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Travel gear can be heavy, and I often find myself having to leave behind my razor charger on short trips just to save some space in my carry-on. Remington’s WetTech rotary shaver is not light, but it is a powerful device that I can use quickly and effortlessly thanks to its triple razor head. It can also be used in the shower, which is a great time saver when on the road. Jet lag can mean that every minute of sleep counts!
The device comes with a charging stand, but I often leave it behind because it is a bit bulky. I would need to take it with me if on lengthier trips, but otherwise the battery has a lengthy life of 60 minutes on its own. That clocks in at about a dozen shaving sessions.
Many razors cut close, but still leave the appearance of a five o’clock shadow. Obviously, this is a problem for people with darker or heavier beards, and I find it a pain to have to shave in the morning and at night if I have multiple meetings.
I typically do not shave in the shower, but this razor comes with a portable non-fog travel mirror making it easier. The razor has a no-slip grip removing the worry of dropping it on a hard surface and breaking it. Since I do not usually shave in the shower, I did not realize that it is best to use a shower shaving gel. Once I did, it became much easier and more comfortable. The warm steam from the shower helps to open pores and provided one of the closest shaves I have ever had using an electric razor.
Frequent travelers have all been in the same position where we are left with limited backup for our devices and little hope for onward charging. This is rarely a concern on short jaunts, but if I am in a hurry and connecting to long-haul travel without power outlets then I am in trouble.
I love the fact that I am able to use this iWalk universal backup battery device with multiple pieces of Apple equipment. While not a major techie, I do have an iPhone and an iPad, both of which have synced with this device well.
The degree to which we rely on portable electronic devices has increased significantly over recent years and not being connected in some capacity can be a major detriment in both a business and personal context. Each person’s situation may vary, but I find the solitude to be difficult (yes, I have become a chained subject to mobile Internet).
Although iWalk’s range of plug-in portable power devices alleviates this potential risk, delivering reliable battery power when and where you need it can still be slow going if you are in places with limited connectivity. The small nature of this device made it so simple to just shove in my pocket for when I was heading out on long-day adventures where I figured that my phone battery might run dry.
Despite being lightweight, it is also easy to stuff into one’s pocket although adding an additional electrical adaptor for international outlets gives it more heft. This is a lifesaver for people who need to easily display something for a long period of time (think exhibition or convention space presentation) or for someone who may be working in a corporate setting and have little time to move their display to a power outlet for some extra juice.
It is also wonderful to use during long airplane or train delays when access to electricity may be limited.
I have an older iPhone 3G, but this device matches up with older and newer devices without problem. It comes in both black and white making it a simple addition to your normal phone even when you don’t want someone to know that you are charging your device. With such a small size, this battery packs its own punch.
It is available for sale on the iWalk website in a variety of styles, all of which are affordable. Even the high-capacity 5200mAh model comes in at a price point under $75. Get it at Amazon. Or search the whole product line, which includes chargers for Samsung Galaxy or any smartphone charging via USB: iWalk at Amazon
This alarm clock may seem gimmicky at first, but the gentle wake up can make a big difference in how you feel for the morning. Circadian rhythms lull you into and out of deep slumber, and when you wake up in the middle of that deepest slumber it leaves you feeling more tired. This can easily be the feeling you have if you are also suddenly awakened by an annoying alarm or blaring music.
This Super Shaker is designed for home or travel use and involves placing the vibrating pad underneath your pillow. Most peoples’ pillows are thick enough to hardly notice it is there. At the preset time on the familiar alarm clock (which is connected by a white cord to the vibrating pad), subtle vibrations begin to wake you from underneath your pillow. One of the primary benefits of this clock, however, is that it can awaken one person without disturbing another as music or a normal alarm might.
There is a standard alarm if that feature is needed, and volume control allows you to adjust it to your preferred decibel. An ever-popular snooze function is perfect for those who like to procrastinate on the pillow. Light sleepers will also appreciate a dimmer switch on the face of the clock to keep the glow at a minimum.
Non-U.S. travelers will probably opt for the international 24-hour clock mode making this a great gift for the global nomad. It can operate on a battery or with electrical outlets and sells with foreign power supply accessories. For many, the apparatus may be a bit clunky to carry around, but it is lightweight and easily squeezes into any corner of your suitcase. I have visited many hotels in Europe and Asia where the clock (if there were one at all) was a small digital screen under the TV screen, which I could hardly see from my pillow.
