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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
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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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Dec 28, 2015

Women's Travel Gadgets Made With Women Travelers in Mind

Travel Gadgets Made With Women Travelers in Mind


During the research for this post, I came across mostly beauty travel products when searching for additional travel gadgets for women. Most of the articles came back with makeup kits, creams, lotions, and sunscreen. While some of these are essential for travel, I don't believe it provides a good list and misrepresents what women need for their travel tech accessories.
So here is  a list I pulled together

Useful Women's Travel Gadgets Guide

Anker PowerCore
Smartphone is the most important travel gadget. None of them last long enough. For that reason, a powerpack is essential to keep it charged up. My wife loves the Anker PowerCore as it has a lot of juice and also light and compact.

Skullcandy introduces Women’s headphones and earbuds collection
“The truth is there are real anatomical, acoustical, and behavioral differences in how male and female consumers experience our product...."
coolest-gadgets.com/skullcandy-introduces-womens-headphones-earbuds-collection



Health and Hygiene

You do not need to bring all your hair gadgets. You can use your straightener to curl your hair, or your curling iron to straighten your hair. There are quite a few YouTube videos that show how to use either one of these techniques.



¿Dónde está el baño? – 10 Toilet Tips for Female Travelers
http://herpackinglist.com/2015/08/toilet-tips-for-female-travelers/

GoGirl
If you have not heard about this one and travel quite a bit, you should find out more about it and others like it. go-girl.com/what-is-gogirl

GoGirl Female Urination Device


Luggage and Bags


http://kellymoorebag.com/


Lowepro Passport Sling DSLR Camera Bag

  
Vera Bradley Grand Traveler in Indigo Pop
Travel tote that fits onto your carry-on, and has 4 compartments to thrown in and manage all of your necessities

How Do You Choose the Best Women's Backpack?

10 Purse Must Have Items

Convenient Stylish Storage


SHOLDIT Womens Premium Infinity Clutch Wrap Scarf

GirlyGoGarter Women's Garter with Pockets
Holds your phones and passports. Can also fit tickets, and other paper such a cash.

BANDI Bandiwear Headband Hatch
Small pocket for key or cash

HipS-sister Left Coast Small/Medium Hip Pack
Three convienient pockets, front top loading, front zipper and back zippered


Travel Bra Stash - Pocket Bra - Travel Bra Wallet

Smartwatch
Motorola has a version of its newest smartwatch, Moto 360, specifically designed for women
Moto 360 women's collection:

https://www.motorola.com/us/products/motomaker/FLEXR8


Apple Watch Hermès


Pebble Time Round 14mm Smartwatch


goTenna


When there's no cell coverage or wifi, goTenna wirelessly pair to your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth-LE. Now you can send and recieve texts or share a location using goTenna's free offline maps with others that have goTenna on them.
GoTenna Lets You Text Your Friends Even When There's No Signal

Flashlights
National Flashlight Day
http://traveltechgadgets.blogspot.com/2015/12/national-flashlight-day.html

Offbeat Women's Travel Gadget

Tampon Flash Drive
Could be a good solution to store and protect your important files when traveling. This USB tampon-shaped flash drive might be weird, even embarrassing for some, but think again – no self-respecting thief out there would want to steal your tampons. https://www.meninos.com/int/tampon-flash-drive.html

Wine Bag
menu Baggy Winecoat
a stylish and practical wine bag ideal for picnics, romantic beach diners, and other alfresco occasions that require meals away from home


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