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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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                      50 Ways to Increase Productivity and Achieve More in Less Time

                      50 Ways to Increase Productivity and Achieve More in Less Time

                      If you feel like you don’t have enough time to do everything you want to do, maybe it’s time to check-in with your time management skills.

                      No one is born to be very good at time management, so that’s okay if you think you’re bad in it. But everyone can learn to boost their productivity and achieve more!

                      Here are 50 ways to increase productivity and add hours to your day.

                      1. Set a Timer

                      Estimate the time you need to tackle different tasks and set a timer for each of your tasks. How you go about this is up to you as there are many different ways. There is the Pomodoro technique where you focus on a task for 25 minutes followed by a five minute break afterwards.

                      In the event that you have a task that will take much longer than that, you can consider one of the many timer-based apps. One that comes to mind is Clockify. It’s used for freelancers and entrepreneurs alike, however it’s a good way to be setting yourself a timer. It provides reports and you can serve as a project manager of sorts too. Best of all, it’s free.

                      2. Eliminate All Distractions

                      Distractions include the phone, email notifications and having multiple web browsers open on the desktop. Just as it’s important to be organized offline, it’s key to have things organized online as well. This free guide End Distractions And Find Your Focus is a good tool to help you. With this guide, you’ll learn how to get rid of distractions and boost productivity. Grab your free guide here.

                      You can also learn more on how to get rid of all distractions in this guide: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                      3. Listen to Music That Boosts Productivity

                      Distractions should be avoided, but sometimes a bit of music in the background can help you focus.

                      Of course, it doesn’t need to be heavy rock music, but a bit of Beethoven may do you some good.

                      Here’s a complete guide to help you pick the right music for better productivity: How To Maximize Your Productivity With Music: A Complete Guide

                      4. Find Meaning in What You Do (And Love What You Do)

                      Enjoying what you do is the ultimate way to increase your productivity.

                      If you aren’t sure what you love doing yet, don’t worry. Leo Babauta has some unique ways to help you: How to Find Your Passion

                      5. Prioritize your tasks ahead of time.

                      By listing your tasks in order of importance, you can make sure that you finish all of your most important tasks during the day.

                      Learn a unique technique to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster.

                      6. Batch Similar Tasks into a Single Batch.

                      Tasks like blog writing, phone calls, email and errands can be grouped into a single batch. You will save time by completing similar tasks in one session. One way to help you with organizing all of those things is through the app Todoist. It’s an easy and simple way for you to plan out your day, set reminders, and group all of your most important tasks in a convenient spot.

                      7. Complete Your Most Dreaded Tasks First Thing in the Morning.

                      Whichever activity you are dreading the most is probably the one you need to complete first thing in the morning.

                      Many people tend to check emails in the morning because after checking a list of emails, they feel fulfilled. But that’s just an illusion of having achieved more.

                      Doing simple tasks like checking emails first in the morning is bad for you. Instead, do the difficult tasks because you have more energy in the morning to tackle them!

                      8. Reward Yourself for Finishing a Big Task

                      To stay motivated for whatever you do, reward yourself every now and then.

                      Keep track of your small wins and milestones and celebrate them. So whenever you struggle about your progress, you see how far you’ve come!

                      Find out more about this 2-Step Approach to Self-Motivation: Track Small Wins and Reward Yourself.

                      9. Don’t Multitask

                      Research has shown that multitasking is not productive. If you think you can multitask, think again.

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                      For optimum productivity, focus on one thing at a time.

                      10. Step Away from the Computer

                      The Internet has become one of the number one distraction. To increase your productivity, try to do as much of your work offline as possible.

                      I do this a lot when I try to brainstom new ideas and have found it to be very beneficial to simply unplug.

                      11. Use Focus Tools

                      Make good use of apps and technology to help you remove distractions.

                      Here’re 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools to help you stay focused. This way, you’re not distracted by the web, e-mail, or IM.

                      Also, join the free Fast-Track Class – Overcoming Distraction, and you’ll learn the one simple method to work even when you’re surrounded by distractions. Join the free session now!

                      12. Just Start

                      Often times, starting is the hardest part. People tend to wait for the perfect time with perfect condition to start. But there’s no perfect condition.

                      Once you get going, you will quickly get into a rhythm that could last for hours.

                      13. Find out Your Productive Hours

                      Everyone has a certain time of the day in which they are more productive than others. For me, it’s the morning.

                      Find out when your prime time is for productivity and optimize your work schedule accordingly.

                      14. Keep a Notebook and Pen on Hand at All Times

                      This way, you can write down your thoughts, to-dos and ideas at any time. The key is to get everything out of your head and onto paper. Your subconscious mind won’t be reminding you about it every other second. Another consideration is getting the app Evernote. Not only does this save you on ink and paper, Evernote is a convenient place for you to jot down notes and thoughts and then share them with the team. In certain circumstances, this can prove useful if you’re the type of person that has a lot of ideas that you want to share.

