Remember when a visit to Las Vegas was all about gambling? Massive, windowless casinos with air conditioning and free drinks kept guests oblivious to the passage of time while they sat at slot machines and card tables for hours on end.
The Shower Squid is a newfangled shower caddy that has a cute little rubber “head,” from which dangle nine adjustable latex rubber “tentacles” to grab supplies. The Squid hangs by a built-in rubber noose from any shower fixture. As a neat bonus, the tentacles tend to hold tubes and bottles upside down, so you can just reach out, open and squeeze, without detaching the container. The tentacles will hold a case with a bar of soap in it, but not loose soap (which would slip from the grip). The 13-inch-long shower helper comes in red, black, blue or lime green, and requires very little room in your luggage.
The “air-conditioning” technology behind Real X Gear’s Cooling Caps and Visors is as basic as this: Wet it, wear it, and let good old evaporation do the cooling. The trick is in extending the cooling evaporation time as long as possible.
VIRGINIA BEACH — Captain Jim came on the loudspeaker soon after we boarded the Atlantic Explorer but before we left the dock, cautioning everyone to grab hold of the handrails and generally be careful moving around the deck.
Stand-alone Bluetooth keyboards for tablets and smartphones can make typing on the go a lot easier. But they are worth bringing along only if they are lightweight, sturdy, finger-friendly and reliable.
Lightweight, flexible silicone water bottles have been hiker favorites for a while. Bubi Water Bottles provide a nifty new twist — or rather fold — on these sturdy, conservation-friendly bottles. When empty, Bubi Bottles can be rolled up and secured that way by their integrated D-ring carabiner, which attaches to belt loops or backpacks. The bottles come in 14-ounce or 22-ounce sizes, are BPA-free, microwave- freezer- and dishwasher-safe, and can be turned inside out for cleaning.
Have you ever gone scalloping? I had not, until a trip to Gulf County, Fla. I wasn’t even sure what the act of “scalloping” was. Yes, getting scallops, surely, but how? And what did that entail? It turns out, it’s fairly simple.
With all the travel pillows on the market, can yet another new entry possibly be all that different and improved? Surprisingly, the ZNZI Travel Stuff Pillow delivers (that is, good head and neck support) in an innovative way that warrants enthusiasm. The 19-inch by 12-inch rectangular pillow is made of a baby-blanket soft polyester fabric and stuffed with a plump, yet featherweight fill. The ingenious part is the six strategically imbedded magnets and two suction cups, which allow the pillow to be reshaped and reconfigured to provide optimum comfort in different circumstances. Sitting in a window seat? Those suction cups can secure the pillow to the window, so you can lean into the cushiness without worrying about slippage. Snap or roll the ZNZI into other configurations for use as a back support, arm rest or chin rest. The pillow rolls up for stuffing into an included nylon sack with double straps that can be slipped over luggage handles or clipped to a backpack or shoulder bag. (Warning: The magnets can interfere with medical devices, such as pacemakers and insulin pumps).
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