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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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.
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
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!
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
Useful Keychain Danglers
- Perfume - clip it onto your car keys, bag, or jeans hook, it can really travel. Be ready and smelling fresh anywhere you go
- Hand Sanitizer - while traveling you end up in some cool but strange and unknown places. And you also meet folks from various walks of life, touch things, grab on to things, and find things. Keep your hands clean and bacteria free with this travel accessory
- Utility tool - several tools in one taking up less space in your bag, cool
- USB - convenient, small, capless and pocket-sized for easy transport
- Flashlight - light anywhere you go with LED bulbs it will last throughout the entire trip
- Bottle opener -
Apple iPhone/Samsung Galaxy S III
The iPhone is easy to hold and easy to carry. Best of all, it is easy to operate even for first time smartphone users. Smartphones, overall, are nowadays an essential travel gadget. Best Gadgets for Watching Movies While Traveling
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
This latest version of Kindle has great contrast that comes as a result of an innovative integrated lighting system. You still get the easy-on-the-eyes readability and impressively long battery life, but no more need for a book light.
Which travel accessories would you recommend for this summer?
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Guest post by Liz, a blogger for social photography website ViewBug.com
Photography and tech sites always seem to focus on the high-end DSLRs and now the new trend of mirrorless cameras, over the less interesting compact camera category. For most casual photographers, stepping up to a DSLR or mirrorless camera sounds glamorous, but is really past what then actually need, in both budget and usability. You probably already have an old compact and dream about a cool new DLSR or mirrorless camera, but today’s compacts can cover all your photography needs, right in your pocket. With summer finally here, a new compact will be perfect to capture all your summer memories at a moment’s notice, from vacations, outdoor events, parties and you name it. So we’ve gathered a list of 5 of the hottest new compacts from the best camera manufactures to help you decide.
The Olympus features a classic design to appeal to the fans of the earlier days of photography with a metal body, textured grip and more traditional controls. For photos, it snaps at 12 megapixels TruePic VI image processor with 1/2.7-type backlit CMOS sensor. Some of the Olympus best features include its bright lens, full set of manual controls, 120 frames per second high-speed, high-definition video-capture abilities all in a smaller package. The Olympus Stylus XZ-10 is compact but packs a big punch. It has a bright 5x zoom i.ZUIKO lens, which is coated with their ZERO coating, which reduces flare and ghost effects by halving its reflectivity. It uses dual image stabilization and a super macro mode to take images as close as 1 centimeter away. Its iHS CMOS sensor give is DSLR-like performance at low light.
The F900EXR is a compact ‘travel zoom’ camera, making it perfect for the big outdoors this summer. This is Fujifilm’s top of the line compact, with upgraded internals from the F800FXR. While Fujifilm doesn’t have the reputation in the world of DSLRs like the other brands here, they have focused on the compact and travel zoom niche over the past few years. This example packs a 20x optical zoom lens with CMOS-shift image stabilization and a 1/2 inch 16 megapixel EXR CMOS II sensor that you can pack in your pocket. And for macro shots, it can focus as close as 25mm. It also shows off an Intelligent Hybrid autofocus (which they claim is the world’s fastest). One new feature is it can take RAW images, which will grab the interest of more serious photographers. It’s shown here in dark blue and is also available in red and black.
For an extra-slim option, as well as a lower priced one compared to the rest of the list, check out this Pentax. It’s shown here in ruby pink, but is also offered in a dark purple and black if you don’t want a funky color. It actually uses a removable faceplate system with 10 included, which lets you change the look of this style-centric compact. It minimalist case weighs 4.3 ounces and measures 4 inches wide, 2 inches tall and 1 inch thick, but still fits a 16-megapixel CCD sensor, 5x wide zoom optical lens and a 2.7 inch LCD on the back. The wide zoom lens, shake reduction and different aspect ratios (16:9, 4:3 and 1:1) make it a perfect party camera. While the other cameras all offer 1080p video, this more casual compact maxes out at 720p. But note this is about half the price of the higher-end compacts on this list.
