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Apr 22, 2014

Best Gifts for Mother's Day - Travel Gadgets

Mother's Day Travel Gadgets Gifts 

Around the world most people know that flowers, specifically carnations, are a symbol for Mother’s Day. And you can't go wrong with a bouquet of flowers for your mom. However, while mothers across the country appreciate the gesture, one survey says there’s something they want even more (or in addition to), electronics.

Top 10 Mom Friendly Travel Gadgets:

Tablet Apple iPad Air

Tablet Apple iPad Air
These devices are quite versatile, it is like giving several gifts within one. Mom can download and read multiple books, listen to music, and watch videos. She can also get together with other moms via social media twittergrambook, get work done, and make plans.

digital camera panasonic lumix

Digital Camera
It's a well known fact, moms love to take a lot of pictures to savor every single moment. With a digital camera such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 she can take as many pictures as she wants in various light conditions. And with 24x optical zoom, can get great shots from a distance.

video camera canon vixia

Video Camera
The on-the-go sports mom needs an easy to hold and operate, high-powered hand cam to capture all those kids in action.
Check out: Canon VIXIA R400 HD Camcorder on

solar-powered charger

Solar-powered Charger
Help mom stay connected and in charge with this eco-friendly, solar-powered battery and charger. It easy to carry as it is compact and weighs only 8 ounces. It can be used to charge smartphones, tablets, or any other USB-compatible devices.
Poweradd™ Apollo 7200mAh Solar Panel Portable Charger

usb flash driver

Save Those Memories
Treat your mom to this a fun design USB keychain. Looks good and backs up data and pictures.
Chocolate Bar USB Flash Drive - 4GB - w/ Key Ring

fitbit flex activity tracker

FitBit Flex
For active moms and those staying healthy, Fitbit Flex wristband
tracking device would assist with tracking daily activities, calories burned, steps taken, and sleep patterns

smartphone tag kensinton gadget

Kensington Proximo
Keep your friends close and your gadgets closer with this travel gadget. It alerts you when you move away from your smartphone and other valuables.

travel bag

Travel Bag
A great travel bag can be different things in different situations. It can serve as a day pack on a tour, a camera bag, snack bag, backpack, and even diaper/kid bag. I am a big fan of multi-function travel gear. I have wrote about our Lowepro bag on multiple occasions (Deliberations of a Traveling Photographer (aka my wife)and What women want - travel edition). With a new baby, we now do not leave the house without our beach cooler backpack. It has large pocket for all the essentials, a small pocket for accessories, and alos had a cooler bottom portion to keep food, drinks and milk chilled during the trip.

Custom iPad Cases With Your Family Photos
Until this post I didn't know such things existed. I have seen the strange and colorful skins available for smartphones, but not something as useful and interesting as the photo decor for your laptop, tablet, and Kindle that has your family photos on it.
Found these on

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Jan 8, 2014

Best Winter Gadgets to Keep Warm When Traveling

Best Winter Gadgets to Keep Warm and Entertain

Hands-Free Bluetooth Beanie

bluetooth beanie
Wireless Hands-Free Bluetooth Beanie

Why good to have on a trip:
  1. as name implies, keeps your hands free while
  2. enjoying some tunes while out and about in chilly weather
  3. no wireless to mess around with, syncs wirelessly with your smartphone/media plan
  4. keep you warm
Wireless Speaker Ear Warmers
180s Mens & Womens Bluetooth Ear Warmer

Why good to have on a trip:
  1. If you don't like or want to wear a hat, these are great for keeping your ears warm while 
  2. enjoying music wirelessly from your smartphone
Touchscreen Gloves

Why good to have on a trip:
  1. Don't have to take your gloves to use smartphone
  2. Yarn woven into these gloves mimics the energy and accuracy of human touch
  3. Keep your hands and fingers warm
  4. protects screens from smudges as the gloves will not leave oil residue as fingers do
The 7-In-1 Emergency Auto Tool 

Swiss+Tech ST82560 BodyGard 7-in-1 Auto Emergency Tool

Why good to have on a trip:
  1. Its great to have a multi-tool in the car for various occasions
  2. Get many things done with just one gadget
  3. Be ready for most common emergencies

