweight carry-on cases as weighing under 5lbs, but these may not be the best choice for you. The ultra-light suitcases tend to only have 2 wheels, which can get a bit annoying when queuing to board the plane.  In our tests, we preferred the carry-on cases weighing under 7lb with hard shells and at least 4 wheels.

Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Spinner (Best Carry-On)

Samsonite Omni Pc Hardside Spinner 20, Black
670 Reviews
Samsonite Omni Pc Hardside Spinner 20, Black
  • Micro-diamond texture is extremely scratch-resistant, keeping cases beautiful trip after trip
  • Re-engineered lightweight spinner wheels for effortless mobility
  • Consumer-preferred expansion on all sizes
  • Full-zip interior divider and cross-straps for increased packing organization
  • 9.5x14.5x19

At 19 inches, Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Spinner is an excellent option in carry-ons. It comes in a lightweight and robust design for improved durability, weighing in at 6.8lbs. Being hard-sided, it is not a suitcase prone to damage so even if it is in a squeezed compartment; chances are everything in it will remain intact for the journey.

You can count on it, not only because it meets international luggage size but because it is easy to store lots of stuff. It has a full-zip interior with a divider and cross-straps to help squeeze in every item for your trip. Remember not to overstuff it because airlines will charge you extra fees or even worse still be grounded for not abiding by airlines’ carry-on rules.

This luggage uses a micro-diamond texture such that no matter how many trips you take; your suitcase will look as good as new every time.

Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Spinner also explores 360-degree wheels. They make it super easy to move with your luggage as they manage the weight of the luggage for you. And your luggage will always be protected since it also comes with a TSA-compatible combination lock.

Drawbacks but not Deal Breakers
This suitcase does not include a side handle. You will have to use the main retractable handle to lift and remove it from overhead compartments.

Travelpro Maxlite 4 International Expandable Rollaboard Carry-On Suitcase

Travelpro Maxlite 4  International Expandable Rollaboard Suitcase, Black
114 Reviews
Travelpro Maxlite 4 International Expandable Rollaboard Suitcase, Black
  • Telescoping handle that adds length and strength. Stops at 38 inch and extra-tall 42.5 inch
  • High performance ball-bearing in-line wheels
  • Low-profile top and side carry handles along with bottom handle cup and durable zipper pulls
  • Limited lifetime warranty. Tapered expansion capability of up to 2 inch for maximized extra storage with low center of gravity
  • Overall Dimensions: 20x14.5x7 .Weight:5.6 lbs

Travelpro is known for their outstanding quality in their luggage. They have a line of different travel bag styles, and the Maxlite 4 is one of their top sought models. With its professional styling, this carry-on rollaboard will make your journey simple and straightforward.

It is absolutely light weighing only 5.9 pounds. When you add your travel essentials, you will not be dealing with a heavy carry-on luggage to give you trouble fitting it into airplane compartments. It comes with two rollaboard wheels. Since they usually require more effort to pull, you will find that Maxlite 4 does not put any pressure on your wrists and joints because it is lightweight.

You will like that it comes with a telescoping handle that can stop at your ideal height whether at 38 inches or 42.5 inches. The handle is built using airline-grade aluminum that speaks durability. Not to mention, it boasts a honeycomb frame and polyester fabric construction that is water and stain resistant.

This suitcase can expand to 2 inches to allow packing of extra stuff. It also includes an interior lid pocket, adjustable hold-down straps, and a side accessory pocket.

For security, this luggage has durable zipper pulls that are deemed some of the best in the industry.

Drawbacks but not Deal Breakers
Maxlite 4 is prone to tipping. We find this is a common issue with two-wheeled models since they cannot stand on their own. For a stable model, you can opt for the Maxlite 3 spinner that is lighter but smaller than the Maxlite 4.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds 4-Wheel Carry-On Luggage

Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds 20' Hardside 4-Wheel Spinner Carry-on Luggage, Charcoal
1,330 Reviews
Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds 20" Hardside 4-Wheel Spinner Carry-on Luggage, Charcoal
  • Multi-directional 4-wheel spinners allow smooth, 360 degree movement over any rough surface for complete mobility free-weight rolling, relieving pressure from your arms while on the move
  • Featuring a lightweight construction and durable ABS hard-shell exterior
  • Fully lined interior main compartment features garment restraint straps to hold your clothes and contents in place and a large zipper accessory pocket
  • Molded corner guard reinforcements for absorbing and deflecting shock for maximum impact resistance
  • This product has a manufacturer's 10-year limited warranty

Available in many different colors, the Kevin Cole Reaction Out of Bounds will let you travel in style. Whether you want a chic or professional look, all you have to do is pick a color. At only 19 inches high, this is one of the hard-sided suitcases that you never have to worry about flexibility.
Four spinner wheels will glide effortlessly beside you to make your movements around the airport smooth. It is very stable on smooth surfaces of any airport so you won’t have to keep your hand or foot on the bag at all times.

