Plan Your Valentine’s Day Getaway

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Feb 3, 2020 9:28:17 AM

Plan Your Valentine's Day Getaway

The shelves are lined with pink cards, chocolate boxes, and teddy bears holding red hearts when you walk into any drugstore, which can only mean one thing: Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Fortunately, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, and on a three-day holiday weekend for some. The stars might be aligning for a quick weekend getaway with your Valentine’s date – whether they be a significant other, friend, family member, pet, or yourself (flying solo is fun too)! Here are some ideas to kickstart your inspiration, and some tips that might be a help along the way.

 

Where are you headed?

Valentine's Day Getaway

You might be already a step ahead of us and have already booked something. But if you’re more of a spontaneous person, you might consider somewhere driving distance if flights are already too pricey and hard to find. Look for cool places to visit within a few-hour radius around you ­– maybe there’s somewhere you’ve been thinking of visiting but haven’t had a chance yet. This might be the perfect time to book it! Browse some hotel or vacation booking sites and see what you find. If you live in a warmer climate, you could even consider camping or renting a camper van.

 

How are you getting there?

Already have plane tickets? Brilliant! Hitting the road? Fantastic. We have tips for both.

To help make packing easier, our RunOff Waterproof Bags are a great solution. For flying, the 3-1-1 Bag is a big help for consolidating your liquids for TSA. Plus, because the bag is waterproof, you can rest assured your shampoo won’t leak all over your date night attire if it bursts open. Because this is likely a short trip, you’ll probably want to opt for carry-on luggage only. The Medium and Large packing cubes are compressible, so you can fit more clothes into smaller spaces.

RunOff Waterproof Bags

 

For the road trip set, you’ll want a solution to keep your phone handy for GPS and music without having to mess with it in your hands while driving. Check out our Steelie mobile phone mounts to help you out. Don’t forget to make a playlist!

Steelie Orbiter Dash Kit

 

Pics or it didn’t happen

Valentines-FlipOut

Don’t fall victim to the feeling of coming home from an amazing vacation that you forgot to document with plenty of photos. Thankfully, we all carry cameras in our pockets these days, so be sure to use them. Snap some cute selfies with the help of a trusty FlipOut Handle for your phone, or keep it securely on your person with the Hitch Phone Anchor + Tether.

 

Light up your “nite”

If you’re headed somewhere with a jacuzzi or soaking tub, pack some Disc-O Select NiteGems for some flashy fun. They’re waterproof AND they float!

NiteGems

Bringing along your favorite beverage? Keep it cool and colorful with a SlapLit Drink Wrap. You wouldn’t want to lose sight of your drink in the dark, would you?

SlapLit-HotTub

Cross your fingers for a clear night – stargazing is a thoroughly under-appreciated activity. Better pack your headlamps so you can find a good spot to take in the show.

 

Remember, your dog is always your #1 valentine

Valentines Day gifts for dogs

Whether you’re celebrating with a significant other or not, your pet should be a part of the fun too. Check out some gift ideas for your dog here! If your furry friend is joining you on your vacation, a NiteHowl or SpotLit Collar Light is a great way to keep track of them during evening activities or potty breaks.

Are you planning a getaway of your own? Comment with your own tips or suggestions!

Topics: "travel", Pets, LED Products, runoff, waterproof bags, Steelie, Holidays, headlamp

Favorite Vanlife Products From a Full-Time Vanlifer

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Jan 22, 2020 9:27:04 AM

By Guest Blogger Colin Boyd of Afuera Vida

Favorite VanLife Products From a Full-Time VanLifer

While every van dwellers’ home is unique, we all suffer the same challenges found in a nomadic lifestyle. A few that come to mind are - illumination, keeping our home strapped/tied down for bumpy drives, and keeping our kit organized. When planning to write a guest blog for Nite Ize I simply began looking around our 1978 Mercedes 508D converted fire truck for inspiration and realized that Nite Ize was quietly sitting in the background, providing us with greater ease with smart and effective solutions for the van dweller. So for those of you looking to increase your satisfaction with van life or wondering what application one of these nifty products may be used for, here is a list of our top six products in no specific order.

 

1. RadDog All-In-One Collar + Leash

RadDog All-In-One Collar + Leash

This smart and user-friendly collar constantly saves our butts. When we pull over in any new spot, we are comfortable letting our dog Lola hop out and do her business knowing if there’s leash laws or other dogs passing by, we’ve got her covered. I can’t tell you the number of times we couldn’t find a leash, but the collar was already on - letting us go ahead without searching every corner for it. Hands down, if you own a dog that behaves just as well on or off leash, you need this product.

