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Traveling with Scottevest

2013/05/15by Donna Hull

When traveling, I’m a hands free kind of gal. In other words, I don’t like brining a purse or backpack whether I’m walking the streets of Lucca or exploring on a California road trip. Wearing a Scottevest Travel Vest for Women gives me the freedom to put my gear in the pockets and explore hands free.

Win a Scottevest Ladies Travel Vest

I was introduced to Scottevest last year at the TBEX12 conference in Colorado when the travel clothing company kindly gave every attendee one of their vests. To my surprise (I’ve know about Scottevest for years but thought all those pockets would make clothes bulky), the vest had a sleek, stylish design even though there were 17 pockets.

So now that I’ve worn the travel vest for women on my travels, what do I think? The large pocket that holds an iPad puts my mind at ease when going through airport security. I take off the vest with the iPad safely zipped in the inside pocket (along with other valuables like my wallet and passport), the vest goes into the bin to be x-rayed and everything is hidden from view—unless a would-be robber knows about Scottevest clothing.

Even though the vest is constructed out of breathable material, I find it to be a bit warm in the summer. And when the iPad is zipped into the inside pocket, the vest feels a little lopsided. Although I put items in pockets on the other side of the vest, it’s tough to get the vest balanced just right. But it’s a small price to pay for traveling hands free and especially for the reassurance that my iPad will make it through airport security without being stolen.

The vest looks great with a turtleneck—add a scarf and you’re stylin’. Want to see?


In celebration of My Itchy Travel Feet’s 5-year celebration, Scottevest is providing a Travel Vest for Women ($125) to one of our readers. Here’s how to enter:

Scottevest Travel Vest for Women Giveaway

Please leave a comment at the end of this article telling us where you would travel in your Scottevest. Remember, we are giving away a LADIES travel vest. Please include your email address for contact purposes. Giveaway ends on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 11:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Winner will be announced as soon as possible. According to our general contest rules, the winner must be a U.S. resident and respond within 48 hours of receiving the notification email; or we chose another winner.

Disclosure: Scottevest provided the Ladies travel vest for our giveaway. I also received a complimentary vest while attending TBEX12.

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UPDATE: May 22, 2013, 12:00 p.m: this contest has expired. As soon as the winner acknowledges receipt of my email, I’ll make the announcement.

A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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Sue Overman May 15, 2013 at 4:41 am

I just received this e-mail from my daughter in law. She, along with my son, and 2 grandsons, lives in Mauritius, so that is one place I would travel. I recently traveled through some of southern Europe, including Barcelona, the pickpocket capitol of the world, and I wore a long sleeved shirt with 2 hidden pockets. I used one for money, and one for credit card and ID. I felt pretty safe and liked this idea, but if it had been any warmer, I would have been way too warm with long sleeves, so this vest sounds wonderful. I did have a camera stolen once in Lisbon. It was tied to a zipper and closed into an outside jacket pocket, but while one person talked to me in English on one side, the other person unzipped the pocket, cut the strap, and stole the camera that was currently selling on E-bay for $1. Why? This vest sounds like s God send for future trips. Thanks for this chance to win one.


Kristina May 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm

In September I’d wear it to Yellowstone. Next year I’d wear it to Chernobyl. It looks like an awesome travel piece. I hate carrying a purse or bag when I wander.


Linda S. May 15, 2013 at 9:04 am

I’d travel through Philadelphia, JFK or Newark airports (airports can be more theft-ridden than many cities!), possibly through connecting airports to Milan. Then north to the Lakes region, south to Cinque Terre, and maybe west along the coast toward France. I’d take the subway in Milan and local trains in Liguria. And finish with visits to family up in the hills of northern Italy. This vest would be perfect for warmer weather and layering later on, in late August to mid-September.


Edie Jarolim May 15, 2013 at 9:18 am

I haven’t been abroad in a long time but am planning to go to Vienna to research my family history. I have a new tablet that I would love to travel with; I didn’t realize that there was a travel vest would have a pocket that it would fit in. This vest would make going through security just that much more convenient. And it’s very nice looking!

