Provisions: Travel stuff you need

Igloo says its All-Terrain Cooler can carry every item in your home refrigerator.
Igloo says its All-Terrain Cooler can carry every item in your home refrigerator.

A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience


Igloo All-Terrain Cooler


This cooler, so roomy its manufacturer says it can hold every item in your home fridge, is like a top-of-the-line SUV in the ice chest world. Do you need a cooler with fat, monster-truck-type tires that holds 185 cans of beer and is tall enough to store 2-liter bottles upright? Perhaps not, but it would be cool to have one, right? The most impressive company claim: The chest can keep ice from completely melting for seven days in 90-degree temperatures.


“Along the King’s Road: A Guide to Touring the California Missions by Bicycle” by Meredith Cherry


Making a pilgrimage to one of California’s historic missions isn’t just something for the devoutly religious – or parents accompanying their kids on an elementary school field trip. It also can be a workout. A vacation, too. Grass Valley author Meredith Cherry has put together an exhaustive (in more ways than one) guide to missions up and down the state, with detailed cycling directions, places to stay and night and dining choices. Cherry hits them all, even obscure ones such as Mission San Antonio de Padua in Jolon, inland from San Simeon.

The List

“World’s Most Luxurious Trains”

Writer Meredith Mendelsohn rides the rails for Conde Nast Traveler. Let’s just say she didn’t “catch out” like a modern-day hobo; she went in style:

1. Seven Stars in Kyushu (Japan)

2. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels (India)

3. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (London to Venice)

4. Al Andalus (Seville)

5. Eastern and Oriental Express (Southeast Asia)

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