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Photo by Anita Dunham-Potter -- iPod on Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

(November 24, 2003)

The holidays are just around the corner and it's never too early or late to start shopping; especially with the convenience of online stores. It's always a challenge to find the perfect gifts, especially for the traveler. The following is a list of items I own personally and have come to rely on as travel lifesavers:

Apple iPod 30 GB Price: $424.99 (Free Shipping)

I never leave home without this wonderful gadget.   It's a lifesaver on airplanes, cars, hotels, and on vacation when you just want to relax to your favorite tunes.  I purchased my 15 GB iPod in June, which came with docking cradle and remote.   It's advisable to purchase the 30 GB version simply because it's only $25 more than the 20 GB (both come with docking cradle and remote).   The cheaper 10 GB version does not come with docking cradle or remote -- purchased separately and you are close to the price of the 20 GB.  Currently, I have over 900 songs in my iPod and I am not even close to filling all the memory.  I use the iPod with my PC with absolutely no problems; however, I highly recommend using Apple's iTune's software over Musicmatch.  If you have any more questions, please feel free to post a note on our bulletin board

PlaneQuiet Headsets $79.95 

For those seeking the sounds of silence, the PlaneQuiet headset is an excellent product at an affordable price.  Over a three month period, I tested PlaneQuiet headsets on two trans-Atlantic flights, two trans-Continental flights, and four domestic flights under two hours. I alternated between using and not using the headsets on various flights. What I quickly discovered is that I felt rested and relaxed after flights using the PlaneQuiet headsets versus the flights I did not use them. I'll admit, I was very skeptical of this product's claims of reducing jet lag; however, after testing it, I've become a true believer in this technology.  Be sure to read my full review of this product.   Also, read Star Batteries in-depth technical review regarding noise canceling headsets.

Outside The Box is offering AnitaVacation readers 10% Off PlaneQuiet Headsets With Coupon Code: anitavacation

Star Batteries has generously offered readers an exclusive discount of 10% off all purchases. Upon check-out, place Anita10 discount code in the shopping cart area.


Olympus C-750 4MP Digital Camera w/ 10x Optical Zoom Price: $474.94 
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Many of the photos you see on AnitaVacation have been taken with this camera (including the above iPod image on the beach).  It is exceptionally compact, yet offers amazing features such as a longer zoom and more pixels that add up excellent picture quality.   It comes with easy to use software and directions.  Because it's so small, I carry it everywhere I go, and often prefer the photos taken with this camera over my 35mm SLR Minolta. (Click here to see the large 320 kb untouched photo of the above iPod beach photo.)

Travelpro Platinum3 Rollaboard® 22" Expandable Rollaboard Suiter Price: $299.99 
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TravelPro luggage is the best all-around luggage for the price. Currently, my family has eight Travelpro bags; however, the Platinum 3 is the best Travelpro to date. The 22" is the largest size allowed for a carry-on (when not fully expanded). Plus, the suiter option comes in handy for those trips where you need business attire or dressy outfits. The 18" is perfect for carry on - great for laptops and a change of clothes. Both are rugged enough to withstand the checked baggage jungle.  

Journeyware is offering AnitaVacation readers a 10% discount.  Also, all purchases over $50 receive free shipping.  Be sure to use type "ANITA" in the coupon code bar upon check-out to receive your 10% discount.  In addition, this product is eligible for our Best Buy promotion! From now until December 31, 2003, buy any Travelpro Platinum3 Rollaboard®, and get the Platinum3 Rolling Tote for just $199.99!


Louis N. Clark Hanging Toiletry Kit Price: $14.99

Organize all your grooming and personal care items for travel. Kit has room for the essentials. You never have to unpack anything with this bag - its grab and go.  Hang it on the towel rack and stay organized. 



Panasonic Compact Travel Battery Charger with 8 AA/AAA Batteries Price: $38.95.

There is nothing more frustrating than having to continually purchase expensive alkaline batteries. With this portable charger kit, I am able to take over 400 digital photos between charges.  Also, great for any devices using AA/AAA batteries. 

Star Batteries has generously offered readers an exclusive discount of 10% off all purchases. Upon check-out, place Anita10 discount code in the shopping cart area.


Pashmina Cashmere and Silk Shawl Price: $99.00

It's a flight blanket and stylish evening wrap all in one!  Probably the best all-around travel fashion accessory for women.  Comes in eight different colors.

 Collection Overnight Bag Price: $65.00

I love this bag because it's very stylish and holds everything.  The Ashford Collection overnight bag is just right for today's fashion savvy traveler. Comes in brown or tan leather-grain vinyl cover is appealing and extremely durable. Flap closure with push-button clasp opens to reveal a fully lined interior with a zippered side pocket and two additional pockets. Bag is 19-inches wide, 12-inches high and 7-1/2 inches deep.

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