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The Clever Travel Companion Review and Giveaway!


Watch Clever Travel Companion review, so you know what I’m giving away!

 

I’m super excited. You know why? This is where I finally get to offer you readers and viewers more than just eye-service.

I’m having my first GRRRLTRAVELER giveaway! Woopta!

( Okay, okay well, technically it’s my second. Before moving to Korea, I held a contest giveaway for a $300 pair of vegan shoes by New York designer, Elizabeth Olsen. I was too lazy to ship it home from New York, so I gave it away…)

But before I get to the contest, let me tell you what I’m giving away so you’ll know why you want it!

What is the Clever Travel Companion?

Earlier this year, I reviewed theClever Travel Companion tank top. This tank top quickly made itself an integral part of my work, exercise and travel lifestyle and is something I still enjoy using, so I was eager to test drive more of the Clever Travel Companion clothing lineup.

Clever Travel Companion tank tops

protect your valuables when you travel, avoid pickpocketing.

The Clever Travel Companion clothing line offers one more solution to storing your valuables and/or keeping them on you in a way that makes it hard for pickpockets to steal. The clothes are designed to act like moveable safesbecause you’re storing your valuables on a highly-protected areas on your body, such as your underwear or a pocket in the middle of your body.

Protecting my valuables and avoiding pickpockets

Firstly, as travelers we’re always looking for ways to protect our valuables (i.e. our passport, credit card and money) from pickpockets and thieves, who hope to ruin our vacations. Where do you store it? Some travelers like to use hotel safes ;  others use money belts or stash their money in different parts of their luggage. I employ a few of these methods and a money belt is one of them. I use it more as an organizer purse hidden in the secret lining of my backpack.  But one solution is never enough.

travel money belt

Secondly, if you’re a solo traveler like me (and this is my foremost concern these days), you might be looking for a way to organize and access your important belongs, without having to dig into the black hole of your bags. You don’t know how many organizer purses and pouches I’ve bought in the effort to try to streamline my way of accessing things, like spending cash, grabbing for written directions, maps, pocket camera, cellphone or my iPodTouch. I’m a walking media factory and with all that diving in and out of my backpack or purse pocket for things, something is bound to get lost in the shuffle.

 

Review: The t-shirt (aka the “Fanny pack tee”)

While the Clever Travel Companion t-shirts and tank tops won’t win any style awards, with a zipper pocket visibly placed in the middle of the shirts, it makes up for it by offering a more functional and powerful purpose … simple and quick access. It’s like having a built-in fanny pack (which is probably why I love using it for crew work also)!

Like the tank top (still my favorite, as I can dress it up or down), the t-shirt reduces my need to dig through my backpack or purse pockets for things like itineraries, bus tickets or maps and directions; and yes, it greatly reduces the odds of being pick-pocketed when shopping in crowded markets.

Tip: Remember to have your pocket zipped up and to sling your bag or hand over it for extra protection.

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Review: The Underwear  (aka “ Undershorts”)

Okay, I’ve heard of people stashing money in their shoe, but I’ve never heard of them putting it in their underwear before! So I really wanted to test drive the underwear.

It’s a cute ‘little boy shorts’ design, which I love. There’s underwear for men too (even thermal underwear!) and there’s no way thieves will be able to get into your valuables unless they’re going for your family jewels. The fabric is stretchable, snug, slimming and super-duper comfy. They actually make great house shorts on a practical level. Of course, that’s not all you’ll use them for.

clever travel companion underwear reviewUnderwear for guys and gals!

But okay, the underwear, comes a few mind tweaks also…

•    It’s almost twice the thickness of my normal underwear, so wearing it under my pants feels “different”. It’s not bad; it just takes me time to realize I’m wearing underwear (and not shorts).

•    Let’s face it, the underwear is as secure as Fort Knox! There’s no way a thief will get into them, because I can’t even fit my whole hand into a pocket. So unless you’ve got small hands, you’ll wish the zippered pockets were just a teensie bit larger, so it’s easier to grab or pull things out. Not a deal breaker if security is your main concern.

•    You’ll wonder why the pockets can’t be on the back, if you’re holding a passport

Storing your passport in underwear feels awkward for obvious reasons; it’s stiff and you don’t want the passport to bend. Not to mention, I just got 48 extra pages added to my passport! The only way it works for me is if I wear my underwear backwards; it feels more instinctual for me to do so anyways (and I don’t really notice the difference).

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•    Is it shorts or underwear?

The more I use them, the more I prefer them as shorts, that can be used alternately as underwear.  I have the grey underwear and it’s thick and dark enough to allow me to sweat in them, without having to worry about it being see-through (with  lighter-colored shorts, I’d need to wear underwear under them).

Personally, I see it lightening my luggage load, as I occasionally like to take in a yoga class or sleep in shorts… and hey, I can use it as underwear too. In either case, I prefer dual functioning clothes, as a way to keep my luggage minimal but functional.

Overall, I still think they the Clever Travel Companion underwear pretty cool, clever and it works as another option for storage safety. The underwear will definitely trick out any pickpocket and keep you credit cards and money safe.

Interested in this? Read 21 Ways to Outsmart Pickpockets & thieves

+++++ OFFICIAL RULES +++++

This giveaway is closed.

Congratulations to the winner, Chanel Brown!

ELIGIBILITY:

Open to everyone. There’s clothes for both, men and women. Also, the Clever Travel Companion has agreed to mail your your prize anywhere in the world you reside.

ENTRY DATES/TIMES:

The contest giveaway runs from October 23rd, 2013  to  November 6, 2013 at 11:00pm Pacific Standard Time Hawaii is practically the last time zone on earth) .

PRIZE:

The winner will have their pick of any one of the Clever Travel Companion items that you see in my video or on this post. Color, size and style is your choice.

