Tips for Traveling With an eBook Reader

On a recent cross-country flight home from a conference, a friend noticed an impressive number of electronic devices in use by passengers. Whereas years ago one could shuffle down the narrow walkway years ago and see open books and magazines, or newspapers folded to the sports section or crossword puzzle, now one finds people reading from digital book devices and watching movies on tablet computers.

If you are the type who enjoys reading on a long flight, you might find an eBook reader a worthy investment. As airlines impose stricter regulations regarding carry-on luggage, you may have had to leave things behind in order to get by without paying extra fees. With an eBook reader, however, you can download hundreds of books into one slim device the length of a trade paperback book, and adjust the font size to your comfort. For the frequent traveler, the eBook device is perhaps one of the best travel items to buy, and you decide to obtain one before your next trip you’ll want to make certain you get the one that’s best for your needs. Here are a few things to consider as you shop:

Size and Storage: eBook devices are made available in various sizes – some are about six inches long lengthwise and resemble a mass market paperback size, while more expensive models come letter-sized (8 by 11 inches). It’s important, too, to check specifications on models to see how many gigabytes they hold. This will determine how many books you can keep on the device. If you find you are a voracious reader, more is definitely better.

Proprietary Shopping: Depending on the device you buy, you’ll discover your reader is connected to a specific online retailer. Amazon offers the Kindle, Barnes and Noble has the Nook, and Sony has their own reader. Most people who buy a certain device will buy books from the vendor, though it is possible to obtain eBooks from other sellers and import them. It’s up to you to decide where you wish to buy books because that will determine the reader you use.

Battery Life: How long are flights, and how long do you expect to use your device between recharging periods? Not all readers have the same battery life, so pay attention to specs. You don’t want to be in the middle of a great book halfway to Europe and have your reader conk out on you!

Once you have chosen your eBook reader, make sure it is charged before your flight, and that you have loaded up the books you wish to read. While some airlines offer in flight Wi-Fi which would allow you to use your reader’s store function (if it has one), it’s better to have the books bought beforehand in case there’s a blip in the connection.

Happy reading!

How to Buy a Golf Travel Bag As a Gift

A Golf travel bag is the perfect gift for any golf enthusiast. It helps protect the equipment (an investment) and makes it easier for safe transport and with the functionality also come the various types, sizes, colours, preferences to match ones style.

Golf travel bags can be taken to the course as well as convenient to travel with. So the question is how do you determine what they will like – it all depends on who the bag is for!

A few things to consider that may assist in the end selection:

Clubs that they own

  • This can help in determining how big the travel bag needs to be to accommodate all the clubs and protect them for being damaged. There needs to be enough room to protect the clubs as well as be able to be secure enough so that they don’t shuffle around.

Consider how frequently they travel

  • Do they travel frequently where you may consider purchasing a full hard travel case or a partial soft case for easier storage.

Accessories -what do they normally take with them

  • Everyone has their preference as to what they carry with them on to the course and having them accessible plays into their comfort and enjoyment as well. Example – gloves, shoes, attire, cell phone, water bottle, etc.

Size

  • Determine this factor for the equipment that they own as well as for the transport to and from the place of residence to the car (how well will it fit in the car or trunk of the car), and also to and from the golf course as well as the airport. The convenience also plays into the enjoyment of this whole process.

Weight

  • If the bag is too heavy then the purpose of the bag is not as functional. Will the person be able to comfortably lift it out of the car and move it around – example – if they have a medium body build then they will be able to handle more weight that a person with a slight body build.

Sturdiness of bag

  • Every bag is different in their strength depending on their make and quality. Every year the make and model change as there are new innovations and this enables manufacturers to use newer materials that can potentially be stronger and more lightweight than their previous models.

Style

  • Manufacturers are on top of their game and are always working on coming up with different designs, better quality, enhanced features and styles will vary from year to year.

Cost of the golf travel bag

  • That all depends on you! What is your comfort price, what are you are willing to spend. The cost of the golf travel bag is a reflection of the differences in name brand, quality and features. Hard cases are usually more expensive than soft cases.

Traveler’s Foot May Be Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungus that is easily transmitted among unwary travelers. By following some simple advice, you can make sure you don’t contaminate your feet in your hotel room or the barefoot extravaganza known as the airport security checkpoint.

Athlete’s foot is the most common fungal infection of the feet. Every day, podiatrists see people with feet that are burning, itching and peeling. Although many different species of fungus and yeast can cause the problem, the ways that you as a traveler can prevent it are simple and effective.

