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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

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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 means 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.

May 3, 2016

Mother's Day Travel Tech Gift Guide


Mother's Day Travel Tech Gift Guide:

Does your mom travel by car?

iPad
Keep the passengers entertained with pre-loaded games, shows, and movies.


Tablet Holder
Easiest way to watch movies and shows for the rear passengers is hands-free with the iPad or other tablet mounted onto the seat's headrest

Point-and-Shoot
For a quick and quality shot from the car or a quick pit stop, a small digital camera would a great travel gadget for mom. A point-and-shoot with great optical zoom will let you shoot from a distance yet get clear up-close shots. Cameras, such as the one below, also have 1080p videos, high sensitivity sensor with 20 Megapixels.

Does your mom take the long and more scenic way on a train?

Pocket Tripod
One of the biggest benefits of train travel is the scenery. When traveling through the countryside, it is likely that you would have an opportunity to get out and take it in and take some shots. To get the best shot set up a tripod, especially at dawn or dusk. The Tiltpod Pocket Tripod is one top gadget in this category. It attaches to your camera’s strap, and is small enough to carry in your handbag.

DSLR
Good camera captures a lot of light at the right moments and limits the light coming in at another. Cameras best at this are DSLRs. On train trip you would get the best scenic shots with a semi-pro camera that is quite user friendly.
Top Recommendations for Travel & Outdoor Photography

Laptop
Train travel is a slower pace trip. The time spent in travel also would let your mom or anyone else traveling with her to catch up on movies, shows, and making of albums, movies and other things that have been pushed aside by regular daily activities. And, if really have to, catch up on some work stuff as well.

Portable External Battery Charger
All these devices need to remain charged up to be used during the trip.  A battery charger with lots of mAh would keep your mom's gadgets going throughout the trip.

Does your mom take a flight to reach her holiday destination?

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones
Screaming kids, teenagers, and adults. Not a great combination in a small enclosed space. Tune all of these out with a good pair noise-cancelling. headphones. Headphones, such as the Bose Quiet Comfort cancel out all noise around you. Enjoy the silence or listen to your own music, without having to turn it up to hear it clearly.

Kindle
Mom can get comfy in limited space and also tune out the surroundings with a good book. On Kindle, she can preload multiple titles to pass the time in the airport and on the airplane.

Does your mom like to take in the sites on a cruise?

Two-Way Radio
A walkie-talkie might seem like a rather old fashioned type of gadget to use, though if you’re traveling with a family or a few friends it is a great way to stay in touch on a cruise ship. Ships are well known for their lack of (or blocking) cellular services and Wi-Fi. Which makes it very hard or very expensive to communicate using your smartphone. A set of walkie-talkies makes it simple to keep track of everyone around the ship and get together whenever necessary.

Waterproof case for iPhone
Waterproof cases mean you can snap pictures, watch movies and send text messages in the wettest of environments without damaging the iPhone or iPad

Lifeproof case


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