Top Travel Items for Spring 2016 and Giveaway

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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 or inspire me to travel. All of these items are truly ones I love and without hesitation would recommend 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 March & April and May 2016:

Wind Pouch

If you’re on Facebook, you may have seen a sponsored advertisement for that really cool looking bag thing that when filled with air turns into an inflatable hammock. Well, Siya and I are now proud owners of one, and it’s amazing!

The Wind Pouch is lightweight, easy to pack and assemble, comfortable AND water proof (which means you can float on it in the pool or ocean). We had a blast with it during our recent trip to Mexico. When you combine the Wind Pouch with a gin and tonic, it’s a recipe for extreme relaxation. Seriously though, prepare to not do anything but chill for at least an hour once you park your butt into this thing. It’s that good.

Wind Pouch


Siya and I don’t want to be the only ones enjoying the Wind Pouch. We want one of you to experience how awesome this thing is too. One of you lucky readers will be receiving a Wind Pouch to enjoy all summer long.

To enter this giveaway:

Note: You must have a mailing address in North American to win this giveaway. Entries will be considered up until Monday, June 13th at 11:59 PM EST. The winner will be announced on Instagram on June 14th.

Dell Computer XPS

Running a business on the road requires my office and editing suite to be on the road with me. For the time being, laptops surpass smartphones and tablets when it comes to specs and capabilities. Recently, I got my fingertips on the Dell XPS laptop and it’s loaded with useful features. The exterior is made of a aluminum shell which adds style and durability over previous plastic Dell laptops I’ve used, and cracked. But let’s not judge from the exterior casing and 15.6″ 4K touchscreen, it’s the inside that counts, right?

I use laptops to run my entire business so customization is important to me. When picking this model I opted for the Intel i7 Quad core 2.6 GHz processor, 16 GB of ram, NVIDIA 2GB graphics card, HDMI port, two USB 3 ports (10GB / sec) and a 256GB solid state hard drive, stick to solid state for video editing. That’s enough tech mumbo-jumbo, the best features for me are the 17 hour battery life and Thunderbolt 3.0 so I can transfer 40 GB of files per second. I need a computer that can keep up with my fast-paced lifestyle, tech don’t slow me down!

Dell XPS Laptop Travel Favorites_2

Moisturizing Face Mask

My least favourite part about travel is the actual flying. Not only am I afraid of planes (go figure), but I really detest the dryness of the air I’m sitting and breathing in for hours at a time. It’s important for me to always make sure that not only am I drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated, but it’s absolutely essential that my skin stays hydrated too. This means packing an intense face moisturizer is key.

I’m really loving the Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask. Apparently Victoria Beckham never leaves the house without it, and I don’t blame her. This magical potion is super moisturizing and leaves your skin glowing.

Rodial Dragon's Blood Face Mask Travel Favorites

Palo Santo

Call me a hippie….well I pretty much am, but I will not apologize for my obsession with Palo Santo. I’ve been burning this magical wood all throughout the day…everyday. I’ve even been oh, so tempted to burn it while on an airplane to mask the appetizing smell lingering from the toilets. However, I don’t think that would fly with the stewardess.

Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. This magical wood has both ceremonial and healing benefits, relieving common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, emotional pain and more. It keeps energies grounded and clear and creates a pleasant, fresh smoke that works well in keeping away mosquitoes and other flying insects away.

Palo Santo Travel Favorites_2

Electric Toothbrush

If you want to give that wrist of yours a break but still want pearly whites, get yourself an electric toothbrush! My teeth have never felt more clean and looked as white as they do since I brought the Elite Sonic Toothbrush into my life.

Elite Sonic Toothbrush Travel Favorites_2

It has 40,000 brush strokes per minute and vibrates every 30 seconds telling you when to move your toothbrush to another part of your mouth. This helps you meet the dentist recommended brushing time without having to think about it. The toothbrush also comes with a lab tested UV Sanitizing Charging Base that kills germs and bacteria while keeping your brush charged for the next use.

Elite Sonic Toothbrush Travel Favorites

What’s also so great about this toothbrush is it has lasted both Siya and I two weeks on only one full charge. That’s using the toothbrush about 6 times a day in total (we have our own toothbrush heads but use the same body). This means, we don’t need to take the charging base with us on our travels if we are trying to pack light and save space.

Important Note: Save 75% off Elite Sonic Toothbrush by clicking on the above link or this one. Use code after checkout on Vanity Planet: KBRUSH

DJI Phantom 4 Drone

Filming my adventures will never be the same again….

