Sunday, August 31, 2014
Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own.
Literally, we just got off the plane a few days ago from our most recent family adventure vacation, journeying to Alaska. My hubby and I both grew up fortunate to vacation with our families at least once a year. That passion for all modes of travel by foot, land, sea and air to exotic places burned even brighter after we married. We've since passed that love of travel on to our four kids, who as teenagers have already been privileged to visit many beautiful destinations around the world: Western and Eastern Europe, Czech, Israel, Central America, Canada, Mexico, and Iceland, to name but a few.
As seasoned travelers as we are, we still manage to learn more than a few new things on every trip we take. The biggest surprise this time around during our trip to the 49th state was how cold and rainy it was there. In fact, even though it was summer when we visited and it was 90+ degrees back home, we found ourselves wearing multiple layers and a coat everywhere as the temperature ranged from 40-60 degrees and it rained every single day.
Packing for a trip that is nearly the complete opposite climate where we live here in sunny Los Angeles, was quite challenging in and of itself. However, since we were doing a lot of outdoor hiking and activities like touring the glaciers on a day trip, white water rafting and driving ATV vehicles, dressing for the weather wasn't the only problem we faced. We also needed luggage to transport everything we were going to need from raincoats to boats to extra food when we were in more remote areas.
Since our oldest son's brand new, poorly made baggage arrived at Anchorage Airport with the suitcase zipper torn off sometime during its first flight, how I wished I had instead invested in the rugged and functional SwissGear Zurich 28" suitcase for him that is currently featured in the Target Wedding Registry and is available at the big box retailer both instore and online with free shipping. In retrospect, this would have been ideal, especially when paired with a sturdy and roomy backpack like Target's SwissGear City Pack to double as his carry on for the five hour flight north as well as to transport all his gear when he and his younger brother took off on a 10 mile hike near Denali National Park just a few days after we arrived.
Our next trip, which we are already planning, will be definitely be different. Early on in the preparation phase of our adventure to another exotic destination, my first stop with be to shop at Target both instore and online to make sure we have everything we need to make the fortcoming journey even more memorable.
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