Light Up Your Travel Nights

GE’s electroluminescent nightlight uses very little electricity.

GE’s electroluminescent nightlight uses very little electricity.

If hotel-room lights tend to blind you during any nocturnal wanderings you may make, and you plan to spend several days in one location, you might consider taking along a compact plug-in nightlight. One such option is GE’s electroluminescent version. Not only is the flat surface less likely to be broken than a regular bulb, but its soft green glow casts just the right amount of illumination—not too dim and not too bright.

When packing, I place the nightlight in a small zip-top bag, and to keep electrical prongs from poking through the bag, I slip a plastic cover over the prongs. The cover was included in packaging material that came with a lighted magnifying mirror given to me last Christmas.

A slip-on plastic cover that came with another electrical device protects the nightlight’s prongs from damage.

A slip-on plastic cover that came with another electrical device protects the nightlight’s prongs from damage.

Sometimes travelers need more than a stationary nightlight, however, such as when restroom facilities are located down the hall or in another building. The dual-purpose clip-on reading light/flashlight I’ve already blogged about can be one solution to that need.

This powerful mini-LED light illuminates a surprisingly large area.

This powerful mini-LED light illuminates a surprisingly large area.

But when you need just an emergency light, a tiny LED keychain model is great. The ultra compact unit I use is only 1/4-inch thick and 1-5/8-inches long from bulb-tip to keychain loop, yet it’s powerful enough to illuminate wristwatch dials, door key slots, dim corridors, and shadowy parking lots.

“But wait!” you say. “Why don’t you just use your cell phone?”

Yes, smartphone users have many flashlight apps to choose from, and you may prefer to streamline your packing in that way. However this blog post is intended for travelers who need other options, especially those whose budgets are as tight as the Fiercely Frugal Savage Sisters’.

If that describes your situation, then this bulb (post) is for you.

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Fiercely Frugal Savage Sister Diana has gathered packing pointers over the years on numerous domestic and foreign trips. Most recently, she travels in conjunction with the publication of her latest book, 52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times.

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