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Giveaway: Stylish and Secure Travel Essentials

Update: Congrats to Jason, winner of this week's contest!

Whether you've got big travel plans this summer or you just like to keep your EDC essentials sleek and organized, our new giveaway has got you covered. Today, we're hooking up one lucky reader with a stylish set of travel essentials, like a versatile sling bag, a dopp kit for your devices, a handy power bank, and more. We're including RFID-blocking wallets and a TSA-friendly multi-tool you can wear on your wrist, too. Learn more about the gear and how to enter to win below.

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10 Travel Bags for Your Next Getaway

Whether you've been hitting the books hard these last few months at school or putting in work at the office, you're probably feeling like your next vacation can't come soon enough. With spring right around the corner, now's the time to treat yourself to a little break (or at least start planning for one). And as relaxing as a quick vacation can be, all the travel involved usually isn't. That is, unless you've got a proper travel bag to make the trips go smoothly.

PacSafe Z400 Anti-Theft Messenger Bag

Having a bag to carry your valuable essentials is pretty convenient, but someone out to grab your stuff probably feels the same way. In one brief moment, you can kiss all your belongings goodbye. That is, unless you're carrying a bag designed to beat burglars at their own game, like Pacsafe's Intasafe Z400 messenger bag. It's built from the ground up to seriously resist theft so you can carry with confidence as you go about your commute.

With lightweight stainless steel wire in the Z400's shoulder strap, good luck to anyone who tries to cut the bag away off your shoulder. eXomesh slashguard material reinforces the bag's poly canvas exterior to guard against pickpockets attempting to slash holes into the bottom of the bag to grab your stuff. Its zipper pulls also come together at a single anchor lock point Pacsafe calls the Roobar, making it convenient for you to secure the bag. RFID security adds to the Z400's physical defenses, which is great for keeping your passport and cards safe against electronic identity theft.

With 19L capacity and room to carry both a 15" laptop and 10" tablet, there's plenty of room to keep your everyday essentials safe. The interior also comes with internal pockets and storage compartments to keep it all organized.

Peace of mind is one lock away. The only thing you have to worry about is figuring out which color works best for you. Pick up the Pacsafe Instasafe Z400 at the Amazon link below.

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The Best TSA Approved Multi-Tools for Travel

Traveling through airports never goes as smoothly as you'd hope to begin with, but getting your favorite multi-tool confiscated by security could be the unwelcome cherry on top. Still, multi-tools are some of the most versatile items you can carry, and going anywhere without one can leave you feeling woefully unequipped. Your best bet is to have a small TSA-friendly multi-tool for when you travel (even better, one you'd find useful even when you aren't). In this guide, we've rounded up 10 EDC tools designed to fly with you this travel season.

Nomatic Travel Bag

"You might know Nomatic from their ultra-compact Basics Wallet that cleverly makes contained cards accessible. Now they’re tackling a different carry with their Nomatic Travel Bag, a carry-on designed for trips up to one week in length and that’s packed to the brim with features. First, the straps: switching from backpack to duffel modes takes literal seconds thanks to a unique design that eliminates dangling straps. A flap with both laptop and tablet pockets lets you fly through security checkpoints without removing them from the bag while also granting full access to the bag’s contents for optimal packing…" (via GearHungry)

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EasyAcc JHUN Cable Organizer

Pouches are a useful way to carry a large number of small items, but anyone who’s dug through a tangled up ball of cables knows they aren’t perfect. The EasyAcc JHUN Travel Cable Organizer stores your accessories without the tangled mess, making it the alternative you could be looking for.

This sturdy polyethylene board is coated with double-sided anti-skid rubber and a number of criss-crossing elastic straps of various sizes, perfect for holding a variety of small cables or objects. At 10.9 inches by 9.5 inches, it easily fits into any laptop bag or backpack and even has a sleeve large enough for a standard tablet or ultrabook. Its nylon-cotton surface also better protects your delicate devices on the board and whatever else might be in your bag.

If you need a way to easily pack and carry your small essentials without having to root around in the bottom of your bag, check out this cable organizer at the link below.

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Aer Travel Pack

Packing for a trip is hard enough, and ridiculously long security lines at the airport as of late only make things worse. So unless your favorite part of traveling is standing for hours in one part of the airport, jumping through some hoops for a few minutes, then finally waiting in another part of the airport, it's important to pack your essentials the right way to avoid that mess.

The Aer Travel Pack carries everything you'll need for a weekend trip, designed with efficiency in mind so you can skip the lines and headache of airport security. It's sized to fit carry-on requirements (saving you a couple minutes and a checked bag fee) with a structured main compartment that lies flat and unzips fully for easy packing. When it's time to empty your pockets, you can quickly stash the contents in any one of the three zippered pockets on the front and top of the bag. The quick access laptop compartment lets you pull it out fast and keep the line moving.

Its organized layout makes it ideal for business trips or general day-to-day EDC, too. Between all the slots and pockets in the front admin compartment and the suspended laptop sleeve, you can haul your entire mobile office on your back. The bag even slims down to a more manageable silhouette for EDC thanks to a set of four compression straps. You can carry it confidently knowing it's built tough with 1680D ballistic nylon, YKK zips, and Duraflex buckle hardware throughout.

It's available now at its fully-funded campaign on Kickstarter, making Aer three for three with successful projects. Check out the Travel Pack and its accompanying dopp kit in more detail at the link below.

