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Spam Some Time

Spam Travel Alarm ClockOne truly can never have enough Spam. Its makers seems to know this and consistently provide its high quality foodstuff and enough product placement to make us positively ecstatic. This time it is the Spam Compact Travel Alarm Clock. Operating on a single watch battery (included,) the blue clock stands 2-inches tall and displays “Spam American Classic Est.1937,” should anyone forget. Pop up the time display with a simple push of a button. Available online for only $5.00 each, buy several and Spamalot.

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Spare Batteries Fly Under New Rules

Laptop w/BatteryThere are now different rules if you intend to fly this year with spare batteries. Here are the basics from the our ever-wary government and the FAA:   

  • Spare batteries are the batteries you carry separately from the devices they power. When batteries are installed in a device, they are not considered spare.
  • You may not pack a spare lithium battery in your checked baggage.
  • You may bring spare lithium batteries with you in carry on luggage - see our spare battery tips and how-to sections to find out how to pack spare batteries safely!
  • Even though we recommend you carrying your devices with you in carry on baggage as well, if you must bring in one in checked baggage, you may check it with the batteries installed.

While all this seems a bit too obvious to us, we figure that the elementary way of explaining the rules isn’t just for the casual business traveler. Check the site for more details.

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Driin’s Device Holder Keeps Gadgets Off The Floor

deviceholderHoliday traveling means (at least) two things - packing up handheld electronics to keep yourself entertained and connected, and trying to find places to stow those gadgets while they’re charging.  In hotel rooms and guestrooms across the country outlets may abound, but there isn’t always a place close to the outlets to safely sit your stuff while it recharges.

Enter Kikkerland’s Portable Device Holder by Driin.  The L-shaped accessory has a large hole in the top through which you plug the charger into the wall.  Sit your gadget of choice on the little shelf and voila - no need to rest your precious metals (or plastics, silicones, or combinations thereof) on the floor.

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For the Ladies: Burton Women’s Day Hiker

Posted by Jenny Lewis Categories: Accessories, Product Reviews

burtondayhikerLaptop.  .  Headphones.  Camera.  Phone.  Wallet.  Home keys.  Car keys.  Moleskine, writing implements, Bluetooth earpiece, DS, games, maybe a spiral notebook or two, possibly even a textbook.  And this is all supposed to go into a messenger bag and arrive unharmed and somewhat organized at my destination?

Faced with this issue while packing my regular carryon for a trip last month, I realized something had to change - I needed a better receptacle for all of my junk.  After shopping other messengers, slings, totes, and various other bag designs, the best solution was the Burton Women’s Day Hiker 12L.  This bag has some serious pockets - plenty of organized space for my phone, various pens and pencils, a fleece-lined pocket for my camera, a clip for my keys, even a separate pocket for my iPod with a cutout to run the headphone cord through.  There’s a shovel pocket on the inside of the bag that houses a 13” notebook (although it’s not the most protective pocket on Earth - a sleeve might be a good idea).  Two outside board straps make schlepping your sporting board of choice a breeze.  Most importantly, the shoulder straps - which are made for women - were comfortable while carrying a heavy load. 

The Burton Women’s Day Hiker 12L is available in six colors, including basic black, and retails for $49.95.  Just in case you guys get jealous, there’s a men’s version as well.


First Space Hotel Planned for 2012

Galactic Suite

What began as an idea from former aerospace engineer Xavier Claramunt may become reality in 2012. Galactic Suite will be the first hotel in space and allows a round-the-world experience in only 80 minutes. Booking a room doesn’t come cheaply, as a 3-day stay will cost $4 million. While there, guests can wear velcro suits to crawl and stick around their pod/rooms and will be able to see sunrise 15 times a day. Claramunt, the company’s director,  says that the hotel was created keeping in mind that each pod had to fit inside a rocket.
“It’s the bathrooms in zero gravity that are the biggest challenge,” says Claramunt. “How to accommodate the more intimate activities of the guests is not easy.”
Even if we had sufficient funding to travel to the posh resort, we think we will pass, as we get a bit nauseous just eating in revolving restaurants.

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Save Food and Lodging Fees By CouchSurfing

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Transportation

CouchSurfers' MapIt’s vacation time but you don’t have enough funding to go past the back yard. If the Charity Guide isn’t quite your idea of how to spend it this year, consider becoming a member of CouchSurfing. Although the site has been up since 2004, it now has 218 countries involved and over 260,000 members that will assist you in saving on those pricey hotel and meal costs. Create a profile as completely as possible on the site, chat it up with some of the discussion groups, and request a destination. After your options appear, find out more details by talking to your host, seeing pictures of her/his home, and make plans to literally crash on someone else’s couch.

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