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Feb 29, 2016

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - February

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - February

Soon your new gadgets will come with a new type of Wi-Fi. This new version will be made for not just gadgets, but for the network of connected devices in your home that would be part of Internet of Things. Wi-Fi HaLow (pronounced halo) doubles the distance and cuts the power consumption of traditional Wi-Fi. While most modern routers operate in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum, HaLow transmits in the 900MHz band. This band transmits twice as far as the 2.4GHz standard and offers better wall penetration. It is mostly useful and the hope if for it to become the standard for wearable devices where Bluetooth radios are used now.

Future iPhones Could Come With Li-Fi For Superfast Internet

Motorcycle Gadgets
How are you supposed to know when a car is getting uncomfortably close?
That's where Garmin thinks it can help. As part of a larger CES launch, it's unveiling a Varia Vision headset that not only gives you vital cycling data (directions, notifications and performance), but teams up with the Varia rearview radar to warn about traffic behind you. You'll know about trouble right away without losing focus. Read more here

Customize Your Soundscape
Craft your perfect sound environment with the new selective noise cancellation technology by HARMAN. And by selective they mean you are actually able to select, via an app, the sounds that you do want to come through. These would sounds of horns, bike bells, and your name being called. The rest get tuned out.

Volvo wants you to Netflix and drive

Volvo Concept 26

You Can Soon Talk To Your Volvo With The Microsoft Band 2

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Google Glass 2.0 Will Not Be Cheap

Lenovo Yoga Mouse and Remote Control
This slim mouse/remote hybrid will make a great travel companion — just like Lenovo’s Yoga laptops. The Yoga starts out completely flat, where you can use it as a remote to control presentations, movies, or music playing on your laptop. But give it a twist and it shifts into a downward dog shape, with the perfect ergonomic angle to rest your hand on for use as a mouse. A rechargeable battery gives it about a month of battery life, which makes it easy to toss into your laptop bag without having to worry about whether you’ve plugged it in (or whether you’re carrying spare batteries). Available: April 2016

Ili Wearable Translator
it automatically translates your message aloud in the language of your choice. (Currently, it works in English, Japanese and Chinese, with plans to expand to French, Thai, Korean, Spanish, Italian and Arabic.) Ili is rather unique in that it doesn’t require an Internet connection, instead having a built-in dictionary of 50,000 words. tech that could make international travel a lot easier.

New Airplane Design with Detachable Cabin
A concept for redesign of an airplane would have an entire passenger cabin detach in mid-flight from a troubled aircraft. The detached passenger compartment would then float harmlessly to the ground under a couple of huge parachutes. Its landing would be cushioned by massive inflatable rubber bumpers.

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Feb 25, 2016

Family Trip To DR With A Toddler - A Week Without A Screen!

Family Trip To DR With A Toddler - A Week Without A Screen!

Earlier in the month we traveled to Dominican Republic and one of its all-inclusive resorts. We like these as you get there put your bags down and you are good for the rest of the trip. You know 99% of the cost of the vacation already. Most of the activities and outings are pre-planned. Just need to carry your key card around and nothing else. Drinks, food, beach towels and chairs, all are included.

We have been to this resort before. And that was a major consideration when we were planning our second vacation with a toddler. Knowing the layout of the resort, where the food is and what kind of restaurants and meals offered, made the week a lot easier. And since we did not have to run around to find places, we got the vacation started earlier.
This is quite different from one of the cruises we were on. We were on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. Usually it takes me about a day to orient myself and be able to navigate without a map. On this ship, it took me 3 days to figure out where the restaurants, entertainment and the pools were. And even then, we ended up going the wrong way a couple of times. While the trip was nice overall, the layout made it a bit more stressful than needed to be.

The resort has changed a bit since last we were there. Less structurally, though there were some small rearrangements, but more in terms of clientele. The vacationers were mostly families with kids and seniors. There were plenty of those before, though this time these two groups made up around 98% of the population.

Traveling with toddler, even in all-inclusive, adds on a few things to consider and to plan out. After two days, we figured out the schedule and balance between food, swimming, napping, more swimming, entertainment and sleep. The first days were test and trial, but once kiddo got comfortable and we stuck to the schedule, it was smooth sailing.

We lucked out with the week we were vacationing at the resort. On our last supper there, it was a crazy time. New arrivals came to the buffet like vultures. They were lining up for food 10 or more deep, grabbing everything and then some and also grumbling. We were actually glad we had only breakfast the next day and then we are off.

At the resort, they charged extra for weighing your bags before departure. We were very glad that we brought our own digital luggage scale to save money at the airport and also ended up saving it at the hotel also.

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Travel Gadgets & Travel Hacks

Razor Travel Hack
On this trip I tried out a shaving razor hack (see pic below). I have a travel case for it but it is bulky and plastic, making it hard to pack and takes up too much space. Instead you put a clip on top of the razor to cover up the blade so it does not catch on anything, and then you can stick it anywhere. I placed it within my grooming pack with all other stuff for easy and convenient storage.
Travel hack = works!

