Top Ten Travel Gadgets
By Paul Negron
Millions of Americans are truly vacation deprived. So, when you decide to take the plunge and head to one of Bluegreen's exotic resort destinations, what tools do you need? No need to worry yourself with research, because we have done it for you! Here's our list of the "Top 10 Travel Gadgets" that are useful must-haves for a successful Bluegreen vacation.
First on our list is Twisted Speakers from Proporta. Powered by USB or 3 AAA Batteries, these mini-speakers conveniently connect to your iPod to provide splendid sound while you sit on the beach or relax on the deck overlooking the lake. An LED light indicates how much life your batteries have left. Next is the traditional Swiss Army Knife, which can be purchased from the Swiss Knife Shop. The all-in-one traditional tool is perfect for those campouts with the kids in the Smoky Mountains or the Ozarks. You have your spoon, fork, knife, corkscrew, screwdriver and bottle opener at your immediate disposal.
With the BeachBuoy, also by our friends at Proporta, your iPhone, keys, cash and/or digital camera will be safe from the outdoor elements. The waterproof case keeps your valuables just that, valuable, and not ruined. Now that your valuables will be safe, you can focus on your intellectual stimulation. Paperback books are on their way to being obsolete with the invention of the Kindle from Amazon. The electronic book reader has revolutionized how travelers read these days. With thinness similar to an US Weekly magazine, it won't take up much space. The 10.2-ounce device stores over 1,500 books, and has no glare when reading. Not even sunlight will prevent you from moving through chapter by chapter.
Outlets. Sometimes you just need more than is provided in your resort room. With the Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger from Belkin, you can add up three AC outlets and two powered USB outlets to cover all of your electronic needs. Sticking with electronic advancements, we have on our list a Digital Compass from Coleman on our list. The compass, thermometer, stopwatch, auto calendar and alarm clock serve a host of functions for your trip. Get lost on a hike through one of Aruba's national parks? This nifty device will come in handy as your traverse back through the wilderness to our Caribbean resort.
Have the need to drown out the noise around you while listening to your favorite tunes? Try the QuietComfort Acoustic Headphones from Bose. The sound around you is expertly drowned out and the lightweight fit is a blessing to your ears and head. Also a must-have on your trip is a Keychain Flashlight from Fenix. The portable mini LED flashlight can fit in small spaces and help you out when darkness ensues. The water-resistant device can also be added to your key ring for easy access.
The last two items on our list of "Top 10 Travel Gadgets" may not technically be considered gadgets, but we feel they are truly important. The perfect food companion is a bag of Combos. The cheesy, crunchy snack bites are perfect for the car ride or plane ride. We challenge you to become a "Combivore" on your next travel excursion. Soft bread-like dough hollowed into tube-shaped goodness and distributed in bite size perfection. There's nothing like it!
And, finally, we recommend that you have a Good Attitude when you embark on your vacation. This comes only from inside your head and heart. There's nothing worse than a "Negative Nelly" or a "Debbie Downer." Don't worry about the flight, condition of the room (which in the case of Bluegreen resorts is always good!), money woes, food choices, etc... Go into your vacation with your head held high and we guarantee that you will have a rockin' time!
Paul is a writer and contributor to Bluegreen's Travel Guide website, Colorful Places
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