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These 10 Travel Gadgets Will Revolutionize Your Vacation

These 10 Travel Gadgets Will Revolutionize Your Vacation

Traveling and vacationing can be one of life’s greatest pleasures. It is a time to relax, a time to explore new cultures and new exotic places. A great vacation takes you away from all the stresses and concerns of your life.

But, at the same time, travel can be a massively stressful activity.
Even packing can be difficult. I remember the last time I went on vacation, in the hotel I realized I had forgotten to pack many important items, items that would have saved me a lot of trouble. Another time I packed too much and had to carry needlessly heavy bags everywhere. Who hasn’t experienced similar situations?

Luckily these issues might become things of the past thanks to these ten great products. With these items you’ll be able to travel smarter, with less stress.

1. The Ohderii Portable Footrest

    Spending hours in an airplane is a necessity of modern travel. Some of us like it, some of us hate it. Whatever our opinion, after a long flight we all get that uncomfortable cramped feeling in our legs. Now thanks to this footrest, you’ll never need to feel like this again and instead, you’ll be able to relax and unwind on the plane without discomfort.

    The footrest is extremely lightweight and easy to pack, and although it is designed for in-flight use, it can be used in many different settings, such as at home, or at work.
    The footrest is essentially a small hammock for your feet, as such it is extremely easy to set up, giving you more time to relax.

    For more information: Link

    2. The Trtl Pillow: Much Lighter than traditional U shaped travel pillows

      One of the most popular travel products are travel pillows. More and more of us buy these small, lightweight pillows to make our traveling more comfortable. However, what’s annoying about most of them is that, due to their size and shape, packing them can be a pain.

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      This is made much easier thanks to the Trtl pillow, its clever design makes it much lighter and easier to pack than traditional U shaped travel pillows. Not only is it lighter, it’s actually better for you. The Trtl’s design and internal support structure means your head will be comfortably held in a much more natural position than other travel pillows.

      This, combined with the above footrest will make your uncomfortable airplane or train seat almost like a bed.

      For more information: Link

      3. Q-Shirts by Utzu: Four Different Designs in One Shirt

        If you’re fashion conscious, choosing the right shirts to pack can be a challenge in itself. Unless you buy more shirts on vacation, the handful you pack will have to last you for the whole vacation.

        Normally, if you want 4 different shirt designs, you will have to pack 4 shirts.  Not so much with the Q-shirt, thanks to their revolutionary design.  Each Q-shirt has 4 different designs. Allowing you to pack a potentially huge variety of shirt designs.  With it you can diversify your look 4 times in one day.

        These shirts aren’t just revolutionary in appearance either, the fabric used has anti-bacterial properties which help to lessen smells and eliminate odor from sweat. Also, the fabric is designed to allow your skin to breath easier, so you will feel fresher for longer. You will be able to wear it more than other shirts without worrying about hygiene or appearance.

        For more information: Link

        4. Steamfast Home-and-Away Mini Steam Iron

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          Have you ever noticed, that no matter how carefully you pack your clothes, they always seem to come out creased? You have visions of yourself looking great while on vacation, and when you’re finally there you find yourself searching the hostel or hotel for an Iron to use. With this travel size steam iron, you never need to worry about creased clothes when traveling again.

          For more information: Link

          5. Tic. Smart Bottles: One Small Bottle to Fill with Your Shower Gel, or Soap, or Creams

            Almost every time I pack, my backpack or suitcase always seems to end up being full of plastic bottles. Whether they are bottles of shower gel, skin creams, soap, or hand lotion. I end up taking so many bottles that I risk running out of space.

            The tic smart bottle solves this bottle by condensing the problem. Each smart bottle is composed of a number of different sections for you to fill with your shower gel, or soap, or creams. So instead of packing many bottles, you only need to pack one.

            Now you’re probably thinking these bottles must be massive right? Far from it actually, each travel bottle is about the size of a smartphone and can be easily carried in the palm of your hand. Just one of these can radically change the number of items you need to pack.

            For more information: Link

            6. Bluesmart One, a Suitcase That Connects to Your Phone

              This suitcase is pretty incredible and redefines what a suitcase can be.  When you travel there is always a risk of your phone running out of power.  If this happens, it can be far more disastrous than if your phone ran out of power outside of your vacation. The Bluesmart One is a suitcase that has outlets allowing you to charge your phone on the move.

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              What’s more, you’ll never lose this suitcase as it has a built in SIM card, enabling it to appear on GPS through its app. Also through its app, you can remotely check the bag’s weight and lock or unlock it, giving your items a great level of protection.

              Though it is pricier than most suitcases you might find, the sheer number of extra features it has makes it well worth the extra cost.

              For more information: Link

              7. Scrubba Portable Laundry Wash System

                I’ve often found that its difficult to rely on all hotels or hostels to have decent laundry systems. In more than one occasion I’ve had to wash my clothes in the shower with me as there seemed to be no other way (I don’t recommend it!).

