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Fathom Quarterly Subscription Box Review #TRV01

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Fathom Quarterly Subscription Box Review #TRV01 Box

Fathom is one of the newest Quarterly curators, and this is their first box. Here is their bio from Quarterly:

Fathom is the website for passionate travelers – whether they’re jumping on a plane tomorrow or planning a new adventure. The Fathom Quarterly box is packed with their favorite, time-tested can’t-leave-home-without-them travel products.

This box was sent to us early for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Fathom Quarterly Subscription Box Review #TRV01 Items

The Subscription Box: Fathom Quarterly Box

The Cost: $100 (plus $8 shipping)

The Products: Items to make travel easier and more fun.

Ships to: US and Worldwide (Additional shipping costs for International subscribers).

Fathom Quarterly Subscription Box Review #TRV01 Letter

Each Quarterly box comes with a letter from the curator detailing the items included and why they were selected.  The theme for this box:

The cool and clever products in this collection will make you a better traveler, a smarter packer, and the most unruffled person at the airport.

Fathom Quarterly Subscription Box Review #TRV01 Dubs

DUBS Acoustic Filters – Value $25

These DUBS are new to me – and they get great reviews. They are designed to minimize noise pollution without interfering with sound quality. So they should work great for concerts, airplane sounds, etc.

BAGGU 3D Zip Bag in Mint Stripe – Value $8

This is my second green and white striped baggu bag this month! (They other one is thanks to the March Kloverbox). I love all things baggu, so I’m happy to have a matching set!

Fathom Quarterly Subscription Box Review #TRV01 Ursa Major

URSA MAJOR Travel Kit:

Face Wipes (3) Value $3.60

Face Balm (.5 oz) Value $12

Face Wash (2 oz) – Value $10

Ursa Major is one of my favorite brands – and it is a men’s line! They make all natural grooming products, and many of the items work great for women too. (Like all three items sent in this travel kit). My husband absolutely loves the cleaner, and I love the herbal scent of the face balm. It’s a little more lightweight than most face balms, so that’s perfect for Spring/Summer weather. And individually wrapped face wipes are always a win!

Fathom Quarterly Subscription Box Review #TRV01 Adapter

Flight 001 4-In-1 Travel Adapter – Value $25

The design of this travel outlet adapter is brilliant, and it gets great reviews on Amazon too. Now I just need to travel outside of the US!

This Is Ground Cord Taco – Value $10

This leather “taco” hold headphones, charger cables, etc. I received a set of three in our February Birchbox Man, so I’m personally not too excited about this item – but I think it is an appropriate inclusion for the box.

Fathom Quarterly Subscription Box Review #TRV01 Cards

Fathom’s Games for the Road

This little folded card includes 4 games to keep you from getting bored. (They designed it to fit within the deck of cards).

SOLA Playing Cards – Value $10

I’ve always like the colors and designs from Sisters of Los Angeles, and I’ll store this extra card deck in my suitcase.

Fathom Quarterly Subscription Box Review #TRV01 Instagram

Artifact Uprising Instagram Friendly Photo Book – Value $25

The unique coupon code on the back of the card is good for a free 5.5″ X 5.5″ 40 page book, and it covers the shipping costs as well.

I love the idea of getting a book for each trip you take – this is probably my favorite item in the box!

Fathom Quarterly Subscription Box Review #TRV01 Postcards

Fathom Postcards – Value $5?

Fathom also included 3 postcards from their own collection.

Verdict: I think Fathom did a great job at curation for this box – I can see myself using every item for travel, and they introduced me to a few new brands as well. The value of this box is about $133. I think that’s pretty good for a Quarterly box. It’s not as high as I would like, but it’s well over the cost of the box, so no complaints.

What do you think of the first Fathom Quarterly box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

13 Comments

  1. Boy, am I glad I cancelled this box.

    With international shipping to Europe, this box would have been $130.00.

