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.

You can find these great products and more here at

Rating: 4 Stars!  Very Good!

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Expand Your Horizons, Not Your Luggage With Three-In-One Luggage

AT505 by High Sierra Sport

   I love to travel, but I do not like to haul heavy luggage around.  Finding the right luggage for my needs has proven a greater task than I thought. I tried several bags, cases, and systems. After talking to lots of savvy travelers, I have discovered the secret art of traveling light.
     I have all of my clothes separated by using clear storage bags to tightly roll them up in. That way, I can store more in a smaller space. I also experimented with taking less and washing smaller items each night, letting them dry over night and using a blow dryer to finish them off in the morning. I can dry my socks in 1-2 minutes each morning this way.
     Gone are the days that I bring enough socks and underwear for every day of the trip. Now, 3-4 pair of each along with two pair of zip off pants, 3-4 shirts, a swim suit and a few t-shirts, and two pair of shoes make up my luggage for a two week trip.
The perfect suitcase for the job?  We recommend the A.T. Go 505 by High Sierra Sport.  We tested it, tried it, and love it.
This single case has everything you could ever want and need for a weekend or a trip to Europe. Not only does it roll, it also has a zip off backpack. The removable backpack is light but completely useful for transporting things to your destination, as well as taking it out for the day once you arrive. It has both top, and side carry handles, making this a bag that you can get to, and from, any position easily.
     The larger part of the system is laid out very well and has a hidden pocket behind the backpack position so you can keep private things private while traveling. The AT 505 also has hidden backpack straps so I can backpack the whole case to and from your destination if you wish.
Furthermore, we packed two weeks of clothes and backpacked the AT505 with no trouble at all. We thought it would be really heavy, but we were surprised at how easy it was to pack. Being able to carry the 505 in so many different ways makes it the most user friendly travel case I have ever used.
     Let me tell you that with the AT505, you will never fight another suitcase up or down stairs again, and being able to backpack the whole case is a real advantage.
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Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!
~ Keith Lee
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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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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 Birding Accessory 2011

I-Flyer Birdsong Scanning Wand



If you like birding, you’ll love this! The I-Flyer BirdSong Scanning Wand by Identiflyer allows you to recognize birds and hear their songs immediately!

The BirdSong Scanning Wand packs neatly into a compact, hard travel case which is efficient for storing the Scanning Wand and BarCode ScanBook. The Identifyer BirdSong Scanning Wand is built like a jumbo pen. It has built-in volume control.

We tried out this product in a wooded pine forest in the Central United States. We put bird food in a feeder and waited. Soon, a cardinal arrived. So we turned on the I-Flyer BirdsSong Scanning Wand, found a picture of a cardinal in the I-Flyer BarCode ScanBook, and played it for the cardinal. Suddenly, 3 other gorgeous red cardinals arrived and a female, also. Their curiosity got the best of them, so they had to come see what all the fuss was about.

It was thrilling to know that we had called the birds and they came! We began to call several other birds as well, including yardbirds, such as Blue Jays, Robins, Crows, and a Woodpecker. Each bird began responding in the forest and some of them flew overhead or perched in a tree nearby.

When we played the woodpecker, the forest really stirred up as three woodpeckers began calling back. They were quite persistent. We set out to find them to discover why. To our delight, we got to see a momma woodpecker feeding a baby woodpecker in the hole of a hollowed-out tree.

Now, we call the I-Flyer BirdSong Scanning Wand our “magic wand”. It brings so much joy and delight into our lives to be able to interact with birds and the beauty of nature on a closer and more educated level that enriches the lives of everyone who enjoys nature as a part of their travel or leisure. Whether you are a seasoned birding expert, a novice, or just someone who enjoys the beauty of the outdoors in your backyard, this is a must-have product.

Editor’s Note: This really is a product for the whole family. Kids love it, too. It gets them out of the house and inspires them to explore our wonderful world. This product is an editor’s favorite!

You can find it here at

Rating: 5-Stars! Best!

This product was rated as “Best Birding Accessory 2011” by Best Rated Reviews.

iFlyer Birdsong Scanning Wand Video:

Courtesy of Identiflyer

Buy It Now!

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Best Beach Mat

Sandless Beach Mat

What if you could enjoy the beach without that gritty feeling? The Sandless Beach Mat, available at Hammacher Schlemmer, makes it possible to enjoy the beach, camping, and picnics sand-free! This amazing mat contains layers of sturdy material that sift sand beneath your feet. All you have to do is rub it in to the mat and it disappears right under your feet, leaving you sand-free.