                The Scrubba wash system allows your clothes to get a machine-quality wash no matter where you are.  It is extremely light weight and can be easily packed (in a way its the smallest and lightest washing machine in the world).  It’s made from an extremely durable bag lined with hundreds of small ridges which scrub your clothes as you squeeze and press it.  As such it is far more effective than hand washing, and keeps you dry.

                For more information: Link

                8. Spectacles by Snap Inc.

                  Warning: These will make you feel like James Bond.

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                  Vacations are full of moments you want to preserve. These days, this is pretty easy, almost all phones have built in video recorders.  However filming with your phone can often drain the battery, or use up much needed memory, or you might want to keep your hands free while filming.

                  These glasses have video cameras built into them, allowing you to film whatever you’re seeing with the push of a button. With these you can shoot up to 30 seconds at a time in full HD.
                  You upload your videos directly to Snapchat if you want or even upload them to your phone’s camera roll.

                  So they’re a great gadget to buy if you want to keep a video record of your vacation.

                  For more information: Link

                  9. Lunatec Self Cleaning Wash Cloth

                    If you expect to be on the move for most of your vacation. You can’t really afford to wait around for things to dry. The Lunatec wash cloth can dry completely within minutes. You can dry yourself off with it, and before you know it, it will be bone dry itself.  Also, unlike traditional towels or microfiber towels, it never needs to be cleaned. You can cover it in dirt, and after a quick rinse all the dirt just washes away.  As such, it’s perfect for any RV Vacation or hiking trip.

                    For more information: Link

                    10. CGear Sand-free Mat

                      We all love relaxing on the beach, to feel the sun on our face and listen to the waves softly lapping the shoreline. It’s pretty much the classic vacation activity. But what always is a let down is spending ten minutes shaking out the sand from your beach towel or mat (and even then grains of sand show up weeks later). This can be worse if the sand on it spreads to you.

                      The CGear Sand-Free mat gets rid of this issue entirely. Sand just doesn’t stick to it at all, nor does dirt or dust. Also, like the above wash cloth, it is amazingly fast drying. Making it the perfect thing to relax on and enjoy a picnic on the beach.

                      For more information: Link

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                      Last Updated on September 23, 2020

                      5 Reasons for Your Facebook Addiction (and How to Break It)

                      5 Reasons for Your Facebook Addiction (and How to Break It)

                      Facebook is embedded into lives around the world. We use it to connect with friends, share important milestones, and check in with the news. However, what may seem like harmless scrolling can become harmful if it takes up inordinate amounts of time and turns into a Facebook addiction.

                      The first step to breaking any bad habit is to understand the symptoms and psychological triggers that made you pick up the habit in the first place. Below you’ll find the common causes, and the good news is that, once you’ve identified them, you can implement specific strategies to get over your Facebook addiction.

                      Symptoms of a Facebook Addiction

                      Do you find that the first thing you do when you wake up is grab your phone and scroll through Facebook? Is it the last thing you see before falling asleep? You may have a Facebook addiction. Here are some more of the signs and symptoms[1]:

                      • You end up spending hours on Facebook, even when you don’t mean to.
                      • You use Facebook to escape problems or change your mood.
                      • You go to sleep later because you’re glued to your screen.
                      • Your relationships are suffering because you spend more time on your phone than you do talking with the people you care about.
                      • You automatically pull out your phone when you have free time.

                      You can check out this TED Talk by Tristan Harris to understand how Facebook and other social media gain and hold our attention:

                      Psychological Reasons for a Facebook Addiction

                      A compulsive Facebook addiction doesn’t come out of nowhere. There are often root causes that push you into Facebook, which can ultimately manifest as an addiction once you become dependent on it. Here are some of the common causes.

                      Procrastination

                      Facebook can cause procrastination, but many times, your tendency to procrastinate can lead you to scrolling through your Facebook feed.

                      Facebook capitalizes on your tendency to procrastinate[2] by incorporating a news feed with an infinite scroll. No matter how far down you go, there will always be more memes and status updates to keep you distracted from whatever you should be doing.

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                      Thus, it might be helpful to change your perception of Facebook. Instead of looking at it like a place to be social or kill time, frame Facebook as the enemy of your productivity and purpose. Doesn’t sound as tempting now, right?

                      Loneliness or Indecision

                      Facebook resembles a boring reality TV show that is on full display during every hour of the day. Do you really need to tell everybody what you ate for lunch? I doubt it.

                      You don’t share such trivial details to add value to people’s lives. You’re likely doing it because you’re lonely and in need of attention or approval[3].

                      Seeking opinions from your friends could be a sign of indecision or low self-confidence. If you get a bad suggestion, then you can conveniently blame somebody else, thus protecting your ego.