    I still do not understand, why this box shipped internationally, given that two of the most expensive items (adapter, photobook) cannot be used outside of the US.

    I used to have eight Quarterly subs, now down to one bc of thoughless curation. Wonder if Quarterly will still be around for long.

    • I have a somewhat similar adapter and use it with a hair dryer purchased in Germany when I travel to other countries that use a 220v. I don’t think it is only for converting North American plugs.

      • The Fathom box adapter converts American 110V to worldwide used 220V, so you cannot use it with regular 220V devices. Your adapter just makes the plug fitting.

  2. I ended up dropping the box before it charged. I don’t feel one way or another about the box. Everything is useful, but I have similar items except for the adapter.

  3. I was disappointed in this box, but I’m not sure if I would have returned if quarterly still offered free returns. My favorite item is the adapter. The dubs area going to sell on eBay. I have tons of skincare, but if Liz thinks it’s good, then it’s worth a try. I’m planning to do the photo book when I get around to it.

    • Since this box was so bad (after the pop sugar resort box review, I’m mad about wasting money on this one), I’m considering cancelling travel noire before they charge me. I haven’t cancelled yet since I’m getting free shipping on it, but I will bas d on the next spoiler.

      The first spoiler is a pamphlet on tips to book cheaper flights. Are they serious? Sounds like a joke that they would spoil that item. Seems completely useless to me since I highly doubt they will give out any info that most travelers don’t already know.

      • I am also wondering about the first spoiler from Travel Noire and waiting for the second one. Check out old post here from a couple of weeks ago on Quarterly Spring Box Spoiler. Zim from Travel Noire commented and responded to my question about the pamphlet. If she is talking about system glitch, it usually only last a moment and we have to decide the getaway in a split second. I cannot decide whether I should get the box or not…

  4. I make a photo book after every trip and I love having all my photos nicely laid out in a book to show people!

  5. I agree with the others–I think this is a great box if you are just getting into traveling overseas. I have very similar items already. At that price, I am really glad I skipped it.

  6. As a frequent traveler (I fly out of the country at least once a year and domestically once a month), I was initially excited to get this box but I canceled right before I would have been charged since I was having second thoughts. I’m glad I opted out. It’s a lovely box with excellent curation but I really don’t need any of the items and would have felt like I wasted money since the value is just about even with the shipping cost. I suppose I wouldn’t be the ideal person for this box but it is fantastic for a beginner traveler. The only thing I would have loved is that 4-in-one adapter since I am in need of one like that, but I just bought it on Amazon for $25 with free Prime shipping so I’m happy with saving the $83 and extra stuff I don’t need.

  7. I enjoyed your review! I get excited every time I see a travel themed box. I have never bought Quarterly box and I didn’t get this one after seeing the spoiler. I like the Baggu and the travel adopter. I will consider buying this adopter. I might get large Baggu for packing shoes. Hitha’s box had Hudson+Bleecker shoe bag that retails for $64! I wouldn’t pay that much. Plus Baggu’s large size is almost the same size and it is collapsible when you only have one pair or flats versus H+B is more structured. This small size will be good for cosmetics/toiletries or packing electronics/cords.

    Liz, PLEASE post when you get another spoiler for Travel Noire… I am still undecided to get the box or not. Do you know when they ship?

  8. I think it was well curated… for beginner travelers. I had hoped as a travel box it would have something more unique vs. just things I have already purchased or accumulated over the years. At least they will be items that are extras or easy to pass along. Unfortunately, since the value wasn’t there for me, I am trying to decide if it is worth it to stick with the sub for one more box in an attempt to get something new and fun. Hopefully spoilers will help me decide!

  9. I signed up for this box as soon as it was offered, but decided to drop it when Quarterly made all of their shipping and money back changes. Now that I see what was in it and the overall value I can’t say that I am torn up about my decision to cancel it. I suppose I would have been fine with it had I decided to keep it, but I don’t feel like I missed out.

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