Posts Tagged ‘Airport’

Travel Gizmos

July 20, 2010

I’m about to take a little work/ blogging hiatus to work on my own personal big event.

I’ve been catching up on some of my favorite event planning reads and came across all of these great products that I would love to try:

  • Steam Bug Travel Steam Iron:  I think I have to have one of these.  The personal and event uses are endless.  How many times have you showed up at an event and either the table cloths or your guest of honor could use a little less wrinkling?  At just $35, I think this just may have become my new travel must-have.  It heats up in 15 seconds, has three settings , one touch steam and a travel pouch. 
  • This totally looks like something I would find in an in-flight magazine.  However, as a true believer in the power of in-home sun lamps (having moved to the Pacific NW from Colorado 10 years ago, I definitely need my fix of sun), I think this is a perfect accessory for  time on the road and would definitely help me adjust to new time zones or 4AM event wake ups.
  • Speaking of changing time zones, I often struggle when I travel internationally for an event and am immediately required to be in a new time zone hours from my home.  The Sleeptracker monitors all five stages of your sleep and helps you avoid waking up at the wrong moment, the one where you’re haggard and slow.  Instead, it gently wakes you when you’re most alert os you feel refreshed instead of groggy.  Maybe I need one of these in my everyday life too!?
  • Every time I leave on a business trip, I strive to take the least amount possible so I don’t have to check my bag.  Inevitably, I end up walking through the airport juggling my rollerbag, laptop bag, purse, coffee, snacks, books, etc.  I’m loving this little gadget that provides my coffee a non-spill spot to rest as I run to the next gate for my connection.

Sadly, I didn’t register for any of these items so looks like I’ll have to save up my AMEX points to get some new travel helpers.

Any gadgets that help make your trips a bit easier?

Airline Boarding Fees?

June 17, 2010

In their most recent effort to gouge consumers, airlines are now charging you to board the plane…well, to board early anyway.  American Airlines has announced that for a flat fee rate of $10 each way, you can purchase the “Boarding and Flexibility Package” and board after American’s elite status members. 

Othe airlines offering “perks at a price” include United with a “Premier Line” service starting at $19 and Southwest Airlines with a $10 fee for its “Early Bird Check-in.”