Right before the trip we bought the DRY PAK Waterproof Wallet. The previous one I was using fell apart and we needed a waterproof container to hold our room card. It had decent reviews on Amazon. However, was not great in execution. The card was not dry after just first use. The inside was damp and visibly wet. The pocket was sealed as supposed to with the latches fully engaged. While it was better then using a zip lock bag or just having the card in the swimsuit pocket, it didn't work as described. I filled it with water to rinse after first use and found out why it didn't work - there was a whole in the pocket.
After the trip I contacted Amazon and seller describing what happened with the product. Without hesitation, they sent out a new pocket within a day. That was a superb experience and look forward to trying it out again.

Selfie Stick
The selfie sticks were more prominent during this trip then any other one we have taken. They were on the beach and all over the resort. People were taking their sticks and phones right into the ocean. I really hoped that they had some kind of waterproof protection on their phones or phones that are at the least water resistant

What would want, like to have, on next trip:
Gotenna, or similar communication device


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Feb 22, 2016

Family Trip to DR - What To Pack

Family Trip to DR - What To Pack
A post contributed by my wife who does all of the packings for our trips ;)

We recently came back from our 2nd international beach trip with our toddler. A friend is now going with her 2-year-old and as I started putting the list together for her of things to take along, I thought I’d share it with other parents who are probably scratching their heads at the multitude of options available and which ones to really splurge on. So, here goes. I’ve only included items we TRULY used on the trip.

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For the plane:
with toddler on airplane

TIP: Some folks say to wrap little gifts. Keeping in mind all security regulations, we decided to put all her travel gear, in her own little tiny backpack!

Can’t say enough about it, it works as a little leash and as a backpack. We fit so much in it, I was amazed it didn’t pop!
Melissa and Doug on the Go Magicolor -
These markers are awesome because they only draw on paper, unlike crayons that were ALL over us :)
Vinyl Light Up Spike Balls -
They have spikes and don’t roll too far but are perfect for wearing her out before the flight
Let's go Play Set – Phone and Car Keys
Kept her occupied for hours – beware the car keys are LOUD, don’t bring it on the plane
Disney Sofia Play Camera
There are little photos that pop up and a flash goes off – worked well to distract her during the decent
KidsGear Wired Headphones
These are great when they have their cartoons dosage (aka when nothing else is distracting them)
Mophie Pack
Can’t forget this in case the phone dies!
Dum Dums Lolipops
If your kiddo doesn’t want to drink water, have these handy for take off and landing – safe for kids, lots of flavors – we tried a bunch and landed on…POPCORN of all things – the one she loved best
Also good to have on hand in case of ear issues like swimmers ear
Fisher Price Doodle Pro Trip
Great for the artist and NO mess – HINT, if you take magnets, it will stick and make designs on the board

At The Beach:

Kid’s Sunscreen
we love:
Sunshade – 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:
Rashguards: - 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
Swim diapers: Save on space and get swim diapers instead of disposable. Not recommended if your child tends to go #2 in diapers
Swim hat with TIES: - after our trip to Aruba, we learned that cute frilly hats with no ties, tend to fly away quite quickly. From now on, only these and only with ties. Max sun protection on the ears, nose and neck and still look cute
Puddle Jumper: Yes, floaties by themselves are cute, but this keeps the child above the water at all times and gives them mobility and freedom to swin on their own – she wore it every day to the ocean
Swim shoes: - little feet are very sensitive and even the softest sand may have a sharp seashell, we don’t take chances. Get those with a strap, the pull ones are too hard to put on
Baby Powder: You will thank me later! It takes off all the wet sand so you can reapply sunscreen without issue!
Toys, toys and more toys! and aka FREE BABYSITTER - bring tons of shapes, shovels, and buckets – guaranteed 30 min of peace ;)
Towel holders: We discovered this on the windy beaches of Aruba and have been using them ever since
Sunglasses: In the water, on the way to lunch, she always wore shades. Go for something lightweight and comfortable

On the go:

: - this one is a good size, has a handle and keeps her water cold. There are also not too many pieces to clean and I haven’t seen it mold, even after 4 months of use
Stroller: - before purchasing this travel stroller, I compared models of Mclaren and Uppababy. Construction wise, sunshade and reclining features were all the same. The price difference was HUGE. This one is only $79!
5 Reasons to Love Travel with a Stroller

TIP: Use a large garbage bag and top it off with a bright laundry bag to pack it up at gate check! Works like a charm ;)

Stroller Sun Shade: - universal and provides a lot more shade. There are also two pockets, maximizing space for everything you need
Space Bags: People always ask me how I can pack so much in so little space. I use the vacuum bags, for EVERYTHING! I don’t like rolling clothes, I fold everything and then place them in space bags of different sizes, then work my way through the bag like a jigsaw puzzle
Best on the go beach bag/diaper bag:
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). It also comes in handy when TSA looks through it. The top part has a mesh lining so you can see everything. Beach towels, blankets, toys have all resided there within easy reach. No need to rummage through the whole bag. There are two exterior pockets which I've used for sanitizer, tissues, and pacifiers.
I LOVE this bag. It is the only diaper bag we used.

