Category: Travel Essentials

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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goTenna: The must-have gadget to stay connected when you’re camping

So, I know the goal of camping is to connect with nature and go off the grid, but sometimes you just need cell service, whether it’s to access Google Maps, use a cool app like SkyView or binge watch when the kids are finally asleep. It can also be a smart way to keep yourself and your family safe. That’s why we’re intrigued by goTenna. goTenna is a hand-held techcessory that ensures you have the capability to connect with others when you need to, without worrying about service, or lack thereof. By connecting to your cell phone (iPhone or Android) via Bluetooth, and then using the goTenna app, it allows...

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COWAROBOT: A robotic suitcase that lets you go hands-free. The future is here.

When I imagined the future, I definitely saw little robots following us all around, perhaps sweeping up our crumbs and reminding us where we left our coffee. So, while the COWAROBOT doesn’t do those things, it does follow you around with your luggage, which is a frequent traveler’s dream. And a parent’s dream too. The COWAROBOT technology is pretty stacked, with a sensor that helps it avoid obstacles in its way, even managing pretty steep and uneven terrain, though I’m not exactly sure when you’d be walking around with luggage in say, a forest. But hey, you could be Amy Adams in Leap...

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These are the droid suitcases you’re looking for

Let’s just say that on our recent vacation, I had absolutely no trouble finding my son’s suitcase at baggage claim because it’s pretty hard to miss R2D2. Whether your kids are Star Wars fans or it’s you who is obsessed, you’ll want to check out the Star Wars luggage from American Tourister. We’ve used the R2D2 suitcase for a few trips now, and I have to say that I’m impressed with how well it has held up, not just in giving us tons of room (yay extender zipper) in a carry-on sized bag but also in terms of all the...

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A portable charger for iPhone that’s as practical as it is pretty

I feel like I’ve become the queen of portable chargers around here, which is a good thing since I never leave home without one. Okay, often more than one. I am sad to say that I just can’t recommend  my formerly beloved Mophie charging case any longer, since as practical as it is, every one I’ve had seems to conk out after maybe six months. But I’ve had excellent luck with quite a few portable chargers, and now that they’re becoming so light and slim, there are great options out there even for those of you who don’t want...

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Smart luggage from Bluesmart can change the travel game. (Which is different than the game of Are We There Yet.)

We have smart everything these days, from crockpots you can turn on remotely to get dinner started, to thermostats you turn down while you’re away on vacation. And now we’ve come across another incredible smart gadget called Bluesmart luggage that could change the way we travel, and hopefully make those family trips less stressful. (Though no, it doesn’t keep your kids entertained or rush you through security, sorry.) Related: Belkin WeMo smart appliances: Now you can cook dinner from your cell phone Bluesmart goes beyond a mere tracking device. As opposed to those that are only useful within certain ranges, this suitcase lets you track your luggage anywhere in...

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A little Bluetooth keyboard for those who miss actual typing on their tablets and phones

As much as I try to avoid typing long emails on my iPhone, there are times when it’s inevitable. And it’s those times when I long for the tactile keyboard of my first “smartphone” from eons ago. (Samsung BlackJack, anyone?) Typing has come a long way since then, but there’s nothing like the feel of an actual keyboard, which is why I’m digging the brand new Logitech K380 Bluetooth Keyboard. This is one of those accessories that doesn’t seem necessary, but once you start using it, you’ll realize it beats fiddling around with those tiny touch keys onscreen. The K380 connects with...

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The innovative car charger that’s the solution to all your overconnected family woes.

I now have a couple of two-port USB chargers in the cigarette lighter socket, because the idea of running out of batteries in the middle of a Waze nav is terrifying. (And on a totally separate note, when are we going to stop calling them cigarette lighters and start calling them electrical ports? Or maybe we already did and I missed the memo.) So Belkin, as they often do, saves the day with a really smart new four-port car charger that’s more than just four ports. The Belkin Road Rockstar with 4 USB Ports actually has two ports up front, then a 6-foot cable that...

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