The DJI Phantom 4 blows my mind because of how friggen cool and sexy it is. It’s small and weighs pretty much nothing, making it an excellent travel companion. The power that this thing has is incredible and has already taken the travel videos to a whole new level.

Some key features about this drone that I’m loving are:

  • Front obstacle sensors which allows it to react to and avoid obstacles in its path
  • Precision hovering, even without satellite positioning support.
  • Longer flight time (compared to the other 3 DJI Phantom’s before it). Having said that, I would recommend a second battery, especially for those travelling with the drone.
  • Active track which allows it to recognize a subject and follow it naturally without an operator
  • Shoots in 4K at 30fps
  • Return to home button, which brings the drone back to take-off position in times where you can’t seem to find where it flew off to.

Flying the DJI Phantom 4 in Seychelles

DJI Phantom 4 Drone

Zion Health, Clay Dry Deodorant

Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried pretty much every natural, antiperspirant free deodorant that is on the market…seriously. I’ve tried ones that have made me feel sticky, sweat more, stink like hell and one that even left a permanent burn mark on my armpit. Just when I thought all hope was lost when it came to natural deodorant, I found Zion Health Clay Dry Deodorant starring at me from a shelf. It’s seriously the best natural deodorant on the market, especially for those who have sensitive skin. Not only do I feel fresh all day (I apply it every 5 hours), but my pits smell awesome and no burning armpits. There’s no turning back now!

Zion Health ClayDry Deodorant Travel Favorites


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 Wind Pouch.


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  1. Leela
    June 14, 2016 / 1:51 am

    I’d use it at the lake.

  2. Julie
    June 13, 2016 / 11:42 pm

    I will use at the beach when we go on vacation ..

  3. June 13, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    With my windpouch, I will use this with pina colada in my hands relaxing on a sunny day in the ocean, playing a relaxed music and listening to the waves. It makes me think about my family and how they care so much about me and also relieves my stress with exams next week (wish me good luck). How the clouded skies have me all the time. Thinkin bout all the places that I could go to. ( Summer blessings ) A dream that will last a lifetime. Thanks for this Kristen. Love you. – Raynah✌

  4. Ryan Earle
    June 13, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    I wanna use it at the beach

  5. Danica Kimberley
    June 13, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    The windpouch looks amazing!! Wish I had it for backpacking south east asia. Maybe if I win I’ll have to go again just to try it :). Great blog by the way!

  6. Pam H.
    June 13, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    I will use the Wind Pouch in my pool.

  7. Aaron
    June 13, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    I would use the WindPouch on the lake!
    ig: a_m_a_r_t_i_n

  8. cheryl larimer
    June 13, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    I would use this on our motorcycle trips. Lightweight and easy to inflate/deflate for rest area stops; hiking and at our camp site.

  9. Farrah Shumway
    June 13, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    We would use it at our lake. We’re going to Hawaii & our good friends have a pool that we love to swim in during the summer. Thank you

  10. claire
    June 13, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    thanks for the chance.

  11. June 13, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    I would use the Wind Pouch in my swimming pool all summer long!

  12. Deborah
    June 13, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    This is so cool! I would use it at the pool and when we go to the beach!

    I’m following you on instagram!

  13. June 13, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    The wind pouch will be used in my backyard with a good book and glass or two of wine

  14. Meghan
    June 13, 2016 / 11:49 am

    I would use it at the pool or lake!

  15. Meghan
    June 13, 2016 / 11:48 am

    These all look great!

  16. Anne Perry
    June 13, 2016 / 11:23 am

    I follow on instagram perryannee

  17. Katrina Brockavich
    June 13, 2016 / 10:24 am

    I would use it for camping and enjoying the view that we hike to!

  18. Tracie Vandermeulen
    June 13, 2016 / 10:04 am

    I would use this on our summer vacations to the lake. We are from Michigan and we are surrounded by the great lakes and tons of nice inland lakes!

  19. lissa crane
    June 13, 2016 / 10:00 am

    I would love to use the Wind Pouch in my sister’s pool! I’m there almost every day in the summer, so it would definitely get much use, since laying around after work, enjoying the water is my favorite thing to do!

  20. lisa kay
    June 13, 2016 / 9:10 am

    I would take this on Vaca to the cabin!
    How convenient
    Your travels are so awesome
    I am Jealous! =D

  21. June 13, 2016 / 11:27 am

    I am pregnant with my first baby and a wind pouch would be my saviour this summer!! I would pack that thing everywhere!! And then come October there is room for two on it!

