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4 Travel Essentials for Tech Savvy Families

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Technology can provide hours of entertainment during road trips, plane rides, or when riding the rails but it’s important to have the right gear for all of your devices. If there’s a trip in your future, start by taking stock of the items you have to determine what additional items you need or how you can pare down what you already have to reduce the number of cords and chargers you are taking with you. Then take the following steps to ensure that your devices are ready to go when you are!

Get organized. It’s easy to make sure that nothing gets left behind when you leave your house or your vacation destination when everything has a place. Pouches that feature pockets for cords, earbuds, and accessories such as the Kangaroom Personal Media Pouch ensures that everything has a place so it’s easy to tell at a glance if something is missing. The Built NY Charger Notebook Accessory Organizer Bag is another great product that features larger pockets and is made of stretchy neoprene.

Invest in a good bag that will hold your devices. A checkpoint friendly backpack such as the Timbuk2 Uptown Laptop Backpack keeps your hands free during travel and allows easy access to remove your laptop quickly as you approach the TSA checkpoint and stash it fast when you’re done. If you’re looking for a more versatile bag, here are 4 stylish bags that go to the office, park, and beyond.

Bring along a mini extension cord. Tech savvy families know that having lot of devices require a lot of plugs and sometimes hotel rooms or family members’ home lack the number of outlets needed to keep electronics charged. To combat this problem, travel with the Belkin 3 Outlet Mini Travel Swivel Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports. This handy device provides 3 extra AC outlets and 2 USBs and swivels for convenience.

Keep devices charged when on the go. Nothing is worse than running your phone down to the red when on a trip and needing to coordinate plans.  Portable power can be your savior and some of my favorites are Rayovac’s 7 Hour Power that provides an instant charge for USB devices like phones and tablets thanks to 4 AA batteries. Unlike portable chargers that are charged via an outlet and run out of extra juice with that first charge, 7 Hour Power provides the freedom to be without outlets. Carrying extra sets of batteries ensures that you can charge more than one device, or a single device multiple times, when on the go. Android users may prefer Rayovac’s External Micro USB Battery for Cell Phones that provides a 2 hour charge for your phone. While the charge is less than that of 7 Hour Power, the device is much smaller and uses a single lithium battery.

Traveling for the first time? Don’t miss my 6 Tips for Surviving Air Travel With Kids!

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3 Essential Devices for Emergency Situations

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Growing up in California where the possibility of an earthquake was always imminent and now living in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. and subject to occasional freak winter snowstorms and summer thunderstorms that knock out power for days, I’ve learned that you can never be too prepared.  My view on emergency preparedness has served us well and we weathered days without power fairly well.

How did we do it? Here are 5 of my emergency essentials that we relied on while without power for the past 120+ hours.

Flashlight – When the power went out, we pulled out our collection of flashlights out of our drawer. I prefer flashlights with LED bulbs since they have stronger beams and draw less battery power. My kids like compact flashlights such as the Mini MagLites but we also have a Etón Red Cross BLACKOUT buddy emergency LED flashlight/nightlight on hand. The Etón Blackout Buddy ($14.99 from Radio Shack) is a device that we can keep plugged in at all times, even when there isn’t a blackout.  Eton plugs in and recharges from the wall outlet while acting like a night light and has dual features in its compact size.  It will automatically light its 3 bright LEDs so it can be used as an emergency flashlight or act as a single LED nightlight.

Portable Power Supply – One of the worst parts of power outages is not being able to charge your cell phone to stay in touch with family members and loved ones. The more you have the better.  My favorite is the iGo Charge Anywhere because it plugs into an outlet and has two USB slots to allow for charging two phones or devices at a time. I also have the Enercell® 2400Ah Portable Power Bank and models by Energizer since portable power can be quickly depleted with prolonged electrical outages.

Walkie Talkie — In extreme emergencies, cell coverage will either be spotty or nonexistent so it’s a good idea to have an alternate means of communication.  I like the Motorola Talkabout MJ270R because they’re not only walkie talkies, but also have built in NOAA weather radio so you can monitor the latest inclement weather and can be charged via mini USB through the wall, computer, or car.

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