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Discover our family’s favorite travel products, from brands we love and use ourselves.

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The Adventure Book

A true family favorite is The Adventure Book. A Dutch company that sells travel products that will spark your wanderlust and keep those travel memories alive. They sell beautiful travel journals with pages for you to fill up with all your family’s travel adventures. All 196 independent countries in the world and the 50 states in the USA have a spot in The Adventure Book for you to fill!

We own the original journal, but there’s also an ultimate traveler’s edition and a Europe edition. We love scrapbooking in it and also bought sticker sets and a wooden stamp set.

This is the ultimate travel gift for every member of your family. Happy journaling!

Read more >> The Adventure Book Review

LARQ self-cleaning water bottle

Our family thinks it’s very important to travel as sustainably as we can. Flying is pretty bad, so we try to use products that are the better choice for the environment.

For a long time we’ve been searching for the best water bottle to bring on the road with us. In most of the world you can’t drink directly from the tap. And while we don’t want to buy bottled water, to reduce waste, we sometimes had to. There wasn’t a bottle we thought was safe enough to let our kids drink from.

We loved our Lifestraw, but it didn’t filter out viruses. That’s why in some parts of the world we had to buy bottled water again. But in 2020 we discovered the Larq and that was a game changer for us.

The Larq is a self-cleaning (yes, that’s a big plus while on the road!) water bottle that uses UV technology to eradicate bacteria and viruses. Push the button on top of the bottle and in 60 seconds the water is clean. Are you somewhere where the water is very filthy? Push the button twice for an even better result.

The insulated version keeps cold water cold for 24 hours and hot water hot for 12 hours. We wanted a large lightweight bottle to drink tap water from. That’s why our bottle of choice is the Larq Movement Pure Vis, a non-insulated version.

This is a must bring item for us on the road. We used it to drink tap water in Mexico, Egypt and many other places. We highly recommend it!

Enjoy The Wood World Map

We absolutely love everything about traveling and own globes, atlasses, scratch world maps and wooden world maps. Our youngest even has wall paper of a world map.

One of the most beautiful pieces we own is a 3D wooden world map (size XL) from Enjoy The Wood.

The quality is amazing. You can buy different kind of push pins to add to your map and showcase where your family has been.

We absolutely love this beautiful piece of art in our living room and it also helps your kids with geography.

Enjoy the Wood has provided me with a 10% discount code for all Sas Crossing Countries readers to get your own 3D wooden world map. Enter SASCROSSINGCOUNTRIESUP at checkout and get a 10% discount on your order!

Cocoon USA

We absolutely love the products of Cocoon USA, a company selling traveling and outdoor products. We’ve been using a few of their products for years and I want to share our favorite items with you.

Travel sheets

When we’re backpacking we sometimes encounter rooms that aren’t as clean as we hoped. We like to come prepared and that’s why we all have travel sheets. I prefer the silk ones, but the men in my family prefer the cotton ones. They’re lightweight and can easily be packed back into their small cases.

Travel pillow

We all know the travel pillows that you use when sleeping upright in planes or public transport. But sometimes the waiting time between one flight and another or between one train ride and another, calls for a normal pillow. Cocoon has lightweight, inflatable travel pillows that our son loves to sleep on. We wrap it into his own pillow case from home and he falls asleep.

Liquid bags

We try to avoid single use plastics as much as we can and that’s why we all got our own liquid bag from Cocoon. We’ve used the same ones since 2015 and they’re still in perfect shape. Of course they are see through, so you can fly with your liquids in your hand luggage.

5 products from the travel and outdoor brand Cocoon USA. A blue transparant liquid bag, an inflatable travel pillow in its case. One adult travel cotton sheet in its case and one for a child and lastly a silk sheet for adults in its case.
A hand holding a travel pillow from the brand Cocoon USA.
A grey inflated travel pillow from the brand Cocoon USA held in a woman's hand with a world map as a backdrop.

Travel Books for parents & kids

Our family loves books and that also includes books about traveling. When prepping for a family trip we visit a lot of travel blogs, but we also always buy a Lonely Planet guidebook of the destination(s) we’re heading to.

We own a lot of books that are aimed at traveling with kids or are meant to teach kids something about the country they’re going to visit. But the general topic of travel is not overlooked. There are some awesome (coffee table) books that we all love to turn the pages of regularly. To spark our wanderlust or learn something about the world.

I’ve added all of our favorite travel related books in my shop at Bookshop.org. When you click this link you will not only be able to get more info on the books, but you will also be able to buy them directly through Bookshop.

Why buy your books via Bookshop?

Bookshop works with independent booksellers all over the world. They believe local bookstores are essential community hubs that foster culture, curiosity, and a love of reading, and they’re committed to helping them thrive. And we completely agree with the mission of Bookshop!

Every purchase you make financially supports independent bookstores. Bookshop.org gives independent bookstores tools to compete online and financial support to help them maintain their presence in local communities. Since this isn’t the case at companies like Amazon, it’s beneficial for independent booksellers if we all buy our books at their stores or via Bookshop.org.

