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May 31, 2016

How To Travel Light With Your Family To the Beach


Summer Beach Packing Guide

It's Summer Time which means lugging a million things to the beach or pool, right? WRONG.

Here's my quick guide on how to travel (relatively) light with your infant or toddler to the beach this summer!

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Gear:

Schylling Infant UV Playshade – it’s a must – under 2 lb and becomes huge. Like a little playhouse that’s protected from harmful rays, harsh sun and has ventilation: http://amzn.to/248q6lpb An adult or two children can fit in there comfortably. A perfect place to discreetly breastfeed too or put a baby down for a nap. Or just fill it with sand and toys and your little one has a little play area sheltered from the sun. You can even get a little pool (like this) and fill with water. Instant fun!

Swimways Baby Spring Float (Pool only): http://amzn.to/1rr0Rfj
We used this only in the pool. The waves at the beach made me skeptical. It protects the baby from the sun and allows them to safely float and move their legs and arms. Folds flat.

Apparel:

Imse Vimse Water Shoes (Infant): http://amzn.to/1VH5RJf
Super cute and perfect for tiny feet. Keeps early walkers safe in the sand and the shoes float!

Swim shoes (toddler): http://amzn.to/1Tm7x8j - little feet are very sensitive and even the softest sand may have a sharp sea shell, we don’t take chances. Get those with a strap, the pull ones are too hard to put on

iPlay Hat with TIES: http://amzn.to/1TfRvcl If it is windy, you will certainly want to make sure the hat doesn't fly or float away. We've lost more than 1 hat before.

Rashguards: http://amzn.to/1Tm73iB - cute and comfy – guarantee the baby won’t burn the shoulders and back which are most sensitive to exposed sun – we didn’t bring any traditional swimsuits – they either do not cover or are impossible to take off if your little one is not potty trained.

Sunglasses: http://amzn.to/217auwc In the water, on the way to lunch, she always wore shades. Go for something lightweight and comfortable

Swim vest: http://amzn.to/1Tm7jxO Yes, floaties are cute, but this keeps the child above the water at all times and gives them mobility in the arms – she wore it every day to the ocean

Toys:

Toys, toys and more toys! http://amzn.to/1Qk1oEdand http://amzn.to/1PDeS0L aka FREE BABYSITTER - bring tons of shapes, shovels, and buckets – guaranteed 30 min of peace ;)

TIP: when getting sand toys, get a mesh bag so that even if wet or sandy, it will all shake out before you get home. Also, try to get buckets that stack into each other to maximize space

Care items: diapers, sunscreen and other musts:

Swim diapers: http://amzn.to/1Tm7b1y Save on space and get swim diapers instead of disposable. Not recommended if your child tends to go #2 in diapers

Swim diapers (disposable): We've tried them all, Pampers has great disposable ones. They are softer than Huggies and more durable. I recommend a fresh change after every hour in the water. Bring about 10 for 3 hrs of beach time. Put them in a quart Ziploc and squeeze air out.

Baby Powder: http://amzn.to/1OeHAkz You will thank me later! It takes off all the wet sand so you can reapply sunscreen without issue!

Noodle & Boo Sunscreen we love it: http://amzn.to/2174QKk

LureLux Natural Bug Repellent: http://amzn.to/1SIEwAt

Natural Hand Sanitizer Spray Original Scent: http://amzn.to/1TFZ2UU

Thermos Sippy Cup: http://amzn.to/1SGjVjN
Love this! We have it and the thermos straw bottle. It’s perfect in hot and cold weather, especially at the beach when sippy cups warm up extremely quickly

Hooded towel: http://amzn.to/1sRSytW Adorable and so functional. After the beach or pool, I quickly put this on my little one and they are dry and warm. Its very light and folds thin so there's no bulk of the beach towels

Snack holder: http://amzn.to/1Z3Bw5X I was THAT mom with flimsy Ziploc bags that quickly turned into a mess in the sand. These prevent snacks of coming out of the container and has easy access for little hands.

For the mom and dad:

Beach umbrella: http://amzn.to/1TLQxJx It weights around 9 lb but is super sleek and can be carried on a shoulder with built-in strap. Expands really big. Great shade

Sand Repellent Blanket: http://amzn.to/1WXp6PL I hate pesky sand that gets on the blanket or towels. This blanket is really cool and dries quickly and sand doesn't stick to it.

Best on the go beach bag/diaper bag: http://amzn.to/24ugvVo
This bag has a separate compartment for a cooler which has helped us organize and ensure everything is temperature regulated (formula, milk, snacks, even meds).