This luggage weighs only 6.25 pounds. With a construction from tough ABS, it still manages to bring the weight considerably low so you will meet airline restrictions with no problem. You will like that the interior has a soft lining, and it even includes zippered flaps still on the inside where you can put dirty items separate from the rest of the stuff.

On the exterior of the suitcase, you will find a U-shaped zipper pocket. It also increases the storage capacity of the luggage. The zipper is credited to take pressure even when you squeeze in an extra pair of shoes.

Drawbacks but not Deal Breakers

This suitcase will not do well on rugged surfaces. The wheels will most likely break off if you roll it on a rough path.

Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed Carry-On Duffel  (Best for Europe)

Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed Duffel 20, Black
20 Reviews
Eagle Creek No Matter What Flatbed Duffel 20, Black
  • Constructed with durable, water-resistant Bi-Tech material with bartack reinforcement on all stress points
  • Sturdy handle system and heavy-duty oversized wheels with wheel housing and bumper protection
  • #10 lockable, self-repairing zippers on main compartment with storm flap protection
  • External compression straps with daisy chains for gear attachment.Multiple carry handles for easy grab and go
  • 14 x 20 x 9 in

The Eagle Creek No Matter What 20-inch duffel is all about convenience. It will easily fit on most airline overhead compartments since it is soft sided. It is quite a durable suitcase as it showcases construction from a Bi-tech material with bartack reinforcements around all the points that are prone to tears.

The oversized wheels are all reinforced for smooth glides in all types of surfaces. If you are traveling in areas you know are going to need some more effort to pull, this luggage exempts you from such stress. You will like that it is weatherproofed meaning water will not get into the interior.

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A robust handle graces the system to provide simple handling. The handle is stored in a recessed design to keep it safe from scraping or breaking when it’s not in use. It also comes with a side handle to help in lifting the suitcase up and down the stairs where the steps are too steep.

When it comes to organizing stuff, you have a stash bag on the top and a smaller compartment with No.10 lockable zippers. The inside of the duffel includes a mash panel organizer and the main compartment where most of your items will go.

Drawbacks but not Deal Breakers

The retractable bag is not padded. It may bring some sought of discomfort if you pull it for extended periods.

Best Lightweight Checked Suitcases for International Travel

Samsonite Mightlight 2 Softside Spinner Checked Suitcase

Samsonite Mightlight 2 Softside Spinner 25, Black
46 Reviews
Samsonite Mightlight 2 Softside Spinner 25, Black
  • Four multi-directional spherical spinner wheels for easy mobility
  • Constructed of ultra lightweight nylon fabric with samguard water-resistant coating for strength and durability
  • Integrated carry-handles provide comfort when lifting a fully packed case
  • Ultra lightweight beveled alloy pull handle
  • Body Dimensions: 25.5" x 18.0" x 9.5"

If you are looking for lightweight checked luggage with spinner wheels, you will want to consider the Samsonite Mightlite 2. It is a soft side spinner weighing in at only 8 pounds. It’s not that any compromises have been made with the construction since it is made of a heavy-duty nylon fabric. It includes a samguard water-resistant coating to make it weather resistant and improve its durability.

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The multi-direction spinner wheels are important in making it easy to maneuver through crowded spaces. This is because they are easy to turn and will also be easy on your joints and wrists. The alloy pull handle is beveled for comfortable handling. It eliminates any extra stress when you are pulling a full suitcase over a long distance.

Apart from the main compartment, this luggage also comes with three zippered pockets on the outside. You will have enough room to bring every essential item that you want for your trip.

Drawbacks but not Deal Breakers
There are complaints about a broken zipper if you overstuff the suitcase. It is vital to understand your limits instead of risking a snapped zipper when you are at the airport.

TravelPro Elite Platinum 25” Expandable Spinner Checked Sitcase

Travelpro Luggage Platinum Elite 25' Expandable Spinner Suitcase w/Suiter, Bordeaux
21 Reviews
Travelpro Luggage Platinum Elite 25" Expandable Spinner Suitcase w/Suiter, Bordeaux
  • Precision Glide System includes Contour Grip, adjustable 4-stop PowerScope handle and MagnaTrac spinner wheels for precise control and effortless roll.
  • Tip-resistant tapered expansion adds up to 2" packing capacity when needed. High-density nylon fabric with duraguard coating resists stains and abrasions. Supra zipper heads are engineered to resist damage from frequent use and abuse.
  • Built-in, fold-out suiter keeps clothes wrinkle-free during travel. Interior tie down system includes built-in accessory pockets. Premium leather top and side carry handles plus bottom cup provide comfortable carrying options. Integrated lock allows TSA authorities to safely unlock and lock suitcase for inspection when needed (default lock code is 0-0-0 to open).
  • Backed by our built for a lifetime limited worry free warranty that covers the cost of repair for damage from airline or other common carrier for the life of the bag after registration under the trusted companion promise.
  • Case Dimensions: 25x18x11.25, Overall Dimensions: 28x18.5x11.75 Weight: 9.8lbs

TravelPro is always ahead of the game when it comes to international travel. It is evident in their Platinum Elite that this brand brings perfection in your travel. This particular checked luggage has a height of 25 inches. It is a medium-sized model that is ideal for medium and long trips.

