We just came back from the annual Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX) conference in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Each year TBEX brings together travel bloggers, travel industry executives and travel influencers from throughout the world to discuss the specifics of promoting travel by using blogs and social media.  There are a variety of educational seminars focused on promoting travel and keynote addresses from the likes of the Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern who discussed the way he combines travel with food to better understand cultures around the world.  At TBEX there’s a large exhibit hall with booths staffed by tourist boards, hotels, airlines and a variety of online travel vendors.  There are also booths from companies with unique travel-related products.  Given our focus on family travel, we found three of these great travel products particularly interesting this year.

Eustachi

EustachiAnyone who travels a lot knows how annoying it can be when your ears plug while flying.  It can be especially annoying when it’s your child’s ears that are plugged. Eustachi is a new product that uses a small puff of air directed up your nostril to help open up your eustachian tubes so the air behind your eardrums can be equalized.   Eustachi works with your body as you swallow.  You simply hold a small sip of water in your mouth and swallow as Eustachi blows a small amount of air up your nose.  Your ears clear up instantly.

The thing we liked about the Eustachi is that it’s drug-free and very easy to use, even on kids.  Click here for more information on Eustachi.

Crispy Fruit from Crispy Green

crispyfruitHealthy eating when traveling with your kids can be a challenge.  Crispy Green are freeze-dried fruit snacks that come in a variety of flavors and they’re another great travel product.  They say their product is “100% pure fruit, nothing else.” We tried several of the flavors at TBEX and they are delicious.

Crispy Fruit comes packaged in small, easy to pack pouches that are TSA friendly.  Your kids will love Crispy Fruit snacks and you’ll know that you’re giving them something much healthier than a bag of chips or a cookie.

For more information on Crispy Fruit from Crispy Green click here.

ReboundTAG

ReboundTAG is designed to help quickly track your luggage should it become lost.  It incorporates all of the main airline-approved bag tracking technologies into one tag; an RFID (radio frequency identification) microchip, an NFC (near field communication) microchip, a QR code, an ID number printed on the tag, and integration with global baggage handling systems. When your bag is found you are updated by email and text message anywhere in the world.reboundtag

The RFID microchip contains both a unique ID and also another memory bank on which flight details can be encoded whenever you travel. Most microchip-enabled airports will automatically encode the flight details onto the chip when you travel, you do not need to do anything. The NFC chip can be scanned using most modern smartphones, their system can then use the GPS within the finder’s smartphone so that the owner is sent a map of exactly where the bag was found along with the finder’s details! The QR code can also be scanned using any smartphone, and at the most basic level of technology, or if the bag is found outside an airport, there is a unique ID number printed on the tag which can be entered manually into either the ReboundTAG system or most baggage handling systems around the world. So…ReboundTAG protects your bag worldwide by using all of the airline-approved bag tracking technologies in one tag!

As an extra service, ReboundTAG has also partnered with a major baggage handling company who employ people to look through the global lost luggage databases for your bag. This means they can also update you if your bag is found using the airlines’ own paper tags. They can often even update you regarding when your bag will be delivered to you!  ReboundTAG offers you piece of mind when you travel.

For more information and to buy a Rebound Tag, click here.

Safe Travels!

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