Lonely Planet

When talking about travel books, or travel products for that matter, there’s one brand that has sparked every traveler’s wanderlust for years. When I was 20 years old I bought my first Lonely Planet Guide. And from then on I bought their guidebooks for every trip we took.

But when you’re still debating where to go, Lonely Planet has loads of beautiful coffee table books for you to browse through. And the books for kids are amazing as well, very entertaining and educating.

Lonely Planet has provided me with a 10% discount code for all Sas Crossing Countries readers. Enter VEGEPNAUY510 at checkout and get a 10% discount on your order!

Jungle Culture

When traveling we leave a footprint. The smallest carbon footprint is left when using public transportation like buses and trains. Taking a flight or driving alone are the most carbon-intensive options. Since our family leaves a huge footprint every time we travel, we always look for ways to compensate as much as we can.

One way is by compensating for our emissions by carbon offsetting. The second way is to avoid as much (single use) plastics in our daily life as well as while on the road. We stopped buying single use water bottles and only use our Larq. But there’s more that we do and I’d like to share one of our family favorites: Jungle Culture!

Jungle Culture creates earth-friendly and functional goods sourced directly from independent artisans & makers from all over the world. They believe in fair and honest manufacturing and make a point of building lasting relationships with the local communities that they work with.

We love the products, not only because they’re earth friendly, but also because the products are responsibly sourced. With every purchase you support small and rural manufacturers in developing communities.

Our favorite Jungle Culture products? We all use their body bars, bamboo toothbrushes and hairbrushes daily. The bamboo cutlery and straws travel with us wherever we go and my partner and I also swear by their safety razor and shaving soap bars.

4 bamboo toothbrushes and 4 sets of bamboo cutlery, each set wrapped in a cotton case, from the brand Jungle Culture
A yellow colored lime and sea salt soap bar, partially unwrapped, from Jungle Culture and a wrapped citrus body bar from the same brand. And a tin metal soap container from Jungle Culture.

Wise Travel Card

Withdrawing money from an ATM in foreign countries will often lead to a poor exchange rate. Online banks that offer travel cards in multiple currencies, like Wise, can be a great fit for you. Each month you can make two ATM withdrawals of up to $100 without a charge. After that the fee is only $1,50 per withdrawal or $2 for every withdrawal above $100. That’s often a better deal than with your own foreign bank account card. You can also use it for Apple Pay or Google Pay transactions and online payment in different currencies.

We own a Wise business card, but you can also get a personal card. Very handy for families that travel frequently. Before getting your Wise Travel Card, check the 100 countries where you can use the card. That way you’re sure that you can pay with your Wise card in the countries you’re traveling to or want to travel to in the future.

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Sign up >> Wise Business Travel Card

Book a trip

Here are links that will lead you to our favorite booking sites. We love to use Expedia for international flights and 12Go when we want to fly domestically in many parts of the world. Booking.com is our go to source for accommodation. Discover Cars is our go to source for rental cars. And we use Get Your Guide and Viator to book excursions and activities.

eSims

Stay connected all over the world by buying an eSim fromĀ Airalo. Airalo is a one-stop shop for global, regional (Europe, for instance) and local (country) eSims. You can buy the eSim before your trip so you are connected the minute you arrive at your destination.

We’ve bought eSims from Airalo in countries all over the world like Australia, Uzbekistan, Egypt and Morocco. It gave us the flexibility we needed when there wasn’t any wifi available.

Travel Insurance

When traveling with kids you can’t leave on a trip without travel insurance. Every family is different and therefore it’s important to pick a travel insurance that best fits the demands and wishes of your family. I’d like to share 3 insurance companies that sell great travel insurance packages.

Heymondo

We use Heymondo. Would you like to reduce the cost of your trip or trips a little? Just for being a Sas Crossing Countries reader, you’ll get a 5% discount on all of Heymondo’s plans. You don’t need a code. The discount will be applied automatically when you get a quote here.

World Nomads

Another travel insurance that lots of people use, with great reviews, is World Nomads.

Safety Wing

Safety Wing is very popular amongst people who are going on longer trips.

Travelex

The last travel insurer I’d like to mention is Travelex. Not as famous as the former two, but Travelex also gets great reviews.

Expedia

12Go

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Booking.com

Booking.com

Agoda

Discover Cars

DiscoverCars.com

Get Your Guide

Viator

About me Sas Crossing Countries

Hi, I’m Saskia!

I travel the world with my family of 4 and write about our adventures.

Sas Crossing Countries is a family travel blog. It’s created to inspire other parents to travel the world with their kids. Gift your kids the world! It’s the most valuable present you can give them.

With all the experience I have as a traveling parent I’ve got lots of tools and tips for you. So on this site you’ll not only find family travel blog posts, you can also download FREE pocket guides, travel checklists and eBooks from my resources page.

All that I share can be used to plan your own ultimate family road trip!

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