Author - Julie Buckingham

4 Reliable Electric Cooling Blanket Options To Get A Perfect Night Sleep

Electric Cooling Blanket: Sleep Better

Even in the winter when I have blankets on to stay warm, there are times I wake up too hot and need to cool down. I hate sweating when I sleep, so I’ve learned over the years to stick my feet out from the covers to get my body temperature just right. Obviously, this doesn’t allow for too many comfortable sleeping positions; that was until I got myself an electronic cooling blanket, and life has been so much better.

I used to travel a lot for business and hated hotel beds. I could never get adjusted to the heat of the room or the thickness of the blankets. My boyfriend would always tell me just to kick the blankets off, but that didn’t work either as I prefer the comfort of having covers on my body as I sleep.

I’ll admit, I’m a picky sleeper that needs the temperature to be just right, but as it turns out, I’m not the only one.

Temperature is easily one of the most significant obstacles to getting quality sleep. Studies have found that the optimal temperature for the best quality sleep is colder than you may think, around 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit (15-20°C). Temperatures that fall too far below or above this range can lead to restlessness. Temperatures in this ideal sleeping range help facilitate the decrease in core body temperature that in turn initiates sleepiness. Getting into that perfect sleeping temperature zone can be difficult due to warmer climates, the heating of your home or simply laying next to someone who naturally sleeps hot and warms the bed.

There is a wide range of sleeping products that market themselves as solutions for staying cool in bed. I started with a Cooling Pillow, which actually worked pretty good at first, but as I mentioned, do a lot of traveling and packing a pillow is a waste of space in your luggage.

My goal was to find a quality electric cooling blanket that would keep my whole body at the right temperature. I quickly realized, though, you get what you paid for. I tried a few affordable cooler blankets before overpaying for a portable air conditioner. The air conditioner wasn’t worth the money and my partner didn’t like freezing every night. He asked me to return it and continue to search for a blanket that would keep me cold, not the entire room.

The following are four different options for staying cool when sleeping. Some are electric cooling blankets; others are cooling pads.

YnM Cooling Weighted Blanket

Size: 48”x72′  |  Weight: 15 lbs

After I wrote this article earlier this year, a friend of mine reached out to me on social media about this blanket. The YnM Cooling Weighted Blanket wasn’t apart of my original article, but it should have been.

As I mentioned in the intro, I don’t kick all the blankets off when I’m sleeping because I like the feeling of the weight of the blankets on my body. Turns out that’s not an uncommon thing. Weighted blankets are a very popular new sleeping item these days, and a cooling blanket that also has weight is fantastic.

How does it work

The YnM cooling blanket features breathable SMART fabric and moisture wicking management for year round comfort enabling hot sleepers to stay drier and cooler. The cold to the touch bamboo fabric and glass beads feature high specific heat capacity which will keep you cool through the night. 

My Take:

I think the approach to this blanket was different than all the other options listed in this article. Where most cooling blankets have the goal to keep you cool, I’d say the goal of the VnM Blanket is to keep you at an ideal temperature, so you don’t get hot. I know that sounds like the same thing, but it isn’t. If you can remain in the perfect temperature zone than you remain asleep, undisturbed, and fully rested. Imagine a good night’s sleep where you spent the whole night at the ideal perfect temperature. You would probably never wake up hot or cold and spend more time sleeping. The quality of your sleep would improve, thereby you would need less of it.

It sounds funny, but to this day I still remember staying at this five-star hotel in Chicago. It was just a random trip, but we decided to upgrade our room for something special. I don’t remember thinking the room was all that nice, but I never slept better than I did that weekend. I remember waking up early and feeling completely rested. I always thought that the bed or mattress must have been the reason, but now that I think about it, it was the fact I that didn’t overheat when sleeping.

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5 Must-Have Items To Include In Your Travel Outfits For Long Flights

Travel Outfits For Long Flights

In this article, Julie Buckingham gives away her favorite tips for building the best travel outfits for long flights. The key to surviving a long plane ride doesn’t involve an aisle seat or in-flight movie, it’s about staying comfortable.

Travel Outfits For Long Flights

Travel Outfits For Long FlightsI dread long flights. In fact, I try not to travel anywhere for a short period of time if the destination requires a long flight. I would much rather find a way to stay an extra week on my trip or vacation if it includes an eight-hour flight or longer. The reward of course, is an amazing adventure, sandy white beach or visiting a culture in a city you’ve never been to before. Despite our discomfort, it’s worth the time stuck in a seat in the sky.

However, your mood could easily change if you were uncomfortable. Travel outfits for long flights are not just fashionable, their practical and even essential for an extended period of time on a flight. The fabrics you wear, the shoes on your feet are all important decisions in making your long flight tolerable.

In this article, I talk about 5 items to include in your Travel Outfits For Long Flights along with some items of clothing that you should avoid.

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What to Pack for Hawaii – 25 Must Have Items for The Perfect Trip

What to Pack for Hawaii

In this article, I’m going to cover just about everything one would need to know in regards to a Hawaii vacation. I’ll cover when is the best time to book a vacation, the best time of year is to go regarding weather and what to pack for Hawaii to take the guessing work out of what to bring, or what not to bring. The goal here is for you to have a perfect vacation getaway. 