With its tapered design, you can expand it to get two more inches when you have more than a few travel necessities to bring along. We like that its weight is easy to manage thanks to the four Magnatrac spinner wheels. If you feel the weight is still too much, you can go for the Maxlite 5 that is 2 pounds lighter than this Platinum Elite model.

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With the Platinum Elite, you get a 4-stop PowerScope handle with a contoured grip. It comes with a foldout suiter that keeps clothes wrinkle-free. The suiter will fit in two suits, and it is not removable. You also have accessory pockets that will give you more organized space.

What’s more, this luggage has durable Supra zipper heads and a TSA lock to keep everything protected. It has a lifetime warranty which is unlike other checked luggage.

Drawbacks but not Deal Breakers
Like many spinner suitcases, TravelPro Platinum Elite also faces the same struggles of cruising on rough surfaces. They inhibit movement and most likely will break off if mishandled.

AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage 3-Piece Set

AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage - 3 Piece Set (20', 24', 28'), Black
284 Reviews
AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage - 3 Piece Set (20", 24", 28"), Black
  • Hardside spinner set - ideal for trips of any duration; set includes the 20-inch, 24-inch, and 28-inch luggage
  • Protective hard shell with scratch-resistant finish; made of extra-thick ABS (thicker than the competition) for enhanced strength and durability
  • Fully lined interior with divider; 150D-polyester interior organizer with 3 zippered pockets for conveniently storing smaller items
  • Expandable for up to 15% additional packing capacity; solid, strong zippers; telescoping handle for comfortable maneuvering; securely mounted short handle
  • 4 double spinner wheels ensure smooth-rolling mobility in any direction

AmazonBasics offers an affordable option to get carry-on and checked luggage size suitcases. This 3-piece set allows you to make an easy choice for all your international travels. The protective hard shell ensures that your luggage arrives in good condition. It has a scratch-resistant finish that also helps to maintain its sparkly condition.

This luggage is as good on the outside as it is on the inside. It has a 150-Denier polyester interior with dividers. For smaller items, you have three zippered compartments that are as important as the main pocket.

The telescoping handle locks into place such that together with the four spinner wheels, it is quite easy to get it rolling even when you are carrying the maximum weight limit. The short handle is securely mounted on the side to facilitate safe and comfortable lifting of your luggage.
If you are traveling large, the three suitcases can be used as they all meet airline size restrictions. But you won’t be getting a strap that can hook the three suitcases together.

Drawbacks but not Deal Breakers
The 28-inch suitcase if expanded may exceed size limitations. We don’t see why AmazonBasics included this option if it is going to be a challenge to use it.

If you are looking for more 3-piece sets, IT luggage  touts itself as producing ‘The World’s lightest luggage sets’. Their best seller is the 8 wheel 3-piece set .

IT Luggage World's Lightest 8 Wheel 3 Piece Set, Magnet With Cobblestone Trim
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IT Luggage World's Lightest 8 Wheel 3 Piece Set, Magnet With Cobblestone Trim
  • Large checked specs - exterior Dimensions: 31.5 x 18.3 x 10.2 inches, interior Dimensions: 28 x 17.9 x 10.2 inches, weight: 5.29lbs
  • Medium checked specs: exterior Dimensions: 27.6 x 16.1 x 10.2 inches, interior Dimensions: 24 x 15.9 x 9 inches, weight: 4.51lbs
  • Carry-on specs: exterior Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9 inches, interior Dimensions: 18.7 x 13 x 9 inches, weight: 4.07lbs
  • The exterior features 2 zip pockets, while the interior features 1 large zip mesh pocket and 2 tie-down straps
  • 10.2x18.3x31.5

 

Wrapping Up
It feels good when you have all your belongings in the right size luggage. Our Best Lightweight Suitcases for International Travel are from some of the top brands. These pieces of luggage are all of high-quality, durable, and meet international suitcase size recommendations by most airlines. We hope you will find the one that is right for you.

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4 Tips for Staying Healthy While On the Move!

Last Updated: Thursday, August 23, 2018   No matter what travel plans you made, becoming sick or being physically unable to travel is never good. Whether it is the fatigue of jet lag, a physically demanding hike or climb, or the general wear and tear of traveling, you need to keep your body strong while [...] The post 4 Tips for Staying Healthy While On the Move! appeared first on...

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No matter what travel plans you made, becoming sick or being physically unable to travel is never good.

