Top Travel Items for July 2016

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Every couple of months, I share my favourite travel products that I’ve been absolutely loving. The items featured are ones that I absolutely love to travel with, I’ve purchased during my adventures or inspire me to travel.

In the follow video, as well as below, I would recommend all of these items, without hesitation, to other explorers. Also, one of you lucky readers will win one of these fabulous monthly favourites. To find out more, keep reading…

Without further ado, here are my Top Travel Items for July 2016!

Bluesmart Suitcase (Carry-on Size for All Major Airlines)

There comes a time in a travellers life, when you have to say goodbye to the travel companion that you could always count on…that is until your latest trip. Right before heading to the airport, your travel companion has a tantrum and explodes like never before. Zippers and clothes fly everywhere! Right then and there, you know the two of you could never travel together again and alas, it’s time to move on and get yourself another travel companion. Enter Bluesmart Suitcase.

Bluesmart suitcase

This travel companion is a smart cookie! Not only can it store all of the things you need for your travels, but it can also:

  • Charge your devices up to 6 times (it has a built in USB)
  • Remotely lock your suitcase from your phone (there’s an app for that)
  • Locate your suitcase anywhere in the world (you’ll never lose each other)
  • Check the weight of your suitcase anytime (make sure it’s keepin’ healthy)
  • 4 smooth wheels (people in front of you won’t even hear ya coming)
  • Ultra-resistant to water, scratches & bumps. (it’s ready for an adventure)

I’ve brought this suitcase with me on a few trips now and love it. It packs way more than my last suitcase and has just the right amount of compartments to keep my items organized and clean.

JORD Wood Watches

I’ve always had a thing for wood watches, and now I’m a proud owner of one. I’m not really one to wear a watch, but I make the exception for JORD Wood Watches because it feels more like a beautiful accessory than anything. I love the earthy look and the fact that it goes with almost my entire wardrobe. It’s also light, so most of the time I forget I’m wearing it. What also makes these watches so cool is that the battery is powered by kinetic energy. This means, as long as it’s on my wrist, it will keep on ticking!

Top Travel Items for July 2016 JORD WoodWatches


I want to give one of you a $149 gift certificate towards one of your own JORD watch. Also, the first 100 people to leave a comment below on the above video, will get $20 gift card.

To enter this giveaway:

Note: Entries will be considered up until Thursday, August 11th at 11:59 PM EST. The winner will be announced on Instagram on August 12th.

Travel Bra

The Original Travel Bra safety and discreetly stores your passport, credit card, USB and small jewellery. There is a drop-down passport pocket that folds up into the under-band to look like any other bran when it’s not in use. It’s made of soft organic cotton and bamboo, gives full support for the ladies with wide shoulder straps, has no scratchy labels and is anti-microbacterial. Who would have thought a bra could do so much?!

The Travel Bra

Flip Flops

Packing a comfortable pair of  shoes for your travels is vital. I always recommend a great pair of hiking shoes as well as a comfortable pair of sandals/flip flops. A couple of months ago, I introduced a new pair of flip flops to my feet, and they’ve inseparable ever since.

Yogis especially, prepare to get excited! Sanuk Yoga Mat Flip Flops are the most comfortable flip flops I’ve ever owned. It’s feel like you’re walking on a cloud…or a yoga mat.

Sanuk Yoga Mat Flip Flops

Alpaca Blanket

One of my favourite things to do throughout my travels is visit local markets. I love the sounds, smells and hustle and bustle of it all. You get a good feel for the culture, get to interact with the locals and find some pretty incredible souvenirs to bring back home with you.

During my recent trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos, I found this incredible gorgeous alpaca blanket at the Quito Artisan Market. While a blanket this can cost you a couple hundred dollars, I managed to score this beautiful blanket for $20 USD. That’s $10 less than the asking price. Gotta love bargaining!

Alpaca Blanket


My nephew bought Siya this flask for Christmas, and I kind of claimed it as my own as well. First of all, it’s cute as hell to be given a flask from a 11-year old. Also, he sure knows our style. Now, the the most important question of all about the flask is…what the hell do we out in it? Kool-aid! Duh!!!

The Adventure Begins Travel Flask

I hope you enjoyed this monthly travel favourites video and post. Don’t forget to follow Hopscotch the Globe on Instagram and leave a comment below for your chance to win a $149 gift certificate for JORD Watches.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge


  1. August 16, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    Those watches are absolutely DIVINE! I’m definitely a watch wearing and I would love, love, LOVE to wear one of these around the globe!
    Alaina recently posted..My Upcoming Trips + Personal UpdateMy Profile

  2. Liberty
    August 11, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    These are all really great ideas for travel items 🙂 Thanks for the travel inspiration!

    • August 19, 2016 / 4:52 am

      And thank YOU for following! Love these items (especially my watch)!

  3. Christine Murray
    August 11, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    Wow, this is a great giveaway. Thank you.

  4. CL Chin
    August 11, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    I like the Sidney series maple and rose gold!

  5. Anne-Sophie Fabris
    August 11, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    My favorite JORD watch is the Cobra in Zebrawood & Turquoise,
    I had never heard of watches powered by kinetic energy before, but I definitely want one know. I used to wear a watch all the time and it’s now been a year since I’ve worn one because it stopped ticking and I kept postponing buying a new battery.

    I’m for sure going to buy one before University starts again, cause it’s just the most useful thing to have during exams.

  6. Meekyung
    August 11, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    I love the watch on the right

  7. Nancy J Montgomery
    August 11, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    I really like the Frankie Purpleheart & Plum.

