Best of CH 2011: Five Travel Pairings

From the beachside to the Big Apple, our choice locales and travel essentials of the past year

After yet another year of seemingly endless adventure, we look back on our favorite trips of 2011 and the items we bring when we take to the road. With the right gear and the right destination, a last-minute red-eye becomes a welcome surprise. Hôtel Americano and GoToob We loved the minimalist, Mexican style of this NYC hotel when it first opened, and it hasn’t lost …

Lights Out

Catch better Zs with this blackout sleep mask's REM-promoting molded shape

Hibernation might be a bear thing, but getting serious shut-eye is key to not just more pleasant and productive days but longterm health benefits too. While I’ve tried a few gadgets designed to help you sleep, nothing quite beats the simplicity of a good mattress and sleep mask. One I found recently called Lights Out does just as its name implies. Made from contoured foam …

Sleep Aids for Children

Three kid-friendly devices to help little ones and their parents doze better

As the dark circles under the eyes of most parents will tell you, instilling good moral values is often far less challenging than negotiating the sleep schedules of your little one. Thankfully for children and their minders alike, a few digital devices help tykes who have trouble understand when it’s time to get up and help them sleep in longer. The Zazoo Photo Clock features …