Provisions: Books, gear and more


•  “How To Be the World’s Smartest Traveler,” by Christopher Elliott

$19.95; National Geographic Books, 288 pages

Christopher Elliott, the trusted consumer travel advocate whose syndicated columns runs on these very pages, has compiled his tips and strategies into a book, whose spot-on subtitle promises to “Save Time, Money and Hassles” for travelers. Among the queries the book tackles is when to buy travel insurance (and when not to), how to find the lowest airfares, finding the right luggage for a particular trip and how to avoid rental car scams. Smart travelers heed his advice.


→  Leather six pack bike beer caddy


Leave it to a bike manufacturer in Milwaukee (Fyxation) to develop a device to strap on your bike frame to carry beer. From the website, it looks as if a rider’s inner thighs would scrape against the bottles when pedaling. But the maker states, “When properly fastened to your top tube and seat tube and filled with a six pack of suds, there’s plenty of clearance between the caddy and your legs.” It adds one other note: “Enjoy the ride and please bike responsibly.”


• “35 Clearest Waters in the World To Swim In”

The website spans the world to compile these clear-water wonders and, yes, Lake Tahoe ranks No. 13. Here are the top 10:

1. Linapacan Island – Philippines

2. The Maldives Islands

3. Bodrum – Turkey

4. Cayo Coco – Cuba

5. Cala Macarelleta, Menorca – Spain

6. To Sua Ocean Trench – Samoa

7. Sabah – Malaysia

8. Jenny Lake – Wyoming

9. Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul – Brazil

10. Calanque de Sormiou – France


• Mountain Biker Races His Dog, Loses

Foxwood Films, a British Columbia outfit, pits an expert mountain biker against his dog in a romp through the Canadian forest. The dog crushes him. It’s not even close. One fast dog.


Paul Steckler (@bricin): I’ll say it again ... if you can’t lift your bag to the overhead compartment, it’s not a carry-on.”

— Compiled by Sam McManis,