As much as I love to travel, there are a few things that are not always that much fun—getting ahead with work before leaving town, deciding what to pack, trying to fit it all in one carry-on bag to travel faster (and avoid any fees), getting damn near naked for TSA at the airport … But once I’m on my way—whether traveling a few hours by car or half a world away by plane—I’m as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning.
Part of the fun is trying out new little travel trinkets to help make the journey a lot easier and sometimes more enjoyable. Following are a few of my latest “tryouts” you might consider for your travel adventures:
Comfort for your Feet
For the most part, the largest items in my travel bags are my shoes, even though I try to wear the heaviest/largest pair (usually my tennis shoes) when going to and fro, to save space and provide comfort. But now I have a new favorite travel shoe: Arcopedico.
Portable, lightweight, providing great circulation and support, machine-washable and great looking, Arcopédico offers high-quality, Portuguese-made women’s comfort shoes. The company boasts the ability to “fly, walk (and) wander without foot aches, pains or swelling,” and I agree. Choose from their L2 slip-ons, designed for “Frequent Flyers Feet,” LS “Shocks” for “Sightseer’s Feet” and numerous other styles. Their shoes can be purchased at independent shoe stores. 775.322.0492 (for retailers), www.Arcopedico.com.
Zip ‘N Hang
It’s a tiny little thing but it delivers a big punch – that would be Zip 'n Hang, an adjustable over-the-door hook that helps you save space, makes a place to drape clothes hangers that did not previously exist and does not scratch, scrap or need nails, adhesive, etc.
It looks almost like a round measuring tape, but it is filled with heavy duty flexible lines that you simply hang around the door corners, push the button, and raise and lower the Zip 'n Hang to the desired height. It holds up to 20 pounds, can be moved easily to another door and does not prevent the door from closing. It also retracts just as easily as the lines came out, making storage in your travel bag a breeze (you can also use it for household items like ironing boards, wreaths, bathrobes and more). www.zipnhang.com
I’m not saying that I experience hot flashes (I call them power surges anyway) but this product was originally developed by an ingenious woman desiring to alleviate her change of life menopausal hot flashes easily and effectively, but without medicine (or side effects!).
The result was coldfront®, a very cool (pun intended) personal cooling system. Inside a convenient carrying case the size of a small make-up bag are two cooling palm packs and a cooling core that re-cools the palm packs throughout the day or night for up to 12 hours. You can use them on planes, trains, automobiles, at the office, at home, for outdoor events, while exercising—anywhere you might need a touch of coolness—for the entire family; especially during this summer heat. Just sit the case in the freezer, pull it out when you are ready to hit the road and cool it! 877.694.2210, www.mycoldfront.com
We’ve got a few more great travel trinkets coming up.