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Jan 18, 2016

Mardi Gras 2016 Travel & Gadgets

Mardi Gras 2016 is on Tuesday, February 9


Mardi Gras Weather
The weather during Mardi Gras can vary from very cold to very warm, almost hot. Sometimes it will change from one extreme to the other during the same day. It’s a good idea to layer your clothes since a chilly morning may turn into a warm afternoon. Since you will be spending long days outside, pack comfortable shoes and clothes that can get somewhat dirty. The streets tend to get dirty with stuff thrown around, spilled, and tossed. Don’t forget to check the forecast for rain. If storms are predicted, then you’ll definitely want to bring a rain jacket and/or umbrella.

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Cameras
With all things going on and colorful floats and costumes, you will need a camera to grab all the moments. Take a lot of shots to keep the memories of the events. Bring along a good fast digital camera to capture it all. And don't forget an extra media card to store the pictures and videos.
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Smartphone
It is a good idea to get a map of the city and study the areas you'll be visiting. New Orleans is a "checkerboard city" - safe neighborhoods can be within blocks of unsafe areas. Your hotel concierge or front desk can help you with route times, traffic and parking. A smartphone also can come very handy to find recommendation for better areas, view maps (How To: Use Google Maps Offline When Traveling), and find the reviews for local restaurants and other activities.

Watch
Since the events during the Mardi Gras celebration are planned out and per schedule, to see them you would need to get there on time. And it is highly recommended to get there early. That is the only way to get the best viewing spots. 2016 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule
Watches on Amazon.com

Parade routes can look empty, but the crowd can fill in fast within an hour or two of the parade. For the biggest parades rolling in the evenings on the weekend before Mardi Gras, plan to get there about four hours ahead of time to get yourself a great spot.

You Never Know What They’ll Throw.
The screaming crowds line the street waiting for throws from the floats. Some of these can include monogrammed toilet paper, sunglasses shaped like toilets, Spam and hot dogs. Anyone can come home with beads. Though the most sought after souvenirs are the unique throws that are sometimes tossed from the floats with interesting themes. Throws often include toys, stuffed animals, beads and more that would be fun for the kids.
Bring big bags to hold all of the stuff that you will catch. Collapsible bags that are light and compact but open up to large size would be great to pack for this purpose.
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Accessories and Necessities
I would advise clothing with close-able inside pockets and/or a hidden money belt. Crowds, crowds, and more crowds. Float parades draw a lot of attention. But they also draw your attention away from your belongings. Making them a prime areas for pickpockets and such.

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Toilet Paper 
A port-o-potty in the area is very likely not to have any or if there is it will be wet. Hotels will NOT let you in to use the bathroom, same goes for restaurants. Take note.

Hand Sanitizer
For bathroom breaks and many many other uses during the trip

A Small Flashlight
Port-o-potties don’t have lights either. And it can come in handy in hotel room or on the road

Small bottle of water
Important to stay hydrated, especially if consuming alcohol

Extra batteries/chargers for cell phone, camera, and all other accessories that light up

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Sunglasses


Did You Know?:
Why does Mardi Gras fall on different dates each year?
The date of Mardi Gras changes every year because it's connected to Easter, which can fall on any Sunday between March 23 and April 25. Mardi Gras is always scheduled to take place 47 days before Easter.

Do I need to buy Mardi Gras beads and merchandise before my visit?
Not unless you are going to be a rider on a float. If you plan to watch the parades during Mardi Gras, you'll catch so much you won't be able to carry it all!

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Jan 5, 2015

New Year's Resolutions in Travel And Gadgets

New Year's Resolutions in Travel And Gadgets

Jump start your New Year with Wearable Technology


Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband


Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch


Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses


GoPro HERO3+: Silver Edition


JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones


LeapFrog LeapBand

Tech Accessories Deals

Pack Light, ie Don't Over Pack
Packing light makes travel easier, cheaper, and more convenient. But without the proper gear, traveling light is much more difficult. Invest in gear that is designed to help you travel with less before your trip, which can make a big difference


Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale


eBags Large Packing Cubes

Reusable, collapsible water bottle/container
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/252975704043542007


Panasonic DMC-TS25D Waterproof Digital Camera - does double duty and weighs only 0.8 pounds


Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
iPad and other tablets has helped lighten the load of the traveler considerably by providing an alternative to bulkier laptops. This one comes in at only 0.69 pounds

Opt for layers instead of a bulky coat. Your luggage will weigh less and more layers mean more options for more outfit combinations

Columbia Men's Watertight Packable Rain Jacket - I am a big fan of Columbia jackets. I have had one for 15 years and its still has good form and function

Take Great Shots

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 12MP


Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS

Travel Bucket List
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A few of my resolutions for '14 (My New Year Travel Gadgets Resolutions) have materialized. I now have a charging powerpack back by Mophie and we are booked and will be taking off for South America in 2015.

New Year’s Travel Resolutions on TravelandLeisure.com

What Are Your New Year's Resolutions?

9 Apps to Help Keep Your Resolutions:
Fitocracy - Exercise log and online personal trainer
iTunes U - access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools
Khan Academy - learn almost anything for free
Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free
Lose It! – Easy to use Weight Loss Program and Calorie Counter
Restaurant Nutrition
Shoeboxed Receipt and Mileage Tracker
MoneyPad√ - Personal finance manager
Mint Personal Finance

5 Reasons to Travel More in 2015

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