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OnTrack in South Africa

Last summer, TravelSmith customer Steve Johnson traveled with his family from San Francisco to South Africa where they rode the classic Rovos Rail, one of the world’s most luxurious trains. Their trip also included jaunts on small bush planes, game-spotting safaris, and stays at some of Africa’s most beautiful lodges.

One month. One bag. And one hitch: a 30-lb weight limit per bag. How did Steve do it? He left bulky items that needed dry cleaning at home and took along some of our lightweight, easy-care clothing. Here’s what he had to say about the TravelSmith products that accompanied him:

Men’s Safari Jacket >

“The real deal but not over the top like some of the other outfits we saw on tourists. I wore this on our game-spotting safaris in Zambia. It was comfortable but durable enough to handle being stuffed in a bag and long days in the bush. It was also warm enough for cold mornings.  Best thing: The pockets. They worked great for my photography gear.”

Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes >

Pack-It Cubes

“These cubes kept everything organized for my month-long trip. The 2-sided cubes are great for keeping clean clothes on one side and dirty clothes on the other.“






Tropical Microfiber Sport Coat >

Tropical Microfiber Sportcoat

“This is a great sport coat! Casual but dressy enough for dinner at the safari houses. Very comfortable and packed easily. “

 


 

 

World-Class Microfiber Sport Coat >

World-Class Microfiber Sport Coat

“My favorite! It looks every bit as good as much more expensive blazers and stays wrinkle-free. Not only was it great on the trip (perfect to pack, comfortable, lightweight), it is now the blazer I wear for day-to-day at the office in San Francisco.“





World-Class Microfiber Pleated Pants w/ ComfortSizer >

“I wore these pants nearly every day on my month-long trip and dressed them up with the Two-Button Blazer for dinners out. True to the claim – they stay wrinkle-free!”

Comfort Denim Travel Jeans >

Comfort Denim Travel Jeans

“Because we were flying on small bush planes, I could only pack a limited amount. These were the only jeans I took along. They were perfect—totally comfortable and lightweight but with the look of real classic jeans. They were great for the colder mornings and just as comfortable when the afternoon grew hot. Easy to pack, relatively wrinkle-free, and still a favorite now that I’m home.

 

 

CoolMax-Cotton Pique Banded Short Sleeve Polo >

“Good looking and great fitting. Washed it many times during my month-long trip and never had to iron it. Wore it everywhere – with jeans, under a blazer. Great shirt!”

Traveler's Medical Kit Zone B >

This kit held everything we would need in case of emergency and it was compact enough to fit in our bag. Luckily, we brought it home unused but we were glad to have it along.”

 

Best of Bali On Track with World Class Trains

Rovos Rail, South Africa >

Expertly restored wood-paneled carriages take you through dramatic scenery on itineraries that last from two days to two weeks. Each of the two classic trains carries a maximum of 72 passengers. Highlights include a formal dining car with period décor and an Observation Car, a beautifully appointed carriage where you can relax, sip tea or a cocktail, and enjoy unrivalled views of the bush as it rolls by.

Deccan Odyssey, India >

Ride the rails and see the sights in Central India aboard one of the latest luxury trains to join this hallowed group. Launched in 2004, the Deccan Odyssey offers a 7-day tour that starts in Mumbai with stops at the Sea Forts of the western coast, the beaches of Goa, and the World Heritage caves of Ajanta Ellora.

Bernina Express, Switzerland >

Offering the highest rail crossing of the Alps (read: spectacular views!), the Bernina Express runs two routes from Chur (or Davos) to Poschiavo and Tirano. Open-air cars, perfect for photography, are available during the summer months. Several tour companies offer tickets on the Bernina Express, including our travel partner.

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, Russia >

In 2007, the Golden Eagle unveiled 12 new en-suite sleeping cars with state of the art amenities. Gourmet dining and guided excursions now make this 6,000-mile journey, one of the world’s longest, a true pleasure. Itineraries of varying lengths are available with the classic route of Moscow to Vladivostock running 15 days. Book tours on GW Travel Ltd.

Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, Canada >

Choose one of the three two-day rail routes – Kicking Horse, Yellowhead, or Fraser—and enjoy of the most relaxing ways to see the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight accommodations are in hotels. The dome-car day-trains are air-conditioned and comfortable. Passengers may choose from two levels of meal service.

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