 

2. RadDog Collapsible Bowl

RadDog Collapsible Bowl

Over the past year we’ve covered over 18,000 miles in every corner of the states and we  love to take our young family out on adventures when and wherever we can. With two toddlers - both of which who typically need a lift on any walk over an hour - we have little space for extras and Lola (our dog) is usually left to finding her own water or slurping out of a water bottle and my hand with most landing on the ground. The packable dog bowl is lighter than a toothbrush and literally takes up less space than one. It has kept Lola charging longer and makes it way easier to keep her happy on the trail.

 

3. Radiant 314 Rechargeable Lantern

Radiant 314 Rechargeable Lantern

When your family of four lives in less than 120 square feet, any light can affect bedtime routines and early mornings. With three dim settings, a handy clip, and a USB charge port out, the lantern is a swiss army knife for the van and mobile charging. I’ve found myself packing this during the day if we need extra cell phone juice and also having enough light to read bedtime stories at night. Since it’s lightweight and super durable, we often use it out of the van to light up our camp for the night and give it to the kids to play with.

 

4. Gear Ties

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The Nite Ize Gear Tie is quite possibly the most useful item in our gear kit. I have this holding bananas and books in place, my shower nozzle on, organizing my electric cords, and strapping our backpack guitar to the ceiling. In some of these instances rope may work, but with the simple twist and the guaranteed hold up over time, I’d find myself reaching for a Gear Tie over rope in many low consequence circumstances.

 

5. Radiant 300 Rechargeable Headlamp

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Light is so critical and I never know when I will need it most. It could be a break down at night, taking our oldest out for a pee in the middle of the night or heading out on a backpacking or biking adventure. In any case, a Radiant 300 Rechargeable Headlamp is always close by and since I have USB ports all over the van, recharging is easy ensuring I’m all set for the next night.

 

6. INOVA T8R PowerSwitch Rechargeable Flashlight

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I retired my Maglite after firing up the INOVA T8R PowerSwitch Rechargeable Flashlight. Bringing 762 lumens to the dark sky in a pocket sized light, this beast is my new best friend. Just the other night, we found ourselves (typically) arriving at our planned destination well after dark. The dirt road deteriorated quickly and we were entering what appeared like rock crawling terrain in the desert. With the high beams on, there still wasn’t enough light to assess if we’d be able to get out if we drop any further along the single lane track. With the INOVA T8R  in hand, I tripled my vision out the window and on further inspection by foot scouted the rest of the track and the campsite from over 300 yards away. In the past, I would have likely opted for the safe route and just shut it down before getting myself too deep up the creek without a paddle. With the INOVA T8R I feel so much more confident showing up to difficult boondocking sites at night. 

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As a practicing minimalist, I am very picky about what makes it into my space, and all of these truly have saved me time and energy over the course of the past few months. Literally from the moment I received a grip of Gear Ties, they went to use and the Steelie is literally my steadfast driving companion in any driving situation. If you are a van lifer or are looking to buy something for one close to you, consider any of our top choices as none will sit idly in a cabinet as the utility for the van life application is the perfect fit.

Topics: LED Flashlights, Gear Ties, Pets, dogs, camping, headlamp, vanlife

7 Gifts For New Parents That Are Ridiculously Useful

Posted by Katie S on Jan 15, 2020 10:56:55 AM

Ridiculously Useful Gifts For New Parents

There is little in this world more intimidating than becoming a new parent. And frankly, there’s only so much one can do to truly prepare emotionally for the sleep deprivation, endless diapers, and overwhelming feelings of love to come. Fortunately, there are a few useful items out there that do make the logistics of it all a bit easier. So, whether you’re looking to get equipped for your own baby’s arrival, or you’re shopping for a traditional baby shower gift (or for a manshower gift - yes, it’s a thing now), check out our suggestions for innovative Nite Ize-inspired presents for parents.

 

1. Pimp Their Ride

Nite Ize Your Stroller

No, I don’t mean the minivan. Every new parent’s saving grace is their stroller. Screaming baby? Time for a stroll. Need adult interaction? Time to stroll with a friend. Day or night, movement is the key to baby sleep, and sleep is key for parent survival. So, stroll. You can have the coolest whip in town with Nite Ize accessories. The HandleBand or Steelie Bar Mount keeps phones securely in place right on the handlebar. Oh you think I mean for texting and calls? No, no – that’s for the white noise app that will be soothing the baby to sleep along the way, and inevitably for then taking photos of the sleeping baby. Throw in a Radiant 125 Rechargeable Bike Light that attaches to a stroller handle or side bar to light the way on those late night walks. And lastly, throw in one of our super-sized S-Biners  – the easiest way to clip shopping bags, hats, water bottles and just about anything for quick access on the stroller.

