Category Archives: TRAVEL Bug
This organizer is great for cars and vans when on the go. It has a total of 16 pockets of assorted sizes to hold large items up to 4 cubic inches to the smallest knick-knacks. Because the material is a mix between opaque and mesh materials, you can choose which one should be easily seen and within reach (no closing flap), and which could be hidden away with a top flap. The mesh pockets are garter-lined to keep objects more secure and keep them from falling off.
In addition, it has a snap on and off loop to hold umbrellas, water cannisters, rattles, and the like.
MATERIALS: The durable all black material gives the organizer a classic look for minimalist moms like me, hides stains, too, requiring less maintenance.
ATTACHING THE ORGANIZER: It can be attached over the headrest of the front seat with adjustable straps to keep it firmly in place.
CARE: The material is splash-resistant and since it’s black, it provides longer use without need to toss it into the laundry or scrub it clean.
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This self-inflating pillow by Terra Friendly has a contoured shape that protects the spinal cord at the nape portion. I have an orthopedic pillow at home, but couldn’t bring the humongous piece when I’m out on a sales travel. Hotel pillows just don’t do the job and leave me with a stiff neck in the morning.
This portable pillow fits in its own case to a 6” ball that mold into my suitcase. It comes with a soft, warm flannel pillowcase in plaid design, which provides me a touch of home while away.
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I’ve been driving since I was 17, and one of the first thing my dad taught me was to check on my tires regularly. 30 years ago, all tire pressure gauges were analogue and you can only use one of them in bigger gasoline stations in our town. I’m glad they still make them in portable versions. This analogue tire pressure has saved me big bucks and a probable accident by avoiding running flat on a constantly soft tire. It alerted me to have it aired before I could change it completely.
The gauge valve is placed on the tire valve and with a little pressure, like pushing a tack on a semi-hard wall, and keeping it there for 2 seconds or so, the black dial will show a reading with the needle pointing onto the white number prints. I observed that the gauge valve is slightly angled at 15-degrees, must be an advantage when using it with tire valves that are not at 6 o’clock. It also has a foot-long metal arm and another half-foot tubing, so you can position the dial for easy reading.
The glass-faced dial is slightly depressed from the entire dial housing, so I can put it among my other tools in the toolbox without fear of being broken easily.
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I travel often due to my work in sales, oftentimes for stretches of a week or more, I literally live out of my suitcase. To lessen the stress, I prepare my toilettries beforehand, even without a trip announced or planned, by simply setting aside portions of my usual shampoo, conditioner and lotion in travel bottles.
These travel bottles by Dot&Dot had replaced my smaller versions of assorted hotel shampoo, conditioner and bath foam bottles that, from my experience, had always leaked, and can only contain a day or two worth of use. The 2-ounce container can carry up to 2 weeks’ worth of use (or even a month if you alternate days for shampooing), and the opening is wide enough at 1-inch in diameter to prevent spills when filling/refilling.
The pastel-colored translucent bottle body is squeezable and controls the amount of liquid that comes out of the container. The lid is sealed via 3 ways: (1) a surrounding lip on the inside of the flip cap, (2) a valve on the dispensing mouth that controls the internal pressure, and (3) the negative pressure inside the bottle that allows the liquid to come out only by squeezing to equal then exceed the outside pressure.
The cool thing about using these bottles without buying travel pack versions is that they are more economical because you transfer the contents from a bigger-sized one (assumed to be cheaper by the lot), the flexibility to put the amount you want (just enough for your trip), plus the ability to reuse it several times. To save on space if the bottle is not full, I slightly squeeze out the air with the lid up, then close the cap creating a temporary vacuum.
To safeguard, I just always put all my liquids in a plastic zip bag. You never know if the pressure while on a plane will result to a bottle bursting. It also comes with suction cups for sticking onto bathroom walls.
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We like to set-up a cloth hammock out in the garden during the warm months. We used to spread out worn blankets and tie the ends with nylon ropes. These straps levelled up our hammock experience by having a ¾ width sturdy 2-piece flat straps that are stitched together, and adjustable by merely hooking into the connectors according to the length you need. It adjusts easily for 36 lengths with 18 connections for 1 carabiner on each 10-feet strap. No more knotting.
The straps weigh 12 ounces (¾ pound) can be balled into a box of 8” x 8”, has reflective threading that prevents getting caught in the straps when it is dark. Because it is lightweight, it is easy to set-up, even a 120-pounder like me will not have difficulty getting it up and installing it.
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I have another purpose for this night running belt. I have my 10-year old daughter use it when we are in unfamiliar public places at night or in the dark, like in the airport when we travel, when in the park watching concerts, picnics and camping, etc. That’s because we don’t want to lose each other in large crowds.
It is easy to track where she is and goes due to the LED lights that have 3 flashing options. It works on 2 CR2032 and had not been them since we got it 2 weeks ago and having used it for a total of 200 hours.
The belt fits her 24-inch waistline but can go from 22 to 44 inches with the stretchy material of the band. The buckle is snap-on hard plastic, easy on and off wearbility from the front or back, wherever you want the lights to flash (normally, at the back).
The LED-lighted portion, about a foot in length, is right along the zip part, which can carry her iPhone 5s. When she needs her smartphone, she rotates the belt 180-degrees to get it in and out.
This can also be used around pets for tracking at night, like I do with my labrador Santino who has a chest size within the range above, and the pockets I use for emergency litter bags.
