Labor Day Travel Gear Picks 2016

Greetings to all our readers and yes the flight of time, our most valuable asset, has brought us to the Second Annual Travel Product Review for 2016! We generally choose to release our review just before Labor Day—why? We don’t know why!….well maybe it ‘s that with Summer winding down in the Northeast U.S. where we live, we are searching for a reason the get psyched about the next 7-8 months of cold temps on their way…..”Winter Is Coming”… Fly South my friends, Fly South! My more pragmatic partner would say it’s the Travel Gear primer to the high season in the Caribbean which is just around the corner. Either way, we hope you find it helpful—we’ve put these products through their paces and want to share with you what we’ve found. And with Hurricane Hermine looming on our doorsteps hence we unveil our “Second Annual Travel Gear Picks for 2016”.


1)  Vizers $19.99
How do you improve on the most basic of sun products—THE VISOR? Well the guys at “Vizers” have figured it out…one of the things fairly evident when using a cloth visor at the beach is that after a few uses it starts to grow a coral reef…lol! Seriously it gets damp and stained with salt & sweat & sea water and starts to loose some of its freshness and shape. The designers at Vizers have taken all that into consideration and created a lightweight foam visor that is comfortable, colorful, durable….it FLOATS! And best of all is easily washed with a bit of soap & water. What’s also exciting they’ve created a line of Vizers specifically being sold with Aruba emblems at all the “I Love Aruba” Stores.  Josh sent us his “ARUBA” designed Vizers and we’re sure you’ll agree they are adorable and practical, great for the Aruban “outback”!
One more sweet feature is you can customize your Vizers with “TOUTS” which are charms to embellish and represent your favorite sport from dive flag to Martini glass…
We feel it a great upgrade on a beach essential. Pack wells too! Adjustable for sizes from kids to XXL guys—hubby loves it!

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2) Boyd’s Cosmetic Brush Travel Set $30.00
You’re going on vacation and while you can’t bring all your worldly possessions you don’t have deny yourself the basics if you have the right compact gear. From our friends at Boyd’s on Fifth Avenue in NYC we were able to test out their Renoir brand signature 7Pc. Sable makeup Brush set. The set is built for travel in a black PVC pouch with snap and holds 7 mini makeup brushes of the highest quality. Packs nice & flat with an extra pocket. What we like best is the fact that the sable brushes are luxuriously soft and do not loose bristles when used. A real winner from Renior by Boyd’s–a signature line from an NYC Cosmetic company for nearly 60 years.

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3) Dynotag® Web/GPS Enabled QR charm Bracelet $24.95
My partner and I were having a conversation and he wondered if the QR code technology could be used in some way to store personal or medical information in a bracelet when you travel. Lo! and behold we found the DYNOTAG QR Smart Tag bracelets. They are called “passive response” and the way they work is you create a profile at their website adding medical info or ID info and just wear the bracelet. Should first responders need to assist you they scan the tag with the many scanner apps that are out there and pull up your profile on their phone.
Really cool is that they make the bracelet in a waterproof model with really cute tropical beach charms—so you disguise the ID bracelet as regular costume jewelry. Ingenious, my dear Watson!
Also shown is the orange web bracelet if charm bracelets are not for you. Dynotags are available for luggage, pets….and even kids! Cool uses for technology in travel.

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4) SQUEEZE POD! – on-the-go natural toiletries $19.99
We love the name for this simple but handy little product that has so many applications—literally & figuratively…SQUEEZE POD! It’s a very neat, pre-loaded toiletry bag so it’s perfect for grab-n-go last minute travel. The clear toiletry bag comes pre-filled with individual, leak-proof, single-use toiletry pods which are both hassle-free and TSA compliant. Included are 2each: shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Also 3 of each: facial cleanser, shave cream, moisturizing lotion, hand purifier, hair gel, & odor eliminator.
No time to fill up little travel bottles before the flight? Not prob just “SNAP. SQUEEZE.GO”
While I’m a bit of a tyrant with only using my hair products I would gladly use the body wash, hand purifier, and moisturizing lotion. Hubby will use the rest which includes shave cream.
Great item for camping, caravans and boats where storage space is at a premium! We like!
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5) Mosquito Repellents – the new necessity in travel!
Not gonna sugar-coat this but not an expert  on mosquito vectors either. As a kid, I remember spending late summer evenings playing Frisbee on the streets until midnight and realizing when I got home I had been a bug feast—bit up in 10-12 spots. Besides the endless itching & basting in calamine lotion, it was a harmless rite of summer and nothing to worry about.
This year things are more real and precaution isn’t a bad idea—this opine from the Frisbee free-spirit…we had some criteria in our search for the best organic mosquito products on the market!
1) the product must be organic and deet-free 2) travel well in a small bottle meeting TSA regs. And lastly 3) smell great!
We found two lovely products that make us feel good about applying essential oils to our skin and not harsh chemicals…..We liked Amrita Aromatherapy Lemon Eucalyptus Bugs Be Gone as it is safe for children & babies and field-tested in 4 oz. bottle. It repels mosquitoes, fleas, ticks & chiggers. Available on for $10.13

