When I travel, I try to pack light and carry only the necessities. Despite my best efforts, I still end up with too much stuff anyway. Lately, I have been compiling a list of must have items for every family trip so that I can be a bit more organized and cut down on some of the clutter. I recently added a new item to my travel medical supply list: the Braun ThermoScan 5Ear Thermometer. I was recently asked to review this product and I was pleasantly surprised. I have always been curious about which thermometer renders the most accurate reading. Braun addresses this question in the first few pages of the owner’s manual. According to Braun, the ear temperature is the most accurate measurement because the eardrum shares blood supply with the temperature control center of the brain. Therefore, changes in body temperature are reflected sooner in the ear than other sites on the body (p. 5 Braun ThermoScan 5 manual 6500 2014).
Likes : There were several things that I liked about this product. The very best thing about this thermometer is the speed! The device only takes about three seconds to render an accurate reading. That’s amazing for me because my daughter hates getting her temperature taken! Another thing that I liked is that it comes with batteries ( seems like a small thing but when you are traveling or even at home with a sick kid you need all the help you can get). Another great convenience, it comes with a lens filter already installed so the product can be used immediately after it is taken out of the packaging. Having the lens filter installed also gives new users a guide when installing filters in the future. The product also comes with a neat carrying case for the thermometer and the lenses so that everything is right there when you need it. Without the case I could definitely see myself misplacing the lens filters.
Potential Improvements: I wish the device and carrying case were a bit smaller because I need all the space I can get in my luggage and around the house. I must admit the case is only about the width of my Motorola cell phone but the smaller the better in this instance.
Overall it is a great product: fast, convenient, and accurate which are all things that help me keep my sanity when dealing with a child or husband who may be feeling under the weather at home or abroad.
Disclousre: This product was provided on a complimentary basis for testing purposes from Influenster.
Budget Accordingly – There is nothing worse that running out of money or overspending and dealing with the bill once you return. Travel within your means. If the African Safari or trip to the French Riviera is cost prohibitive right now, make it a long-term goal and start saving. It will mean more to you if you saved for it.
Do your research – Have knowledge of the local culture, attractions, weather, etc. to make sure you make the most of your time. Find ways to appreciate the history that has shaped your destination.
Take reviews with a grain of salt – We always read reviews before we travel. However, don’t just look at the rating given by the reviewer, read the entire review. The reviewer may have given a low score for something that isn’t important to you. It’s a great idea to consider several reviews when planning parts of your getaway. We frequently use Tripadvisor and Yelp.
Don’t over plan your vacation – If you try to see every attraction listed in the brochure you will turn your vacation into work and return home in need of a vacation!
Don’t over pack – With bag fees on the rise, it makes sense to simplify. Use accessories to take outfits from day to night and stick to one or two color schemes to cut down on the number of shoes and handbags you need.
Be a courteous and respectful traveler – for example, have your documents out and ready for the TSA agent at the airport so others don’t have to wait. Respect the local customs and traditions of your travel destination. If you are on a road trip, offer to drive and or offer to keep the driver company when possible. I could go on…but you get the point.
Be Adventurous– get out of your comfort zone. Take that excursion, eat the local cuisine. Remember, you want to fully experience your vacation, not just say you’ve been there.
Make time to relax – It is called a vacation for a reason. As you develop your itinerary, add in some time to rest and relax. Maybe you schedule a long lunch in between museums or a stroll through a park on the way to the next attraction. No matter what, take some time to breath and enjoy the experience.
Be safe and use common sense – need we say more? Just be smart about safety on your journeys. Buy an invisible wallet to wear under your clothes, keep your eyes open and you will be ok. There are certain parts of the world that may warrant notifying the State Department of your itinerary just to be on the safe side.
Buy meaningful souvenirs – Don’t we all have enough key chains and magnets? Instead, bring your loved ones back a beautiful scarf or an inexpensive work of art crafted by a local artist. It will be more meaningful and creative than the standard stuff they don’t really want anyway.
Manage your photos – once you arrive home you may be tempted to leave your luggage on the floor for weeks and your pictures on your camera for months. Don’t do it! Unpack your bags and download your photos. Respect your memories by designing a photo book for each trip within days after your return home. Doing so helps you build an amazing library of photos done in a fun and artistic way. Sites like Shutterfly provide many tools for doing an assortment of things with your shots. These sites are also an alternative to house your memories in the event that something happens to your computer or camera.
Pay it forward – post a review. Your experience may be able to help a fellow traveler.
Do you have travel commandments that you follow? I would love to hear them.