When considering what to pack for a trip to the Hawaiian Islands, there are two major things to think about; the activities you will be doing and what sort of climate you will be doing them in. Hawaii is not all flowered shirts and flip-flops. Far from it. Each of the islands has its own unique vibe, and what you do will dictate how you should pack.

If you plan on visiting one of Hawaii’s stunning dormant volcanoes, at 10,000 feet you are going to need to dress in layers! We went on an epic sunrise bike tour to Haleakala National Park in Maui, and at the crack of dawn at the summit, the temperatures were pretty chilly.

The Big Island has the widest array of climates with its desert stretches of road, temperate rainforests and the cool dry wonder of Mauna Kea. Maui has Haleakala Crater and Oahu has Diamond Head. In fact, the Hawaiian Islands put together encompass the vast majority of the planet’s climates. So, you should be prepared with a variety of clothing and gear options.

But before we dive into what to pack for Hawaii, let’s cover some other commonly asked questions.

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BCOZZY Review: The Best Kids Travel Neck Pillow

Kids Travel Neck Pillow

In this article, I talk about one of the best travel neck pillow for kids, specifically, BCOZZY. In this BCOZZY Review, I look at the benefits of this neck pillow and talk about how much my child loves it.

BCOZZY Review

Traveling and getting to know other people’s culture is one of the best things anyone can do in life. There’s hardly a better feeling in the world than the thrill that comes with seeing the most amazing sights around the world. I’ve thought to believe that right from my adolescence, and although I couldn’t do much traveling as a kid, I made a vow to catch up on what I missed when I grew up.

But traveling long distances comes with lots of stress. It doesn’t matter if it’s a road trip or long plane ride, there’s only so much time you can spend appreciating the landscape without feeling jetlagged or just burned out. I for one am quite fastidious about my sleeping positions. I get cranky after a long trip as I find it difficult to sleep in the car or plane. It doesn’t matter which position I try, I’m just never comfortable. I’ve mentioned this in previous articles and even suggested a few cooling blankets to help when staying in a hotel room away from home.

BCOZZY ReviewAs the years went by, I learned to adapt to the sleep deprivation. Although it still takes its toll when I finally get to my destination because I’ll need a full day of quality sleep or two before I can enjoy the sights and sounds. I learned I had to include more days in my itinerary because of this simple fact. However, things changed when my child began to come with me when traveling, as I realized the world stopped being about just me.

I noticed the annoying crankiness right from our first trip together and I couldn’t blame the poor boy. The road trip was quite long and the road was bumpy at some points. I felt he was going to eventually shake it off like I always do but this seemed not to be the case for him. He hardly enjoyed any moment on our first trip and kept complaining of a stiff neck. This experience culminated into a dislike for traveling and I couldn’t afford to let that grow.

I firmly believe there are only a few things you can spend money on that would make you richer, and products that improve the quality of your sleep is one of them. I knew I had to find a solution and during my frantic search, I came across the BCOZZY kids chin support Travel neck pillow.

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Best Laptop Backpack For Women: 9 Practical and Stylish Options

Best Laptop Backpack For Women

Best Laptop Backpack For Women

As technology gets smaller and more lightweight so do the cases, bags, and backpacks we use to carry around our trusted devices. In just the last few years, laptops have made a significant change towards being sleeker with less wasted space, and have indeed become as convenient as carrying around a thin book. Of course, all that being said, you still need to keep your laptop safe from theft and getting damaged. While there are a lot of options on the market, a Laptop backpack for women with some style to it isn’t as easy to find as you would think. It seems that most companies are still pushing the briefcase concept.

Best Laptop Backpack For WomenWhen I think of a briefcase, I think of a hard shell case like the one you would see in a spy movie where someone is transporting millions of dollars. The hero later uses the briefcase as a shield in a gunfight, or at some point throws the briefcase across the room knocking someone unconscious. I’m joking; of course, there are a lot of successful women who still use and carry around a briefcase, I just know that’s not the look I’m after.

Actually, now that I think of it, it wasn’t a look that my mother was after either. When I was a kid, my mom had this well-respected position where she managed and oversaw the success of twenty-plus stores at the airport. You know all those stores you pass on the way to your flight, or shop in while waiting for your trip? They’re usually all owned by one or two companies.

One Christmas, my brother and I went in on a leather briefcase. Laptops weren’t around back then, but I remember thinking I wanted to get something for my mom, who was a strong businesswoman. About a week after the holidays she confessed that she returned it as it just wasn’t her thing. She preferred carrying all her news and notes on her blackberry, or simply remembered info by memory.

What I’m Looking For

Living in the North West, which is typically raining most of the year, requires a different type of criteria when buying day to day travel accessories. I need a backpack that is waterproof and can hold a 15-inch laptop. I’m also tired of lugging around both my purse and a bag to hold my laptop, so I’m looking to merge the two. Ideally, I want something stylish enough that I can take this bag out to lunch and it doesn’t look like it has a laptop in it, yet professional enough for the office.

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