Our reviewers tested the Sandless Beach Mat at the beach. It really works. The Sandless Beach Mat folds neatly into a sturdy, streamlined bag for easy transport and storage.

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Innovative And Useful Travel Products Every Woman Needs

Women who travel well pack a supply of useful travel products which allow them to preserve their elegance efficiently and effectively.  My Tagalongs makes travel accessories which cater to women’s beauty needs.

1. Handy Woman’s Kit.  This compact, credit-card sized kit contains tweezers, scissors, a nail file, toothpick, pen, flashlight, and screwdriver.

2. Jewelry Sac.  This lightweight jewelry pouch is lightweight, durable, and compact.  It contains several pockets and a drawstring to store your valuables efficiently.

3. Stackable Packables.  These space-saving containers are truly stackable and packable.  They allow you to store any small items on the go, such as vitamins, contact lenses, earrings, and more.

4. Just Bag It.  This is a bright-colored, compact foldable bag which you can use to store important travel accessories, such as a pair of shoes or a hair dryer.

5. Wear-Once Panties.  These disposable travel panties come as 5-pairs in a compact little case.  They are made of comfortable cotton gusset, which is what the comfortable thin cotton padding in pantyhose is made of as well.  While they are disposable, they are also washable.

6. Editor’s Pick: Foldable Flats.  Thinner than flip-flops and bendable, these foldable flats are innovative and useful.  Every woman needs a pair!  Whether you travel or wear high heels for work, these innovative flats will come in handy.  They rescue tired feet!  They also come with a small carry pouch.  We tried the black pair and we highly recommend them!

We first learned of My Tagalongs through Accessory Resource Gallery & Inventions  ,  a  New York based company.  ARG & I specializes in bringing unique, innovative, and useful  inventions into the mainstream market for women’s beauty products, meeting an ever-increasing demand.

You can find these useful products at

Rating: 3 Stars!  Good!

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Take The Red-Eye Out Of Midnight Flights

Magellans Lights Out Sleep Mask

When traveling, one of the most important things one can do is to maintain a normal sleep pattern.  Many circumstances during various locations and times of travel can hinder restful slumber.  One of the cheapest and simplest ways to combat this is to use an ergonomic sleep mask.  Having tried several varieties, we found a few that we prefer.

Today, we want to tell you about one of our sleep mask  recommendations: the Lights Out Sleep Mask.  This mask has been ergonomically designed to gently and spaciously cover your eyes and nose so that it feels as if you are wearing nothing at all.  The adjustable elastic strap gives you the ability to achieve total comfort and rest.  This sleep mask takes the red-eye out of red-eye flights!

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Travel Tray

Magellans Travel Tray

Have you ever accidentally left valuables behind in your hotel room?  That special watch, jewlery, or even pocket change?  We have a travel solution for you!  The Travel Tray is a small tray, the size of a small book that flattens for travel.  To utilize this handy change caddy, simply snap the corners together, making a four-sided tray large enough to handle your wallet, change, keys, passport, and other ordinary items that men carry in their pockets and women’s wearables, such as jewlery.  This travel tray is a must-have for travel.   We give this product a 5-star rating and recommend it as a “Best Of The Best” travel essential.

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Fumble-Free Airplane Beverage Holder

Cup-Pilot Airplane Beverage Holder

“Attention, Passengers!  Flight #2345 is now boarding!”  That is your cue that it is time for the coffee juggling act.  You pick up your carry-on, boarding pass, and cup of hot, fresh coffee and gingerly walk toward the plane.  When you arrive at your seat, you carefully stow your items and get ready for take-off.  You look around to find a place to put your coffee but find none.  (Yes, you do this every time you board the plane–but to no avail, it is just wishful thinking.)  One day, maybe one day, you will have a perfect place to store that hot coffee, hands-free, or your water bottle, or your cold drink, upon take-off and during your flight.  We have great news!  That day is here!

Meet the Cup-Pilot.  The Cup-Pilot is an ingenious, fumble-free airplane beverage holder that clips onto the upright tray table in front of you and folds up for compact storage when not in use.  We have tested them at Best Of The Best and highly recommend them as a must-have for every traveler, both business travelers and leisure travelers alike! You can also attach the Cup-Pilot to any zippered pocket on your suitcase while you are waiting.

We give it the Cup-Pilot a  five-star rating.  You can find the Cup-Pilot at

5 Stars!

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