The Best Home Safety & Security Gadgets for Techie Travelers

Savvy travelers know to lock down their physical and digital valuables while on the road. But, with young travelers spending more and more time away from home on each trip, it’s more important now than ever to lock down all the things you leave behind at home too.

Here are the best high-tech home security gadgets for travelers looking to keep their homes safe and sound while they’re gone.

#1: Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt for Home Security

The IoT (Internet of Things) has promised and delivered a whole lot of awesome, high-tech conveniences. Smart locks now allow us to access our homes without the need for pesky keys. For travelers, that also means providing streamlined access to our homes while we’re away — whether it’s for the delivery driver, the neighbor who’s walking our dog while we’re away, or someone stopping by daily to housesit.

The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt does all of this and more. Pair with the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter to check on the lock’s status from anywhere, so you never have to wonder if the front door was left unlocked

You can simply enter an access code on the touchscreen to unlock the door instead of searching your pockets for keys. Pairing the lock with a smartphone over Bluetooth is as easy as pairing your phone with your car, and the free Schlage Sense app makes setting up and using the lock as simple as checking email. Once it’s installed, you can setup and manage all of your access options with a few smartphone taps. No matter where in the world you find yourself, you can keep tabs on your home.

It works with all major home automation kits including Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. It even provides smartphone alerts if it senses an intrusion attempt.

#2: Tapplock one Smart Padlock

Tapplock one - Smart Fingerprint Padlock

Tapplock one – Smart Fingerprint Padlock

We love the idea of the Tapplock one smart padlock so much that we included it in our round-up of clever car-camping gadgets. Its versatility makes it just as useful on the go as at home. You can use it to lock down your camping goods, your car’s rooftop cargo carrier, or any number of things around your home like your shed or outdoor gear.

The padlock’s state-of-the-art capacitive fingerprint sensor allows you or anyone you trust to access your items in under a second and features unbreakable durability. The Tapplock smartphone app can also be used to open the lock and give temporary, remote access to others (if you happen to be renting your house out on Airbnb, for example, while you’re traveling).

#3: Airthings Wave Smart Radon Detector

Man examining Airthings Wave Smart Radon Detector

Airthings Wave – Smart Radon Detector for Home Safety

There’s nothing especially “sexy” about household gases like radon or carbon monoxide. But, the fact is, if you’re a homeowner, these are two things you absolutely should be worried about. High levels of radon, in particular, can be difficult to detect, especially if you’re not home. Levels can vary daily so constant monitoring is recommended.

But if you have pets waiting for you at home or someone who’ll be housesitting while you’re away, a device like the Airthings Wave Smart Radon Detector could literally save a life. It starts delivering results — including radon analysis, plus temperature and humidity readings — within an hour and the integrated smartphone app provides real-time data and alerts no matter where in the world you are.

The battery is good for a year and a half with constant Bluetooth connectivity. Plus, it features a sleek, futuristic design that looks damn cool in just about any home.

#4: SimpliSafe – Hearth Home Security System

SimpliSafe Hearth Home Security System

SimpliSafe Hearth Home Security System

Not long ago, home security systems were a hassle. They required a professional to install and buyers were locked into long — sometimes multi-year — contracts. SimpliSafe scraps all that nonsense. Their state-of-the-art home security kits are easy to install for most any layperson, and they’re far more affordable than their previous generation counterparts. Of all the home security gadgets you can invest in, this is likely the most important because it’s the most comprehensive.

For your home safety and security, our money is on the SimpliSafe Hearth which includes a key fob, three entry sensors, a motion sensor, a siren, and a smoke detector. It offers smoke and intrusion detection, all monitored by the company’s professional monitoring service (USD $14.99 monthly with no contract).

If anyone is stupid enough to attempt a break-in, the device sounds a 105dB alarm (about as loud as front row at a Stones concert) to scare the holy hell out of them and probably half your neighborhood too. If you do have pets at home, it’s even smart enough to know the difference between your dog taking a midnight stroll and a burglar stumbling through your kitchen. All of which helps to eliminate false positives.

What home security gadgets do you recommend? Let us know below!