For the versatility of use and protection/security it provides, this LED-lighted running belt is worth its price at $19.
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This sleepmask is not your usual airline sleep mask that’s skimpy (it hardly blocks light from the peripheries) and with thin bands to go around your head. It has hollowed-out areas for the eyes and nose so it provides clearance for blinking and breathing. No more marks around the eye area and squishing of the nose.
This sleepmask’s hollowed out contours for the eyes help my peepers relax with the semi-pressurized space between the eyes and mask. The material keeps that clearancece warm to alleviate tired eyes. It gives a similar feeling of cupping the eyes with warm hands for instant relief.
This wide and long sleep mask (longer by an estimated 1” in length and another ½” in width than the airline masks) is next to completely blocking out visual obstacles that prevent me from falling asleep, specially in a public place like in an airplane.
The soft, slippery and luxurious silk-like polyester material with wide bands for use around the head to keep it in place without pinching in the ear or temple area because of its adjustable velcro opening. It does not twist and turn with movement against the pillow so it stays in place.
The fabric is neither itchy nor irritating, and is odor-resistant. It does not have the usual cloth piping of ordinary masks so no marks are left around the eye area after taking it off.
The nose portion is likewise contoured. It has enough space to accommodates the shape and size of the nose of its user to allow natural and unobstructed breathing (I have a small nose).
It is easy to wash, simply put in a mesh bag and throw it in with the rest of the laundry. It dries within a day when hung to drip dry. It comes with a pair of earplugs and drawstring pouch for use during travel and storage.
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WHAT MAKES THIS MASK UNIQUE: It’s the only sleep mask I have with hollowed-out areas for the eyes and nose for added comfort.
HOW DOES THIS FEATURE HELP: I work on the computer 12 hours a day 24/7 and one of the eye exercises I do is cupping my closed eyes with my hands. They say the pressure and warmth of my hands in a cupped position help the eyes recover. In the same way, this mask’s hollowed out contours for the eyes help it relax with the semi-pressurized clearance between the eyes and mask. The material keeps that space warm, too, to further alleviate tired eyes.
MAIN FUNCTIONALITY: This wide sleep mask is next to actually blocking out all visual obstacles preventing me from falling asleep, and which drawn dark curtains cannot do (specially when my world is at opposite time during night shift or crossing international date lines on flight).
MATERIALS & MAKE: The material is made of soft, slippery and luxurious silk-like polyester with wide bands for use around the head to keep it in place without pinching in the ear or temple area. It does not twist and turn with movement against the pillow so it stays in place.
The fabric is not itchy or irritating, and is odor-resistant, I just air it after use, specially when away on a trip. The usual piping that ordinary masks have on its peripheries are done away with (which means no marks left around the eye area when taking it off), and the stitching seems sturdy not to give way easily.
This mask extends comfort through the contoured nose portion. It accommodates the shape and size of its user to allow natural and unobstructed breathing. No more squashed nose.
CARE: The mask is easy to launder, just put in a mesh bag and throw it in with the rest of the laundry. It dries quickly so it’s awesome to bring on long flights, a much better choice than the skimpy airline-provided sleep masks which barely cover your eye area and whose cushion padding takes a long time to dry.
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This organizer is great for strollers, walkers and even in cars when on the go. The durable all black cover and lining gives the organizer a classic look for minimalist moms like me.
FOR USE IN STROLLERS: It has 2 open-top compartments to hold 2 bottles or cannister drinks (which is insulated), a squarish middle slot with a flap cover to keep items dust-free like diapers, towels and bibs yet can be easily flipped opened, a 4” X 3” front pocket for items that need to be extra secured with a zipper like your wallet or smartphone, and a 1-cm thick 2-½” X 3-½” slot for items that need to be easily accessible like rattles, teethers and toys.
FOR USE IN WALKERS & WHEELCHAIRS: The pockets can alternatively carry portable medical gadgets, medicines, and bottled drinks should it be used on a walker or wheelchair.
FOR USE IN VEHICLES: In cars, where I use it more often, it sits well with its flat bottom, or can be slung onto the headrest for backseat passengers. No more spilled drink on upholstery.
ATTACHING THE ORGANIZER: It can be attached with snap-on plastic buckles across more or less 18” bars with 1-½” or less diameter. Arthritic hands will find it manageable.
CARE: The material is splash-resistant and since it’s black, it provides longer use without need to toss it into the laundry.
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My work keeps me on the road at least once a month up to a week’s stretch that I have my luggage in my closet pre-packed with toilettries and essentials. This saves me time to just add on suitable clothing to finish packing without forgetting anything important. So to further complete my pre-packing stress-free, I also keep my accessories ready and this jewelry packet/roll is a big help from my usual plastic boxes.
The transparent pockets gives me an easy visual check of all the contents, and the compartments organize them according to use. Each pocket holds the accessories per outfit of the day, or I can choose to have a pocket per type, ex. one for necklaces, one for bracelets, one for earrings, one for rings and one for brooches. The zippers slide easily, and the soft cushiony material keep the contents protected and scratch-free. The loop allows hanging it in the bathroom door, or as intended, to close and secure the packet in a roll. Since its not a fixed shape, like the plastic boxes I used to bring along, I can squeeze it into my pack easily without occupying unnecessary space.
Since I’ve had it, I’ve saved time packing my stuff for travel, haven’t forgotten or misplaced an accessory, and saved on luggage space, too.
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