As any traveler will tell you, the ultimate challenge of visiting a prime destination remains: How do I minimize typical travel issues to keep them from dominating my trip? While every traveler has different pet peeves, similar annoying travel themes face every individual, whether they travel every week, or once a year. No product can completely absolve the pain and irritation caused by travel problems like cramped flights and limited packing space, but the following products help mitigate some of these travel concerns.
Now I don’t know about you, but I’m deathly afraid of heights. Unfortunately for myself, and others that share my affliction, airplane travel is a necessary evil, leaving wary travelers with acrophobia (fancy for scared of heights, I had to look it up) in a perpetual state of hyperventilation and anxiety. One time tested outlet to calm the in-flight nerves is alcohol. Not that I’m condoning the practice, but drinking does help dull the anxiety helping frightful travelers from point A to point B with a little more comfortability.
However, upon arrival at your destination, inebriated travelers are subjected to the inevitable hangover that accompanies alcoholic travel. Even those who do not suffer from the flight and travel scares often suffer the after effects of a night out on the town, leaving them in a haze the following day, wasting precious vacation time.
Drinkease helps save hungover travelers from the irritation of lost days and lost vacation time. It’s a small homeopathic pill that reduces the symptoms of hangover, including indigestion, dizziness, and headache. Simply take one of these pills before you sleep and wash it down with plenty of water, and enjoy your travel, or mitigate your post flight stress. It’s a simple solution to a major issue for many travelers, and helps you avoid the scramble of scoping out over-priced destination pharmacies for a make-shift hangover remedy.
- No Jet Lag
While the effects of in-flight drinking or over-indulgence may be self-imposed, jet lag unfortunately scourges weary business travelers and vacationers no matter how they prepare themselves. Anyone who has ever flown across the globe knows the jet lag feeling. You feel out of sorts, almost as if you’ve taken sleeping medication at midday and are now slogging through the remainder of the daylight hours just to try and reset your sleep schedule.
Everyone has their own concocted remedies or strategies to try and cut-down the effects of jet-lag, but these vary person to person and may not be all that effective. If your own remedies don’t really help, then try taking No-Jet-Lag when you fly. All you do is take one dose upon departure and arrival, and for longer flights, just follow the directions for taking multiple doses. No-Jet-Lag is homeopathic, and helps the body accommodate for barometric issues caused by altitude, making the body less worn out after the trip.
A truly useful and funky travel accessory, the GoGirl solves a problem you may have thought previously unsolvable. Too often, road-tripping travelers find themselves desperately holding their bladder, scanning the horizon for the first sign of a rest area or convenience store in hopes of relieving themselves. Unfortunately, once you actually find a bathroom, you are forced to use old, gross, skeevy looking facilities out of necessity. While this may not be a huge problem for men (for obvious reasons, they can stand up while urinating), females are forced to try any method to avoid sitting on the toilet, or if they can’t, attempt to continue holding their bladder until they find a suitable bathroom.
The GoGirl provides a remedy for women who constantly find themselves laying sheets upon sheets of toilet paper to cover up that disgusting seat. The GoGirl is a silicon funnel that women can hold up to their bodies, enabling the ability to stand and pee away from revolting toilets. Beyond just the occasional use in a dirty bathroom, the GoGirl is useful during long nature hikes (sometimes it’s hard to find a park bathroom) or on a long camping trip out in the middle of nowhere.
It may seem a little odd to use at first, but after realizing the easy use and the freedom the GoGirl affords you, you’ll be glad you stumbled onto this surprising travel accessory.
Recently, mosquito-borne diseases have been in the news with the outbreak of the Zika Virus in Brazil, and its expanding reach. Combine this outbreak with the Olympic Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro this summer, and you have a bad recipe for millions of travelers.
Beyond the serious disease spread by mosquitoes, they are a general annoyance faced by many travelers. Campsites in exotic locations are often marred with clouds of mosquitoes descending on campers and hikers. Humid areas and vacationers visiting a lake house or cottage in the summertime also experience the mosquito curse. The constant buzzing, swarming, and biting, causes people to slap at that arms and legs repeatedly to ward off the pesky blood-suckers. What’s worse is what comes after, with the relentless itch and unsightly bumps that spring up all over the body.
To combat the buzz while you travel, try taking MosRepel bands with you. They are easy to use (they just snap around your wrist), and they slowly release naturally repellant odors once the package is opened. Unlike many other mosquito repellants, they don’t require you to spray a ton of repellant and run through the fog repeatedly, leaving that sticky film stuck to your skin, and the unpleasant smell that accompanies it. Instead, MosRepel has formulated its mix to release a repellant that both smells natural and wards off mosquitoes. It lasts up to 180 hours after it is first exposed to air, a convenient trick to navigate the swarms while you travel.
- Motion Band:
Motion sickness strikes many travelers, particularly those partaking in cruises, planes, and occasionally the winding car trip. To ease the nausea caused by vestibular issues, people turn to prescription medications that either dull their senses or put them to sleep. Either way, it can make for a hellacious trip of throwing up, or experiencing a like feeling for hours depending on your venue.
Motion bands are an inexpensive, non-invasive method to reduce some of the symptoms and effects of motion sickness. The wristbands essentially adjust to barometric differences in the wearer’s environment by softly increasing the amount of pressure on the underside of the wrist through a small bubble. The bubble puts pressure on a key proprioceptive point on the wrist, changing how your body perceives the motion around you. It’s simple, easy to carry and a quick fix for travelers hoping to avoid medication.
- Waterproof Pouch:
When you think about it, everything vital in the world can fit in your pocket. Your wallet, credit card, money, identification, camera, and of course, your phone, all stays tucked in your pocket for most of the day, ready at a moment’s notice. Yet, all of these things share one profound flaw. They can all be destroyed by water.
Beach vacations (or lake house vacations), are a favorite of mine and many others, and an essential part of those vacations is having your phone or camera available on the water to capture memories, and share them with everyone you know. However, I, like many of you I’m sure, have found a way to drop my phone in the water, or just spill something on it. You can try the rice trick, or whatever drying technique you can conjure up, but it never quite works the same again. The easiest way to avoid phone, camera, and wallet issues is to just keep them dry.
That’s where the Waterseals Waterproof Pouch comes into play. It’s a waterproof bag that seals and snaps to keep water out, and keep whatever you put inside (phone, camera, wallet, etc.) floating on the water’s surface should you drop it into the water. The Waterproof Pouch is big enough to accommodate major electronics, including large smartphones. Don’t get cut off from your friends, social media, and the world by getting your phone wet. The Waterproof Pouch is inexpensive and will save you the hassle of getting all your vitals replaced.
- Adult Nylon Poncho:
I once made the mistake of going to Niagara Falls without a rain jacket, a poncho, or really anything that repelled the mist. Granted, I vacationed their during the winter time when the temperature was below freezing, but the falls were not. After spending a morning walking along the falls, I was drenched and freezing, so I retreated back to my hotel to warm up, change clothes, and regroup. Why am I regaling you with stories of my own stupidity? Not because I want everyone to bring a rain jacket to Niagara (although you should), but rather to implore you to pack a poncho whenever you travel, regardless of the typical trends or forecasted weather.
Why a poncho though and not a rain jacket? Well, a poncho is much slimmer, lighter, easier to pack, and can be used by different people as opposed to a monofunctional rain jacket. It might not be a fashion statement, but if you get caught in a surprise downpour, you’ll be wishing you had anything to keep you dry. A poncho isn’t the first thing you think of when you’re making your packing list, but it certainly saves you the headache of buying an expensive jacket at your destination.