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Traveling toolkit – reading material

There are lots of ebooks out there, but the Kindle paperwhite is my favorite one. Here are 6 reasons why I love it.

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1) The screen reads a lot like a paper book – I just can’t see that staring at a computer screen for long periods of time can be good for your eyes. Mine get tired from looking at a “screen”, but not on the paperwhite. There isn’t a glare, unlike reflective tablets and smartphones. So if you like to read on the beach, kindle is definitely the way to go.

2) It eliminates the weight and bulk of traditional books while traveling – Unless you are a streamlined business traveler, aka George Clooney in Up in the Air, everyone could use a little packing help. I used to carry one book, but if I was close to finishing it, I had to carry two. When my boys were little, I had enough “stuff” to carry, let alone, two extra books. Trust me, your shoulders will thank you.

3) If you finish a book, a new one is at your fingertips – I never know how much I am going to read on a trip. If your layover gets extended, your one traditional book might not last very long. Last year, I finished a book on the beach and didn’t even have to leave my comfy chaise to upload another book. I was actually on an island with no bookstore for miles. Talk about convenience.

4) My kids always know when I am reading (and not playing games) – Kids definitely follow what we do, not what we say. If I was reading on a tablet or smartphone all the time, they would never be sure what I’m doing when they glance across the room, or airport. When I’m on an iPad or smartphone, they automatically think I’m playing video games.


Well, that’s what they would default to, so I get the assumption. I just think the kindle paperwhite (not the kindle fire or nook color) sends a definitive message that I am reading. And reading is good.

5) The built in front light display makes sharing hotel rooms easier – When sharing a hotel room with family or friends, the light display comes in handy. I shared a hotel room with a girlfriend in NYC last year. So when we turned out the lights for bed, I could still read on my kindle for a few minutes before drifting off to sleep. I felt a lot less guilty about it since I didn’t have an entire light on. The bedside lamp never seems as bright until you have it on to read, when your roommates want to sleep. When traveling with my family, this feature allows me to turn off all of the lights when it’s time for the kids to go to bed. But I can still lay in bed and read with minimal light so I don’t keep them awake.

6) Battery life – Although my kindle requires a different plug than my smartphone, I rarely plug it in while on a trip. I download a book or two and make sure it is fully charged the night before we leave. There is a setting that keeps the wifi off, so the battery can easily last a weeklong trip. I only turn on the wifi when I am purchasing a new book, but once it is downloaded, off it goes. There have been a few times that I have run my battery kindle down mid-flight on the way home from a really long trip. No problem, I grab my smartphone that has the kindle app and keep on reading. Gotta love a back up plan!

Gotta love the travel themed cover!

Gotta love the travel themed cover!

So there you have it. The reasons I travel with a kindle. This was NOT a sponsored post, I paid for my kindle years ago, all on my own. I’ve actually had several versions.

I have to note that my boys each have the simple Nook Glowlight. It pretty much works the same way. It’s easier for me to keep track of their purchases when we are not sharing the same account or device type.  When I get an email about a nook purchase I investigate it a little more than the ones I know I did on my kindle. Organized chaos, I know. But it works for me.

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