  22. Marija
    June 13, 2016 / 7:19 am

    following on instagram @marijamajerle
    This would be great fun to take camping!

  23. Lindsay Hess
    June 13, 2016 / 7:07 am

    I enjoyed your post on top travel items, it was great and I follow on Instagram. Thanks for the chance!!!

  24. June 13, 2016 / 11:03 am

    The Wind Pouch is soo neat. I was thinking of getting a hammock for my backyard. I think I want one of these instead. I love to sit outside and read. I would use this for that. I would relax and wind down after a long day at work.

  25. Brittney Foreman
    June 12, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    I would use the wind pouch at the beach and in the pool.

  26. Birdiebee
    June 12, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    I would use the Wind Pouch at the lake cabin all summer long to relax in the water on the bay.

  27. Birdiebee
    June 12, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    I follow Hopscotch the Globe on Instagram as birdiebee52.

  28. June 12, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    I have been obsessed with the Wind Pouch since I have seen it. I would love to say that I would float around in the pool with a fresh pedi, and r free from all responsibilities. In re ality, I think my teeanged son would steal this from me, using it as a hammock, a kayak, an anything else he could think of. Following on instagram as tener16

  29. June 12, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    Oh man! I would use the Wind Pouch in my brand new backyard to relax while our new baby takes his naps. Momma needs to unwind with an iced coffee and a good travel-themed book in hand.

  30. Laurajj
    June 12, 2016 / 10:17 am

    Oh that Wind Pouch is so neat! Would be so fun to use in our pool! I think that is where it would get daily use here, but would also be great camping! I have never seen it before….what an awesome product! I follow on Wind Pouch Instagram under landfjacobson! I have to get that Zion Health Clay Dry Deodorant! I love that it works great for sensitive skin too! We have been trying to move to healthier products here this year! Was my resolution this year. 🙂

  31. Heather Kelly
    June 11, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    I would take mine to use in our pool. Outside in the shade while reading a book watching my children play. To the park, lake, etc. Heck, I’d keep it with me everywhere to use everywhere and anywhere. It would be way more comfortable then the chairs at our local starsmucks! LOL! I take my laptop outside with me and do my work while my kids play, so this would be perfect.

    • June 12, 2016 / 9:14 am

      It will basically become your best friend haha. It’s great thats it so light and easy to through in a backpack to take with you anywhere too. Great answer!

  32. June 11, 2016 / 10:26 am

    I have seen the wind pouch advertised! So neat! I would use it locally at the pool just for fun and then I would love to take it to the beach with us!
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    following on insta as @runnergurlms

  33. June 10, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    How will I use my Wind Pouch this summer you ask? Oh boy, I will be breaking that thing out EVEYWHERE! By the pool, while camping, while at home, at Starbucks, and anywhere I want to take a nap! Winning this bad boy would be the best birthday gift (especially since the giveaway ends on my birthday)

  34. Nate B
    June 10, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    I would love to use it on my beach trip in a couple months!

  35. June 10, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    I would so use that windpounch tp relax on the cliffs of Skerwink and watch the whales pass by! I hope you are enjoying your travels!

  36. June 9, 2016 / 3:45 pm

    I’m so excitied to try this we are going on a long trip but when we get back we are off to the beach can’t wait to see how it works for me .. I’m not sharing with my sister lol

  37. June 9, 2016 / 3:14 am

    My mother-in-law has been wanting one of these! She would use it all the time.

  38. June 8, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    My mom saw these a few months ago and loves the idea!! I would love to give her the wind pouch if I won as she retires at the end of June!

  39. Lisa Diep
    June 8, 2016 / 11:21 am

    the windpouch looks so cool! since im moving this summer, i would love to have a wind pouch in my backyard to relax and use it if i go to the beach!

    • Lisa Diep
      June 8, 2016 / 11:22 am

      my instagram is @dieplisa 🙂

  40. Chantelle Walker
    June 8, 2016 / 1:09 am

    My coworker and I are planning a trip to Oregon!! I would love to take this with us on our 5 day, 4 night adventure 🙂 I might even share it with her…. maybe 😉 lol

    Following on IG (cmg1852) <check out my travel photos!

  41. Laura
    June 7, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    I plan on being poolside a lot this summer so this would be perfect!

