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Only How Many Shopping Days Left???Yep, it's that time of year. Normally it would be time to fight the crowds and find the sales. But this crazy year, you're likely to be doing a lot of your shopping from the comfort of your home. And if you're like me, you may end up spending way too much time browsing Amazon! Could you use an idea for great Christmas Gifts for use during your travels? Here are two things I really love that you may not already have.
Single Burner Camp Stove
This is one of my all time favorites! For me, it's probably the handiest item that stays on our picnic table at the campsite. It gets much hotter, and heats things up way faster than our standard camp stove. And it's just plain quick and easy. To set it up, you simply twist it on top of a propane bottle. You then turn the knob, light it, and you're ready to cook.
This single burner stove is really handy as an extra burner when cooking dinner, or a way to keep something warm. My favorite use though, is using with an old fashioned perculator to brew my morning coffee.
Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer
If you pull a travel trailer, you really should check your wheel bearing temperatures at each stop to be sure they are not overheating. (See the explanation under Things to Keep in Mind Throughout the Day in the Towing a Small Travel Trailer section of my free Beginner's Guide to Small Travel Trailers.) It's a rare, but huge potential problem that can leave you stranded. The most common way to check them is to put your hand on each hub to see if it's excessively hot. This works, but usually gets your hand dirty. Should you ever find you have a bearing overheating, you'll also likely burn your hand finding out!
This digital laser thermometer is a much better solution. You simply aim the laser gun at your wheel hub and pull the trigger. You'll see the red laser beam wherever you aim it, and get an immediate digital reading of temperature. Best of all, no dirty hands.
As a bonus, it's also just a cool gadget. For anyone like me, they'll find all kinds of things to point it at!