This high-end compact competes with the Fujifilm F900EXR as a ‘travel zoom’, with a, 22x NIKKOR ED optical zoom with 18.1 megapixels and a CMOS sensor. It steps up its travel appeal with WiFi and GPS functions, like mapping compass and points-of-interest. While it has a popup flash, this camera shows off a CMOS sensor that can skip the flash in low-light shooting conditions. For those zoom shots, it utilizes a lens-shift Vibration Reduction to keep it steady, along with motion blur reduction and a range of autofocus modes for close shots. And on top of its modern classic camera styling, its body is made of metal to give you that quality feel in your hand. It shown here in a flashy red paint job, but is also offered in black and silver.
While PowerShot cameras are the go-to compact for many people, I’ve chosen to show off something a little different from Canon. It’s a new concept and design in the compact category and is also the smallest of the bunch, with its body not much bigger than its 2.8 inch display. Targeted at a younger, techie crowd, this camera is high-quality in a little package with built in Wi-Fi, allowing users to wirelessly transfer their images to their favorite social networks Canon iMage Gateway. The highlight is the tilt panel with its capacitive touch screen, letting you capture a wide range of angles and get in real close. It also manages to fit in an 8x optical zoom with a 28mm Wide-Angle lens and added Optical Image Stabilizer, letting you grab far out shots and keep it steady. The new PowerShot N comes with 12.1 Megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with their brand new DIGIC 5 Image Processor, which allows for stellar low-light performance. While it lacks some of the standard features and functionality of the traditional compacts, it offers a new style of compact camera photography, perfect for parties, concerts and indoor scenarios.
Are you planning on picking up one of these new compacts this summer? And if you have any to recommend that we didn't list here, please let us know in the comments below!
Bio:Liz is an amateur photographer and gadget addict. She’s also a blogger for social photography website ViewBug.com, where you can compete in photography contests and share your work with their growing community.
This little gadget is for those summer days when getting into a car feels like stepping into an oven. And last thing you want is to sit on something that is already hot before your body heat even gets there. This self-cooling seat is constructed microfiber and circulates air throughout the seat, cooling it down. It plugs into your car's cigarette lighter and runs off of 1.5 volts. It comes with an auto shut-off that shuts off after an hour. It can be used with or without your car's air conditioner, depending on the level of cooling power that you need.
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1.2 Meeno Baby Cool Me Seat Liner Infant Bucket
Just like the seat cushion for the driver, this one is for the tiny passengers. They too can find comfort in the heat of the summer. This seat liner regulates temperatures to keep your child cool and comfortable when traveling or out and about.
2. Handy Cooler www.myhandycooler.com This personal cooling device works by blowing moist air in a small workspace or outdoors. Super convenient, quiet, and small. It can be packed along for a trip. This cooling device operates off of four "AA" batteries or can be attached to a USB. With this useful gadget you can create air conditioning anywhere you are. It is able to cool the air up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also add water to it to take advantage of even more refreshment.
3. USB Eco Wear Shirt
This invention just might be one of the coolest gadgets. Of course it helps that it keeps you cool during sweltering summer months. This air-conditioned shirt plugs into your USB port on your computer or uses your cars cigarette lighter for power. It also can operate from batteries if away from home or your car. This cool cotton shirt could be a great gadget for business traveler that has to put on a suit in scorching heat. That is If you don't mind looking like the Michelin man while the shirt is on.
4. Case to keep your smartphone cool
We all put our phones in our pockets, I know I do. While it might be convenient, in the heat, the sweat and moisture in your pocket are really bad for your phone. A tip to keep it safe is to put the phone in a silicone case, if not already in some kind of casing. At the very least, keep the case-side of the phone toward your skin. Less attractive though still effective solution is to put it in a Ziploc bag to keep the moisture out.
5.1 iPhone Fan
An ingenious idea. It is one thing to have an app on an inside that tells you that is hot outside. This one is an external gadget that is applied to the phone. iPhone Fan attaches to the phone’s charging dock and works off the phone's charge though uses minimal power. It is compatible with iPod Touch and all 5+ iPhones.
6. Ice Bandanna (TM) -
It is an ice pack built into the bandanna. Just the thought cools you down. No need to hold an ice pack in your hand or dump cold water on yourself. Plus, I think this gadget can come in very handy during travel as part of a first aid kit to ice bumps and bruises.
Did You Know?:
Heat and batteries do not work well together. Keep your phones and computers out of direct sunlight when it's hot. Don't leave your laptops running on the couch or a cushion – it can't expel the hot air.
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