Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January Travelbox - Founders Box

Back in October I heard about a new subscription box company called Travelbox. It's a monthly box that is geared towards those who travel are travel-obsessed or just people on the go. I plan on doing a lot more traveling this year and I happen to love travel gadgets so I thought this box would be perfect for me. The price of the box is $33.00 plus $5.95 shipping so basically $38.95. I think this is a little high and might be better as a every other month box or even a quarterly box. Since I signed up early to be notified of the inaugural box I received a $10 coupon on my first box making it $28.95.

Some of the items you can expect to receive are:

Travel inspiration; foreign language tools, maps, book on traveling
Travel gear; foldable water bottles, portable phone chargers
Travel comforts; sleep masks, ear plugs, travel candles, travel pillows
Grooming & Beauty products; locally milled soaps, premium skin care products, portable sunscreen
Travel snacks; premium artisan chocolates and snacks from around the world
Travel entertainment; games, books.

The good:

Like gadgets - I admit I have a thing for gadgets. I like them a lot!

Travel much - The thing about travel gadgets is you never know you need them until you have them. It's amazing how the littlest thing can simplify your life.

Gifts - Know a traveler or got something you may not use. Gift it to a traveler.

Info - They include an info card describing the product, where you can get it and the retail price.

The not so good: 

Price - I think the monthly price is a little high and as much as I love gadgets I don't want to be over run with them.

Founders Edition of Travelbox

Contents of the Travelbox with retail value:

Breffo Spiderpodium to hold your phone or small camera from the UK. Value - $19.95 - once you figure out how to adjust the legs it's a pretty nifty little holder. 

Luxe City Guide of France. Value = $9.99

Dream Essentials Sleep Mask with carrying case and earplugs from the US. Value = $10.95 - Since I sleep in the daytime I'm always looking for a good eye mask and earplugs. This set it great. On the eye part of the mask it's not flat which is nice if you're wearing makeup. Now I don't wear makeup when I sleep but for traveling this is awesome. The earplugs are terrific - I slept through my alarm going off for 20 minutes. 

Lanolin Agg Tval Eggwhite Facial Soap from Sweden. Value = $4.00

Guylian Artisanal Truffles from Belgium. Value = $1.09 - These chocolates are tasty but I'm off the sweets right now so I'll let the boyfriend enjoy them. 

The total value of this first box is $45.98. This is a definitely a box filled with fun travel items. The France travel guide is cool but I have a couple of issues with it. #1 I'm not going to France anytime soon and #2 if I were I would want the most current guide and this one is almost 3 years old and there is less than year old version out. The sleep mask set I'm totally into. I've used it twice already and am super happy with it. I also used the phone holder thing and once I figured out what configuration worked best it worked out well. I noticed this morning the boyfriend ate one of the chocolates already. I'm curious about the egg white facial soap. what makes it so special. 

This is the phone holder gadget thing. It looks like an overgrown spider to be. It takes a little finagling but once you figure out how to use the spider it's pretty nifty. I used it to hold my phone in the bathroom so I could listen to a podcast while I got ready for work. 

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