Congratulations on your five-year anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been that long.
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Suzanne Fluhr (Just One Boomer)
May 15, 2013 at 9:58 am

This looks like a really nice vest. It looks like it has a lot more style than other somewhat geeky travel vests I’ve seen. In January 2014, I hope to be flying to Hawaii from Philadelphia which will involve at least two flights and about 16 hours of travel time. It looks like this vest could obviate the need to carry a separate pocketbook which I would love in airports—-one less thing to keep track of. It also looks perfect for walks around town where I would like to not be saddled with a pocket book, but might want to have money, some ID cards, a notebook, a cell phone, sunglasses and regular glasses.
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Lorena Keech May 15, 2013 at 10:31 am

I’d use the vest everyday, going to the store, to exercise class, to work. Like you, I hate dragging a purse everywhere.


Katie K May 15, 2013 at 10:49 am

I’d use it on my travel to central america – great to have all my stuff handy AND protected while exploring


Donna Benicke May 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

My husband I will be traveling to France for the first in September. I think this vest would be a big help to me as I’m going to try very hard to pack lightly. Plus, it’s looks good and you can dress it up a bit.


shannon Baas May 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm

come in great for my trip to Yellowstone.


Diane Schwartz May 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm

This vest looks very useful for travel since it leaves your hands free. I have not tried this yet but I am looking forward to using it on my next trip. Great idea!


Linda May 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm

I would use it on the local summer day trips I take with my kids, to avoid carrying the heavy purse I usually end up with.
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Karl May 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I would like to win this for my wife who usually gets the dubvious honor of holding the ipad, smart phone, earphones, tickts, guidebooks and granola bars; all in her pocketbook. I don’t know how her shoulder doesn’t break! So I think this vest would help her hold all that stuff ( and I know I should carry more myslef!)



Candace P May 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm

We go to Europe at least once a year and you really have to be prepared for any situation. We usually go to Germany in the spring, so this vest would be perfect, as it is usually chilly then and you need extra layers anyway.


Stephanie V. May 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm

across the pond to London


Rosanne May 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I will be traveling to Australia and New Zealand


Cynthia C May 16, 2013 at 4:43 am

I’d love to wear the travel vest to Italy to explore my roots.


Cathy Severson May 16, 2013 at 7:13 am

I agree with you, I hate to travel with a purse or backpack. But, I also want to look stylish and not too much like a tourist. Machu Picchu is high on our list. I’d also like to do a river cruise down the Rhine. How about a safari? The vest would be perfect. Then there’s Egypt and Jordan, all over Italy. Of course, then I would love to start in traveling the US. I could wear that vest out.
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petra May 16, 2013 at 10:41 am

Got a Europe Vacation coming up in September and Amsterdam is on the list as well. Never thought about all the electronics being an easy target for would be thieves at the customs or search lines. I can see the value of the vest right here. Would wear it on that trip.


Tari Lawson May 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I would love to have this when I travel to Italy.


Kate Messner
May 17, 2013 at 11:03 am

I’m a children’s author who travels frequently to research my mystery & adventure novels and to visit schools and talk about books and writing with kids. I just stumbled upon this post wondering if a travel vest like this would make sense for my trips, since I hate carrying a purse. I could see wearing a Scottevest on upcoming research trips to Oregon Trail sites and Rome with my pens and notebook, camera, and passport in the pockets as well as to my school visits, with the pockets full of bookmarks for kids & pens for signing their books!


Sarah Hirsch May 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

I’d wear this on a trip to macchu pichu. i don’t have one planned yet, but it’s high on my must-see list


Tamar May 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I’d travel to the mountains. Thanks for the chance. I have wanted a SeV for maybe 10 years now.


Irene S. Levine
May 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I would love to have one to wear on my upcoming safari to Africa~
By husband swears by them!


