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Products We Love: Our Favorite Gear for Travelers and Expats

During the past eleven years, we’ve bought, tested, broken and loved more than 100 products and services. Some travel products are exceptional – others aren’t even worth talking about – let alone buying.

In this article, we share 40+ products and services that we use as expats. Please share your favorite products in the comment section below.

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Products we love

Disclaimer: We are affiliates for some of these companies. This means that we will receive a small payment if you purchase the product or service. These products have been chosen because we actually love them – we have used every one of these items – and continue to depend on many of them. 

So there you have it. These are our favorite products and services for both planning a relocation – and for successful life abroad.

Please share your favorite products in the comment section below.

Maggie Martin

Friday 6th of April 2018

I am really interested in relocating part-time at first to Ecuador. I am Canadian and have been to Ecuador twice (husband once). I was thinking of Cuenca or Loja. In order for my husband to be happy he will need to be able to play Bridge. I know there is Bridge in Cuenca but have been unable to find out any info about Bridge in Loja. Can you help me please. Thanks, Maggie

JENNA

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

I WILL BE LEAVING FOR CUENCA NEXT TUESDAY FOR A SEVEN DAY STAY. I'M ACTUALLY EXPLORING RETIRING TO ECUADOR. I JUST DIDN'T KNOW WHERE TO START. ANY ASVICE AS TO HOW TO BEGIN MY EXPLORATION?

Dr. Michael M. Rosenblatt

Monday 12th of October 2015

I realize that toilets in Ecuador are standard sit-down models. However, for your expats who travel to Asia, especially China/Vietnam, they may not be so fortunate when "stuck" in an area where there are few Westerners. "Squatting is not an option" for most Westerners. Many retired travelers have knee and hip problems and have no ability to squat when doing #2. This can be dreadful if you have diarrhea or other similar emergency need. This is NOT funny. It can be awful and embarrassing. Fortunately there is a web site that can help you with this serious issue. I'm sorry but there is also apparently an x-rated site that has close to this same name. I know of travelers who will NOT go to Asia because of the toilets being a hole in the ground. Please check this website to learn how to do #2 in an Asian toilet WITHOUT bending down or squatting. All you need to bring with you are disposable, bio-degradable gallon bags and some toilet paper and steri-wipes. I also recommend P-mates disposable urine directors for females so they don't have to sit. Click here to see how "Westerners" can use Asian restrooms that only have a hole in the floor. sanjosemike

John

Monday 20th of April 2015

Hello, I just started reading your blog and I have to say that it is one of the best by far. I am in Pennsylvania and getting ready to start all the paperwork for my work visa. I don't have to go to work while living there but, I think it is a good way to meet people and to become familiar with the customs. I wanted to know if you would suggest an attorney to take care of all of my paperwork for my visa. I did contact one and she charges $1100.00 USD for all of the paperwork and if you are not in Ecuador then she adds $200.00 more to that. Not complaining about the fee but, I wanted to check to see what you may have done. I am looking at rental places as I can find them on line. I want to bring my dog with me when I move as well, I can't leave her, she is like a child of mine. I have had her for over 8 years now. If you know if an easy way to take care of her transportation I would appreciate that as well. I am so glad that I came across your site and begin to read it. Thanks for all the information.

Jerry Anderson

Saturday 6th of September 2014

Hi Bryan, I've been following your blog for quite a while as one of the sources for information on a part time move to Ecuador. Like others, I have done a lot of searching for the most direct routes to avoid layovers and in some cases overnight stays. From southern California, the best route I've found so far is Avianca's route which goes from LAX, a short layover in San Salvador, then on to Guayquil. We have found their prices to be competitive and the service very good in comparison with the major American lines which require us to go to Houston, Miami or Atlanta and will often require a very long layover or an overnight stay to connect with the outgoing flight to GYE or UIO. Hope this helps. Thanks for all your work and information - you provide a great service to those of us seriously considering a move to EC. Thanks again, Jerry Anderson