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Published on August 11, 2017

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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                      Forget Learning How to Multitask: Boost Productivity 10X More with Focus

                      Forget Learning How to Multitask: Boost Productivity 10X More with Focus

                      There’s a dark side to the conveniences of the Digital Age. With smartphones that function like handheld computers, it has become increasingly difficult to leave our work behind. Sometimes it seems like we’re expected to be accessible 24/7.

                      How often are you ever focused on just one thing? Most of us try to meet these demands by multi-tasking.

                      Many of us have bought into the myth that we can achieve more through multi-tasking. In this article, I’ll show you how you can accomplish more work in less time. Spoiler alert: multi-tasking is not the answer.

                      Why is multitasking a myth?

                      The term “multi-tasking” was originally used to describe how microprocessors in computers work. Machines multitask, but people cannot.

                      Despite our inability to simultaneously perform two tasks at once, many people believe they are excellent multi-taskers.

                      You can probably imagine plenty of times when you do several things at once. Maybe you talk on the phone while you’re cooking or respond to emails during your commute.

                      Consider the amount of attention that each of these tasks requires. Chances are, at least one of the two tasks in question is simple enough to be carried out on autopilot.

                      We’re okay at simultaneously performing simple tasks, but what if you were trying to perform two complex tasks? Can you really work on your presentation and watch a movie at the same time? It can be fun to try to watch TV while you work, but you may be unintentionally making your work more difficult and time-consuming.

                      Your brain on multi-tasking

                      Your brain wasn’t designed to multi-tasking. To compensate, it will switch from task to task. Your focus turns to whatever task seems more urgent. The other task falls into the background until you realize you’ve been neglecting it.

                      When you’re bouncing back and forth like this, an area of the brain known as Broadmann’s Area 10 activates. Located in your fronto-polar prefrontal cortex at the very front of the brain, this area controls your ability to shift focus. People who think they are excellent multitaskers are really just putting Broadmann’s Area 10 to work.

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                      But I can juggle multiple tasks!

                      You are capable of taking in information with your eyes while doing other things efficiently. Scientifically speaking, making use of your vision is the only thing you can truly do while doing something else.

                      For everything else, you’re serial tasking. This constant refocusing can be exhausting, and it prevents us from giving our work the deep attention it deserves.

                      Think about how much longer it takes to do something when you have to keep reminding yourself to focus.

                      Why multitasking is failing you

                      Multitasking does more bad than good to your productivity, here’re 4 reasons why you should stop multitasking:

                      Multitasking wastes your time.

                      You lose time when you interrupt yourself. People lose an average of 2.1 hours per day getting themselves back on track when they switch between tasks.

                      In fact, some studies suggest that doing multiple things at once decreases your productivity by as much as 40%. That’s a significant loss in efficiency. You wouldn’t want your surgeon to be 40% less productive while you’re on the operating table, would you?

                      It makes you dumber.

                      A distracted brain performs a full 10 IQ points lower than a focused brain. You’ll also be more forgetful, slower at completing tasks, and more likely to make mistakes.

                      You’ll have to work harder to fix your mistakes. If you miss an important detail, you could risk injury or fail to complete the task properly.

                      This is an emotional response.

                      There’s so much data suggesting that multitasking is ineffective but people insist that they can multitask.

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                      Feeling productive fulfills an emotional need. We want to feel like we’re accomplishing something. Why accomplish just one item on the to-do list when you can check off two or three?

                      It’ll wear you out.

                      When you’re jumping from task to task, it can feel invigorating for a little while. Over time, this needs to fill every second with more and more work leads to burn out.

                      We’re simply not built to multitask, so when we try, the effect can be exhausting. This destroys your productivity and your motivation.

                      How to stop multitasking and work productively

                      Flitting back and forth between tasks feels second-nature after a while. This is in part because Broadmann’s Area 10 becomes better at serial tasking through time.

                      In addition to changing how the brain works, this serial tasking behavior can quickly turn into a habit.

                      Just like any bad habit, you’ll need to recognize that you need to make a change first. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to adjust to a lifestyle of productive mono-tasking:

                      1. Consciously change gears

                      Instead of trying to work on two distinct tasks at once, consider setting up a system to remind you when to change focus. This technique worked for Jerry Linenger, an American astronaut onboard the space station, Mir.

                      As an astronaut, he had many things to take care of every day. He set alarms for himself on a few watches. When a particular watch sounded, he knew it was time to switch tasks. This enabled him to be 100% in tune with what he was doing at any given moment.

                      This strategy is effective because the alarm served as his reminder for what was to come next. Linenger’s intuition about setting reminders falls in line with research conducted by Paul Burgess of University College, London on multitasking.

                      2. Manage multiple tasks without multitasking

                      Raj Dash of Performancing.com has an effective strategy for balancing multiple projects without multitasking. He suggests taking 15 minutes to acquaint yourself with a new project before moving on to other work. Revisit the project later and do about thirty minutes on research and brainstorming.

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                      Allow a few days to pass before knocking out the project in question. While you were actively work on other projects, your brain continues to problem solve-in the background.

                      This method works because it gives us the opportunity to work on several projects without allowing them to compete for your attention.

                      3. Set aside distractions

                      Your smartphone, your inbox and the open tabs on your computer are all open invitations for distraction. Give yourself time each day when you silence your notifications, close your inbox and remove unnecessary tabs from your desktop.

                      If you want to focus, you can’t give anything else an opportunity to invade your mental space.

                      Emails can be particularly invasive because they often have an unnecessary sense of urgency associated with them. Some work cultures stress the importance of prompt responses to these messages, but we can’t treat every situation like an emergency.

                      Designate certain times in your day for checking and responding to emails to avoid compulsive checking.

                      4. Take care of yourself

                      We often blame electronics for pulling us from our work, but sometimes our physical body forces us into a state of serial tasking. If you’re hungry while you’re trying to work, your attention will flip between your hunger and your work until you take care of your physical needs.

                      Try to take all your bio-breaks before you sit down for an uninterrupted stint of work.

                      In addition, you’ll also want to be sure you’re attending to your health in a broader sense. Getting enough exercise, practicing mindfulness and incorporating regular breaks into your day will keep you from being tempted by distractions.

                      5. Take a break

                      People are more likely to head to YouTube or check their social media when they need a break. Instead of trying to work and watch a mindless video at the same time, give yourself times when you’re allowed to enjoy your distracting activity of choice.

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                      Limit how much time you’ll spend on this break so that your guilt-free distraction time doesn’t turn into hours of wasted time.

                      6. Make technology your ally

                      Scientists are beginning to discover the detrimental effects of chronic serial tasking on our brains. Some companies are developing programs to curb this desire to multitask.

                      Apps like Forest turn staying focused into a game. Extensions like RescueTime help you track your online habits so that you can be more aware of how you spend your time.

                      The key to productivity: Focus

                      Multitasking is not the key to productivity. It’s far better to schedule time to focus on each task than it is to try to do everything at once.

                      Make use of the methods outlined above and prepare to be more effective and less exhausted in the process.

                      If you want to learn more about how to focus, don’t miss my other article:

                      How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

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