 

2. Brighten Their Late "Nite" Activities

Radiant 100 Mini Lantern

Most parents share their bedroom with baby for at least the first few weeks for convenience of feeding, changing, rocking, shushing, and all those newfound middle-of-the-night hobbies. A nifty fact for new parents is that red light won’t disrupt you or baby’s night vision, and it’s less likely to wake up a sleeping partner. The cute, squishy Radiant 100 Lantern with both red and white light settings is a great option, or you can opt for a headlamp that also has red and white LED settings.

 

3. Make Diaper Clean-Up A Little Cleaner

Pack-A-Poo

Changing babies at places that aren’t really optimized for it can be awkward. When you’re somewhere that doesn’t have a diaper pail or easily-accessed outdoor trash can (e.g. an airplane, restaurant, or friend’s fancy house), it’s great to have poo-bags on hand to contain the smell before tossing the diaper. They're not just for dogs! The Pack-A-Poo clips easily to a diaper pad and is equipped with biodegradable bags. It also has a rotating core, so when baby inevitably grabs ahold of the bags and pulls them out, it’s easy to reel them right back in.

 

4. Kick the Baby Monitor up a Notch

Steelie Pedestal Mount

Steelie is great for attaching your phone to stroller handles, but isn’t exclusive to phones. You can use the Steelie Pedestal on your baby monitor or on the camera to help you get better angles.

 

5. Secure Everything

Secure everything with Gear Ties and S-Biners

With Gear Ties and S-Biners you can give all those oh-so-important toys and bottles easy attachment points to grab them quickly and not worry about losing them on the go.

 

6. Contain The Mess

RunOff Medium Packing Cube

Let's face it. Baby clothes (and parents' clothes for that matter) get dirty – often multiple times per day. When spit-ups or blowouts strike when you're out of the house, toss the soiled article in a RunOff Medium Packing Cube. The RunOff line of waterproof bags are best known for keeping water out, but they also do a great job of sealing messes in!

 

7. Just Hitch It

Hitch Phone Anchor + Tether

With the Hitch Phone Anchor + Tether, your phone stays attached to you. You can also clip the Hitch like a handle to hang a phone from your wrist when your hands are full. Later, it’s a great way to protect phones when toddlers reach that “grab-and-throw-things” phase.

Phone Hitch + Tether in action

New parents have always relied on advice from those who have gone before. Please help our community by sharing tips and tricks you’ve learned and your favorite Nite Ize parenting-hacks in the comments section below.

Topics: Mobile Device Accessories, Home, LED Products, runoff, Steelie

New Year's Resolutions – For Your Dog!

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Jan 8, 2020 10:55:00 AM

New Year's Resolutions For Your Dog

It’s a new year, it’s a new decade, it’s a time to reset and make some personal goals for 2020. Whether your new year's resolution is to exercise more, improve your diet, or learn a new skill, we think it’s a great idea to incorporate a resolution (or two, or five) for the special canine in your life. January is National Train Your Dog Month, which is a great way to kick it off. Make 2020 your dog’s best year yet!

 

1. Daily Walks

NiteHowl LED Safety Necklace

Exercise is extremely important for both you and your pup, so why not kill two birds with one stone? Resolving to take at least one walk a day with your dog is a great way to keep you both fit while enjoying some fresh air. Winter is the hardest season to get started and keep up with daily walks due to cold weather and the dark mornings and evenings. Bundle up, add some lights, and you’re ready to go. For your furry friend, check out our Rechargeable NiteHowl LED Safety Necklace to keep him or her visible at night. For yourself, a good headlamp is key for nighttime walks. The Radiant 300 Rechargeable Headlamp is a great solution to light up your neighborhood streets.

 

2. Learn a New Trick

dog riding scooter

Despite the old sayings, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Or maybe you have a younger dog that could use more basic training. Whatever your dog's skill level, it’s always good to keep his or her brain active by learning new things. If your dog has mastered the basics, consider a fun trick like “speak,” “spin” or “take a bow.” Here’s a list of 10 impressive tricks to try, and how to get started.

 

3. Make New Friends

Making New Friends

If you have a social butterfly, let them spread their wings. Try scheduling a doggie play date with a friend who also owns a dog, hit up a dog park, or look for a dog walking meetup. Socialization training is key for puppies, but older dogs also benefit from being around other animals. Playtime is great for physical exercise and brain stimulation. Plus, a tired dog is a good dog!

