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SolarCooler Keeps Drinks Cool With Sun Power

Solar Cooler

 

Can something hot be used to cool other objects down? You don’t have to think too hard before answering “yes.” That’s precisely what the SolarCooler does. It’s a portable cooler of sorts that’s powered by solar energy. It has solar panels covering its surface to harness the power of the sun, which is used to cool down the contents of the cooler.

The applications of the SolarCooler go beyond keeping those six-packs of beer cool for your road trip. It can potentially be used to transport vaccines in areas of the world where they are needed. In fact, the team behind the cooler plan to sponsor a pilot run of Vaccine SolarCoolers in Africa.

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Portable Door Jammer Gives You Extra Security, Wherever You Are

Portable Door Jammer

 

How safe are you in your hotel room? There’s nothing to worry about if you’re booked in a five-star hotel but if you’re on a tight budget and went for the inn with the cheapest rates in the area, then you might find that to be a major concern come nightfall. That’s what happened to me when I traveled with a few friends last year to attend a concert. Halfway through the night, we heard loud banging in outside the halls in the dead of night, and one of my friends swore she heard someone try to open the door.

Suffice to say, we checked out the next morning and paid double for a fancier (and much safer) hotel. If you find yourself traveling to places that aren’t as safe or secure as you’d like, then it’s high time you got something like the portable door jammer as an added safety measure. It works with most doors and setting it up is pretty simple. Just slide it at the bottom of the door and crank out the arm until it’s secure and snug against the floor surface.

People on the outside will be able to see the jammer’s little arm, so maybe that’ll serve as a deterrent of sorts since they’ll have a more difficult time trying to sneak in or force their way into your room.

The Portable Door Jammer is available online for $48.

Update: Found a link on Amazon for $23.50. Link below updated. -Ed.

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Want to Snuggle With Bunnies? At The Rabbit Cafe, You Can

Rabbit Cafe

Bunnies. What’s not to love?

I’d say nothing, but parents who’ve had to take care of the pets their kids brought home (but neglected to care for) will have plenty to say about that. Truth be told, there’s a lot of work involved to make sure that the rabbits are well-fed and are living in a clean environment. The thing is, most people, young and old, just want to cuddle with them without having to deal with the mess.

The solution? The Rabbit Cafe. It’s another one of those unusual cafes in Japan that allow people to drop by for some coffee, sandwiches, and cuddle time with bunnies.

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GPS Adventure Box: Give Someone the Gift of an Adventure

It’s important to keep things in perspective. Sure, you didn’t get the laptop you wanted last Christmas, or the house that you thought you’d be living in at age 40. But things happen. That’s life, and the only thing that’s constant about it is that it keeps moving. So move along with it.

Sometimes people can be so wrapped up in work or with some trivial thing that they forget to look at the big picture and enjoy. If you know someone who’s currently at that stage in their lives, then give them the gift of adventure. Send them the GPS Adventure Box and give them the break that can change their current outlook.

That’s not how the GPS Adventure Box is being marketed, but that’s one creative (and very meaningful) way to use it.

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Lay-N-Go Traveler Makes Packing and Unpacking Easier

Lay N Go

Whether it’s a day trip, a weekender, or a week-long trip, the Lay-N-Go Traveler will be able to make packing and unpacking a whole lot easier for you. It’s a bag can be unfolded and transformed into a mat, effectively laying all your stuff in front of you. That way, you won’t have to rummage through your bag (and mess everything up in the process) in search for a single object.

The Lay-N-Go Traveler isn’t meant to hold your clothes or extra shoes, given the size, but it’s perfect for personal effects and smaller essentials, like your toothpaste, glasses, razor, deodorant, and phone charger and cables, among other things. It’s also available in another size, the Lay-N-Go Lifestyle, which is a larger version that you can use to carry more stuff like food for a picnic or toys for kids to play with at the beach.

The Lay-N-Go Traveler is priced at $29.95, while the Lifestyle costs $49.95.

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Japan’s Seven Stars Steampunk Train Offers Luxurious Cabins for $11,500

Japan Steampunk Train

If you’re a tourist in Japan, then you have to try riding their bullet trains at least once during your visit. They’re definitely fast, but some might argue that they don’t offer the most comfortable of seats on board. That might be true–until the Seven Stars train came along. It’s a train that’s decked out in steampunk-style exteriors on the outside and luxurious comfort on the inside.

For example, Deluxe Suite A features a spacious 226-square meter room and a five-foot panoramic window that offers a gorgeous view of Kyushu from the rear end of the train. Every one of the cabins is covered in intricate wood decorations and high paneled ceilings.

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KnowRoaming is the Smarter, Cheaper, and Easier Way to Roam

KnowRoaming

One tip that frequent travelers dole out to non-frequent travelers is this: buy a local SIM the moment you land, because international roaming rates will be the death of your wallet. Local SIMs are usually sold for cheap and even though you might not consume all the credits from your initial top up, at least you won’t be slapped with atrocious roaming rates by your regular network.

There used to be no alternative to this–but that was before KnowRoaming came along. KnowRoaming is a sticker that you’re supposed to stick onto your SIM card using the included applicator. Once affixed, you’ll be able to connect with local networks wherever you are in the world by firing up the KnowRoaming app.

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Forgot Your Tripod? Mount Your Camera On the Public Camera Stand Instead

Public Camera Stand

So you found the perfect spot to take a photo as a souvenir from your much-deserved vacation. You could use a tripod, ask some passerby to take your photo, or use the clever public camera stand instead. Unfortunately, the latter is only available in select locations, but hey, at least it’s another option.

These public camera stands are built by Sunpole, a Japan-based manufacturer of flagpoles and other outdoor products. The stand pictured above was spotted at a scenic area in Enoshima Island in Japan. It’s basically a tall structure with a small platform at the top, with a notch off to one side to hold your camera.Continue Reading

Kii is One of the Smallest iDevice Chargers You’ll Ever Use

Accessory Charger

Nothing is more annoying than going on a trip out of town (or even just across the town) and having your phone or table die out on you. You could get one of those portable, external batteries for some instant extra juice, or you can get the Kii accessory charger instead.

The Kii is a teeny tiny accessory charger that connects and syncs your iDevice with your laptop or portable charger. There’s a Lightning connector version and one with the 30-pin connector that works with older iPhones. It’s especially convenient since its small size lets you attach it to your keychain so you can easily take it with you on your travels.

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