Travel July 2011

Destinations, product picks and getaway tips.

Rachel Kalina

Spanning the Globe
BBC presents an awe-inspiring DVD that takes you on an armchair journey like no other. Also available on Blu-ray, Human Planet brings viewers through a range of habitats, including oceans, deserts, rainforests, grasslands and mountains. Learn about the extreme and amazing ways humans have adapted to their surroundings through 80 stories that took four years to pull together in 70 locations. See a shark whisperer at work in the Pacific, Inuit mussel gatherers diving below sea ice, humans partnering with golden eagles to hunt for food in Mongolia and Maasai children teaming up with honey guides for treats. Start your journey by heading to your local DVD retailer.

Nixing Bed Bugs
The only things you should take away from your travels are fond memories and souvenirs— not bed bugs. But these pests may sneak into suitcases if they surprise you at hotels or on cruises. Keep your possessions and your home safe with BugZip, a heavy-duty vinyl luggage encasement that reduces the risk of bugs traveling with you. Suitable for various sizes of bags, BugZip is easy to use and pack. To learn about your first line of defense against infestation, check out www.bugzip.com.

Get Packing
Reduce the whines and up the fun while voyaging near and far with Stephen Joseph’s rolling luggage for children. Boys and girls feel like big kids when they tote their toys and games in a Stephen Joseph rolling backpack, which features an extendable handle for little arms. Ladybugs, monkeys, tigers, flowers, airplanes, turtles and other motifs adorn the bags, which may be personalized with your child’s name. Get rolling at www.stephenjosephgifts.com.

Kids’ Camp in Paradise
It may have once been considered the lost city, but now you can find the trip of a lifetime complete with kids’ fantasy camps within the walls of Atlantis, Paradise Island. Running July 11 through August 4, the four-night, five-day camps are appropriate for youngsters ages 6 to 22. Some of the awesome camps bringing “edutainment” to children include Seventeen Magazine Fantasy Camp, LEGO Atlantis Fantasy Camp and Hannah Mermaid Fantasy Camp. Sign up at www.atlantis.com.

Cool in the Pool
Floaties? Check. Inflatable chair? Check. Deck of cards that can withstand the water? What? UNO H2O To Go is making a splash in pools everywhere this summer. On your next trip, make sure to have the deck of durable plastic and water resistant cards in your carry-on. Quickly whip out the cards for a game in transit, on the beach or pool side, and you won’t hear anymore choruses about boredom. Play your cards right at www.toysrus.com.

This column appeared in the July 2011 issue.