 

4. Go Somewhere Fun

Road Trip With Your Dog

If one of your resolutions involves travel, camping, or hiking, consider bringing your pup along for the journey! After all, they’re the happiest when they’re with you, and you can find pet-friendly hotels and rentals if you plan ahead. Most dogs love road trips, but we recommend securing them with a seatbelt. (We’ve tried this one from Kurgo for a 70-pound Labradoodle, and he gives it two paws up.) If your dog has a tendency to get car sick, visit your vet before you head out and they can prescribe something to help. For easily packable food and water dishes, look no further than our RadDog Collapsible Bowls! If you have a dog that is reliable off-leash and you’ll be in an off-leash area, the RadDog All-In-One Collar + Leash is perfect for allowing them to roam, but quickly get a hold of them when needed.

 

5. Schedule an Annual Check-Up

Did someone say Vet?

Your pet needs a yearly physical just like you, but with the busy day-to-day lives we all have, it’s easy for that to get pushed down on the priority list. Resolve to get it done so your vet can make sure everything is looking good. If there might be a problem, catching it early could make a huge difference. You should also be sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date so he or she can enjoy all the fun in 2020 and beyond!

Pi the Puggle

 

We asked some of our own dogs what resolutions they’re making this year, and the most popular answers were “eat more treats,” “chew on more toys,” “play more fetch” and “more belly rubs please.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics: LED Pet Products, LED Dog Products

A Holiday Conversation Survival Guide (For Gear Nerds)

Posted by Emily Sturges & Cassie Ryan on Dec 19, 2019 9:50:33 AM

Holiday Conversation Survival Guide

There's nothing like a good family gathering around the holidays, right? The ham is baking, the children are playing, the wine is flowing, the fire is roaring, and your Aunt Maude is busy asking everyone's opinion on current events. So fun! It's easy for conversations with family members (who you may only see once a year) to quickly become tense, awkward, or otherwise less than pleasant. Sometimes it's just best to avoid those sensitive subjects altogether – but that's not entirely up to you, is it? While we can’t join you at your family Holiday Table, we have a few suggestions to help steer the conversation in a more amicable direction. Like how much you love your gear!

 

When your Aunt asks  “Are You as good of a cook as your mother?”

You can say: Impossible. But I do FaceTime her while cooking to get tips, using my handy dandy Steelie  Pedestal!

 

 

 

 

When someone tries to bring up Politics...

You can say: Everything's a mess, isn't it? Speaking of messes, has anyone used a Nite Ize Gear Tie to keep things organized?

 

 

 

 

When your grandpa says, “Businesses don't care about their customers anymore.”

You can say: Not good ole Nite Ize! They have a worry-free guarantee on all products. Plus, their customer service reps are amazing.

 

 

 

 

When your sister says, “How many drinks have you had?"

You can say: Not sure at this point, but my SlapLit Drink Wrap keeps them cold and easy to find.

 

 

 

 

 

When your mom says "Are you really having another slice of pie?"

You can say: Don't worry, I'll be sure to work it off on my morning run tomorrow with my Nite Ize Headlamp!

 

 

 

 

When your brother AsKs, “Are you still a terrible driver?”

You can say: At least I’m not always looking down at my phone like some people, thanks to my trusty Steelie Orbiter.

 

 

 

 

When your niece says, “Who is your favorite character in Frozen?”

You can say: Kristoff, I love a man who can rock a holster!

 

 

 

 

When Your Dad says, “Remember when you…”

You can say: Before we RunOff into the past, have you seen these amazing waterproof bags?

 

 

 

 

When there is an awkward silence:

You can say:  Speaking of tension, I use my Dual Cam Jam Webbing Tensioner on the reg.

 

 

Happy holidays from all of us at Nite Ize, and wishing you the best of luck at your next family gathering!

Topics: Holidays

Gift Ideas for the Hard-To-Shop-For Guy

Posted by Katie S on Dec 4, 2019 3:40:23 PM

Gift Ideas for the Hard-To-Shop-For Guy

No matter how well you know a guy, sometimes you just haven’t had that moment of inspiration when it comes to finding the perfect gift. Or maybe you need a gift for the guy who already buys himself everything, or one who says he wants nothing. Don’t panic, we’ve all been there. And, we’d like to help you out with recommendations of some of our favorite products that make for superbly unique gifts for men – or pretty much anyone else in your life!

 

1. Give That Beat-Up Old Wallet A Serious Upgrade

Financial Tool RFID Blocking Wallet

With a Financial Tool RFID Blocking Wallet, he gets protection for his cards and the added bonus of 10 integrated multitools.