As someone who travels to Europe almost twice a month, this shoe is certainly of interest to me as I am almost always inundated with European fashion and styles that are truly foreign to Americans. It is actually commendable when Americans can eschew the American stereotype of tennis shoes with jeans (or egad!, business suits, yes, I sadly see it often). It may seem comfortable and acceptable to us, but many Europeans are laughing behind our backs. Tourists probably needn’t care (even though they are furthering this image of Americans), but business travelers should beware as it sets a tone among foreign counterparts.
Dressing the part, even fitting in whether with foreign language skills or similar clothing style, is an important part of many business programs protocol. This Aalto Chukka shoe from Kuru Footwear fits the part for such a need if not for any stylish American in the U.S. Since my role is to share business travel-friendly gear, this post will follow that model.
This shoe has the most comfortable sole ever thanks to cushioning that is soft without being too thick. Looking like you are wearing an orthopedic shoe is never a good way to begin a business meeting, and this shoe is soft on the bottom (although is not meant to replace a business loafer). The laces on this shoe give it another dimension of style keeping it from looking like a simple slipper despite it feeling like one.
Admittedly, the company is quick to admit that the rubber sole can get dirty quickly (as is the case with any light color-bottomed shoe), but this should only be a concern if you plan on lifting your foot over your knee in a casual meeting, which in many foreign cultures can be a taboo-inducing experience. It can also wear through quickly as well, but this is being corrected with the shoe’s next incarnation since it was not developed for so much traffic, but customers found it so comfortable it was being used in that manner.
Since I wore this shoe on 48-hour travel jaunts with lots of walking in between, I found the interior to hold up extremely well. It must be because of it s anti-microbial insole custom mold that adjusts to your feet and an interior that keeps it from smelling.
An integrated arch is intended to boost a healthier stride when walking, which for me is important, and I did notice a more comfortable fit underneath my heel. What I did notice is that the moisture-wicking liner kept any smells from forming. The suede holds up well even when it gets wet in precipitation and does not stain from moisture.
While these shoes may not be for everyone, the style is a perfect fit for the foreign business person who needs to use the same shoe for business or casual wear. The science behind the shoe keeps it sturdy, protective, and comfortable. It is available from the Kuru website (and nowhere else it looks like) for just over $100.
This clever and compact device is an excellent and compact accessory to one’s iPad, which is especiallfy useful when traveling and packing space is on the limited side. Unlike the often temperamental Bluetooth keyboards that we have tested in the past, this keyboard actually fits right on top of the iPad keyboard. As a result, it turns your iPad into a compact laptop making it the answer to many peoples’ dreams who find the Bluetooth units too difficult or touchy to use for intense typing or keyboard use.
Its clear and soft texture adds essentially zero weight to your trousseau unlike the conventional Bluetooth keyboards and cases. It may take a few sentences to get used to typing on the plastic-like surface to reach a speed that accomplishes a follow-through in typing, but users become accustomed very quickly. It is almost a lighter touch on your finger especially if you are one of those that bangs out a symphony when typing.
An odd function of using Bluetooth keyboards is either the lack of response or the far-too-eager response of the keyboard. The benefit of this cover is that it does not actually perform any functions unless you press firmly onto the iPad screen, which does not take too much getting used to after using it for a few minutes. And if you are used to using an iPad, you know the response is instant and easy.
It can easily be folded away using corner magnets when not in use (say, for example, you wanted to surf the web for awhile without using email or typing features). And while in use, its magnetic sides keep it in place. This device works with all versions of iPad, which is great for someone like me who still uses the original version. A storage compartment for this rubber device makes it easy to tuck away in your briefcase. It is easily washed with water and rolled away to store in this pouch.
Even international keyboards are supported with this device making it great for multilingual or international business travelers.
My favorite feature of this keyboard is its reliability allowing me to type without constantly checking back to make sure my words have been transferred to the screen. While using an iPad in place of a laptop no matter what the compact, space-saving accessory, there are still drawbacks for opening documents and total computer functionality. Still, this affordable keyboard costs just under $50 and is available at the Touchfire website making it a great addition to the frequent traveler’s portfolio.