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SOG PowerLock Traveler

A necessary but annoying part of travel is getting through security. If you forget to leave your pocketknife and multi-tool at home before getting to the airport, you can say goodbye to your trusty EDC gear.

SOG designed the PowerLock Traveler multi-tool to meet TSA standards and regulations, making it a great option for travel. It features 16 tools, but a sharp edge isn’t one of them. That may be a deal breaker for some, but it does have needle-nose pliers, small scissors, a Philips screwdriver, and many other functions to make up for it.

Security measures aside, it’s still a workhorse of a tool. A compound leverage system on the pliers provide added gripping force for harder jobs, and wings on the handle add comfort during use. If its 420 stainless steel construction is too tough on your pockets, it comes with a ballistic nylon pouch with a clip for more carry options too.

Everyday inconveniences that require snipping, screwing, or prying don’t disappear just because you step on a plane. And when you’re in a new place, it’s best not to take chances. If you travel often and want to be prepared when you do, pick up a PowerLock Traveler for your carry-on at the link below.

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Foregoer Ultralight Packable Daypack

Finding an EDC pack with that “just right” balance of capacity and weight is no easy feat. Once you start looking into bags big enough to carry all of your gear, they usually end up being uncomfortably bulky.

The Foregoer backpack, with its spacious 25L capacity, versatile compartments, and ultra-light nylon construction, is not like most bags. The minimal hardware and nylon fabric on the Foregoer don't just keep the bag lightweight, either. Its shell happens to be resistant to wear and waterproof as well, ensuring the safety of your gear in poor weather.

When you're not using the bag, it folds up easily for self-storage. It packs down so small and weighs so little that it can be worth it to carry along in another bag or in your luggage when you travel. The Foregoer pack is available in two sizes (25L and 35L) to suit your carry needs at the link below.

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The Joey EDC Jacket

Chances are, you've faced this dilemma before: you’ve got all the gear you need, only to realize you’re definitely not fitting it all in your pockets alone. Without sacrificing some essentials to carry less or hauling around a bag all the time, the simplest solution is to up your pocket space. And if it’s more pockets you need, then this new jacket on Kickstarter should do the trick. It’s called the Joey (as in the term for a baby kangaroo, nature’s EDCer) and it boasts 12 different pockets in total—enough for your daily carry and then some.

The Joey features dedicated tablet pockets, water bottle straps, hidden pockets for valuables, and soft-lined pockets for delicate essentials. Other EDC-focused details include earphone routing loops, carabiner loops, and a built-in microfiber cloth for screens and lenses. It’s available as a sweatshirt or as a weather resistant softshell jacket, complete with water resistant zippers, side vents, a detachable hood, and more. Both the Joey’s huge capacity and comfortable materials make it a compelling travel companion too, as it helps you fly without the inconvenience of a carry-on if you travel light. Check out the rest of its features and configurations at its fully funded Kickstarter at the link below.

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Travel Stash Leather Notebook by Bull & Stash

Carrying a small notebook is something that many EDCers swear by. Whether you're jotting down notes or making a grocery list, a quality notebook is a solid investment. The Travel Stash by Bull & Stash checks off many of the boxes for what makes a good pocket notebook: it's durable, refillable, and beautifully designed.

It's wrapped in handcrafted, quality leather that's made of free-range cowhide sourced from the Pacific Northwest and hand-finished in Italy. This tough outer cover protects your notes and sketches from damage and ages gracefully with the rest of your EDC. The Travel Stash has 30 pages of refillable paper—enough for your ideas without being overly thick. Once you finally do fill it up, you can easily swap in new pages and reuse the same notebook cover.

Bull & Stash has also teamed up with the Central Asia Institute (CAI) to help further education in Asia this month. For every notebook sold, Bull & Stash will donate a notebook to a student through the CAI until June 1st. They have limited edition versions of the Stash notebooks in a pink leather cover, just in time for Mother's Day, too. Check them out at the link below.

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Cubed Travel Jacket

If there’s one thing to take the drudgery out of the wet and drab rainy season, it’s a sick rain jacket with enough pockets to stash your entire EDC and then some. The Cubed Travel Jacket from Clothing Arts has the features to stand up to harsh downpours and a low-profile, street-ready aesthetic to keep you and your gear dry in style. Clothing Arts’ design philosophy is something we EDCers can get behind: “it begins with pockets.” And on the Cubed, you get way more of them to work with compared to traditional outdoors rain shells.

It’s got two Napoleon chest pockets that you can access from the outside of the jacket. The key here is you won’t need to undo the main zipper to get to your gear, which can be especially risky if you want to keep your core warm and dry. The Cubed boasts six more interior pockets for your less frequently used gear as well as travel essentials like your Passport and documents. To secure it all, built-in clips connect to the zipper pulls and lock your gear in place.

While Clothing Arts believes it begins with pockets, it must end in the details. The Cubed features hallmark qualities of technical outerwear and EDC gear alike: functional materials, durable construction, and minimalist design. It’s made with a DWR-treated, breathable/waterproof eVent membrane for high-performance rain and wind protection. The zippers and even the taped seams on the jackets are waterproof too. A detachable, stowable hood, multiple adjustment cinches, and an articular fit for improved range of motion round out this feature-packed tech jacket. You won’t have to raid your rainy day fund too hard for one either, with discounted early bird pledges still available on the Cubed’s fully funded campaign below.

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