  42. Michelle Quinn
    June 6, 2016 / 11:33 pm


    New to your blog’s and I’m staying for the count! The Opportunity snatch a windpouch is one slick treat for anyone that loves the outdoors… I would enjoy experiencing water, sand, rocks, grass to name a few while one this poof of air. This would make any adult a kid again relaxing in the summer

  43. June 6, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    After a long trip abroad, I would use the WindPouch to relax the rest of the summer away at my nearby pool! It looks so comfy and fun! Thanks for this offer, Kristen!
    -Erin, @heaven_ski_riot on IG

  44. June 6, 2016 / 9:38 am

    Mainly, I would post pictures on social media to make everyone jealous and then refuse to share.

    I joke, I joke. I would share with close friends AFTER they’ve promised to feed me grapes or fan my with leaves.

    I would use the Wind Pouch while laying around on the pristine PEI beaches, while hanging out with friends at the park, and as a couch for when friends and couch surfers come to visit!

  45. June 6, 2016 / 12:43 am

    That inflatable hammock would be awesome anywhere for us! On the boat (non-skid deck is very uncomfotable), beach, in the water… a ton of places!

    • June 8, 2016 / 8:16 am

      Great places to enjoy the Wind Pouch for sure!

  46. June 6, 2016 / 12:42 am

    Love the WindPouch! I just saw one at the outdoor store at Ponce City Market. The family and I would love hanging out in the Windpouch while camping at Lake Lanier 😉

  47. Sarah
    June 5, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    Hey Kristen, if I won the wind pouch I’d use it this summer for some camping and kayaking trips that I have planned. It looks super comfortable and sure would have come in handy that time I missed my train and slip in the train station, lol.

  48. June 5, 2016 / 1:03 am

    We would float around Lake Ontario on that beautiful bag of wind! What an incredible invention!

  49. Margaret
    June 4, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    I would use the wind pouch on the beaches of Lake Huron this summer (Ontario side). I’ve spent every summer there at the family cottage, the Great Lakes are the best.

  50. June 4, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    I would use and abuse the wind pouch Kristen. I don't think I would go inside because it looks super comfortable. Also thanks for all the amazing content you post. Been watching you for a long time now and I'm so happy a fellow Canadian is so successful and talented with what they do. Keep it up!

  51. June 3, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    hey there, you ok with running windows on the laptop? you running 7/10? (win) — kinda interested in this laptop 😉

    what video editing software are you using on it? – also, are 4k videos super crispy on it? 🙂

  52. June 3, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    Unfortunately, my nose will be stuck in the books all summer, as I will be taking classes in Atlanta at Georgia State University. If I had a Wind Pouch, then I would park it in the court yard and read for class instead of being stuck up in the library! There's also a giant fountain that I would consider plopping down in! ☺️

    • June 4, 2016 / 9:37 am

      That would be a great way to make school and reading more enjoyable for sure…especially in the summertime! I’m sure that would make everyone super jealous haha. You might have to fight people off of it.

  53. Stephanie Roles
    June 3, 2016 / 10:47 am

    I would give it to my 15 year old sister for her very first Adventure Tour she is looking to go on in the next 6 months with me. She’s never been outside of her comfort zone like this before. This would help her stay comfy along the way!

    • June 4, 2016 / 9:37 am

      Aww thats awesome. Wow 15! Where will she be going?

  54. Angelique
    June 3, 2016 / 10:40 am

    I’d use it all summer long! I want it for when we go up to the mountains. It seems so much easier than a hammock!

    • June 4, 2016 / 9:38 am

      It definitely is. It takes about 10 seconds to put together and even less time if it’s windy out.

  55. June 3, 2016 / 10:00 am

    I love all of these tips! Going to place an order for Palo Santo ASAP. 🙂 As for the Wind Pouch, I would take it with me everywhere just in case… but I think for the maiden voyage, I would take it to my favourite lake just outside of the city here, hop on with a cool drink, and see where the winds take me!

    • June 4, 2016 / 9:39 am

      Palo Santo is so amazing. I’m obsessed with burning it haha. I even have the essential oil which I wear almost every day. I love your idea for how you’ll use the wind pouch. That’s exactly what I would do too.

  56. Victoria
    June 3, 2016 / 9:54 am

    Hi Kristen!
    Would love to use the Wind Pouch at the beach this summer….on the sand and on the water!

    • June 4, 2016 / 9:39 am

      Awesome! It’s the perfect summer companion.