Posts Tagged ‘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. This blog post contains affiliate links – at no extra cost to you, using Amazon through a link may…

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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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Language Apps for Tourists

First of all, there are many apps for digital devices, including cell phones, for helping with language translation when traveling, or trying to communicate in a foreign language anywhere. However, some apps are geared for language learners, and some are especially geared for tourists. Specifically, a tourist would need words and phrases for getting around,…

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Silicon Valley and San Francisco for Nerdy Tech Teens

San Francisco and the surrounding Silicon Valley offer many things to do for teens and their parents who are into technology and gadgets and related science or social media giants. I happen to have three boys who love all things tech or engineering. We get to California at least once a year, an easy trip…

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Nintendo DS and DS Lite Adapters – Eight Gadgets for Travel

Since writing about our family’s Nintendo DS adapter experience where we discovered that a Nintendo DS requires a transformer in addition to an adapter, I have found 8 more gadgets to solve similar electronics problems. Some are for a DS and some for a DS Lite. This blog post contains affiliate links – at no…

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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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