Yesterday, I wrote about the surprising utility of clear backpacks at the beach. Considering it was my first time traveling in what feels like an eternity, expect a lot of beach-related content from me this week.
Today, I want to tell you about a product that seemed to be all over the Outer Banks: the beach tent. Pop-up beach tents have been around forever, but I left North Carolina with the impression that they are now more popular than ever. It is not hard to see why.
A beach canopy tent takes the all the benefits of a regular beach umbrella and increases their scale. It provides protection from the sun and wind. But being larger, it provides greater protection. Whereas beachgoers often have to deal with the threat of heavy winds blowing their umbrellas away, the beach tent is designed to stand up to the elements.
In proselytizing for beach tents, I would be remiss if I did not mention their greatest asset: Dogs love them. There were many dogs at the beaches of Corolla, including my own, and long exposure to the sun and heat was a problem. Many families with dogs were equipped with beach tents, allowing their dogs to step into the shade and rejuvenate before going back to hunting ghost crabs or sneaking mouthfuls of sand.
Why the sudden surge in popularity of beach tents? Perhaps it is added protection for all the pandemic puppies purchased during COVID. Whatever the reason, you may as well join the party and get one for yourself before you set out on your very own beach trip this summer.
This Passport Holder Also Keeps Your Vaccine Card Safe
The travel situation is murky at best. The EU enacted rules allowing vaccinated U.S. travelers to enter, but actual permission can only be granted on a country-by-country basis. I recently found this out during a failed attempt to plan a trip to Hungary. Any country that does allow Americans requires proof of vaccination, and although there are rumors of a digital “vaccination passport” right now the only way to do that is to show your vaccine card when you get to the airport. Make sure you don’t lose it!
I have no idea why whoever designed the COVID-19 vaccine card made it so large as to not fit in a standard size wallet, but they did. If you need to present it at the airport, you need to find a safe place to keep it in. Now there is a nifty product that does just that—a combination passport and vax card holder, it kills two birds with one stone.
Unlike the compartments in your wallet, this holder can actually fit the necessary proof you got your shots. While there are other models out there, this one is just over $6 and is the most popular version on Amazon. It is made of high quality leather and is designed to last for as long as you need it to.
Think about it: If you are traveling to Europe or to another foreign country, you have to show both your vaccine card and your passport anyway. You might as well keep them in the same place.
In fact, this may be worth getting even if international travel isn’t currently on your agenda. Many places within the U.S. also require proof of vaccination, and this protects that golden ticket better than anything you have sitting around your house. Don’t let your summer be ruined by not having the proper documentation.
This $11 Luggage Scale Can Save You Hundreds
In a much maligned article last week, a writer in the San Francisco Chronicle lamented, “We’ve all gotten hilariously bad at packing.” I will grant that the author makes some silly points, but I think the general notion has merit. Things we used to take for granted are now not so clear. For example, after not having been on a plane in nearly two years, I could not for the life of me tell you what a 50 lb. bag feels like.
For this reasons, a suitcase scale is more important than ever. You absolutely do not want any surprises when you check in at the airport for the first time in 15+ months. This Etekcity handheld scale is a great option. Etekcity has long stood out as a superior option when it comes to traditional bathroom scales, so it is only natural to trust them in other areas of weights and measures as well.
Do not just plop your suitcase down on a regular scale and hope for the best. You need a more accurate reading, and that’s what you get with this type of scale. All you have to do is attach it to the handle of your luggage, then lift. It will then tell you exactly how much it weighs—in either pounds of kilograms.
This scale only costs $11. That is very much worth it, considering you could easily lose $100 the first time you show up at the airport with an oversized bag.
Another cool feature is the temperature sensor. Perhaps not as useful as the ability to tell you the weight of your baggage, the temperature sensor can come in handy when transporting potentially fragile souvenirs. In avoiding damages, that is even more money this tiny little scale can save you.
Check Out This Prime Day Deal On Clear Backpacks
As we told our readers at the beginning of the month, Prime Day 2021 is occurring over two days, June 21 and June 22. Although June 21 is over and done with, there is yet another day for Amazon’s shopping bonanza. For the duration of Prime Day, Expersion American-flag clear backpacks are at their lowest price ever.
The Expersion clear backpacks are available in four color options (black, blue, grey, pink), and are currently available for Prime members at a mere $18.74:
Happy shopping! May the deals be ever in your favor.
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