Whether it is the fatigue of jet lag, a physically demanding hike or climb, or the general wear and tear of traveling, you need to keep your body strong while you are on the move if you want to travel as well as possible.

Check out these tips that will help keep you healthy and happy while you are traveling!

1) Set Your Schedule on the First Day

It is important to set a “sleep and wake” schedule for yourself while traveling, especially if you are crossing over any time zones. A lot of people enjoy relaxing while they are traveling and avoid an alarm clock or bedtime, but this can be a costly mistake. Jet lag or other forms of travel fatigue can quickly damage your immune system and leave you susceptible to illness or physical fatigue.

If you have a lot of plans for sight-seeing or other activities while you are traveling, you cannot risk losing your physical energy. Setting an approximate bedtime and a firm wake-up time is a great way to keep your internal biorhythm on schedule and keep you rested even with a lot of activities.

2) Remain Hydrated

One of the big issues that a lot of people have while traveling is forgetting to drink enough water or eating and drinking too many dehydrating products. A lot of people rely on caffeine from coffee or energy drinks to power through their days while traveling, and then relax at night with a beer or other alcoholic beverage at night. Unfortunately, this is an unhealthy and dangerous combination.

Staying hydrated supports your immune system and entire body while you are traveling. If you are going to drink a lot of caffeine or alcohol during your travel, make sure that you are drinking more than enough water to make up the difference!

3) Choose Natural Energy Drinks

As I mentioned before, many people rely on heavily-caffeinated drinks such as coffee or pre-workout drinks to push through their travel plans. The side-effect of drinking heavily-caffeinated beverages is that your body will wear down and crash sooner, rather than later. Instead of pounding coffee or Red Bull all day, choose a natural energy provider for drinking instead.

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According to professional model Anna Targoniy (who has experience working and traveling throughout the world), choosing natural energy drinks with lower caffeine such as beetroot juice or green tea can provide longer-lasting energy and numerous other health benefits.
There are many options for lower-stimulant energy drinks, and they are very helpful while you are traveling!

4) Try Intermittent Fasting and Fasted Cardio

Intermittent fasting is a growing fad in the diet world, but it does have legitimate benefits. Intermittent fasting calls for a 16-hour daily fast, while you are allowed to consume food and drinks during the other 8-hours.

One of the benefits of intermittent fasting is that your body goes through a process known as cell autophagy while fasting, which is the process where your body cleans dead cells from within. As you can imagine, this is especially important while you are traveling. Many people eat and drink more than they should while traveling. Coupled with the fact you are probably less-active than normal while you are traveling, means that your body will become heavy and lethargic over time.

Intermittent fasting is an excellent way to keep your body fresh no matter how long you are on the move! Fasted cardio is a widely debated subject, but it does have many potential benefits. TO perform “fasted cardio” you simply need to perform low-intensity cardio while in a fasted state. If you are traveling, starting your morning with a 45-minute fasted walk is an incredible way to keep your body fresh, healthy, and ready for adventure!

Concluding Thoughts | Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

When you are adventuring somewhere new in life, the last situation that you want to happen is that your body is sick or tired and you cannot explore as much as you want. However, this type of situation does happen more often than you can imagine.
To defend your body (and your travel plans) use the tips listed above and follow basic health and wellness rules while you are on the move!

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Best Beach Tents with Easy Pop Up 2019

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Do you always plan on getting a beach tent every time you visit the beach? Well its time you stop thinking and order one. Beach tents not only make great picnic spots but can also be used by kids at home for playing.

Now while this might not appear to be a difficult job, truth is, there are multiple factors you need to consider when making this purchase. Price isn’t the only factor that comes into play, but family size, privacy requirements, setup difficulty, sun and water protection as well as additional accessories also need to be considered. While some options may appear pricier, they have a lot of customization to offer, which in turn becomes more convenient once you’re out there, camping.

The main factor we looked for in our testing was how easily and quickly did the the beach tent pop up. Here we have shortlisted the best beach tents:

AbcoTech Beach Tent

Pop-up Tent an Automatic Instant Portable Cabana Beach Tent - Suitable for Upto 2 People - Doors on Both Sides - Water-Resistant & UV Protection Sun Shelter - with Carrying Bag (Sky Blue)
277 Reviews
Pop-up Tent an Automatic Instant Portable Cabana Beach Tent - Suitable for Upto 2 People - Doors on Both Sides - Water-Resistant & UV Protection Sun Shelter - with Carrying Bag (Sky Blue)
  • EFFORTLESS CAMPING - Pops open into a read-to-use form (auto-setup) in a blink & proves easy to fold into a compact form - Abco Pop up tent is ideal for casual camping and accommodates 1-2 persons. Like a beautiful spot enroute? Setup your tent instantly!
  • DOUBLE DOORS - With double doors on both left and right side, it's easy to step out from either side. Moreover, a combination of inner zippered screen plus outer zippered nylon layer give an ability to easily switch between high breathability and complete privacy.
  • HIGH BREATHABILITY - Two mesh windows on the front and back add further to the air circulation while the solid nylon flaps over the windows allow for privacy. Not only breathability, you can just open everything and enjoy the surroundings too.
  • CARRY BAG & ACCESSORIES - Comes with a carry bag that's ideal for storage and carrying it along, and in addition, a small bag for accessories to keep them organized - occupies little space in your car trunk or even when stored at home.
  • GUARANTEE - With our 100% RISK-FREE SATISFACTION GUARANTEE you have got nothing to lose. However, we are quite sure that you will be super impressed with this smart tent that doesn't require complex set up, gets ready to use in a blink, and remains easy to carry along.

