When clear backpacks started to proliferate a few years back, their primary purpose was security. More and more concerts and sporting events (not to mention schools) started to require clear backpacks to ensure that no one was sneaking any weapons into the facility. Some stadiums and arenas required them, others merely recommended them, all became easier to enter because of them.
Because COVID-19 put events of all sorts on hiatus, and turned school into a “virtual learning experience,” many clear backpacks sat at home, unused. This need not be the case.
Last week I took a trip to the beach for the first time in two years. I brought along my Expersion clear backpack, primarily because I needed the luggage space when packing. When it came time to journey down from the Airbnb to the beach on Day Two, I realized that the clear backpack would actually work much better for carrying things down than any tote I had.
My Expersion backpack was the perfect size to fit a couple of towels, plus sunscreen, a book, a water bottle and a cigar.
It really proved its worth when it was time to head back—because the vinyl material is water-resistant, it was not soaked by the wet beach towels. And rinsing off the sand it had accumulated was the easiest thing in the world. This is in stark contrast to cloth tote bags, which always find a way to keep sand on them even after the long trip home.
Everybody knows the value of clear backpacks when it comes to security. Now I know that they can do so much more. They are so easy to clean, so easy to rid of sand and dirt, that I expect them to continue to increase in popularity in the years to come. I also foresee more clear bags of other shapes and sizes, and a clear tote explicitly designed for the beach seems especially likely.
This Passport Holder Also Keeps Your Vaccine Card Safe
The travel situation is murky at best. The EU enacted rules allowing vaccinated U.S. travelers to enter, but actual permission can only be granted on a country-by-country basis. I recently found this out during a failed attempt to plan a trip to Hungary. Any country that does allow Americans requires proof of vaccination, and although there are rumors of a digital “vaccination passport” right now the only way to do that is to show your vaccine card when you get to the airport. Make sure you don’t lose it!
I have no idea why whoever designed the COVID-19 vaccine card made it so large as to not fit in a standard size wallet, but they did. If you need to present it at the airport, you need to find a safe place to keep it in. Now there is a nifty product that does just that—a combination passport and vax card holder, it kills two birds with one stone.
Unlike the compartments in your wallet, this holder can actually fit the necessary proof you got your shots. While there are other models out there, this one is just over $6 and is the most popular version on Amazon. It is made of high quality leather and is designed to last for as long as you need it to.
Think about it: If you are traveling to Europe or to another foreign country, you have to show both your vaccine card and your passport anyway. You might as well keep them in the same place.
In fact, this may be worth getting even if international travel isn’t currently on your agenda. Many places within the U.S. also require proof of vaccination, and this protects that golden ticket better than anything you have sitting around your house. Don’t let your summer be ruined by not having the proper documentation.
This $11 Luggage Scale Can Save You Hundreds
In a much maligned article last week, a writer in the San Francisco Chronicle lamented, “We’ve all gotten hilariously bad at packing.” I will grant that the author makes some silly points, but I think the general notion has merit. Things we used to take for granted are now not so clear. For example, after not having been on a plane in nearly two years, I could not for the life of me tell you what a 50 lb. bag feels like.
For this reasons, a suitcase scale is more important than ever. You absolutely do not want any surprises when you check in at the airport for the first time in 15+ months. This Etekcity handheld scale is a great option. Etekcity has long stood out as a superior option when it comes to traditional bathroom scales, so it is only natural to trust them in other areas of weights and measures as well.
Do not just plop your suitcase down on a regular scale and hope for the best. You need a more accurate reading, and that’s what you get with this type of scale. All you have to do is attach it to the handle of your luggage, then lift. It will then tell you exactly how much it weighs—in either pounds of kilograms.
This scale only costs $11. That is very much worth it, considering you could easily lose $100 the first time you show up at the airport with an oversized bag.
Another cool feature is the temperature sensor. Perhaps not as useful as the ability to tell you the weight of your baggage, the temperature sensor can come in handy when transporting potentially fragile souvenirs. In avoiding damages, that is even more money this tiny little scale can save you.
Check Out This Prime Day Deal On Clear Backpacks
As we told our readers at the beginning of the month, Prime Day 2021 is occurring over two days, June 21 and June 22. Although June 21 is over and done with, there is yet another day for Amazon’s shopping bonanza. For the duration of Prime Day, Expersion American-flag clear backpacks are at their lowest price ever.
The Expersion clear backpacks are available in four color options (black, blue, grey, pink), and are currently available for Prime members at a mere $18.74:
Happy shopping! May the deals be ever in your favor.
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