Ideal Travel Clock For Heavy Sleepers and Hearing Impaired

When traveling on business, it is fairly common to have the front desk give you a wake-up call.  However, we never like to leave anything to chance, so we always carry a travel alarm clock.  Finding an alarm clock that is easy to read, easy to operate, and easy to carry in smaller luggage and yet loud enough has been a challenge.

Magellans Folding Alarm Clock 92 db

In looking for an ideal travel clock, we looked for three specific qualities: that it would be easy to pack, a loud alarm, and ease of use.  THECLOCK will fit in the palm of your hand, closes flat, is simple to use, and has an alarm that will wake up heavy sleepers and those hard of hearing.  This clock has all the features we need to get sound sleep and a resounding wakeup.  By far, the best feature of this clock is the volume at which the alarm rings.  You will not sleep through this alarm!

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Vera Bradley Spring 2012

This Spring, Vera Bradley boasts a vibrant collection for Spring 2012.

We reviewed Vera Bradley’s new Laptop Travel Tote.  This tote offers colorfully padded protection for your laptop while in transit.  It contains a checkpoint-friendly design.  It is one of the easiest checkpoint-friendly bags we have seen because it contains zippers on both sides.

The Laptop Travel Tote comes in four colors: Island Blooms, Rosey Posies, Ellie Blue,and Camellia.  We reviewed the Laptop Travel Tote in Island Blooms.  The vibrant Island Blooms pattern made us wish we were headed to the Islands instead of the office!

This tote is a comfortable shoulder length.  It keeps your laptop close at hand and snug.  The Laptop Travel Tote contains two sections, a padded laptop sleeve and a zip-top section.  It certainly makes a vibrant alternative to usual, solid-colored laptop totes.

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Rating: 3 Stars!  Good.

Vera Bradley’s Spring 2012 collection makes us feel as if we are in bloom!

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Good Rest Is Key To Great Travel

Travel Dreams Sleep Mask

Getting good rest is essential to enjoy your travels.  A good sleep mask will help you get the rest you need.  We have reviewed several sleep masks through the years.  The Travel Dreams Sleep Mask by Rick Steves is one of our favorites.  It is compact, streamlined, and comfortable.

Best of all, you can fold it up and it fits comfortably and easily into your pocket, purse, or luggage.

Travel Alarm Clock

In addition, we recommend bringing your own travel alarm clock.   We tested Rick Steves’ Travel Alarm Clock.  This slim clock is easy to read and contains a built in night light for easy viewing.  It folds flat and contains a hard, plastic cover which becomes a stand when open.

We at Best Rated place a vote of confidence in Rick Steves’ travel products.  He is a highly experienced world traveler and guide and a great advice-giver.  Rick Steves plays an integral role in the design and development of his products.

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Rating: 4 Stars!  Very Good!

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Best Carry-On Luggage 2011

Lipault 22" Folding Carry-On Bag

If you are looking for the “best of the best” in carry-on luggage, we have a recommendation for you.

The Lipault 22″ Folding Carry-On Bag is one of the most beautiful, well-designed carry-on bags we have ever seen.

The Lipault Carry-On is truly beautiful.  It has a slightly shimmery sheen and looks luxurious.  Yet it retains its durability, since it is made of 420 denier nylon.

It is well-designed because it actually folds flat when not in use for easy stashing.  This bag also is laid out in a manner that helps to keep your clothing looking good.  It contains a slimline hanging bag which fits securely within but does not take up extra room.

Our reviewers rated this bag as “Best Carry-On Luggage 2011”.  It is truly a must-have for the discriminating traveler.

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Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

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Best Travel Skirt 2011

Ribbon Crinkle Fiesta Skirt

Have skirt, will travel!  If you are looking for a “must have” travel skirt, the Women’s Ribbon Crinkle Fiesta Travel Skirt by Travelsmith is one of the most beautiful travel skirts we have ever seen.  A far cry from plain, this skirt dazzles beholders with its vivacious colors and sassy swag.  The Ribbon Crinkle Fiesta Travel Skirt has several traits we look for in travel clothing.

Packability: The Ribbon Crinkle Fiesta Travel Skirt is made of 100% crinkled cotton.  It rolls up and stuffs into a colorful travel bag, which is also included.

Wearability: The Crinkile Fiesta Travel Skirt can be worn numerous times and does not show stains easily.  It makes for worry-free travel because you never have to worry about getting a smudge on it.  Smudges?  Easy on, easy off, not easily seen!

Styleability!  Okay, so that’s not really a word–until now.  This skirt is truly stylish.  We think it expresses the excitement and exuberance many women travelers share.  With this skirt, you’ll look as happy on the outside as you are on the inside when traveling!

Our expert panel of reviewers gave this skirt the rating, “Best Travel Skirt 2011”.