Pocket Warmers

Why good to have on a trip:
  1. instant warmth
  2. keep your hands warm in the winter
  3. provides body warmth also
  4. great if forget gloves, or if they are just not enough
  5. long lasting

Ice Scraper

Why good to have on a trip:
  1. Clean off ice and snow from the windshield
  2. An electric one would also warm up and start melting the ice off of the car
  3. Easier and more effective then doing with your hands

Smart Phone-Charging Jacket (on kickstarter)

Why good to have on a trip:
  1. Water Resistant
  2. Packable and ultra thin
  3. Will charge your phone upto 6 times

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Jan 30, 2013

5 Essential Winter Travel Gadgets

5  Essential Winter Travel Gadgets

Grip Track

It does not happen often, but when it does, it is bad. Snowstorms in NYC are a pain for drivers. Not only is your car gets snowed in, but you will also be piled on by the snowplows if you are parked on the street. And since the actual snowfall does not last long, you would have to deal with the frozen ice that will be left on the ground. I had to deal with this a few time since I got my car. Most of the time had to dig down to the asphalt to get some grip under the tires. And on our recent trip up north, I had some issues getting up a hill after a snow storm (more here: Travel Essentials of Nearcation). Grip Track, laid under the spinning tires, would give some traction, especially for front-drive cars. This could be helpful in the snow as well as on the icy roads, mud, and loose gravel.

Metal-rimmed snow shovel

Shovel, of course, is very useful to dig out your car if you are caught in a snow storm. During travel, especially during winter and in places known to get snow, you want a compact shovel that is with you throughout the season, packed away in the trunk or another compartment. I have learned it the hard way to keep one around in the car as soon as the temperature dips below 40. Last year I found and purchased a foldable metal shovel, similar to this one: Aluminum Sport Utility Shovel. While most shovels will do the job of digging, they are not all made the same. I had a plastic one previously and it barely lasted a season, and I looked like I was playing in the sand box when trying to dig my car out.

Ice scraper

Cars come equipped with defroster on the front windshield and in the rear. The older models might not have these or working as well. An ice scrapper that heats up on its own would help clear out the snow and ice from the side windows. This gadget plugs into the car's cigarette lighter. Small and convenient in size it can be easily stored in the trunk. My preference, though, is a standard ice scraper. I had a couple of heated ice scarpers, however, neither worked very well. Maybe if I combined the two into one, they might have had enough heat to melt the ice. The human powered scrapper works well with my cars defrosters.

Touchscreen Winter Gloves

Touchscreens on the smartphones are sensitive and react to the energy in our fingers. In the cold winter months, taking your gloves off to work your phone is not much fun in 10 degree weather. Hence the innovation to make gloves function with the smartphones. Yarn woven into these gloves mimics the energy and accuracy of human touch, allowing gloved hands to manipulate touchscreen devices. This cold-weather accessory also protects screens from smudges while using the phone by wiping down the screen with the material. The touchscreen gloves are warm enough to stand up to harsh winter conditions, but are soft and breathable.

Ear Warmers with Headphones
Just because it is cold outside, does not mean you would want to stop listening to your favorite tunes while en route. However, listening to regular earphones would leave your ears vulnerable to freezing temperatures.  Ear warmers with headphones, such as Urban Headphones Ear Warmer, are a great solution. Their behind-the-head design snuggles the back of the head without disheveling hairdos, while delivering high-definition stereo sound on your walk or run.

Ears are warm but your head is cold and you still want to listen to fav tunes?
There is a hat for that -

Sound Disk Sports Beanie
The disks in the cap are positioned on either side, partially behind the ears. They can be adjusted to fit over the ears to drawn out the sound. Though while traveling, placing slightly off, would let listen to music and be aware of your surroundings at the same time. Beanie's sound disk connection also comes with built-in microphone for use with iPhone®, Android based smartphones, and other mobile devices.

Did You Know?:
Cold can decrease your smartphone's battery life. When the temperature dips below freezing, the lithium-ion batteries can loose some of their charge. However, this is not permanent. Best operating temperature for these type of phones is 32 degrees to 95 degrees F (0 degrees to 35 degrees C). Stepping inside a warm place and restarting your phone should bring the power levels back up.

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