This beach tent is the perfect package in every way which also has a lot of customization to offer. Although it can only accommodate up to two people, it is the best vacation partner you can ask for. Unlike other beach tents, it has two zipped doors which can be used as windows simultaneously. The zippered door is also covered with a nylon layer for additional privacy. Its multipurpose door/windows provide excellent ventilation so you don’t have to step out of it on sunny beach days.

The tent is big enough to fit a twin sized bed, so if you’re in the mood to relax and unwind, you can also bring a mattress along. Since this tent has a floor, you won’t risk covering your mattress in sand. It’s an extremely lightweight pop up tent so doesn’t require any hassle for its setup. By following the instructions in the manual or a YouTube tutorial, pop it open automatically and fold it according to it to avoid any problems.
It can be used indoors for play if you don’t get to go to the beach often. Long story short, it has great value for money to offer with a variety of functions for a beach tent.

LightSpeed Outdoors Canopy Beach Tent

Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Canopy Instant Pop Up Shade Tent
475 Reviews
Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Canopy Instant Pop Up Shade Tent
  • Includes carry bag with shoulder strap, stakes, and guylines
  • Packs down to 50 x 5 x 5 inches, weighs 7 pounds, open dimensions: 95 x 95 x 59 inches
  • 60.1 square foot covered area with peak height of 56 inches
  • Durable breathable polyester wall material
  • UPF 50+ sun protection for all-day outdoor fun

This beach tent is better termed as a beach shade since it has one sidewall fully protected from the sun and wind, while the rest three sides are open. This makes it ideal for taking it to your trip to the mountains, lakesides or the beach. Its classed as a beach canopy.

With plenty of room and a large floor, it can accommodate up to 4 people. Simply set your chairs up in its shade and watch your kids play without having to fear of being sunburnt. It comes with a. detachable side panel to provide extra shade when needed. The support polls are strong enough to hold the tent sturdily in moderately windy conditions. Its dome shape helps against strong wind pressure.

It can be set up and disassembled with its bottom-pull drawstring hub system that takes half the time and effort average beach tents do to assemble. This also makes managing it easier on windy days when the pressure on the beach is high.

Its the little details that make the most difference, which is why this beach tent is equipped with 4 mesh pockets to keep your accessories and belongings. For the given price, it has great quality to offer, which makes it a good option to consider, provided you’re okay with the open sides.

InstaPalm Pop up Beach Tent

InstaPalm Portable Pop Up Cabana Beach Tent and Sun Shelter
51 Reviews
InstaPalm Portable Pop Up Cabana Beach Tent and Sun Shelter
  • UV30+ SUN PROTECTION AND WATERPROOF. Silver grey coated T190 fabric blocks 97% of harmful UV sun rays, providing all-day protection for your family outdoors. Unique shell roof design gives you full shade coverage than beach umbrella or half-dome style beach tent.
  • NO INSTALLATION REQUIRED. Unlike other tents that need to be assembled, InstaPalm literally pops right out of the bag!:) Your personal cabana in seconds. No more poles, no hammers.
  • LIGHTEST TENT ON A MARKET. Weights only 3.2 pounds and measures 24" x 24" when packed. Instapalm comes with its own CARRY BAG, easy to take with you to the beach, park, picnic, and fishing trips.
  • EFFICIENT AIR FLOW. Large Mesh Window provides full air ventilation on a hot day! Need some privacy - you can zip the window for feedings or nap time. Enjoy comfort of private cabana on a crowded beach!
  • STABILITY. 6 stakes and ropes that comes in little porch ensure your InstaPalm is windproof and secure. You can use the STAKES beside SEWN-IN SAND POCKETS for added stability. We promise your InstaPalm won't blow away.

This InstaPalm beach tent is ideal for couples on their honeymoon or those with no kids. Just what you need on those sunny beach days to protect yourself from the harsh sun rays. It is UV protected and water resilient so you’re safe from the UV rays and sudden weather changes.
Assembling it couldn’t get easier than this. All you have to do is pop it out of its bag. In case you have trouble packing it, you can always look at Youtube tutorials and instruction manual that comes with it for a step by step guide.

