Provisions: Travel stuff you need


• EZSqueezes


I often run across discarded energy gel packets and juice pockets on the trail. A new product called EZSqueezes now has released a reusable, machine-washable pouch for energy gels, pureed fruit and smoothies. It features a ziplock that you open to fill the container and a built-in straw with a plastic cap. Addressing concerns that the ziplock might fail and spill contents all over the gear in your backpack, the manufacturer says on its website: “We have personally never had a zipper open unintended and all of our customers have agreed that the zipper is strong and secure.”


• Backpacker Magazine: How to Survive Lightning Strikes

It’s instructive to read Josh Prestin’s account of getting struck by lightning and, fortunately, surviving. There is lots of good detail, but here’s the takeaway: “If you can see lightning flash or hear thunder at all, and you’re unprotected outside – even in a tent – you’re taking a risk. If a storm is closer than 6 miles away, you’re in the strike zone.”


• Large Pocket SPIbelt


In its marketing campaign, the makers of this sports “belt” emphasize what it’s not – a fanny pack. Boy, it sure looks like one. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s large and stretchy enough (8.9 inches) to carry phone, keys and a passport. It can fits waist sizes from 28 to 56. It does the job of a fanny pack but apparently without the stigma of being named such.


• Britain’s 10 Best Beaches

Great beaches? In Great Britain? Apparently so, according to the Huffington Post:

1. Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

2. Camber Sands, East Sussex

3. Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula

4. Pedn Vounder, Cornwall

5. Slapton Sands, Devon

6. South Bay, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

7. Bamburgh, Northumberland

8. St. Andrews West Sands, Fife

9. Portstewart Strand, County Londonderry

10. Sandwood Bay, Sutherland


Samuel Miller (@samuelmiller): “On hold with @travelocity for 25 mins to redeem ticket. it’s a standoff. I’ve got water and a phone charger. bring the pain #travelfail.”

— Compiled by Sam McManis,