                      15. Write a Blog to Chronicle Your Own Personal Development and Achievements

                      The blog keeps you accountable and always working towards self improvement and personal growth.

                      When you write down all the small achievements you’ve been having, you’re also more motivated to move forward.

                      And you know what, this is how I started Lifehack too! What also helped me in starting Lifehack is WordPress, which allows people to set up a website for free. WordPress has simplified a lot of the process of building a site to the point that virtually anyone can build a website now.

                      16. Write out a To-Do-List Each Day

                      I like to plan my day the night before. This way, I can get started on my most important tasks as soon as I wake up. The Full Life Planner is a nice tool to help you organize your days and get things that matter done. Check out the planner here and start to plan your day ahead easily!

                      Make sure you don’t make any of these common to-do-list mistakes!

                      17. Write Your Most Important Tasks and To-Dos on a Calendar.

                      The key to good time management is knowing where to be and what to be doing there at any given time. Effective calendar management goes hand in hand with good task list management.

                      Learn here How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space.

                      18. Reflect on Your Productivity Constantly

                      As you go throughout your day, repeatedly ask yourself:

                      “Am I currently making the best possible use of my time?”

                      This one simple question can be an excellent boost to your productivity.

                      19. Get up Early Before Anyone Else

                      I know it could be difficult for some to wake up early in the morning but nothing beats a quiet house!

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                      Here’s How to Start Your Day at 5:00 AM and some Simple Things Early Risers Do to make waking up early easier.

                      20. Get Plenty of Sleep

                      When you work online, sleep can become a long lost memory. However, it’s important to get plenty of sleep so that your working hours can be as productive as possible.

                      Try out this night routine which I highly recommend for productivity: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide: Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                      21. Exercise

                      Research has shown that midday exercise boosts productivity and morale in the workplace.

                      Take a short walk at lunch or do some simple stretches during your break to maximize your productivity.

                      Here I have some exercises recommendations for you:

                      22. Outsource as Much as Possible

                      If you want to achieve more in less time, learn to delegate or outsource work. Here are just a few of the companies that will help you outsource your everyday tasks:

                      Also, read this guide to learn how to delegate effectively: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

                      23. Set Some Exciting Goals

                      Without worthy goals, you will never be motivated to get things done.

                      Set goals that are challenging and achievable. The best goal setting framework is a SMART goal. That said, there are other tools that can help you out as well. For example, The Dreamers’ Guide To Reaching Your Goal is a great guide to help you set and reach goals effectively. Grab your free guide and learn how to make your goals happen this year!

                      24. Tell Other People About Your Goals

                      When you tell others about your goals, you will instantly be held accountable.

                      25. Listen to Podcasts

                      Listen to educational podcasts or audio books while you’re driving to work, cleaning the house, exercising, or cooking dinner.

                      Audio learning has the power to add hours to your day. Not to mention, your cranium is sure to thank you for it.

                      Some recommendations for you: 11 Podcasts To Inspire Yourself

                      26. Read David Allen’s best-selling book Getting Things Done

                      This is one of the most important productivity books you will ever read. Read it, apply the tips in your daily lives and get more things done.

                      Here’re more great books about productivity too: 35 Books on Productivity and Organizational Skills for an Effective Life

                      27. Learn to Speed Read

                      When you can read faster, you will read and learn more! Check out these 10 Ways to Increase Your Reading Speed.

                      You can also make use of the app OutRead to help speed up your reading speed!

                      28. Learn to Skip When You Read

                      When you’re reading a book, just read the parts that you need and skip the rest. But you have to read with a purpose.

                      Learn how to make it work here: How to Read 10X Faster and Retain More

                      29. Focus on Result-Oriented Activities

                      Pareto’s law (also known as the 80 20 rule) states that 80% of the outputs result from 20% of the inputs. This means that 20% of our actions result in 80% of the results.

                      We must find the 20% that is creating the 80% of our desired outcomes and focus solely on those activities.

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                      30. Take a Break

                      You can’t always be working at optimum productivity. Instead, you should shoot for working in short bursts at your most productive times.

                      31. Start a Polyphasic Sleep Schedule

                      What is polyphasic sleep?

                      Polyphasic sleep is a sleep pattern specification intended to compress sleep time to 2-5 hours daily.[1] This is achieved by spreading out sleep into short (around 20-45 minute) naps throughout the day. This allows for more waking hours with relatively high alertness.

                      While you can learn more about it here, you’re recommended to take some naps during the day to recharge your energy too.

                      32. Learn to Say “No”.

                      We can’t do everything and therefore we must learn when to say no in order to save our sanity.

                      Learn the Gentle Art of Saying No from Leo Babauta.

                      33. Go on an Information Diet

                      Most of the world lives on information overload. We must eliminate mindless Internet surfing.

                      Stop reading three different newspapers a day and checking your RSS feeds multiple times a day. Otherwise, you’ll never get anything done.