Cooler tote: http://amzn.to/1Z3BzyE Light and padded - keeps everything cold without the bulk of a traditional cooler - freeze water bottles before heading out and there's no need for ice or bulky ice packs

Towel holders: http://amzn.to/1Qk1Imv We discovered this on the windy beaches of Aruba and have been using them ever since


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May 23, 2016

5 Cool New Bike Gadgets To Hit The Road This Summer

5 Cool New Bike Gadgets To Hit The Road This Summer


Bicycle has been a mode of transportation for centuries. It is making a come back in small and large cities as an alternative to gas powered automobiles for shorter commutes. Bicycling is the greener convenient transportation.

Cargo Scooter
Image via indiegogo
Similar to cargo bike but smaller and best for shorter distances. Cargo scooter would be convenient for trips to store or as a transport to not carry you bags. Put suitcase on the front cargo rack, then scoot down to the train or bus station. Transfer suitcase on the bus rack, fold up the scooter, put that next to the suitcase, and you are ready to go. It is compact enough to fold up neatly in small spaces.

TagaBikes
www.tagabikes.com
A bike with a stroller built in. You can bike around with your little one, go to park, around the neighborhood, or sightseeing. And when you need to go into a store, museum, or similar, you can fold up the bike to convert it into a full size stroller. Convenient and fun transportation for both of you.

Carry your pet on your bike. Similar to the bike stroller for parents and kids, this bike add-on is for transporting you and your pooch safely. Made specificallyfor carrying small-sized pets securely and legally on a motorcycle, scooter or bicycle.

Bike Light/Camera
Bike lights are quite useful to make the biker visible to traffic. This innovation on tried and proved bike gadget not only works as a bike light but has a built in camera to record what is happening around you while on a bike trip. Could be used for great scenic videos or to review what happened if something occurs on the road.
Cycliq Fly6 HD Camera and Rear LED Light

Scuba Biking - Image: Instagram Techieattire


Biking Accessories
CamRah Bike Phone Mount Kit with Mounted Bicycle Light

Bike Light
Bicycle Roswheel Rear Seat Trunk Bag
Bike Mount for smartphone
Mini Bike Pump with Bonus Glueless Puncture Repair Kit

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May 19, 2016

Travel News - Gadget Related - May


Travel News - Gadget Related - May


From Travel Sites & Blogs:

Google's Project Fi for Travelers: It's Great, If You Can Use It
Google Project Fi is a new US-based cell service that is able to switch automatically between the T-Mobile and Sprint networks as needed, and you could call and text over Wi-fi. Also included are free texts, $0.20/min calls and data at $10 per GB. With no annual contract required.
https://fi.google.com/about/

A sneak peek at Google’s upcoming travel app, Trips
techcrunch.com/2016/04/29/a-sneak-peek-at-googles-upcoming-travel-app-trips

Review: Skross World Adapter MUV USB
traveltech.about.com/Review-Skross-World-Adapter-MUV-USB


Features of gaming gadgets to travel with
outoftownblog.com/features-of-gaming-gadgets-to-travel-with

Travel Tip: Apps for Packing, Lost Luggage, and Food Allergies
petergreenberg.com/2016/04/29/travel-tip-travel-apps

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Traveling Mom
jmanandmillerbug.com/2016/05/mothers-day-gift-ideas-traveling-mom.html


Mother's Day Travel Tech Gift Guide
traveltechgadgets.com/2016/05/mothers-day-travel-tech-gift-guide.html

JetBlue Rewards Passengers Every Time a Baby Cries During Flight
cntraveler.com/stories/2016-05-03/jetblue-rewards-passengers-every-time-a-baby-cries-during-flight

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May 16, 2016

6 Coolest Travel Gadgets Currently in Crowdfunding - May


6 Coolest Travel Gadgets Currently in Crowdfunding - May

GeoOrbital Wheel | Make your bike electric in 60 seconds
kickstarter.com/projects/1266381423/geoorbital-wheel-make-your-bike-electric-in-60-sec

RinseKit: The Revolutionary Portable Shower
kickstarter.com/projects/rinsekit/rinsekit-the-revolutionary-portable-shower


STABYLIZR — Your GoPro® Camera Stabilizer
kickstarter.com/projects/stabylizr/stabylizr-your-gopro-camera-stabilizer
This is one of the smallest stabilizers I have seen for GoPro cameras. The other ones are lot bulkier and longer with a lot more casing, which would not be great for travel. This one is compact and could be great instead of a basic selfie stick to get more steady shots and videos.