For the mom and dad:

My husband and I have been traveling for 12 years together and I have traveled a lot of Europe before that. We’ve picked up a few items that we never leave home without. We’ve added to our arsenal over the years, below are the top 5 that are musts:
Scarf with Pocket: - its really great especially if you don’t have pockets! Held my phone, lollipops, gum, even passports! Love it
Travel Pillow Hoodie: - my husband loves his pillow and he hates touching the headrests. This is the perfect solution for him
Belt with hidden pocket: - this is perfect for some emergency cash and it’s a nice looking belt as well
Socks with hidden pockets: – I have been traveling with socks like these since my college days. They are so comfy and have pockets.

TIP: Plan how much money you will be taking and then divide amongst different places. Never put all of your money into one place (like a wallet)

Tech Glimpse:

Camera Bag: - I absolutely LOVE this bag. We have a ton of travel gadgets that we take with us, this bag can fit everything and then expand to take on even more.
Water Camera: Great investment, a piece of mind. We’ve used it in hot tubs in freezing temps, scorching hot beaches and even in the tub to take videos of our kiddo splashing around
GoPro: Our newer addition (post baby) and it is amazing. The quality is great and it is very easy to use
Joby: - It’s better than a selfie stick, it's sturdy, can stand on many surfaces and wrap around poles and rails
Belkin Surge Protector - we were able to charge multiple gadgets via one and only easily accessible outlet in the room
Kindle - we both had our Kindles with us and we actually were able to read them at the beach while the kiddo played in the sand

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Feb 15, 2016

Top Gadgets To Bring on Airplane (Infographic)

Top Gadgets To Bring on Airplane (Infographic)

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Feb 8, 2016

10 Great Travel Gadgets That Fit on Your Keychain

Great Travel Gadgets That Fit on Your Keychain

These gadgets are definition of easy to take along travel gadget. They are small, fit in your pocket, have multiple uses, and can be attached to keys, belt hook or bags.

Swiss Tech Mtcss Micro Tech 6 In 1 Keyring Tool

Swiss Tech Mtcss Micro Tech 6 In 1 Keyring Tool

Why good to have on a trip:
- The tool includes flat screwdriver, Philips screwdriver, pliers, wire cutter, wire stripper, and sheet shear
- Pliers head is also the key chain connector

Surefire Backup Click Switch Dual Output LED Flashlight

Surefire Backup Tactical Switch Dual Output LED Flashlight

Why good to have on a trip:
- Bright LED output
- LED lightbulb can last up to 40 hours
- Small size to fit into a purse, coat or trouser pocket
- Two-way clip can be mounted on keychain ring

OrbitKey Leather Key Organizer & Bottle Opener

Premium Leather Orbitkey

Why good to have on a trip:
- Accommodates between 2-7 standard keys or accessories such as Orbitkey Bottle Opener and USB keys
- Holds your keys together eliminating any rattling and stopping them from ruining your pockets or the inside of your bag

Multi-use Tool

Leatherman 64010103K Micra Multitool

Why good to have on a trip:
- Scissors, clip-point knife, tweezers, nail file/cleaner, flat Phillips screwdriver, extra small and medium screwdriver, bottle opener, ruler
- 2-1/2 inches when folded closed
- compact size for for key rings or belt loops
- just do not pack it in your carry-on, instead included in your checked luggage

Key-Shaped USB Drive

niceEshop(TM) 8GB Metal Waterproof Stainless Steel Key Shaped USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Why good to have on a trip:
- Holds eight gigabytes of documents, scans, presentations, music, videos, and whatever else you might need on your travels
- Ultra portable and lightweight
- Waterproof Stainless Steel - your data will remain safe even if you drop your keys or leave them in a soggy pocket

Change Purse

Genuine Leather Change Purse, coin wallet with attached key ring

Why good to have on a trip:
- holds money, credit cards, usb drives, microSD, and other small items
- small and very portable

Hand Sanitizer

PURELL Hand Sanitizer Advanced - Travel Sized Jelly Wrap Portable Sanitizer Bottles

Why good to have on a trip:
- Keeps your hands germ free
- Attaches to key chains, purses, backpacks, diaper bags or gym bags

Lip Balm

Zip Stick Retractable Lip Balm Holder

Snaps Lip Balm Holder

Why good to have on a trip:
- Clip to Key-chain, Purse, Jacket, Backpack, Belt Loops and More
- Keeps your lip balm easily within reach to keep your lips moist and healthy


Coppertone Sport Breathable Ultra Sweatproof Sunscreen SPF 50

Why good to have on a trip:
- Never sunburn again, always have sunscreen on hand

The Yoogo Self-Defense Keychain

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