                      The key is to limit yourself only to information that you can immediately take action on. Here’re some simple tips you can try: 10 Simple Productivity Tricks To Manage Overloaded Information

                      34. Organize Your Office

                      The piles of paper around your desk can be a huge barrier on your productivity. Optimize your time by organizing your office, setting up a system and dumping the junk.

                      Check out these 21 Tips to Organize Your Office and Get More Done and 20 Easy Home Office Organization Ideas to Boost Your Productivity.

                      35. Find a Mentor

                      By modeling after those who have already achieved success, you will save yourself a lot of time and energy.

                      A good mentor is hard to find, so here’s a guide to help you: What to Look for in a Mentor

                      36. Learn Keyboard Shortcuts

                      With technology’s help, you can double your work efficiency. Even better, you learn all the shortcuts when using technology, for example keyboard shortcuts.

                      When you use keyboard shortcut, you gain 64 hours every year!

                      Not sure what shortcuts to lear? Check out these 22 Tricks That Can Make Anyone A Keyboard Ninja.

                      Besides learning the shortcuts, you can also create keyboard shortcuts with AutoHotKey.

                      37. Improve Your Typing Speed to Save Time

                      Do you know you can save 21 days per year just by typing fast?

                      You don’t really need to take some serious courses to type faster, try these typing games online:

                      38. Work from Home and Avoid the Daily Commute

                      If your job is a flexible one, consider working from home. This saves you the commute time and you’ll find yourself more energetic throughout the day as you have saved the long ride.

                      Take a look at these tips to help you stay productive while working from home:

                      How to Work from Home and Stay Ultra-Productive

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                      39. Get Rid of Time Wasters

                      Common time wasters include Instant Messenger, video games, Flickr, checking your stats 10 times a day, television and extraneous Internet surfing.

                      Don’t rely on your willpower, make use of some of these useful tools to help you stay focus: 10 Online Apps for Better Focus

                      40. Plan Your Meals in Advance

                      Plan out all of your meals a week ahead and make your grocery list accordingly. This allows you to focus on the necessary – saving you time and money. You can also save yourself even more time through a wide variety of apps. One app that I find helpful is Mealime. It’s an app that provides you with a wide selection of recipes and also a convenient spot for your grocery list as well.

                      Considering the fact that over 4 million users have this app, it goes to show that there is a good selection of meal plans that you can follow and that the app is friendly to use.

                      41. Cook Your Meals in Bulk

                      When you cook your meals in bulk, you will have plenty of leftovers. This can avoid having to cook everyday.

                      Find out more about how to make cooking in bulk works: Once a Month Cooking: Productivity Hack or Overrated Time Suck?

                      42. Protect Yourself from Unnecessary Phone Time with Caller ID

                      The minutes you spend on picking up unnecessary phone calls are time wasted. You can prevent that from happening.

                      Check out this detailed guide how you can deal with those unnecessary phone calls: How To Lose the Useless Items that Weigh Down Your Day – Cellphone Calls

                      43. Take Shorter Showers

                      This one may sound silly but it’s actually something I struggle with. I spend up to 30 minutes in the shower. Think of the time I could save simply by speeding up a bit.

                      44. Save the Trips to Bank by Taking Direct Deposit

                      Many employers now offer direct deposit. If yours does, then be sure and take advantage of it and save yourself from a number of trips to the bank.

                      45. Auto Pay Your Bills

                      How many times have you been worried about whether you missed the bills deadline?

                      Auto paying your bills will save you time and eliminate late fees and increased interest rates.

                      46. Shop Online

                      Whenever possible, avoid going to the store. When you shop online, you can be more focus about what you’re getting.

                      47. Speed up your Internet With a Broadband Connection

                      Many people are aware of the slow speed of internet but aren’t doing anything about it. In fact, this is the number one Internet time-saver!

                      If you must use dial-up, then you can use accelerators like Propel and SlipStream to double or even triple your speed.

                      48. Keep up the Speed of Your Computer

                      If you’re a Windows user, use Windows hibernation feature to avoid the slowdown of exiting and restarting Windows.

                      Or maybe, consider switching to Mac as there’re plenty of Advantages You Probably Don’t Know About Switching To Mac From PC.

                      49. Turn off the TV

                      The average American watches more than 4 hours of television every day. Over a 65-year life, that’s 9 years glued to the tube.

                      For better health and productivity, turn off the TV. Here’re 11 more reasons to tell you to stop watching TV so often.

                      Turn off the TV and you are sure to get more out of life.

                      50. Use a Tivo or DVR

                      This can help you cut an hour-long television show down to just 40 minutes. You can save time while not missing the fun.

                      So, here’s the ultimate list of techniques you should learn to boost productivity. Pick the techniques that work for you and make them your daily habits. As time goes, you’ll find yourself being a lot more productive.

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                      Reference

                      [1] Medical News Today: What is biphasic and polyphasic sleep?

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