We highly recommend it!  It’s made by Travelsmith.  You can find it here.

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

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Rest On The Road With Bucky

Bucky Eye Shades With Ear Plugs

Rest On The Road With Bucky

 Attention: all tired and weary travelers!  Be tired and weary no more.  Bucky to the rescue.  The Bucky Eye Shades with Ear Plugs will ensure you get the sleep you need no matter where you are.  We have reviewed several sleep masks over the years.  These are at the top of our list!  They are comfortably plush and roomy.  They achieve the instant “drape effect”.  The “drape effect” occurs when you feel as if you are in a room with thick drapes, enshrouded in darkness for the perfect resting conditions. 

 We tested them on and off the road and found them to be suitable for travel and daily use.  Our favorite feature: Bucky Eye Shades with Ear Plugs contain a hidden pouch which holds a pair of ear plugs on a cord.  Now, you will never have to wonder where you put your ear plugs again. 

 Bucky also makes matching travel pillows so you can rest in style.  We reviewed the Minnie Travel Pillow.  The Minnie is miniature travel pillow which will give support in tight spaces, such as airplane seats.  It is also a great neck pillow for kids.  Bucky even makes the Bucky Bag, a travel pouch for the Minnie so it stays clean on the road. 

 The Bucky Eye Shades with Ear Plugs are a must-have for serious travelers looking for rest on the road.  The Minnie Travel Pillow and Bucky Bag will add to your resting bliss as well.  We recommend them!

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Rating: 4 Stars!  Very good!

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Best Hands-Free Umbrella

Hands-Free Umbrella

Have you ever tried to juggle the dog, the paper, and the umbrella at the same time in the rain?  When it rains, do you ever wish you had a free hand to make sure your valuables stay dry?  Or maybe you need two free hands to walk your kids to the schoolbus.  Now, you can have it all!

The Hands-Free Umbrella (a.k.a. Backpack Umbrella)  is the perfect solution to being hands-free in the rain!  We tried it and it works great.  It’s sturdy, durable, and the backpack is adjustable to fit securely for all sizes.

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Rating: 3 Stars!  Good!

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Small But Mighty Travel Accessories

We discovered some small but mighty travel accessories that will meet the needs of discerning travelers.  Here they are:

wrinkle wiz

Got wrinkles on your shirt?  Get them out with Wrinkle Wiz.  Wrinkle Wiz is a small spray that smoothes away the wrinkles from most fabrics, including silk.  It’s small.  Why not take it along just in case?

Go Girl

Ladies, got to tinkle on the go?  Sometimes western-style toilets are nowhere in sight.  We recommend taking Go Girl with you.

Go Girl is a compact silicone funnel which rolls up into a convenient tube, making it easy to tinkle on the go and be discreet.  As they say, “With Go Girl, women can answer nature’s call anywhere.”

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Photograph Yourself Anywhere!

XShot Camera Extender

Now You Can Photograph Yourself Anywhere!

Taking photos and preserving wonderful memories are half the fun of a great trip.  But if you’re the one who’s always behind the camera, you rarely get to be in the picture!  We recently discovered a product that makes that a problem of the past: the XShot Camera Extender.

With the XShot Camera Extender, you can photograph yourself anywhere.  You can get picture-perfect photos for Facebook!   If you are hiking to the top of Mt. Everest or anywhere else in the world by yourself and you want to take a stunning picture showing you are there, you can do it with the XShot camera extender!

Also, you will never have to ask a stranger to take a photo when traveling again.

We put the XShot Camera Extender to the test.  It worked great for traveling, hiking, camping, and family photos.  You just have to make sure you point the camera in the right direction.  XShot staff give this wise advice: “Make sure the lens is pointing at you and you’ll be in the picture.”  In short, if you can see the lens, it can see you!

This product is made for use with compact digital cameras and camcorders weighing no more than 1.25 lbs.

You can find it here at

Best Rated: 3-Stars! Good!


Buy It Now!


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Waterproof Binoculars Great For Travel

Legend Ultra HD

With today’s amazing technology, Bushnell makes binoculars that give clear visibility even on a cloudy or rainy day. The Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Binoculars are compact, portable, and easily accessible. They offer high definition visibility. They also come with a sturdy carry case.

The Legend Ultra HD Binoculars contain a Rainguard coating which keeps them clear and waterproof in rain. They are a great pair of binoculars to take along when traveling, since you never know what the weather will do.

When we tried them, we found all of their features useful for traveling. They also contain ED Prime Glass and a special coating which allowed us to use them for extended periods of time without getting tired eyes!

The Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Compact Binoculars offer high-quality visibility yet are compact enough to be portable. These binoculars include a neckstrap, which makes them extra portable.

We recommend them!

Rating: 4-Stars! Very Good!

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