Category: Travel Essentials

5 of our favorite Spawned with Kristen and Liz podcasts for your Memorial Day road trip

Wait, what? You’re not listening to our Spawned podcast? Well, we’re just going to have to help you change that! We think it’s a wonderful way to spend 30 minutes in your week, and we hope after listening that you think so too. If you’re not familiar with podcasts or why you’d want to start listening to them, we’ve got a simple tutorial to get you set up, complete with our favorite podcasts (and nope, not just ours). For iPhone users, you can subscribe right on iTunes and it will pop right into the podcast app that’s already on...

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I Am Groot! That’s Groot speak for, I am here to charge your phone.

With the geeks among us getting excited for the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premiere in just one month and one day (and yes, I’m counting shut up), I figured I wouldn’t be the only one dying to reconnect with Baby Groot once again. Especially in the form of this completely wonderful Baby Groot USB car charger. No he doesn’t sound like Vin Diesel, but he is sound-activated (Peter Quill would suggest The Pina Colada song) so he’ll dance around in your cup holder while charging your phone. Plus the geniuses at Think Geek who designed him even knew to include two charging ports. Because the...

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Never miss a flight again with this new Tripit app feature. Well, hopefully.

One of our favorite travel apps just got a whole lot better thanks to a new feature that tells you exactly when to leave for the airport to ensure you’ve got enough time to drive, park, check-in and get to the gate. Basically, Tripit is making it really hard for you to miss your flight, and for that, we’re thankful. Related: 6 smart travel apps to help you save money.  Tripit already does so much to make traveling easier — whether it’s for business or pleasure — but their new “Go Now” feature makes it a whole lot easier....

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3 tech organizers to help you tackle your cords, cables, and chargers, oh my.

I reached into my bag the other day and pulled out a gigantic knot comprised of my computer charging, my earbuds, and my lightning cable. If this sounds even vaguely familiar, here are 3 tech organizers, in 3 different price ranges, that are smart solutions to a pervasive problem we tech lovers have. Related: A smart cord organizer for those of us familiar with the term cord spaghetti Cocoon GRID-IT We featured the Cocoon GRID-IT six years ago (yes, six!) because we thought it was such a simple, clever way to keep tech organized. And surprise, we still like it....

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15 awesome travel tech gifts for the frequent flyer or weekend warrior | Holiday Tech Guide 2016

Next up in our 2016 Cool Mom Tech Holiday Tech Gift Guide, we’re sharing 15 of our top picks for cool travel tech gifts. Whether you’ve got a business traveler on your list, a college kid coming home on holidays, or just family members who hit the road to see each other every weekend, we hope these gifts help make traveling in the digital age a little easier and a little more fun. Don’t miss our big CMT Holiday Gift Guide giveaway! Details below. Spoiler alert: You can win an iPad.  CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate   Handmade Leather Tech...

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App controlled Bluesmart Luggage is the suitcase that does what?!

If you’re looking for a great gift for a frequent flyer and tech devotee — you know, the kind who doesn’t travel without an iPhone charging case, a Jackery portable charger and a backup backup Jackery charger (ahem, raising hand here) — we may have found it in the app-controlled, super futuristic, James Bondian Bluesmart Suitcase. They had me at “can charge your phone up to six times,” but having taken a review unit out for a test run, it does so much more than that. Hook up the companion iOS or Android app, register your suitcase (which takes a minute), charge and...

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Tile Mate keeps track of your keys, so you don’t have to. Whoo!

We have been longtime fans of the Tile smart tracker, because we’re fans anything that helps keep track of stuff we’ve misplaced. Well, they just launched Tile Mate, which features a handy little hole, making it perfect for keychains, loveys, backpacks, and more. Tile Mate works just like the original Tile, which lets you find your items or your phone simply by ringing the Tile on the app, or by pressing the Tile itself, but with a hole that lets you easily hook it on a keychain, a zipper, or a big safety pin. And unlike the original Tile, this version lets you customize...

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A new contender for the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds around

Last year, after spending way too long researching the category, I bought a pair of NuForce BE6 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds by Optoma, and soon after, declared them best wireless Bluetooth earbuds thanks to their sleek look, lightweight construction, and very decent sound sound. Well, Optoma has already topped themselves, with their updated model, the NuForce BE6i Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds. Kind of nice when you’re able to beat your own best product before someone else does, right? And with the new iPhone 7 coming sans headphone jack, you might need these more than you think. Reports from the audiophile boyfriend is that they stay in his larger ears even better...

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Tile Slim means you’ll never lose your wallet again

The Tile smart tracker has been keeping us from losing our keys for years now, so color us excited about their newest product, Tile Slim, which is sized perfectly for wallets and other more streamlined items. Related: 5 outrageously cool tech gadgets you didn’t know you needed If you’re not familiar with Tile, it’s one of those products that once you have in your life, you can’t believe you lived without it. Simply pop it on your keys, attach it to your toddler’s lovey, or hide it in your daughter’s backpack (you get the idea) and you’re able to “ring” it...

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A booming new Bluetooth speaker that more of us can afford

Honestly, I’m not a hard-core audiophile who geeks out over the minute details about speaker drivers and subwoofers, but I am still picky with my speakers as I’m sure a lot of you are. I can hear the difference between a good speaker and a crappy one when I’m listening to my clean-the-house playlists or my favorite podcasts, and all things being equal, I admit I prefer the good ones. So I’m really happy to find an outstanding new portable speaker that delivers the booming bass to fill our loft kitchen or the vacation rental house patio, all without the sticker-shock price tag. Meet the new Vava Voo 20 Wireless...

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