It doesn’t require any poles for stability which make it extremely lightweight. Simply fill up the sand pockets and you’re good to go. For additional privacy, it comes with a mesh window on the back, which can be zipped or unzipped as you may please. To keep your stuff safe and free of dirt, it has a tent floor, which is not present in many beach tents.

The beach tent is perfect for kids to play, since it has a proper floor and a design with no sharp edges and corners like most beach tents.
For such a reasonable price, we believe this is a great product for all your beach shelter needs.

KingCamp Beach Tent

KingCamp Outdoor Beach Tent 3-4 Person UPF 50+ Quick-Up Sun Shelter with Canopy and Mesh Side Walls (Palm Green)
14 Reviews
KingCamp Outdoor Beach Tent 3-4 Person UPF 50+ Quick-Up Sun Shelter with Canopy and Mesh Side Walls (Palm Green)
  • Double layer walls: no-See-Um mesh can keep biting insects away; waterproof frabic screen, rated 2000mm, UPF 50+, perfect as camping tent or sun shelter.
  • Pre-assemble supports system, you can set up or pack up the tent in seconds without help.
  • Set size: 83 × 83 × 53 inches, large room for 4 adults sitting around or 2 people sleeping.
  • Internal pocket for small stuffs; Roof ring for hanging the lantern; Two way zippers, get in and out easily.
  • Widely application: beach sun shelter, park leisure, patio and garden relaxing, forest or gransland, camping and hiking.

Best for beach tent for windy locations

If you’re looking for a well ventilated beach tent which keeps mosquitoes and flying insects at bay, then its time to bring home this KingCamp beach tent. With double layered mesh windows on all four sides, it keeps bugs away, lets wind flow freely, while you get to enjoy the view. Pull down the second layer when you want to nap or need some time to yourself. The tent has a covered floor so you don’t need to pack extra sheets along.

This multipurpose tent lets you use the inner removable tent alone, alongside using it as a full camp. It comes with a door rainfly that can be set up with 2 steel poles to stay safe from rain and the sun. Its 8 ropes and 12 nails keep the tent sturdy and stiff to resist high pressure winds.
What we like best about it is the roof ring it has to hang lantern, so that you don’t have to use mobile flashlight and torches when you want to find something after sunset. It has small built in pockets to store stuff.

Alvantor Pop up Beach Tent

Alvantor Coolhut Beach Tent Beach Umbrella Outdoor Sun Shelter Cabana Automatic Pop Up UPF 50+ Sun shade Portable Camping Fishing Hiking Canopy Easy Setup Windproof (PATENT PENDING) 7014V 1-3 Person
232 Reviews
Alvantor Coolhut Beach Tent Beach Umbrella Outdoor Sun Shelter Cabana Automatic Pop Up UPF 50+ Sun shade Portable Camping Fishing Hiking Canopy Easy Setup Windproof (PATENT PENDING) 7014V 1-3 Person
  • SUPER EASY UP AND DOWN: This beach tent sun shelter pop up automatically instant in a second. Sets up less than 30 seconds. Folds down handy, twist or figure 8, into roomy portable carrying bag, no need to struggle with this foldable beach sun shelter.
  • ONLY 2.5 lbs! LIGHTEST SUN SHADE BEACH TENT on the Market: new fiberglass frame, which is safe, durable and rust free, makes tent stably stand by itself and keeps shape after long time use. The new frame is 100% hassle free without those safety problems (rusty, easy broken, unstable etc.) which other beach tents with spring steel frame might have.
  • INNOVATIVE DESIGN: 50+ UPF UV protection and water resistant fabric for walls and floor. Back side mesh provides excellent ventilation and floor extends for extra leg room. Includes 3 sand pockets and 4 extra sandbags plus 4 stakes. This pop-up beach sun shelter is windproof up to 25 mph.
  • VERSATILE USAGE: This beach tent measures 70" x 53" x 48"H which comfortably fits 2-3 people of family. Used as a canopy, beach umbrella or sun tent, it can provide cool, all-day shade at park, beach, lake, camping,hiking, fishing or weekend trip, sporting events, music festivals or for just relaxing in the back yard. This sun tent is lightweight with flat compact small carrying size, dia22.5" x 2.5"H, fits into large suitcase for easy transport by car or plane.
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: as US based company, Alvantor is a registered trademark. We offer 1-year limited warranty. If you are not satisfied with Alvantor tent, please contact us. We will provide you speedy service from Los Angeles, CA. Your complete satisfaction is our highest priority.

Looking for something compact and easy to set? This Alvantor beach tent is as easy as things could get. Pops up automatically in a second and takes roughly about 30 seconds of your precious vacation time.

Its key feature is its light weight which makes it highly portable. Despite being made up of a fiberglass frame, it weighs lighter than other commercially available alternatives.Its versatility lets you use it as a beach tent, a canopy, a sun tent or simply a shade at a park or by the poolside. So whether you’re traveling or simply taking it to the beach, this foldable beach tent is your perfect vacation companion, that fits in your travel bag easily without taking up space.