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Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Bluetooth Headphones for Travel [2018]

It’s that time of year: Halloween is fresh over. Time to throw out the candy corns (again) and, assuming you’re a lunatic, put up the holiday decorations.

It also means you need to start thinking about holiday gift shopping. If you’re looking to buy a gift for that favorite traveler in your life, there’s only one thing they’re going to be happy with this year: Airbnb gift cards.

OK, two things: I guarantee they’d also love a new pair of headphones — wireless headphones, in particular. Here are the best Bluetooth headphones for travel …

Best Bluetooth Headphones for Travel 2018

Sleep-friendly Bluetooth Headphones: SleepPhones Effortless

SleepPhones Wireless Headphones for Sleeping

SleepPhones Wireless — Best Headphones for Sleeping

Almost every night, I fall asleep listening to podcasts or an audiobook. Problem is: most earbuds just aren’t designed to be worn while you’re sleeping. Enter SleepPhones — the “world’s most comfortable headphones for sleeping.” Think of them as pajamas for your ears. The difference between SleepPhones and other travel-friendly headphones is the plush headband which, honestly, after a few minutes of wearing, you completely forget it’s even on your head.

While they come in three different varieties, I’m partial to the SleepPhones Effortless. They easily sync/pair with your smartphone, PC, or most any other Bluetooth-enabled device with a wireless range of up to 30 feet. The battery is designed to last 10 hours — more than enough for a decent night’s sleep or a moderate flight. Plus, for travelers on the go, the battery reaches a full charge in just three hours using the wireless, induction charging functionality. There’s also built-in play/pause and volume controls so you needn’t dig around in the dark for your smartphone in the middle of the night.

AcousticSheep SleepPhones Effortless | Bluetooth Headphones for Sleep, Travel & More Flat Speakers | No-Fuss Rechargeable Battery | Quiet Lavender – Fleece Fabric (Size S)

  • HELPS WITH BETTER SLEEP, INSOMNIA, RELAXATION, MEDITATION, TRAVEL, TINNITUS & MORE. Everyone from shift workers, people who share a bed with a snorer, tinnitus sufferers, athletes & many more have benefited from getting a better night’s sleep by using these innovative sleep headphones that are the original & most comfortable sleep headphones on the market.
  • NATURAL SLEEP AID CREATED BY A DOCTOR. Invented by a family physician to help patients fall asleep faster & stay asleep longer, naturally & without drugs. SleepPhones come with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty.
  • ENGINEERED & DESIGNED FOR COMFORT. The ultra-thin, high-quality flat headphone speakers are comfortable enough to wear while lying down or sleeping on your side. They provide true sound and block out ambient noise without using earplugs that are painful and fall out. Built-in volume & play/pause controls. Ultra-low power, safe RF emissions.
  • WIRELESS BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY, LONG LASTING BATTERY, & CORDLESS INDUCTION CHARGING. The headband headphone has Bluetooth technology to wirelessly connect with compatible devices so you never have to worry about getting tangled up in cords. Wireless range of 15-30 feet (5-10 meters) for easy connectivity. Rechargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours and easily pairs/syncs with smartphones, computers & most other Bluetooth compatible devices. Battery charging time of 3 hours with included cordless.
  • CHOOSE YOUR SIZE & COLOR. Sizes S, M, L. Size Medium (M) is the most common size that fits most. This model is available in two types of fabric for optimum comfort: FLEECE fabric in soft gray, quiet lavender & midnight black & BREEZE moisture-wicking fabric in pitch black & royal blue. All fabrics are 95% polyester, 5% spandex.

Last updated: 2018-11-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Rockstar Style at a Rockstar Price: Marshall Major III Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Marshall Major III Bluetooth Wireless On-Ear Headphone (Brown)

Marshall Major III Bluetooth Wireless On-Ear Headphones for Travel

There’s something about Marshall’s headphones that I’ve always loved. There’s a little vintage rockstar style in the look, they’re well-built and durable, and they sound great. What’s more: they don’t cost a fortune.

Among their latest offerings are the Marshall Major III Bluetooth. I’m hard-pressed to pick a single pair of cans to tag as “The Best Bluetooth Headphones for Travel,” but these are the ones I always travel with. I wear them at home and on the go.