Whole Clarity states their mission is to “Raise the Vibration of the Planet through excellent health and wellness and mindful living.” such a beautiful idea, in its simplicity. The packaging is a clean design and states it repels mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and ticks. The bottle is 3.3 oz and we can’t stop enjoying the scent.
Available on for $14.97 or at (love their website!)
Better to be prepared from home as you may find repellent quite expensive to purchase when traveling. As a final thought…oils of lemon/eucalyptus are recommended as a repellent by the CDC

6) Bags for Travel Storage Within Luggage

Alku Travel Genuine Nylon Shoe Bags –$14.99
I’ve put them in supermarket bags, pillowcases and purses always wishing someone would design the right bag to store shoes in my luggage. The nylon shoe bags from Alku Travel are sturdy and elegant with space for up to 3 pairs of shoes in each bag. The floral logo adds an air of richness and flair to the bags. The product come with 3 drawstring stopper bags and I can think of many additional travel uses—laundry, toys , souvenirs…..basically, anything you’d like to separate and protect in your luggage.

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UU Family Toiletry Bag Makeup Pouch – $6.50
This toiletry/cosmetic bag has 3 fab qualities!
1) It’s clear, so it’s TSA friendly….no unpacking, just pull out from your luggage 2) Cute, shiny patent blue leather-like trim is very stylish and VEGAN! and 3) It has a nice larger capacity, more than your average makeup case as we were able to fit quite a few extra items in the bag. It’s a great little bag! and also available on Amazon Prime. Lastly, we spoke with the owners who are the sweetest folks!

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Disclosure: Some of these products were received as samples in exchange for an honest, unbiased, review. The reviews and or opinions on this blog are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising.

Product Reviews by Christina Canzoneri

Labor Day Getaway Weekend Winners

Labor Day Getaway Weekend Winners

by The Aruba Trip Tips Team:

I don’t know about you but for me the more we travel the faster time flies. Not a big physics buff but my hubby loves to tell me the opposite about Einstein & relativity, how the faster you travel the slower time goes….either way it’s essential to travel in a well-appointed style. The better quality your gear is the more comfortable the trip and that doesn’t necessarily mean expensive.

We love well made travel gear and smart fabrics that make packing for your Labor Day weekend escape a breeze. Afterall, your trying to take a break from all the extra work–right?

1) André Lorent  Daily Rehydrating Sunscreen 30+ SPF

DAY 1: Headed out to Crab Meadow  Beach on the North Shore of Long Island.  Sat in the noonday sun and applied André Lorent and can truly say I Loved the feel! Silky, blends in quickly and leaves your skin feeling smooth and moisturized. I tanned beautifully and in style with André Lorent. Skin where I  had not applied André Lorent had a slight redness.

The real test will be on Day 2 in ARUBA!

DAY 2: Aruba, as you may already know, has the most sunniest day of all islands in the Caribbean. It is approx. 863 miles away from the equator and lies between the Tropic of Cancer & Capricorn– serious sunshine, all day every day.  We arrived at Palm Beach and were immediately told by the beach attendant to use sunblock. We  generously applied André Lorent  on our body–it was quickly absorbed by our skin while leaving it feeling soft and moisturized.   The product gives such a light feeling that you will wonder if you are protected. For comparison purposes we also applied an economy brand 70SPF on our faces—it felt heavy & greasy,  fairly uncomfortable to use.  After an hour under a palm tree we put Andre Lorent through the paces. We entered the Aruba waters without reapplying sunblock and swam for one hour. Back at out chairs we reapplied and then spent another hour walking the beach walk. In our hotel room we realized how nicely we had tanned without burning—but our faces had a rosy glow indicating the start of a burn. André Lorent at 30SPF was far more effective than the “no-frills” national chain brand at 70SPF in addition to it’s light, comfortable feel. For sunbathers who truly want the very best quality in skin protection from the sun UVA/UVB rays choose André Lorent Sunscreen.

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2) White Mark Floral Skater Dress
Cute & flirty this beauty defines our POV of the perfect summer day dress. The lightweight fabric is oh-so-comfy and it packs beautifully.
Pair it with a perfect pair of summer flats and you will look amazing.
You’ll want one in every color–also comes in blue.

