Provisions: Stuff for travel and recreation

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


“See America: A Celebration of Our National Parks & Treasured Sites”


This being the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, you’ll be seeing a lot of consumer items on sale to commemorate the milestone. This book is a keeper: It takes the old Depression-era WPA posters and revives and re-imagines them for today. It’s essentially a coffee-table book with posters and descriptions of the parks, and it’s gorgeous. The poster of the bear pursuing the salmon at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska is nothing less than sublime.


Sky Nest Hammock-Tent

$1,389 (158,000 yen);

Lately, it seems many travel and outdoors products serve dual functions. Remember a recent “Provisions” item on the backpack/jacket? How about a hammock/tent? The Japanese company Snow Peak has released a version. It ties to two trees well off the ground and features mesh windows to look down upon the natural world – and that bear trying to get your food.

The List

“Mexico’s 12 Most Popular Resorts”

1. Riu Palace Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen

2. Solmar Resort, Cabo San Lucas

3. El Cozumeleno Beach Resort, Cozumel

4. Excellence Playa Mujeres, Cancún

5. Samba Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta

6. Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa, Cabo San Lucas

7. Paradisus Cancún

8. The Royal Hideaway Playacar, Playa del Carmen

9. Hard Rock Hotel Cancún

10. Hotel Zilara, Cancún

11. Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen

12. Sensimar Seaside Suites & Spa, Puerto Aventuras

Compiled by Sam McManis/