Travel Gadgets for the Holidays

Traveling during holiday season means longer lines, extended wait times, and sometimes an uncomfortable amount of time in one seat. Traveling with kids, then, could be a real nightmare if you don’t arm yourself with the right accessories. Here is a list of gadgets that will no doubt make your travels smoother. Indulge in one of these sweet treats and enjoy your holiday.

For keeping your little ones happy

Tablets are all the rage and loved by all ages. With the LeapPad Explorer, the new tablet by LeapFrog aimed at children 4 to 9, you can both play during a long flight. The LeapPad features a camera/video recorder, e-books, and over 100 games and apps. It automatically adjusts the learning across all 100+ experiences so children can learn at their own pace. Visit http://www.leapfrog.com/en_gb/new_home.html for retailer locations and further information about this fabulous gadget.

For the international traveler

Prevent dead electronics with a universal travel adapter (£7, 99) which converts your UK plug for use in over 150 countries. Surge protection is offered for added security. With a compact shape that easily fits in a carry-on, you won’t be caught unprepared if an emergency arises. Buy online at http://www.roamingfox.co.uk/

For the heavy-duty packer

If you find yourself repacking as you check your bags when you return from holiday, keep the Tumi Scale (£50, 00) on hand. This compact electronic scale offers an easy, one button for weighing your bags before you leave for the airport. If you usually fly with low-cost airline companies such as Ryanair or Easyjet, then I suggest you get yourself this gadget immediately and never separate from it. With rising baggage fees, especially for overweight items, the Tumi Scale will save you time, money, and stress before you walk out the door. It features a backlit, digital display in pounds and kilograms and has the strength to hold up to 100 pounds. Buy online at http://uk.tumi.com/home/index.jsp

For the bookworm

Keep your mind occupied with the new Kindle, which is lighter, smaller and faster than its predecessor and most eBook reader devices out there. The Kindle now comes with built-in Wi-Fi, so you can download new books in 60 seconds or less. With a massive selection of over 750,000 books, newspapers, and magazines a bibliophile will be in heaven. And with a price tag of £89, 00, it’s a cheaper alternative to the iPad. See more information at http://www.amazon.co.uk/

For the easily distracted

It can be hard to focus, and a bit frustrating, when loud neighbors invade your entertainment experience. Create a quiet zone with Bose QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones (£279, 00). These headphones are touted as Bose’s best headphones with advanced noise reduction technology and a comfortable around the ear fit. Included are a cable with remote for iPhone/iPod control and a microphone for hands free-calling. With an average life span of 35 hours on an AAA battery, you can create an oasis for yourself no matter how much chaos is going on around you. Buy online at http://www.bose.co.uk/GB/en/index.jsp.

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