Enjoy breathtaking views while sitting in the tent since rain and heat aren’t a problem anymore with its UV protected, rust free and waterproof material.

Although designed for 2-3 people, it comes with an extendable floor for extra leg space to accommodate more people. Proper ventilation is ensured with its back mesh window, that allows sufficient airflow, letting you enjoy windy and sunny weather alike. The beach tent is also wind resistant up to 25mph, given its light weight which is both a pro and a con.

However, its 3 sand pockets and 4 extra sandbags and stakes provide stability against strong wind and keeps it intact in its place.
All of this for a very reasonable price makes it a great choice for those who just want to have a good time vacationing in their camp without breaking the bank.

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EastHills Outdoor Family Pop up Tent

Easthills Outdoors Instant Shader Deluxe XL Easy Up 4 Person Beach Tent Sun Shelter - Extended Zippered Porch Included
161 Reviews
Easthills Outdoors Instant Shader Deluxe XL Easy Up 4 Person Beach Tent Sun Shelter - Extended Zippered Porch Included
  • EXTRA LARGE. The Instant Shade Deluxe XL is one of the biggest sun shelters for your whole family. 99" W x 53" D x 57" H plus a 53" front porch of space for up to 4 adults and children or pets. Weighs only 8 pounds and packs down to 41" x 8.5" x 8.5" for easy carrying and storage - easy to fit in the trunk of a car
  • 1 MINTUE (OR LESS!) SETUP TIME and EASY TO USE. Setting up this tent couldn't be any faster or easier! In case you can't figure it out, we've sewed step-by-step instructions inside the carry bag; It also has three-sided roll up windows for 360 degree views and efficient ventilation to prevent hot tent; 4 internal mesh pockets to store your personal items
  • ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT and WATER RESISTANT. Crafted from 185T polyester coated with UPF 50+ protection that blocks 97.5% of harmful UV sun rays, providing all-day protection for your family on the beach or sports events.
  • ZIPPERED FRONT FOR ADDED PRIVACY. The easy to close front of the tent can come in handy when needing to change out of swimming suits, breastfeeding, or any other private moment. When you need extra privacy, or are away from the tent, the extended zippered front porch can be used as a front door and closed from both inside and outside
  • Includes 1 beach tent, 1 carry bag with shoulder strap, 10 plastic stakes, 4 guylines and 1 storage pouch; Customer friendly 1-year warranty; if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us though Amazon. We'll always happy to help within 24 hours

Best family pop up tent

If you’re planning on buying a more sturdier beach tent for your hole family, then you would probably want to consider this large sized EastHills Outdoor tent.

Despite being huge in size, it is easy to fold and store, perfect for fitting in the trunk of your car. Once you’re at your vacation spot, it won’t take longer than a minute or so to set up, especially with the step by step instruction manual given with it.
Not only that but it is ultra lightweight for better portability. This, however, in no way compromises its stability as it comes with extra pegs and guy lines in addition to its sand pockets that come with the product.

What we like best about this beach tent is its zippered front that gives you additional privacy which you probably won’t find elsewhere at a place where you’ll be out camping.
Its sand pockets are easy to clean as they have Velcro on the sides, which considerably reduces labour time when emptying the sand pockets and taking down the tent. you might find it pricier when compared to other options, but is a worthwhile investment provided you are from one of those families who tend to camp out a lot.

Semoo Beach Shade Tent

SEMOO Lightweight Beach Shade Tent Sun Shelter with Carry Bag
295 Reviews
SEMOO Lightweight Beach Shade Tent Sun Shelter with Carry Bag
  • Freestanding portable sun shelter provides sun protection; Designed for the beach and/or park
  • Easy set up and tear down; Shock-corded fiberglass pole frame; 4 steel stakes offer added stability; 2 convenient interior storage pockets
  • Comes with carry bag for easy transport and storage
  • Materials: (fabric) Polyester Polyamide (PA); (floor) Polyethylene (PE); (poles) Fiberglass
  • Dimensions: 47.2'' L x 78.7'' W x 47.2'' H

Probably the cheapest deal you can find for a beach tent is this Semoo product that is perfect for those who use beach tents less frequently but want to own one. Take it everywhere you go, the beach, mountains, parks, and lakesides, in its lightweight carry bag which barely takes up any space, making it your ultimate beach companion.to set it up firmly and provide sturdiness in windy weather conditions.

Ideally designed for couples, this beach tent shouldn’t be used for more than two people. It can also be used as a kids’ tent or play camp in your house and outside, both.It is UV protected, so you can spend all day at the beach without the fear of getting sunburned. This beach tent has a lot of convenience to offer for a very low price, through its easy assembling/disassembling and interior pockets to keep your belongings without having to reach your bag over and over again.