The fungus that cause athlete’s foot thrives in places that are dark, warm and moist. Shoes are the perfect habitat for fungus. Unfortunately for business travelers and vacationers, there are many places in airports, hotels and vacation spots that are covered in fungus just waiting to infect your feet.

Whenever living foot fungus or fungal spores (which are basically seeds for fungus waiting to sprout) stick to bare skin or enter through tiny little openings in the skin, it can take hold and start to grow. As the fungus grows, it pulls water from the surrounding skin.

This causes peeling and itching of the skin as the fungus does damage and causes delamination or peeling away of the skin’s outer layers. Frequently the infection starts in the moist area between the toes of on the bottom of the foot.

Foot doctors often describe a “moccasin distribution” pattern with athlete’s foot infections. This means that the areas of the feet that turn red and start peeling are usually those that would be in contact with moccasins. The tops of the feet and ankle don’t usually become involved.

Fortunately for you, the most effective prevention measures are also very easy… don’t step in the fungus! When you are traveling, you just have to know where not to step.

You have to make sure to guard your shoes against fungus. The shoes need to be a safe haven for your feet. Any time you get live fungus or fungal spores in your shoes, you run the risk of getting fungal toenails or an athlete’s foot infection.

No matter what you do, when you travel, your feet will prespire. A hurried stressful pace in airport terminals, trying to make that connection while toting a laptop and carry-on bag will make you (and your feet) sweat like crazy.

Since fungus needs moisture to live, you want to do anything you can to reduce the moisture in your shoes. A good place to begin is with well ventilated shoes that breathe while you are on your trip. Shoes that have breathable mesh uppers made of nylon, mesh, or cotton breathe fairly well and let the moisture escape. Leather, plastic and rubber tend to hold the fungus in your shoes encouraging fungus to grow.

Make sure you rotate your shoes during your trip. Have at least two pairs of shoes so you can wear them on alternate days. This will allow them enough time to fully dry out before you wear them again.

If you are very active or if your feet sweat a lot, try changing your socks half way through the day. This is one of the easiest ways to keep your feet dry and fungus free. Wear synthetic socks and avoid cotton to keep moisture away from your feet. There are also newer socks available that have copper fibers woven into them. Copper seams to decrease the likelihood that fungus will take hold in the sock material.

Because even the most relaxing vacations involve lots of walking through airports, hotels and site-seeing, choose comfortable walking shoes for your trip. Many vacationers opt for sandals or flip flips when on vacation, however these can lead to friction blisters that let the fungus in and start the infection.

Make sure you avoid the fungus hotspots. The carpet you feel under your sock-clad feet while waiting to get through security is a haven for athlete’s foot-causing fungus. All day and night, sweaty feet emerge from their shoes and shuffle along the carpet. Everyone steps and stands in this continual stream of perspiring feet and shedding foot fungus. As you trudge through the line, your sweaty socks pick up fungal spores. Then you put your feet back in your shoes that act as incubators to start your own little foot fungus farm.

Unfortunately most airport security checkpoints now require that every pair of shoes goes through the xray machine. But this doesn’t mean you can’t protect your feet. One simple solution is to wear an old worn out pair of socks to the airport. Carry a clean pair in your pocket. Take of your shoes, and go through security wearing your old worn out socks. After you get through the checkpoint, take off the old socks and put on the clean ones before you put your shoes back on. Throw the old socks away. Now you can start your vacation fungus-free!

The next place to avoid is the hotel carpet and bathroom. You never know how clean those places are, regardless of how expensive the hotel is. Just because it costs as much as a hospital room, doesn’t mean it is just as clean. If you wear socks in the hotel room, just don’t put your shoes on until you change socks.

Make sure you also step on the terry cloth mat when you step out of the shower. If possible, get a clean mat with clean towels every day. If you go down to the sauna in the athletic facility, make sure you wear shower shoes. All of the heat and moisture creates the ideal fungal environment. Fungus can also grow on the tile around the pool and hot tub, but the chlorine in the water actually helps keep it from being as big of a problem.

If your trip takes you to someplace where you can head to the beach, make sure you wear sandals to protect your feet. Don’t forget that any tiny little cuts or abrasions are the best way for fungus to get in and start an athlete’s foot infection.

Now that you understand the basics about foot fungus and where it tends to thrive, you can easily side-step it. Between the airlines and security, travel has enough aggravation. You certainly don’t need anything else getting under your skin.