  8. Aarone Mawdsley
    August 11, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    i love it all

  9. Natalie
    August 11, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    I love the elegant look of wood watches! The natural wood colors look great on both men and women. I love the darker colors.

    • Natalie
      August 11, 2016 / 5:14 pm

      I forgot to mention that my favorite watch is the ebony and gold watch!

  10. Tainan Lu
    August 11, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    I like the FIELDCREST series Maple

  11. August 11, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    My husband loves Jord Watches, so I will pick the brown watch.

  12. Devon Watson
    August 11, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Love the pink watch and that blanket!!!!!

  13. Char
    August 11, 2016 / 11:40 am

    I love that rose watch so much! Thank you for the offer! I followed on Insta: charnwil 🙂

  14. Wonryang
    August 11, 2016 / 10:28 am

    I love the pink larger watch on the left

  15. August 11, 2016 / 10:22 am

    Yay! Giveaway! Loving the vibe of the blog and the youtube channel! Keep going!

  16. August 11, 2016 / 9:48 am

    The Love the natural wood one. I sold all my belongings and am leaving in 3 weeks to travel for, hmm IDK till future notice…. thanks for being such an inspiration. 🙂

  17. August 11, 2016 / 9:42 am

    Which watch do you personally have ? Its so hard 2choose one so I can’t but if I’d ever get one, I’d want the same as yours because obviously it’s gunna be the best ♡ and that travel bra is amazing !

  18. August 11, 2016 / 9:24 am

    So excitited for this contest!
    My favorite is the one on the left. It’s very different and I love the colors.

  19. August 6, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    Love your channel and blog! They always put a smile on my face:) I have never heard of these watches before…The natural watch is my favorite. Looking forward to your next video!

  20. August 4, 2016 / 3:12 am

    The rose watch is amazingly beautiful. I have never seen anything even a bit similar.

    • August 4, 2016 / 12:47 am

      Me neither, that’s exactly what attracted me to it!

    • August 4, 2016 / 12:47 am

      Both are awesome. That suitcase is soooo easy to travel with. I’m really loving it.

  21. August 4, 2016 / 1:35 am

    Man, I'm putting it on my bucket list to be given a flask like that from an 11-year old… that's absolutely amazing!
    Those watches though (I wish I could put the heart eye emoji right here) – that natural one is gorgouessss!

    • August 4, 2016 / 12:48 am

      He was so excited to give it to Siya. My sister (his mom) said as soon as he saw it he was like “Siya and Kristen would LOVE this. I have to get it for them.” He paid for it with his own money. So cute!

  22. August 4, 2016 / 12:59 am

    The pink larger watch on the left is so pretty!!

    • August 4, 2016 / 12:48 am

      I love it! Feels so good to wear, and I always get compliments.

  23. August 3, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    The watches are soo beautiful!
    I'm just like you, I almost never wear them ,but these I want to try

    • August 4, 2016 / 12:49 am

      I get excited to wear this one. I’ve never really felt that way about a watch before.

  24. August 3, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Oh my goodness! In love with that blanket, how awesome it would be to have a piece of the world like that to sleep under and to travel around with you. Also that magenta or burgandy watch is gorgeous!! Love love love.
    Thanks for sharing these awesome products with us! Safe travels!

    • August 4, 2016 / 12:49 am

      Thanks for reading and watching. The blanket is seriously the best. If you’re ever in Quito, visit the Artisan market. You’ll be able to find one there for sure.

  25. August 3, 2016 / 9:08 am

    Love the pink coloured one, the bigger face is rad.

  26. Maribel Marin
    August 3, 2016 / 3:03 am

    I just bought a 2nd carryon in Vegas on my trip in Vegas… if only I had seen this smart luggage first ?!!! I’ll see if I can sell mine and I’ll deffinately try that one out! Would have come in handy on my current roadtrip!!!
    Also I LOVE the JORD watch! I’ve never seen it either. ..but I like it! Just got myself a Garmin fenix HR watch however it doesn’t go with everything and I do like brown and wood better…

  27. August 3, 2016 / 1:26 am

    Those JORD watches are beautiful! I especially love the one on the right!

  28. Claire
    August 3, 2016 / 1:24 am

    Those JORD watches are beautiful! I love the one on the right especially – the natural wood looks so nice!

    August 2, 2016 / 10:56 pm

    I’m working towards my travel dreams by planning a big solo trip in 2017! The world is such a beautiful place and I look to your videos for inspiration and helpful tips. I especially love the bra and the watches are so unique.

    My fav watch is the rose/pink one 🙂

  30. Tiffany Witherspoon
    August 2, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    I like th natural looking watch. I like all the travel likes especially the suitcase.

  31. Bianca
    August 2, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    The watch on the right is beautiful and would go perfectly with the wooden earrings I just bought at a night market in Bangkok!

  32. August 3, 2016 / 1:08 am

    I once made a bra like that for traveling out of a sports bra. I called it a "Bra-ket"

  33. August 2, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    Love the travel bra and Sanuk has the best sandals ever! I like the ones that wrap around your ankle. Thanks for sharing!

  34. August 2, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    Love the watch on the right. I love the different look of it, I've never seen anything like it, I also like that it's not oversized. WhenI wear a watch I don't want it to be in your face.

  35. Maki
    August 2, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    Wow, I love the JORD watches. They look so cool and a unique, earthy vibe to it. My favorite is the Ebony & Gold one but I also love the one that you have! It suits you so well. Thanks for the share, Kristen! P.S. Those flip flops looks so comfy, I need to get a pair.