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What is the one thing that guests often leave behind in hotel rooms? In an informal survey that I took with hotel employees and travelers, I was not at all surprised at the answer. I’ve left the item behind myself – power adapter cords.

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Not long ago, I had already checked out of my hotel when I remembered that I had forgotten to take my iPhone USB power adapter cord. The phone I had disconnected and put safely in my purse. It was the nondescript white charging cord that I left behind.

Luckily, I was close enough that I could ask the hotel clerk if I could return to my room and pick up the cord. She assured me that I wasn’t the first person to have done that.

A friend brought two adapter cords on a recent trip and left both of them behind. Another friend said she ties one of her favorite scarves to a cord to remind her not to forget it. A simple white cord is easily overlooked when leaving. But not her colorful scarf.

So when I heard about the CableKeeps created by Nice by Design, I thought they might be the answer to two traveling problems. The colorful little CableKeeps make it more difficult to forget a cord and the product also makes it easier to keep cords from tangling.

The two CableKeeps I ordered are for my Apple iPhone and for my iPad. They are cute little gadgets and they serve the purpose for which they were created. They help keep chargers and cables tidy and well organized.

Made in the United States of eco-friendly, 100 percent recyclable Santoprene rubber, the CableKeeps resemble fish and have catchy names. “Goldie” is for my iPhone (or an iPod) and is designed to fit snugly over the iPhone USB power adapter. Goldie has a fish “tail” to wind the cable round to keep it handy and tangle free.

Goldie also can be used to prop up an iPhone like a little kickstand while the charger is plugged in and connected.

“Nibbles” is the bright green device for the iPad USB power adapter. Nibbles doesn’t have the same kickstand function as Goldie but it is still a nice way to add some unforgettable color and organization.

I noticed that Nice also offers “Gulp” for the European tri-pronged electrical sockets, as well as “Spike” and “Ink” (named for the little squid) for other UK devices. I hope a CableKeeps device for my laptop computer will soon be available.

Founded in 2011, Nice is headquartered in Mill Creek, Washington. The company is the brainchild of James Young with a mission “to bring premium products to market that delight, inspire, and build on our foundation of empowering our local community, reducing environmental impact, and sharing our success."

I like the CableKeeps’ commitment to be eco friendly. As the company notes “even the best products have a limited lifespan. We always use materials that are non-toxic, easily recycled, or compostable. We choose processes that don't pollute and assembly methods that can be easily disassembled for re-processing.”

As Nice by Design concludes, “It's just Nicer that way.”

For more information: Check out the website at www.nicebydesign.com

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