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These 10 Travel Gadgets Will Revolutionize Your Vacation

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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.

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                      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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                      Published on September 21, 2021

                      How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

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                      How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

                      The internet is flooded with articles about remote work and its benefits or drawbacks. But in reality, the remote work experience is so subjective that it’s impossible to draw general conclusions and issue one-size-fits-all advice about it. However, one thing that’s universal and rock-solid is data. Data-backed findings and research about remote work productivity give us a clear picture of how our workdays have changed and how work from home affects us—because data doesn’t lie.

                      In this article, we’ll look at three decisive findings from a recent data study and two survey reports concerning remote work productivity and worker well-being.

                      1. We Take Less Frequent Breaks

                      Your home can be a peaceful or a distracting place depending on your living and family conditions. While some of us might find it hard to focus amidst the sounds of our everyday life, other people will tell you that the peace and quiet while working from home (WFH) is a major productivity booster. Then there are those who find it hard to take proper breaks at home and switch off at the end of the workday.

                      But what does data say about remote work productivity? Do we work more or less in a remote setting?

                      Let’s take a step back to pre-pandemic times (2014, to be exact) when a time tracking application called DeskTime discovered that 10% of most productive people work for 52 minutes and then take a break for 17 minutes.

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                      Recently, the same time tracking app repeated that study to reveal working and breaking patterns during the pandemic. They found that remote work has caused an increase in time worked, with the most productive people now working for 112 minutes and breaking for 26 minutes.[1]

                      Now, this may seem rather innocent at first—so what if we work for extended periods of time as long as we also take longer breaks? But let’s take a closer look at this proportion.

                      While breaks have become only nine minutes longer, work sprints have more than doubled. That’s nearly two hours of work, meaning that the most hard-working people only take three to four breaks per 8-hour workday. This discovery makes us question if working from home (WFH) really is as good a thing for our well-being as we thought it was. In addition, in the WFH format, breaks are no longer a treat but rather a time to squeeze in a chore or help children with schoolwork.

                      Online meetings are among the main reasons for less frequent breaks. Pre-pandemic meetings meant going to another room, stretching your legs, and giving your eyes a rest from the computer. In a remote setting, all meetings happen on screen, sometimes back-to-back, which could be one of the main factors explaining the longer work hours recorded.

                      2. We Face a Higher Risk of Burnout

                      At first, many were optimistic about remote work’s benefits in terms of work-life balance as we save time on commuting and have more time to spend with family—at least in theory. But for many people, this was quickly counterbalanced by a struggle to separate their work and personal lives. Buffer’s 2021 survey for the State of Remote Work report found that the biggest struggle of remote workers is not being able to unplug, with collaboration difficulties and loneliness sharing second place.[2]

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                      Buffer’s respondents were also asked if they are working more or less since their shift to remote work, and 45 percent admitted to working more. Forty-two percent said they are working the same amount, while 13 percent responded that they are working less.

                      Longer work hours and fewer quality breaks can dramatically affect our health, as long-term sitting and computer use can cause eye strain, mental fatigue, and other issues. These, in turn, can lead to more severe consequences, such as burnout and heart disease.

                      Let’s have a closer look at the connection between burnout and remote work.

                      McKinsey’s report about the Future of work states that 49% of people say they’re feeling some symptoms of burnout.[3] And that may be an understatement since employees experiencing burnout are less likely to respond to survey requests and may have even left the workforce.

                      From the viewpoint of the employer, remote workers may seem like they are more productive and working longer hours. However, managers must be aware of the risks associated with increased employee anxiety. Otherwise, the productivity gains won’t be long-lasting. It’s no secret that prolonged anxiety can reduce job satisfaction, decrease work performance, and negatively affect interpersonal relationships with colleagues.[4]

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                      3. Despite everything, We Love Remote Work

                      An overwhelming majority—97 percent—of Buffer report’s survey respondents say they would like to continue working remotely to some extent. The two main benefits mentioned by the respondents are the ability to have a flexible schedule and the flexibility to work from anywhere.

                      McKinsey’s report found that more than half of employees would like their workplace to adopt a more flexible hybrid virtual-working model, with some days of work on-premises and some days working remotely. To be more exact, more than half of employees report that they would like at least three work-from-home days a week once the pandemic is over.

                      Companies will increasingly be forced to find ways to satisfy these workforce demands while implementing policies to minimize the risks associated with overworking and burnout. Smart companies will embrace this new trend and realize that adopting hybrid models can also be a win for them—for example, for accessing talent in different locations and at a lower cost.

                      Remote Work: Blessing or Plight?

                      Understandably, workers worldwide are tempted to keep the good work-life aspects that have come out of the pandemic—professional flexibility, fewer commutes, and extra time with family. But with the once strict boundaries between work and life fading, we must remain cautious. We try to squeeze in house chores during breaks. We do online meetings from the kitchen or the same couch we watch TV shows from, and many of us report difficulties switching off after work.

                      So, how do we keep our private and professional lives from hopelessly blending together?

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                      The answer is that we try to replicate the physical and virtual boundaries that come naturally in an office setting. This doesn’t only mean having a dedicated workspace but also tracking your work time and stopping when your working hours are finished. In addition, it means working breaks into your schedule because watercooler chats don’t just naturally happen at home.

                      If necessary, we need to introduce new rituals that resemble a normal office day—for example, going for a walk around the block in the morning to simulate “arriving at work.” Remote work is here to stay. If we want to enjoy the advantages it offers, then we need to learn how to cope with the personal challenges that come with it.

                      Learn how to stay productive while working remotely with these tips: How to Work From Home: 10 Tips to Stay Productive

                      Featured photo credit: Jenny Ueberberg via unsplash.com

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