I’m getting ready to take my first plane trip in months. Yes, I’m concerned about being charged for extra luggage, meal service and even the pillow to cushion my little head during the trip. Luckily I found a great kit online at PB Travel that has a blanket and pillow packed up tight and ready to sent through the TSA security line. Small enough to sit atop my 22″ suitcase, it’s bright colors are sure to make me smile.
For a limited time if you buy 2 sets, they will give you one free. So if you’ve got any frequent fliers on your gift radar, this is a great time to stock up.
If you’re a CrackBerry addict, an iPhone-aholic or just addicted to your PDA, then this is for you. I hate those super small keyboards you find on smart phones and PDAs. They make me feel like a giant trying to type out SOS messages on a teeny tiny keyboard. Well here’s a great idea, a TravelSmith fabric keyboard that you can attach to your device. No more two thumb hunt and peck typing. Best of all when you’re done with it, you just roll it up and put it away.
I’m always on the look out for a cool computer bag. I’m a Mac girl, so I like them slim and I like them funky. The Angela Adams bag above is cute in a sort of goofy retro way. It’s so colorful I don’t have to worry about picking up someone else’s bag after going through TSA. You can check it out here. It’s even on sale! Who says you can’t look polished and hip at the same time, right?
We all know that it’s good to continue our exercise regimens on vacation, right? But how many of us actually pack our shoes, clothes and other gear when we travel? Well here’s a small, but useful tool to take on your next trip. JumpSnap is an electronic jump rope. There’s no actual rope here to get tangled up in your hotel room. You see a computer chip in the hands counts your jumps and tracks your calories burned. All that and it fits in your laptop bag or purse? Genius!
Planning a trip to the Beijing Olympics this year? A summer vacation in France? Or just taking advantage of low fares to Asia? While English is making strides across the globe, there are still places where it can be difficult to communicate. I found a clever solution online. They’re called Lingolook cards. What they are is a set of flashcards that you use to communicate when you don’t speak the language. They’re recommended by the National Geographics Intelligencer. The bright, colorful cards contain phonetic spellings for the sayings you’ll use most.
It’s a rare thing for me to be in an airport and not carrying a coffee along with me. I don’t know about you, but I worry about all those coffee sleeves clogging our landfills. One the one hand, you need them because let’s face it that coffee is *hot*! On the other, it feels so wasteful to just throw them away.
Well here’s a cool solution, Cup Couture has come with a collection of reusable fabric sleeves. They fit most standard paper coffee cups and they come in a variety of colors. Small enough to pack in your purse or laptop case, they’ll help you save the planet (a little), they’ll also let you express yourself as well.
Love to take photographs, but hate to travel with a tripod? Compact Impact has come up with a genius solution. It’s a tripod bottle top that fits a standard water bottle. It provides just enough stability for you to get that stellar shot. The really brilliant thing is it works with camera phones too!
I don’t know about you, but I always have trouble sleeping in hotels when I’m traveling. Maybe it’s the unfamiliar sounds the hotel makes or just that the bed isn’t mine, but it’s a problem. What to do with that downtime when I’m wide awake and there’s nothing on but The Tonight Show? How about exercising? It’s the one thing road warriors say they get the least of when on the go. Here’s a book all about exercising in bed. It’s a combination of yoga, pilates and even karate. So, if you’ve ever been tempted to jump on your hotel room bed, now you can at least get some toning done while you’re at it.
I’m all about “green up” my travel. Recently I lost my favorite travel umbrella. Fortunately I found a Totes umbrella that’s made of 70% recycled material. The company has found a way to recycle both aluminum and plastic water bottles to create this little gem. The great thing is it’s compact enough to fit in your purse, carry-on or laptop bag. So go green!
Hallelujah! Someone has finally invented airport slippers. I’ve often thought that I could make a fortune if I just sold paper slippers to the poor people shuffling shoeless through security. Well someone must have felt the same. For just $2.00 a pair Mori Luggage offers disposable airport booties. I may buy a half dozen pairs myself!