Christinegl May 18, 2013 at 3:57 am

I would use this on our upcoming summer trip to Japan, but it seems handy for any travel anywhere!


Christina Brown May 18, 2013 at 10:48 am

This vest seems far superior to other travel items, like Rick Steve’s money belt and bra wallets. I used both of those 5 years ago during a once in a lifetime trip through China where we spent a lot of time on sleeper buses, where theft is a concern. (I actually gave up on the money belt after one day. I’ve reviewed both on Amazon.) I would wear this vest to New Zealand, where my husband and I hope to go next January using accumulated frequent flyer miles. We plan to make it an intense hiking trip and to travel througu both islands. I can’t wait! I would also wear this vest on hikes locally and around the Columbia River Gorge (our favorite vacation spot) and for general walks. Not having to carry a purse would be so so wonderful. I envy men in that way; the pockets bin women’s pants are made too small to carry more than a folded piece of paper or tissue.


Lynn Kirkwood May 18, 2013 at 11:55 pm

I have a Danube River cruise planned this fall, and the vest would be the perfect weight and also help my back problems ( I cannot carry a purse). I would also use it at home as well as on my travels. It appears to be a perfect fit for my lifestyle!


Mary Calabrese May 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I would wear this vest on a trip to Europe and feel like I have security in hiding some of my valuables.


Zea Flores May 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I would love to wear this vest somewhere far and exotic like New Zealand, Costa Rica, or Thailand but I’m not so lucky. with kids to support and all the typical stuff that goes along with having a family like a house I will have to explore exotic places nearby. Fortunately I live in an awesome beautiful place (Colorado) where there’s sooo sooo much amazing places to wear a vest like this so I guess I am a lucky girl after all!


April Bever May 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I would head to Vegas


Zea Flores May 21, 2013 at 6:40 am

I would love to wear this vest somewhere far and exotic like New Zealand, Costa Rica, or Thailand but I’m not so lucky. with kids to support and all the typical stuff that goes along with having a family like a house I will have to explore exotic places nearby. Fortunately I live in an awesome beautiful place (Colorado) where there’s sooo sooo much amazing places to wear a vest like this so I guess I am a lucky girl after all!


Heather S May 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I would travel to Spain in that vest! Thanks! Cheers!


Erin Ellis May 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm

With two little girls under 2 this would come in handy for every-day use, and I would also bring it along when we travel to Joshua Tree and The Grand Canyon. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
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Christine May 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm

would use to go to Italy


May 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I’m taking my daughter to Europe for a graduation present. This would be great for our trip!!


joni May 22, 2013 at 12:20 am

I would use this at work for all my gadgets.


jen gersch May 22, 2013 at 2:22 am

i would use this while camping in the mountains to carry essentials


Sherry Conrad
May 22, 2013 at 7:06 am

I would wear it wherever I went- if I could keep my daughter from snagging it- she’s a lot more on the go than I am lately and would LOVE this for all her outings/adventures.


Karen May 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I would wear my vest on my visit to Ireland in August. Please, please, I need this so bad. It’s so useful, yet cute too! Pick me, pick me!!!!!


Holly C. May 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm

my husband and I are going to travel throughout Mexico this year, this vest would be an awesome help for me!


susan smoaks May 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I would love to wear my new vest to the rocky mountains when we go hiking!


May 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm

This would be great for when I travel to Italy.


Sarah L May 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I’m flying to Florida next fall and this would be great to have.
Thanks for the contest.


Debra Carter May 23, 2013 at 6:04 am

What an awesome way to travel “organized”!! Love it!!! Traveling in a streamlined, organized way is my goal!!!


Jane Boursaw
May 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I missed the deadline by a day, but wanted to say – cute video! Love seeing you “in action.” I think the vest would be great for my walks around here. I always try to stuff enough in my pockets to survive in the wilderness for a few days. You know, in case a zombie apocalypse hits and I’m stuck a mile down the road and can’t get home. :-)
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