I’ve tried a few travel-themed subscription services, but I’m always up for another. After seeing some ads for Cairn on Facebook, I was curious to see how something like this could end up benefitting Generation-Y travelers who either love the outdoors or need some portable items to take with them on their travels. Here’s what I found when I opened up the Cairn box that was sent to me.
The box sent to me included five items. Along with a discount coupon to Klymit for 25% off any purchase online, they also included a travel pillow, Munk Pack Oatmeal Squeeze, Sierra Sage Bugs Be Gone spray, and freeze-dried Neapolitan Ice Cream from Mountain House. Since we are in the dead of winter here in New York, I didn’t get to try out the bug spray, but the other items were tested.
Munk Pack Oatmeal Squeeze.
I must admit, I’m terrible when it comes to packing food properly while hiking. I usually just throw in a bunch of granola bars because it’s easy and doesn’t require much though or effort to put something together. However, a granola bar only tides you over for so long, so something a bit more substantial but still super easy to consume seems like the perfect answer.
Hence, the Munk Pack Oatmeal Squeeze with blueberry and acai berries included. The pouch is easy to transport and has an intense screw cap, so you don’t need to worry about it coming off when in your pack. I liked how it wasn’t too sweet—I feel like it would have included a lot of sugar to make it taste good, but the fact that it wasn’t too saccharine made it enjoyable. At only 100 calories, I wish it would have packed it a bit more punch in that regard, but overall it’s something I would definitely take on my hike with me.
Klymit X Pillow.
I felt like this item was the most useful to Generation-Y travelers because it’s so easy to carry around! At three inches deflated, it takes about two seconds to blow up and it much more convenient than those bulky travel pillows. Because it’s so small, it’s the perfect thing to slip into your carry-on or even into your coat pocket if you want to sleep on your flight. The x design also offers a stable resting place for your head—ideal for when you want to rest for a few hours.
Mountain House Neapolitan Ice Cream.
I had no idea what to expect when I went to try this. I was actually a little hesitant because it sounded more like a gimmick than something that would actually taste good. Though it wasn’t the best ice cream I ever had, I was surprised by how much like a Neapolitan bar it tasted like—especially when you placed it in your mouth and let it sit there for a while. Mine was a bit crumbled when it came out of the box, but I would recommend it for the novelty and for the taste.
What I liked about the Cairn box is the idea that every item included had a purpose. Also, for those who backpack or are conscientious about how much space they are using, this had some items that would really be helpful—especially if you aren into adventure travel.
Cairn comes with four plans for your subscription: 1 month for $25, 6-month for $22.50 a month, 12-month for $21.67, and Obsidian for $199 every three months.
For dedicated hikers and travelers, I would recommend the 6-month to get started, and then to move up from there if you still like the products they’re sending.
Thanks to Cairn for letting me review the product!