Sam McManis

Provisions: Cool things for travelers to buy or read or view


• supPocket


The only problem with stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), is the dilemma of what to do with your stuff. Using a fanny pack is so constricting – and, be honest, a fashion faux pas. Adventure Pockets, out of San Diego, has now released a heavy-duty bag, with stretchy net material that affixes to the board, either by Velcro or suction cups, leaving you unencumbered to keep paddling. It’s big enough to store flip-flops, a water bottle and a few protein bars. Even better is a 9-by-11 inch waterproof bag ($11.95) that fits into the pocket for valuables.


• New-Skin Liquid Spray Bandage


Confession time: I fall sometimes on the trail. OK, a lot. There isn’t a root or rock I haven’t literally stumbled upon. I don’t carry Band-Aids – they get soggy from sweat – but a spray bottle that features an antiseptic formula and supplies a waterproof polymer film to stop the bleeding. It doesn’t work for gushing wounds, of course, but for everyday trail rash, it’s worth keeping in your pack.


• Foot Self-Massage Video

Physical therapist and Ironman triathlete Leigh Boyle shows how to strengthen foot tissue and deal with minor foot pain using only a tennis ball. Low-tech treatment at its best.


• “10 Rules for Traveling Without Being a Jerk

You may be a “travel jerk” without even knowing it. The website SmarterTravel clues you in. Much of the info is obvious, but “jerks” sometimes are willfully oblivious:

1. Don’t take up more space than you deserve

2. Watch the volume of your voice

3. Pack lightly to save overhead space

4. Pay attention to the flow of traffic (walking or bike riding in a strange city)

5. Don’t stand in front of things (like entranceways, aisles or the Mona Lisa)

6. When it’s your turn, be ready

7. Recognize cultural differences

8. Be considerate to B&B owners

9. Stop complaining about the crappy Wi-Fi

10. Stop it with the smartphone selfies


From Erin Mackey (@ErrMack): “@travelocity you charged my Canadian dollar flight to my credit card in US dollars, effectively scamming me out of an extra $162 #travelfail.”

— Compiled by Sam McManis,