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3) NW Travel Gear RFID Travel Wallet/Passport Holder

An efficient and functional case–stores flat, lightweight yet sturdy with many handy compartments. We counted 8 pockets in total for phone, passport, credit cards, cash…includes a carabiner clip for keys. Durable polyester exterior with PVC window which nicely held his monthly train pass for the Long Island Rail Road. What’s cool is you don’t have worry about which luggage pockets have all you important documents–wallet stays around your neck when you run for the gate to make that flight. Not sure how to test the RFID feature but it was nice to know it’s there! Found my husband taking the wallet everywhere to carry his valuables on a recent trip to Aruba–highly reccommended.
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4) ESky Electronic Luggage Scale

My wife and I bought this nifty little Luggage scale because we grew tired of inaccurately weighing our luggage on the bathroom scale before every trip.  Now with this great new luggage scale designed specifically for this very purpose it takes only a few seconds to get a reliable read out on a easy to view LCD display. It’s light, portable and convenient and has helped with determining if your suitcase is over the weight limit. Who wants to be charged extra at the airport for one too many souvenirs? Available at

5) Camo  Zeppo Duffle Bag

Besides looking the picture of cool and hip at the airport we really appreciate the deep capacity of the oh so chic oversize duffle. What’s also very interesting is it’s made completely of recycled materials–very hip indeed! Perfect for a long, holiday getaway. Available at Tigerbear Republik

*Disclosure: Some of these products were received as samples in exchange for an honest, unbiased, review. The reviews and or opinions on this blog are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising.

Batyana Boutique: A New Generation of Global Fashionistas


10 Reasons To Visit Aruba

10 Reasons To Visit Aruba

10reasons1Article courtesy of Susan Campbell as published in Aruba Days Magazine by Nights Publications

Aruba Deals & Savings Ideas


Aruba Deals & Savings Ideas

Budget Your Trip - travel costs for a round the world trip or a weekend vacation

    A Nifty Trip Budget Calculator

1) Our favorite site for deals while in Aruba:
Night Publications Aruba – Offers


2) Cool Aruba Discount Site: Let’s You Customize & Print Out the Aruba Discount Coupons…. That Will Make You Happy!

3) Best Deals on Booking Hotel & Air Package. SAVE $$$:
Player’s Choice Tours . MCM Tours . Aruba4U

4) Please Check Out what the Holiday Inn Aruba has to offer:

Say I love you in Aruba! Plan the perfect escape with your soul mate and color your holidays red this summer. The only thing you need to worry about is packing.

  • Room accommodation (one King size bed or two Double beds)
  • 3 Delicious meals daily for two adults: full breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited resort brand liquors
  • $250 USD credit at Etnika Spa per room per stay
  • 25% discount at Pelican Adventures (tours and water-sports) per  room per stay. Including activities such as : sailing & snorkeling cruise, sunset cruise, tres playa beach safari, beach & cave tour, kayaks rental, paddle boat rentals
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free In-room coffee and mini-fridge
  • Free Parking

* Terms & Conditions

Fly over to our worry-free zone! Your family holidays just got a lot easier to plan this summer. Get ready to enjoy your fun-filled and colorful Caribbean vacation – made easy for you.

  • Room accommodation (one King size bed or two Double beds)
  • 3 Delicious meals daily for two adults: full breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Kids Eat Free is available for kids age 12 years old and under when ordering in the hotel’s restaurant from the Kid’s Menu and when accompanied by a family member dining from the regular menu.
  • Unlimited resort brand liquors
  • 25% discount  at Pelican Adventures (tours and water-sports) per room per stay. Including activities such as: sailing & snorkeling cruise, sunset cruise, tres playa beach safari, beach & cave tour, kayaks rental, paddle boat rentals
  • $100 USD credit at Etnika Spa per room per stay
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free In-room coffee and mini fridge
  • Free Parking

* Terms & Conditions

5) Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino Offersruinas del mar restaurant in aruba
Sunshine On Sale– 5TH NIGHT FREE!
You’re invited to soak in everything that surrounds our impeccably renewed Hyatt Regency Aruba resort. Book this sun-filled offer for five nights and receive the 5th Night Free.

Check here for deal specifics:

Other great deals at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino:

6) AirBnB – Listings in Aruba

7) Aruba Hostels – Not looking for luxury but just a place to stay? How about a Hostel? View the Hostels on Aruba  at

8) Aruba Taxi Fares – Rate Schedules to/from every spot on the island









T.H. Palm & Company – Upscale and Fun Shop near the Hyatt Regency Aruba

T.H. Palm & Company – Upscale and Fun Shop near the Hyatt Regency Aruba

T. H. Palm & Company is a lovely little shop in Aruba near the Holiday Inn.
T. H. Palm & Company is a lovely little shop in Aruba near the Holiday Inn.



This welcoming shop, with it’s blush sand-washed exterior and terra cotta clay roof really invites the visitor to a unique shopping experince. T.H. Palm & company offers a variety of attractive merchandise that ranges anywhere from  very high end Men’s shirts and women’s clothing and yet keeps it’s sense of humor with gag gifts like a rubber chicken. This eclectic assortment of goods also offers art work, furniture, home goods and other knick-knacks that will either have you opening up your wallet to purchase something or at the very least walking out with a smile on your face. This little boutique may be small, but most of their items can be pricey. They also claim that most of their items are one time originals. So if you see something you like and are willing to part with some bucks seize the moment because like me you may never see that item again. This shop is located between the Playa Linda hotel and the Holiday Inn. So if you’re standing in front of the holiday Inn facing the street it would be about 1 block to your right. Very Close.