                      Social Comparisons

                      Social comparison is a natural part of being human[4]. We need to know where we stand in order to judge our rank among our peers. And Facebook has made this all too easy.

                      When we get into Facebook, our brains are bombarded by hundreds of people to compare ourselves to. We see our cousin’s amazing vacation to Europe, our friend’s adorable baby, our brother’s new puppy, etc. Everything looks better than what we have because, of course, people are only going to post the best parts.

                      This extreme form of social comparison with a Facebook addiction can, unfortunately, lead to depression. One study pointed out that “people feel depressed after spending a great deal of time on Facebook because they feel badly when comparing themselves to others”[5].

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                      People-Pleasing

                      Facebook takes advantage of your desire for instant gratification[6]. Your brain receives a dopamine hit every time you see that red notification light up. Dopamine is a chemical in your brain that causes you to seek pleasure from things.

                      Pleasure sounds nice in theory, but dopamine is responsible for self-destructive behavior if overproduced. Thus, becoming a slave to your notifications can destroy your self-control in a hurry.

                      If that wasn’t bad enough, the human desire to be liked and accepted is at play, too. Every time you get a “Like,” your brain decides that means somebody likes you. Keep this up and you’ll turn into an addict desperate for another “hit.”

                      Fear of Missing out (FOMO)

                      Facebook wrecks your focus by preying on your fear of missing out. You check your Facebook feed during a date because you don’t want to miss any interesting updates. You check your messages while you drive because a friend might have something exciting to share.

                      One study found that “a high level of fear of missing out and high narcissism are predictors of Facebook intrusion, while a low level of fear of missing out and high narcissism are related to satisfaction with life”[7].

                      Therefore, while you may feel temporarily glad that you didn’t miss something, research shows that FOMO will actually reduce your overall life satisfaction.

                      How to Break a Facebook Addiction

                      Now that you know some of the causes of a Facebook addiction, you may be ready to break it. If so, follow these 5 steps to get over your addiction and improve your mental health.

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                      1. Admit the Addiction

                      You can’t fix a problem if you deny it exists. Don’t beat yourself up, but do try and be honest enough to admit you’re a Facebook addict. If it makes you feel any better, I’m a recovering addict myself. There is no reason to be ashamed.

                      Telling a trusted friend might help you stay accountable, especially if they share your goal.

                      2. Be Mindful of Triggers

                      In order to discover the triggers that lead you to use Facebook, ask yourself the following questions. It may be helpful to write them down at a journal.

                      • What did I do? (scrolling, sharing, notification checking, etc.)
                      • When did I do it? (down-time at work, as soon as you woke up, right before bed, on a date, etc.)
                      • What happened right before? (a stressful event, boredom, etc.)
                      • How did this make me feel? (stressed, anxious, sad, angry, etc.)

                      Once you’re aware of what pushes you to use Facebook, you can work on tackling those specific things to get over your Facebook addiction.

                      3. Learn to Recognize the Urge

                      Every time you feel the urge to update your status or check your feed, recognize that impulse for what it is (a habitual behavior—NOT a conscious decision). This is especially powerful when you complete step 2 because you’ll be able to make a mental note of the specific psychological trigger at play.

                      Have a plan for when you feel the desire to use Facebook. For example, if you know you use it when you’re bored, plan to practice a hobby instead. If you use it when you’re stressed, create a relaxation routine instead of jumping on Facebook.

                      4. Practice Self-Compassion

                      Facebook is an epic time-suck, but that doesn’t mean you should criticize yourself every time you log-on to your feed. Beating yourself up will make you feel bad about yourself, which will ironically cause you to be even more tempted.

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                      Self-loathing can only lead to failure. You might end up deciding it’s hopeless because you are “too lazy.”  If you want to break your addiction for good, then you need to be self-compassionate.

                      5. Replace the Addiction With a Positive Alternative

                      It’s a lot easier to eliminate a bad habit when you decide on a good habit that you would like to replace it with. I applied this idea by choosing to pick up a book every time I was tempted to check my feed.

                      The result blew my mind. I read over a hundred pages in the first day! Trust me when I say those “few minutes of down-time” can add up to an obscene amount of waste.

                      Having a specific metric to track is important. If you want to stay encouraged, you need to have compelling evidence that your time would be better spent elsewhere.

                      For example, download an app to help you determine exactly how much time is spent on Facebook so you know how much of your life you’re losing to it. Then, when you find a healthy alternative, you can feel good about all the time you’re giving to it!

                      Final Thoughts

                      Facebook addictions aren’t uncommon in today’s technologically dependent world. In the pursuit of human connection, we’ve mistakenly taken our interactions online, thinking it would be an easier alternative. Unfortunately, this is no replacement for genuine, face-to-face interaction in real life.

                      If you think you have a problem, there are things you can do to tackle it. Get started today and improve your overall well-being.

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                      Featured photo credit: Tim Bennett via unsplash.com

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