 

2. Steelie: Give Him The Gift of Hands-Free Safety and Convenience

Steelie Windshield Kit

If he’s not already using a Steelie 360 Magnetic Mount, you’re going to blow his mind with this car phone holder. With easy, quick, sleek magnetic mounting technology, Steelie lets you attach your phone to your car dash, to a desk pedestal, or to your fridge in a snap.

 

3. Supercharge His KeyChain

Key Chain Accessories from Nite Ize

He’ll feel like MacGyver when you upgrade him to a slimline SlideLock Key Ring, a DoohicKey Keychain Multitool, and the unique write-anywhere INKA Key Chain Pen.

 

4. Give Him The Ultimate Handheld Flashlight

INOVA T4R Flashlight

Flashlights make great gifts for just about anyone. They make you feel a little more prepared, and with the INOVA T4R LED Flashlight, he will be prepared for just about anything. This tactical, rechargeable flashlight packs 850 lumens, can be cradle mounted, has five different modes, and is crush-proof, shockproof, and water resistant. This is a gift that never fails to impress.

 

5. Illuminate His Beverage Of Choice With the Nite Ize SlapLit Drink Wrap

SlapLit LED Drink Wrap

Bring a little light and fun to his favorite drink with the SlapLit LED Drink Wrap – keeping hands warm and spirits bright all year long.

 

6. Help Him Travel and Adventure Smarter

RunOff Waterproof Bags

No one can resist the appeal, functionality, and sleek design of our new RunOff Waterproof Bags. Whether he’ll use them to shoot the chutes down a favorite river or to protect his belongings on the next beach vacation, he will love his newfound travel-organizing waterproof bags. The RunOff line consists of a Waterproof Wallet, Pocket, 3-1-1 Pouch, Toiletry Bag, and Packing Cubes in two different sizes.

Need more ideas? Take our gift-finding quiz here! What’s your favorite Nite Ize gift you’ve ever given or received? Let us know in the comments section below.

Topics: Holidays

Holiday Decorating Made Brighter And Easier With Nite Ize

Posted by Katie S on Nov 26, 2019 9:48:19 AM

Holiday Decorating Made Brighter and Easier

It’s the hap, hap, happiest time of year! Let the holiday decorating, caroling, cocktail parties, and family gatherings begin. As everyone knows, with all the fun also comes stress. So, we’ve put together a few of our favorite Nite Ize tips and tricks to make sure you sail smoothly through this holiday season.

 

Perfect Light Placement Every Time

Gear Tie Foam Reusable Twist Tie

Sometimes getting those lights and garlands hung just perfectly can be an art. Make it simple with Gear Ties or cut-to-length Gear Tie Foam Twist Ties to attach those lights just about anywhere. Also, pro tip if you get a warm weekend in November, hang your light then! You don’t have to plug them in, but when the chilly weekends of December roll around, you’ll be glad to already have the job done.

And if you do get stuck hanging lights on a chilly day, just remember: nothing warms you up like a cold beer. With the Traveler Drink Holster, you never have to work without a beverage close at hand.

 

Dual CamJam Tie Down System
Don’t Be That Guy Who Leaves A Tree On The Highway

Twine is an imperfect solution for strapping trees to the roofs of cars. Don’t chance it with user error or failed twine that leads to a Christmas disaster on the highway. The easy to use Dual CamJam Tie Down System is easy to use and lets you achieve the right amount of tension to confidently keep your tree snugly in place for the drive home – no matter how far you have to go.

 

Trees Won’t Be The Only Thing Getting Lit

Light Up Your Punchbowl with NiteGems

Light up your holiday punch bowl with the floating, waterproof NiteGems. They can be set to a variety of colors so you can reuse them throughout the year for all your other holidays too or when you just want to add a bright pop to your beverage. If you want to get really fancy, make your own garnished ice cubes to float alongside your NiteGems, like these cranberry-and-rosemary ones:

Light Up Your Beverage with a NiteGem

And don’t forget about your beer and other-beverage drinkers – keep some SlapLit LED Drink Wraps around to keep hands warm and spirits bright all night long.

SlapLit LED Drink Wrap

 

Fill The Stockings, Then Light Those Up Too

Add SpotLit LED Carabiners to the stockings to color-code them or for a fun pop of color. You could even color code everyone’s gifts with their stocking light color as a creative theme.

SpotLit Carabiner Light

 

Save Your Future Self A Headache

When it’s time to clean up after the holidays, take a minute to wrap and organize your lights with Gear Ties – it’s worth an extra minute so you’re not sorting through a mangled mess of lights next year.

Organizing with Gear Ties

Share your holiday tips and favorite uses for Nite Ize products in the comments section below.

Topics: Gear Ties, Home, LED Products, Holidays, decorating

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