Daddy Cool – Travelling with toddlers part 2
The second time I realized I’m definitely not the coolest traveling dad was when I came across the “Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier” (you gotta love the name). It’s the latest must-have gadget for “keeping it fresh” while traveling. The Air-O-Swiss Travel Humidifier is a small device that humidifies a room (surprise) … BUT here’s the cool feature: You can use just about any water bottle as a water tank. It also comes with a range of different plugs and adapters for most countries (you’d ever want to travel to). Finally with a slick and clean design it really is the iPhone of Humidifiers – perfect for creating a healthy micro-climate in your office when you’re not traveling (it’s also a great conversation starter or distractor for all those awkward HR conversations).
Now why would you want to want a travel humidifier in the first place? Since most hotel room windows cannot be opened anymore these days a humidifier is your only hope to create a room climate with higher humidity than normal (or you could just leave the shower on for the whole night … not very water wise though). As all clever dads know, a humidifier is probably one of the very few things that can help your child (or you) to settle a cough without any medicine-related side effects. In many countries the use of cough relief drugs for children under the age of 5 is not recommended. So natural remedies like honey / herbal infusions and a well humidified room are your best bets to get some relief from constant coughing.
The Air-O-Swiss Travel Humidifier uses high-frequency vibrations to generate a micro-fine cool (important!) mist that is blown into the room. It looks very cool when it does that … they should include a humidifying feature in mobile phones! Anyway, the Air-O-Swiss thing will set you back about $60 so check it out as a possible gadget for your next trip – I haven’t managed to convince the wife yet (just waiting for an opportune day in her cycle …).
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