It doesn’t however, have a closed door or opening so it will stay open at all times, which is a pro if you want to enjoy the view but definitely a con if you want some privacy.

Shade Shack Pop Up Beach Tent

Shade Shack Beach Tent Easy Automatic Instant Pop Up Sun Shelter - BLUE/YELLOW - LARGE
762 Reviews
Shade Shack Beach Tent Easy Automatic Instant Pop Up Sun Shelter - BLUE/YELLOW - LARGE
  • INSTANT SET UP. The fastest set up of any beach tent on the market. Just take it out of the carrying case and let it POP UP.
  • COMPLETE PROTECTION. The Shade Shacks unique design has three full walls that give you more complete shading than a beach umbrella or a half dome style beach tent. The windows and the back of the tent open to keep you and your family cool. Zinc coated UPF30+ blocks over 96% of the suns harmful UV rays.
  • SUPER LIGHT WEIGHT AND EASY TO CARRY. Only weighs 4 pounds and comes in its own carrying case.
  • BIG ENOUGH FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO SHARE. Fits Babies, Kids, Parents and Pets. 90"W x 53"H x 51"D
  • Watch our video in the product photos to see the Shade Shack in action!

This ShadeShack is both, a beach umbrella and a beach tent in one. Perfect for a small family of four, this beach tent lets you enjoy the scenic views of the beach without suffocating you in. It has three walls and an open back which keeps you cool during sunny beach days. If you simply want to use this as a beach umbrella, you can unzip its back and let your toddlers play in the sand and enjoy their time. You can always zip up the back if you’re looking for some privacy to change or breastfeed your toddlers.

As far as setting it up is concerned, it has to be the simplest beach tent to have ever existed. Simply taking it out of its carrying case pops it open and boom, your beach tent is all set. Being extremely light weight makes it ideal for vacation. Filling the side pockets with sand keeps it intact and the sturdy structure protects it against the wind pressure. The material is UV protected and made from zinc coated polyester, so you’re safe from all the harmful sun rays and all the extra tan you don’t need. Given the price, we would however suggest that other alternatives with 4 sided protection can be purchased in a similar price range.

FiveJoy Beach Shade Tent

FiveJoy Instant Pop Up Beach Shade Tent with UV Protection - Easy Setup and Transport - Must Have Sun Shelter for Families with Babies and Toddlers - Great for Picnics, Barbecues, Open-Air Concerts …
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FiveJoy Instant Pop Up Beach Shade Tent with UV Protection - Easy Setup and Transport - Must Have Sun Shelter for Families with Babies and Toddlers - Great for Picnics, Barbecues, Open-Air Concerts …
  • EFFECTIVE SUN PROTECTION: Exposure to UV rays can lead to sunburn, premature skin aging and skin cancer - Please PROTECT yourself and your loved ones while enjoying the outdoors. The tent is designed to offer the protection: (1) UPF30 coating is applied to reduce UV transmission to 3% (2) Polyester fabric is used to disrupt UV light (3) Fabric is constructed densely and tightly to minimize the amount of UV light that can pass through.
  • INSTANT SETUP: When we say instant, we mean it! Take the tent out of the carrying case and remove the fastening band - it pop ups right away! Anchor the tent with the included stakes if needed and applicable. You can also fill the attached sank pockets with sand or rocks to weigh down the tent.
  • 🍹 GREAT COMFORT: We've kept all your comforts in mind when designing the tent! The mesh windows on the left and right sides provide great cross VENTILATION so you can enjoy the sea breeze while keeping out of the hot sun. The extended groundsheet provides a total floor space of 28 square feet so that you can be partially be in the sun without getting sandy. Spacious to fit 2 camping chairs and a large cooler.
  • 🙂 EASY TO CARRY AND STORE: 2lbs in weight, 21" in diameter when folded, you can store it in the trunk of your car or even pack it into your suitcase - travel with it and enjoy beaches anywhere!
  • WHO CAN BENEFIT: Everyone! But it is especially helpful for people with fair skin that burns easily and children who have thinner, more sensitive skin.

This FiveJoy beach tent is a three sided shade, designed ideally for families with babies and toddlers. With mesh windows on its sides, this beach tent allows cool air to flow through whilst protecting you from harsh UV rays simultaneously. With babies, you need more clean space to change diapers, clothes and simply place all your stuff which is why it comes with a groundsheet so all of your stuff doesn’t get messy in the sand.

The structure needs to be weighed down by filling the pockets with sand and anchoring it down with stakes in the corners. This isn’t a problem at all when you’re packing it, as it is extremely portable and lightweight to carry. Its the perfect size you would want for a family beach tent and the perfect size for carrying it anywhere with you. However, some users often face difficulty while packing it, so thats one downside to it. Not too high end and not too low on the price continuum, this beach tent is a convenient option for those not looking for a big investment at the moment.

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