The Major III headphones are a slight reboot of Marshall’s Mid Bluetooth and Major III (sans Bluetooth). They feature a multi-directional control knob to control play, pause, shuffle, and volume as well as directly power the headphones on and off. The 40mm dynamic drivers are enhanced for bass response, crystal clear highs, and smooth mids. And the best part: 30+ hours of wireless playtime on a single charge! That’s almost enough to get you from NYC to Sydney and back!

Marshall Major III Bluetooth Wireless On-Ear Headphone, Brown

  • Bluetooth aptX gives you exceptional Audio quality and the freedom and convenience to move with 30 feet of wireless listening range
  • 30+ hours of wireless playtime on a single charge
  • 40 mm dynamic drivers that are custom tuned for enhanced bass response, smooth midst and crystal clear highs that draw on over 50 years of sound heritage.
  • With the multi-directional control knob you can play, pause, Shuffle and adjust the volume of your device, as well as power your headphone on or off.
  • Easy to use phone functionality makes the major III Bluetooth the perfect everyday companion. Wirelessly answer, reject or end a call with the control knob

Last updated: 2018-11-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Earbuds for Minimalists: Wicked Audio Arq True Wireless Earbud Headphones

Wicked Audio Arq True Wireless Bluetooth Earbud Headphones

Wicked Audio Arq True Wireless Bluetooth Earbud Headphones

Above all else, Wicked Audio offers some of the most affordable Bluetooth headphones/earbuds on the market. But, their latest — the Wicked Audio Arq True Wireless Earbud — is budget-friendly without scrimping on features.

Like all of Wicked Audio’s Bluetooth/wireless products, Arq features Wicked’s unique “Triple Battery Protection” to prevent the risk of malfunction. The exterior is sweat resistant with a rubberized finish to travel easily and withstand active lifestyles. They come with three cushion sizes and hands-free features like pause/play and answer/hang up. Plus, with high-fidelity sound, enhanced bass, and noise isolation the sound quality is solid to boot.

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Wicked Audio Arq True Wireless Bluetooth Earbud Headphones

  • TRUE WIRELESS | The Arq are the true wireless Bluetooth experience, with a small and comfortable fit.
  • TOTAL CONTROL | The Arq feature mic and track control built in, so you don’t have to fumble with your device when you want to change your tune or take a call.
  • POWERBANK | The Arq features a power bank so you can charge your devices even when you are left stranded.
  • NOISE ISOLATION | The Arq are noise isolating, so you won’t be bothered by outside sounds filtering in.
  • CUSTOMIZED FIT | Our stellar Arq earbuds feature three different sized cushions in the package, making it easy to find a custom fit and feel.

Last updated: 2018-11-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Money Is No Object: JBL Everest Elite 750NC

JBL Everest 750 Over-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones (Gun Metal)

JBL Everest 750 — Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

If you’re looking for the best Bluetooth headphones for travel, forget the fancy hip-hop-mogul-branded headphones. You don’t need ’em. Spend your hard-earned social media influencer money on a legit pair of feature-rich cans. The JBL Everest Elite 750NC are some of the best I’ve personally tested.

Just as important as the sound is the battery life: for long-haul flights, they last up to 20 hours on a single charge. In ANC mode, control what you truly want to hear for up to 15 hours. They also boast a 3-hour quick recharge, Legendary JBL Pro Audio Sound, and ergonomic comfort so they’re guaranteed to be comfortable no matter how long your travel day. Adaptive noise-canceling allows you to tune out the world, including that screaming kid in the row behind you. Plus, the minimalist design — especially in Gun Metal — is sleek, sophisticated, and classy.

JBL Everest 750 Over-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones (Gun Metal)

  • Built-In Microphone With Echo Cancellation Technology For Crystal Clear, Hands-Free Calls
  • A Sleek Fold-Flat Design And A Premium, Hard Carrying Case Allow Maximum Portability And Protection
  • Adaptive Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Bluetooth Headphones
  • Legendary JBL Pro Audio Sound
  • 15 Hour Battery, Quick Recharge In 3 Hours

Last updated: 2018-11-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Do you travel with wireless headphones? What do you recommend as the best Bluetooth headphones for travel?