HOW TO ENTER:

In order to enter for a chance to win any one of the wonderful travel safe clothing options at the Clever Travel Companion, enter below and you’ll be asked to do the following:

1. Share or Like this Post and/or Follow me on — Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest or Google+.  While it’s not necessary to do this to enter, I would love you doubly, triply and quadruply if you did!

2. The winner of the giveaway will be chosen at random.

Note: The winner will be contacted via email. If there is no response or claim within a week, the prize will go to the next winning candidate.

 

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Special thanks to the Clever Travel Companion for letting me test drive their clothing and for sponsoring this giveaway! All opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.

31 Comments

  1. Jo says:

    Thank you for the review. I’m really excited to order a pair of underwear, they look like a great solution. May I ask where you got the crossbody bag you wear in the video? Looks like army green with a wide strap. I’m searching for a good day bag and it caught my eye. THanks!

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Jo: Glad you found this post helpful. lol You’re like the third person who’s asked about that bag. I got that in Myanmar at a bag shop for $12. Asia/Southeast ASia has a lot of cool stuff that gets imported to the U.S. eventually.

  2. Jackie S. says:

    I love how this clothing keeps your valuables close to your person. You find the best things, GRRRL Traveler 🙂 Thanks

  3. Megg says:

    These products sound super cool and useful on the road! Heck, as a girl who lives in Chicago, I wouldn’t mind having one of those tanks or the undies just for walking around my hometown! I think I like the tank the best… I agree with you that the t-shirt could use a cuter redesign. Thanks for this post; super informative!

  4. The shorts look great but I’m not 100% sold on the tee/tank. If they were gathered under the bust with maybe a fold or two of material to cover the zipper, it would be both more fashionable and less conspicuous. Although two thumbs up on all the apparel for greater security! I’m gunning for the shorts!

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Jenna: Great feedback on the design! It’s definitely not for everyone. I thought the same thing at first.. but the utilitarian purpose won me over. 😉 Good luck!

  5. Melinda Reynolds says:

    That is so cool to have such great items for your first giveaway! These are great items that solve my BIG worry, Getting mugged of my purse! Would be perfect for my jog’s, our beach trips and even every day grocery shopping. I would use this MOST when going to sporting events, Theater & concerts. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it! Also video did not work here for me as well but i had already liked it on your youtube page before i even found this page!

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Melinda: I am lucky that the CTC folks let me do this giveaway! =) ..Those are all great uses and thanks for coming through on the YouTube channel and watching my video! I’m not sure why it’s not showing up on some browsers. I can only assume you’re on Explorer or Safari? =(

  6. I love this giveaway. That shorts/underwear is so sexy! 😀

  7. Lynette lee says:

    I like the idea of the black tank top with the hidden zippered pocket. As a frequent traveler, I welcome this innovative idea!

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Lynette: I like the black top too. It’s still my favorite and the most versatile to use with mix & match ! =)

  8. Oana says:

    I think is such a nice idea! It would come so handy to have the tank top! I like to travel with as less items as possible. Just as you say, it also keeps the important stuff secure, close to my body. I especially like the black tank top because the zipper is barely visible. All I hope is to have some luck! 🙂
    Thank you for your wonderful posts! I think you’re a wonderful person, and you’re full of positive vibes! I hope we can meet some time! Have you been to Sweden yet? 🙂

  9. Would love to have one so I don’t need to worry where to hide my atm & credit card.

  10. Jessica says:

    This is a pretty nifty idea. I’ve been reading your articles for a while but have never left a comment until now. I guess the Asian in me likes the idea of (possible) free cool stuff. =D

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Jessica: h aha…Thanks for finally commenting and yay for cool free stuff! =)

  11. Whoo! Exciting. The video didn’t work on my end however 🙁

  12. I’m so excited that you have prizes! The t-shirts look pretty cool… not too sold on the underwear, they do look a little bulky, especially for hotter climates! I already like you on twitter and facebook!

    Loving the vids of late, they have been of awesome quality and so informative. I can’t wait to get travelling again! Thanks 🙂

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      I know, I’m so glad I can offer prizes! Thanks for entering @Belinda; I mucho appreciate the feedback on the videos and good luck!

  13. Hi! Too late, i realize that i do not qualify the contest, since this contest is only for those living in the US and near the columbian area. I am from the Philippines. Thank you anyway, i so love the undershorts. Good Day!

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Maribel: It is open to EVERYONE. I’m not sure where you’re seeing that about the U.S. & Colombia? Phillippines is okay too.

  14. Irishtinker says:

    Ok, I never seen them pants/boxers before and they are a must for traveling of the tourist tracks and any dodgy places. Thank you for showing them. I will invest for sure.
    Great work. Love your blog

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      Thanks so much @Irishtinker. The boxers would definitely keep your money in stealth mode. 😉 Hope you took the chance to enter the giveaway!

  15. Tish says:

    Thanks for ‘test driving’ this product! With the holidays around the corner, these items would make great Christmas presents. And my New Year’s Resolutions definitely includes major travel in 2014.

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Tish: I love New Year’s resolutions which include major travel! Xmas gifts… great idea. Was contemplating getting my sis one- she paddles canoe; this could be ideal.

  16. OkiNinjaKitty says:

    First of all I am sooooo happy to have found GRRRRLTRAVELER and I think that this giveaway is awesome! I also am very excited to have learned about this line of clothing. Very useful!

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @OkiNinjaKitty: Yay and thanks for being the first comment of my day! =) In many countries, a shopkeeper’s first customer of the day is considered good luck! If you were a customer, I’d be offering you a discount. But seeing as what I’m giving is free, then all I can say is “good luck!”.

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