Love This Hands Free Smartphone Case: An AstridTravel Essential

Losing your smartphone while traveling is something no solo traveler wants to experience, especially a travel blogger like me who uses her phone to take oodles of photos. Yes, your smartphone is a vital travel device that helps keep you safe, connected, informed and ready for that special selfie.

For the last three years I have been using a wonderful tech accessory that has become a travel essential for me. I found this chic and practical phone cover while browsing through one of my fashion magazines. The short blurb with a photo explained, now there is an attractive, hand free cell phone accessory offered by Bandolier that allows you to instantly access your device that can also eliminate the need for a purse. What a concept, this really caught my attention even though it took me six months to buy my first one.

Before I invested in this new concept, I went through Bandolier’s entire website and read everything about their products. The company makes smartphone covers for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy 5/SE. There are many styles and colors which are constructed from leather, vegan, or even snake skin with a price point range of $70-$135 depending on the size of the phone and what type of material used for the cover. It comes with a one-year warranty for normal wear and tear. If the cover can’t be repaired, the company will replace it with a similar type. One caveat, the warranty is only in effect if you bought it directly from Bandolier and not from a third party vendor. 

Two other Bandolier products I have yet to try are the Smartphone Pouch and the Bandolet. The pouch, priced at $60, is a new item that easily clips over the Bandolier hands free case. This added accessory lets you take more than just a credit card and driver’s license that the standard case does. It accommodates your lipstick, keys, compact or other small items. Voila! No purse needed.

The Bandolet is similar to the regular hands free case except there is a small chain detail that lets you hook your phone to your purse, belt loop or any other thing you would like to hang the phone on instead of hanging it long across the body which is the case for the original model. Though not as wonderful and practical as the long strap model, I still see the value in this option.

My experience with the original hands free model has been great. I just bought my third one, black leather with gunmetal studs, for my upcoming trip to Venice. Currently, I have the model with the gold Chanel like chain, which I love.  I routinely get compliments on the look and the usefulness of this accessory. It is now permanently attached to my phone and not just used when I am traveling. Rummaging around in my purse to find my phone or misplacing it somewhere is a thing of the past!

The best place to buy Bandolier products is directly from their website but they are also sold at specialty retail outlets in most every state. This info can be found, likewise, on this site. I can’t shout my praises enough about this wonderful, chic tech wearable created by a group of Hollywood insiders who wanted a hands free stylish smartphone accessory that would allow you to be ready for anything including phone calls, texts, emails or a photo taking opportunity. Treat yourself to this high tech, high fashion piece. You’ll love it!

As always I value all feedback and am happy to answer any questions about this blog post or any other solo travel subject. 

Enjoy this video giving you a good idea what the Bandolier smartphone hands free case is all about. 

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