Jiffy- The Charger That Keeps On Giving
kickstarter.com/projects/689033452/jiffy-the-charger-that-keeps-on-giving
Hand cranked charger that can charge your device anywhere, without electricity sockets. Jiffy has 2200mA capacity that can simultaneously charge 6 smart phones with 4” screens that are navigating the internet through Wi-Fi, or 4 smart phones that are navigating the internet through 3G.

KuPower - The most advanced PowerBank with Storage!
kickstarter.com/projects/1990477474/kupower-the-most-advanced-powerbank-with-storage
A powerbank that has the ability to protect your devices battery life while providing extra storage. It has 5500mAh battery and up to 128GB of storage


Roamkey - Faster, Safer, OTG & Multi-Functional Charger
kickstarter.com/projects/105242199/roamkey-faster-safer-otg-and-multi-functional-char

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May 12, 2016

What To Pack For Vacation With An Infant


What To Pack For Vacation For a Child Under 1

In the past two years, our daughter has traveled 4 states and 2 countries. We love traveling and within reason, we bring our kiddo along.

A lot of parents have recently inquired about what to bring for a child under 1 years of age. Some of the items, I still bring with me for my 2 year old but most of the below items were extremely useful when she was an infant/toddler.
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May 9, 2016

Memorial Day - Summer Start - Travel Start

Must Have Travel Gadgets for Summer


Memorial Day (May 30,2016) is the official kickoff for the summertime travel season. So that mean that the airports will be hopping. Expect the roads to be packed with people making the most out of their four-day weekend as well. I have put together a graph of the worst travel days during the holidays here: Top Holidays for Travel & Their Rating. Weekends are the busiest travel days during the summer and holidays.

Video Camera
Videos are the new photos. Maybe not. But videos are a lot more prevalent and easier to shoot then ever before.  With a portable video camera you can grab videos throughout your travel and enhance your post-trip memories. Cameras, such as the GoPro line, are great for taking videos above water as well as in the water for some action shots. You would want one with great stability and resolution as your subjects and you are unlikely to stand still.

Camera
Summer time is fun time. And fun time needs to be captured. A good camera can grab a shot, a great camera can take a picture of the moment worthy of all your social media. I like cameras that are able to multi-task and take great shots. This is especially important for travel so you do not have to drag multiple cameras and all of their accessories. That is why for our trips, I like the waterproof, and shockproof Olympus Tough Digital Camera. It can take the bumps and shakes of a trip and still take great shots.


mophie Powerstation (4000mAh)
Chargers
These are essential for any summer travel. All of the gadgets and entertainment devices depend on chargers for their life line. Smartphones and tablets need a power pack, such as the Anker PowerCore, to keep them going. Photo and video cameras need their batteries charged or powered up via a USB or DC source. DVD players, radios, and so on also need batteries or a way to plug in their plugs. So travel DC adapter wall charger units are also a great idea to pack.

Waterproof Case
Summer activities large percent of the time include water or other liquids. A waterproof case for your devices would keep them safe and you sane and not missing out on things because of water damage during your vacation trip.

Wi-Fi
It would not be a kick off of summer without official postings of displaying and saluting the flag, barbecues, hanging out at the beach on Instagram or Facebook. To make sure you can post your pictures quickly and without inquiring data costs, you would need access to a good Wi-Fi source.
To make sure your information is safe use private virtual network while traveling, such as Private Internet Access, that will encrypt all of your internet traffic and protect your identity.

Reading Material
In the world of reading in 20th century, no gadget can beat the versatility, storage, and accessibility of Amazon Kindle. Its a great e-book to take just about anywhere with you. It is easy to load up with books and magazines. The device is quick to turn on, light, has easy to see screen, easy to flip through pages. And most importantly it substitutes multiple books and/or magazine in one compact package.

Bluetooth Speakers
On the plane and train you likely would want to keep the music to yourself and plug in noise-cancelling headphones. Though summer time is also a more social time. Hanging out outdoors is more likely as are barbecues, pool parties, and beach outings. During these events you can share your tunes with the group with a set of great sounding yet portable wireless speakers.

Related articles:
Summer is just around the corner - enjoy the sun, protect your skin
6 Gadgets to Keep You Cool This Summer
10 Great Travel Gadgets That Fit on Your Keychain
National Flashlight Day
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Sunglasses
It is important to safeguard your eyes from direct rays of sun during the year. But it is even more important during the summer as there are more sunny day and the sun is also stronger.

Cooling Accessories


Did You Know?:
Meaning of Memorial Day





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