I have blue eyes, very sensitive to bright light, and I never leave home without sunglasses. I always travel with an extra pair, just in case one pair breaks or (heaven forbid!) is lost. When I read about the new-to-the-market Rheos floating sunglasses, I was intrigued, and anxious to try them out!
I had two trips to tropical climates coming up — first, a Greek Isles cruise to several sunny islands in the Aegean Sea, soon to be followed by a road trip through the Florida Keys, where I’d be taking part in water sports like deep sea fishing and scuba diving. I actually let my husband, Stephen, wear them on our travels through Greece, as his old sunglasses didn’t get packed.
I took them to Florida and was able to test them out in the environments I mentioned, fishing and scuba diving.
We both give Rheos sunglasses two big thumbs up, and for the following reasons:
• They are amazingly LIGHTWEIGHT, so light that you can hardly feel they are on your face! They are 30% lighter than sunglasses molded in polycarbonate, according to Rheos, since they are made from an ultra lightweight TPX® material, which also happens to be virtually indestructible. (You mean I could sit on them and they won’t break?) I didn’t try that but it’s nice to know they’re designed to be extra-durable. They also FLOAT, although I didn’t try out that feature either.
• They offer 100% UV (“Ultraviolet”) protection. Sometimes we don’t think about UV rays being harmful to our eyes like they can be to our skin, but UV rays can actually be up to twice as damaging when reflected off surfaces such as water. This is especially important to my sensitive to light blue-eyed self, but also important to my brown-eyed husband.
• Polarized lenses. A polarizing film that blocks the horizontal rays has been added, which means NO GLARE. That means no squinting and I like that!
• Scratch resistant. A scratch resistant coating has also been added, which, for me, is a must. A great, hard-sided case is included to store the sunglasses in but, if you’re like me, they don’t always get put back in the original case.
• Comfort. Partially due to being so lightweight, but also due to having nose and ear pads (non-obtrusive ones), these sunglasses are very comfortable on my face. As I’ve already mentioned, I can hardly feel them, which is not the case with so many other pairs of sunglasses I have owned.
• Stylish looks (and lots of choices!). I admit it. As a “girl,” I was torn between two styles. It was between the Bahias Tortoise Deep Sea (that I ended up ordering) or the Anhingas Tortoise Marine. I finally took the plunge and made a choice and am happy with it, but think I would also like the other style. There are also another four styles to choose from, and then you can choose from several colors of lenses and the glasses themselves.
Take a look on their site and find a pair that’s to your liking. Happy shopping!
Click on the link below to be taken to the wide array of Rheos sunglasses:
You might also be interested in reading the company’s story (Rheos Gear – Our Story), which was interesting to me since we had recently traveled in Greece: “Rheos is the Greek word for river current. A river is constantly flowing, constantly changing, and most importantly, it carves its own path.” And their tagline is from Heraclitus, an ancient Greek philosopher: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
I was introduced to the Posh Poppet cardigan jacket when I attended the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show in February 2015. It was there that I saw and fell in love with the Posh Poppet, a wrinkle free black jacket that has a dressy look and the feel of a feminine tuxedo. It features a longer back, shorter soft lapel front and ruching on the long sleeves. (The photo of me in my Posh jacket was taken in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.)
What makes this jacket really great for travel is its ability to be packed into its “pocket” or pouch (which is also water repellent). As the company literature says, “When you no longer need to wear your Poppet, it easily folds away and ‘pops’ back into its pocket, seals with Velcro and features a wristlet for easy carrying, making it the perfect addition to your travel outfit.” Even after it has been in its pocket for long periods of time, it has only slight wrinkles that fall out quickly. When the Posh Poppet cardigan jacket is worn, the pocket is concealed in the back of the jacket and is undetectable when worn. Small essentials (lipstick, credit card, cell phone, business cards, etc.) can be stashed in the pocket, so you may not need to carry a purse.
I wore my black Posh jacket on a recent trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, both on the plane and during the trip on two evenings. I loved its look and feel and received several compliments on it. It is now a wardrobe staple that I can easily tuck into my luggage or take with me to put on in air-conditioned spaces (planes, restaurants, shopping malls) when I get cold. The Posh cardigan is easy to care for, too. Just machine wash on gentle cycle, hang to dry or dry flat.
Two other styles of the Pocket Poppet cardigans are available on the website. While my Posh style cardigan comes only in black, the other styles (Classic and Lotus) come in several other colors. The Posh fabric is the most wrinkle-resistant of the three and has the most structured styling, but all of the styles are well-designed and would be a great addition to your travel wardrobe.
Just go to the website, pocketpoppet.com, and start shopping!
Pocket Poppet Cardigan On The Go | Made in the USA | Patent Pending
I have used the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter™ Starter Set on several trips and love it! I feel so much more organized now and think that’s what helped me be able to go all carry-on for a 9-night Mediterranean cruise last August! I had already used the lightweight packing organizers a few times before, so I had somewhat perfected my rolling of clothing items and folding items for the garment folder.
Watch the short video below to get an idea of how to pack and also visit the Eagle Creek website. Eagle Creek also has lots of other great packing organizers in other sizes and for specialized uses, such as for toiletries and shoes, as well as compression sacs, tablet and laptop sleeves, and luggage.
What it Includes:
• Pack-It™ Specter Garment Folder Medium
• Pack-It™ Specter Cube
• Pack-It™ Specter Half Cube
Relax and enjoy your trip with these ultra-light translucent packing organizers. The Pack-It Specter™ Starter Set will help you organize and compress the contents of your travel bag. Finally, everything you need is right where you want it.
Capacity: Holds 8-12 shirts and pants (folder), 650 cu in (cube), 300 cu in (half cube) | 10.5 L (cube), 5 L (half cube)
Weight: 8 oz (folder), 1 oz (cube), 0.6 oz (half cube) | 254 g (folder), 27 g (cube), 18 g (half cube)
Fabric: 30D Silnylon Ripstop
Dimensions: 18 x 12 in (folder), 14 x 10 x 3 in (cube), 10 x 7 x 3 in (half cube) | 42 x 30 cm (folder), 36 x 25.4 x 8 cm (cube), 24.5 x 18 x 8 cm (half cube)
(Amy Kerr was randomly chosen as the winner of this Starter Set, which retails for $56.00. To be eligible for future giveaways, sign up to receive updates from Tropical Travel Girl.)