Tools & Gadgets

Best Cooling Towels

Our Guide to 7 of the Best Cooling Towels for Hot Weather Are you sensitive to hot weather? When the temperature outside is in the 80s or 90s (Fahrenheit) or anywhere above 28 Celsius, do you feel intensely uncomfortable? (Affiliate disclosure – at no extra cost to you, using a link below to check product…

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5 Best Family Travel Gadgets

Travel items need to be compact and very useful, maximizing function, meeting crucial family travel needs, while being easy to pack. In previous posts, we showed you DIY and handy luggage tags in How to Make Suitcases Easy to Spot, and for recharging cell phones or other devices away from the hotel room, our review…

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Travel Tech: Waka Waka Solar Charger

Waka Waka Solar Charger

As a family, the Jacobsens have been all in on technology, with gizmos and gadgets aplenty. Using gizmos during travel has been no exception and, as such, we have often been in want of convenient power sources to recharge devices. This blog post contains affiliate links – at no extra cost to you, using Amazon through…

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Family Luggage – How to Make Suitcases Easy to Spot

Airport carousels, train or shuttle bus shelves, and hotel luggage storage closets can be a jumble of suitcases. Fittingly, since we operate Sleeps5, travel is one of our favorite family things to do. So we’ve seen many rows, piles, and carts full of luggage. If you’re like me, and find family travel makes you a…

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Travel Games with Toddlers and Kids – Keep Them Entertained

I placed the saltine between my toddler’s toes. Then I maneuvered his foot toward his mouth so he could take a bite of the cracker, proving that parents get very creative when trying to entertain a little one on a long trip. He thought the cracker-in-the-toes routine was hilarious. He also thought it was funny…

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Before Your Family Travels – Teach Geography with a Game!

My working knowledge of geography is limited — in school I’d memorize enough to get an ‘A’ on the test, then let it go. Having 3 boys who seem to soak up country, city, mountain, and water body names like sponges, though, has increased my interest in the subject. And now, searching for hotel family…

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Buy Kids a Nintendo DS Adapter for Europe Travel

We prepared thoroughly for our dream vacation to Germany last summer. Gathered over a period of months: travel books, passports, Google maps, email hotel confirmations, fanny packs, and of course, International Plug Adapters for all the electronics. We knew that nearly every day we’d need to charge the laptop, the digital camera, the second digital…

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