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AxisGO Water Housing Is an Affordable Way to “Underwater-ify” Your iPhone

Digital cameras are expensive. And a proper underwater digital camera kit is often out of reach for the average traveler.

But, smartphone cameras are a whole lot more affordable. And, now a proper underwater smartphone kit is attainable for even the most budget of budget travelers.

AxisGO water housing is a purpose-built system for “underwater-ifying” your iPhone X. Here’s everything you need to know about it, and why you should consider buying it if you’re a budding underwater photographer or videographer.

AxisGO Water Housing for iPhone – Review

AxisGO X Waterproof Housing for iPhone X

AxisGO X Waterproof Housing for iPhone X

The Skinny

So what is it exactly? Well, according to the manufacturer, the AxisGO water housing for iPhone is:

… the ultimate Smartphone Imaging System. Designed to protect your iPhone from the harshest weather conditions, while offering the freedom to safely capture those special moments underwater. Capture beautiful images and stunning video with ease, then share instantly with full touchscreen sensitivity. AxisGO allows image capture with the phone’s native camera app, plus access to all your favorite applications. Confidently shoot at depths down to 33 feet (10 meters) with the peace of mind knowing your iPhone is safe inside the AxisGO.

Or we could just show you like so …

The Traveler’s Take

To be clear, the AxisGO water housing isn’t the first and only such underwater iPhone case on the market. But, from what I can tell, it’s one of the best designed. The feature set is incredibly solid for photographers who are looking for something more than just a way to waterproof their iPhone.

The latest AxisGo housing includes:

  • Functional touchscreen membrane
  • Interchangeable Lens port
  • Robust top and bottom mounting brackets
  • Pistol Grip kit
  • Professional quality accessory lenses
  • Optical glass
  • Anti-reflective and hydrophobic glass coatings

There are plenty of dirt-cheap “me-too” iPhone accessories available online. But, we’re not especially keen on trusting our near-thousand-dollar smartphone investment to a $30 “underwater” case. The brains behind AxisGO, AquaTech Imaging Solutions, have been designing and manufacturing waterproof sport housings for 20 years.

With that in mind, the AxisGO housing is constructed of ultra-durable materials like polycarbonate and machined aluminum. The combination of the two provides extraordinary impact resistance, rigidity, strength, and UV stability. Basically, it’s designed to take a beating and virtually anything your adventurous life on the road might throw at it.

AxisGO X Waterproof Housing for iPhone X (Rear)

AxisGO X Waterproof Housing for iPhone X

From a practical standpoint, I love that the format feels more like a traditional point-and-shoot camera in your hand than any other comparable case we’ve seen. All of your phone’s functionality remains completely accessible with the case attached. This includes full touchscreen control (swiping, tapping, and pinching) and making/receiving calls.

Every element and accessory of the AxisGO relies on optically clear glass with anti-reflective, hydrophobic coatings to ensure the highest image quality. It’s designed to perfectly match the iPhone’s native camera lenses. And the results are pretty damn sweet:

The base AxisGO waterproof housing works great as a standalone solution for adventurous travelers. But, their lineup of optional accessories really lets you take things to the next level:

All-in, it approaches the usability and versatility of a professional underwater photography kit at a fraction of the cost.

Pricing & Availability for AxisGO Water Housing

The base AxisGo water housing comes in Tactical Green, Sunset Orange, and Seashell White, and retails for USD $249 direct from AquaTech.

That price tag includes a quality neoprene bag, lanyard, and a maintenance kit.

AxisGO iPhone X Waterproof Professional Photo and Video Case (33ft/10m) for Surfing Swimming Snorkeling, Black

  • Waterproof Case fits iPhone X. Functional touchscreen, interchangeable lens port, robust top and bottom mount and superior audio quality
  • Single button locking mechanism, use phone’s native camera app with access to both the front and rear facing cameras
  • Two volume controls built from marine grade stainless steel, these allow for image capture at depths up to 33 feet (10 meters). Designed to use an interchangeable optically correct lens port system.
  • Designed to protect your phone from the harshest weather conditions, while offering the freedom to safely capture those special moments while maintaining control of your phone’s screen and functions.
  • AxisGO is the total package for aspiring to professional water photographers and videographers

Last updated: 2018-10-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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