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The one thing I crave on any flight I take is sleep.  Blissful sleep.  An escape from the rigors of modern travel.  It’s the best way to pass a flight.  However, I don’t like airline blankets (too germy), and I’m loathe to carry more on board that I absolutely must.  So when I saw this unique Snuz pillow/blanket combo I was impressed.  You just unzip the pillow, pull out your own personal blanket and then blow up the pillow to your desired firmness.  Clever, right?  I thought so.  You can pick from 1 of 10 colors over on Luglife.com.  The set sells for $30.

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Not ready to show your junk to TSA?  Well you could accept the pat down, but for myself I’d rather don a Fourth Amendment t-shirt and walk through that scatter shot machine.  Yeah they’ll get my picture…and a download of my 4th Amendment rights.  I read about this in Marc Hartzman’s article here.  Just had to visit the website for myself and I love it.  Cargocollective.com uses metallic ink to make the writing appear in the x-ray.  They have a range of 4th amendment wear including socks, kids underclothes and men’s boxer shorts.  Get yours today!

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New Year’s Eve is almost here.  I know you’re all getting ready to pop some champagne, put on funny hats and ring in 2011 in style.  But what to do the morning after when you awaken feeling like someone has hit you over the head with a sledgehammer?  Try the Hangover Recovery Kit from Amazon.com.  It’s even on sale.  For $10.11 this humorous kit is like a best friend in a box.  There with affirmations, solicitations and good old fashioned support.  Just add water and a couple of pain relief tablets and you’re good to go.

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It’s the season for giving, and while I know most of you have your shopping done already I have one more suggestion to make this year.  A gift box.  Who for you ask?  Well for a person far from home, overseas in fact.  Missing the most basic things that we all take for granted.  Whole Food Markets have a selection of great gift boxes that they will send to military addresses free of charge.  It’s their way of saying thanks to military families for the sacrifices they make all year.  So if you have a soldier on your list or you just want to say thank you to one, here’s the link.

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If you’re boarding a plane this holiday season and checking your bags you want to be sure you grab the right one off the carousel.  Given we all seem to carry the same black rolling bag, I’d suggest a bright and cheery bag tag.  These clever ones by Tepper Jackson are some of my favorites.  Bright colors, cheeky sayings and easy to find in even in a holiday crowd.  They also make great stocking stuffers if you have a globetrotter on your list this year. You can pick up a set at TravelSmith.com for $17.

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Traveling home for the holidays this year?  Fortunately I’m not flying, but if I was this would be the first thing on my packing list.  The Iceland Cloud Pack includes a quilted eye mask, inflatable pillow and cozy fleece blanket.  It’s compact and I love those little plane shaped zipper pulls.  Perfect for grabbing a little shut eye in the plane, train or car on your way to grandma’s house.  The set can be had for $70 on Blisslivinghome.com here.  Sweet dreams!

Great travel accessory

Looking for a holiday gift this year that your wife, girlfriend, mother or sister won’t have trouble getting through TSA?  Well Fragonard has packaged a set of travel related solid perfumes just for you.  The 6 perfume set sports Paris landmarks and retails for $42.  Chic and practical.  How can you beat that?  Interested?  You can pick it up here.

Great travel accessory

Today is one of the most heavily traveled days of the year.  So my suggestion for a great travel accessory, besides patience, a good book and an even better attitude, is a cheerful carry-on bag.  Why check luggage when you can avoid it?  No fuss, no fees you just tuck this micro suede carry-on in the bin over your seat and you’ll be the first off the plane.  It’s colorful, compact and can even be monogrammed.  You can pick one up on Cerulean.com for $53.  Just remember to pack light and enjoy the long weekend.  Happy holiday everyone!

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Looking for a camera bag that’s not only small, but also chic and roomy?  Try the Crumpler 5 Million Home.  My husband toted this baby halfway across the U.S. and swears it is the best camera bag he’s ever had.  Roomy enough for 2 lenses, a camera body and numerous other accoutrements, it’s also waterproof, seals tight and has both clip and velcro closures.  They even added velcro silencers for when you want to quietly access your gear.  Perfect for those sly church shots.  It’s $85 from Crumpler online.

Great travel accessory

How do you stay safe if you have to travel alone?  This is an issue I’ve had to confront myself and it’s a concern being a woman and sometimes have to travel on my own.  One way to be safe is by carrying a personal GPS. The Zoombak is so small it fits in the palm of your hand. This mini GPS will allow friends and family to keep track of your whereabouts online. But it’s best feature, in my opinion, is the ability to set up safety zones. Say you’re staying in a hotel that is 2 blocks from a questionable neighborhood. Just set up your safety zone and if you inadvertently wander into that neighborhood, your Zoombak will alert you. It even keeps a location history of up to 7 days. The Zoombak costs $99.99 for a universal unit and includes tracking for up to 5 mobile devices.  If you know a solo traveler this just may be the perfect holiday gift.