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Welcome to IndependentTraveler.com’s 12 Days of Travel Giveaways! Every day between December 2 and December 13, we’ll feature a different travel product for our readers to win. You may enter to win as many items as you wish (but only once per item).

toothbrush shield travel goodiesToday’s featured product is a set of 10 protective shields for your toothbrush from IntelliDent Toothbrush Shield. The plastic holders that many of us use to cover our toothbrushes while traveling tend to trap bacteria over time. These disposable shields wick moisture away from your toothbrush and block up to 99 percent of airborne and surface bacteria. Each one is effective for about seven days. You can purchase a set of 10 shields for $5.99 on the IntelliDent website.

The shields in today’s giveaway are part of a travel gift pack that also includes Revitin toothpaste (a new naturally protective antioxidant toothpaste), a toothbrush, a travel package of tissues, an eye mask and ear plugs.

Want to win this package? Leave a comment below by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 15, 2013. We’ll pick one person at random to win the package. This giveaway is open only to residents of the Lower 48 United States and the District of Columbia. To read the full contest rules, click here.

Editor’s Note: This contest has ended. The winner is Chris Straub. Congratulations!

Stay tuned tomorrow for another giveaway!

12 Days of Travel Giveaways: Full List

– written by Sarah Schlichter

Welcome to IndependentTraveler.com’s 12 Days of Travel Giveaways! Every day between December 2 and December 13, we’ll feature a different travel product for our readers to win. You may enter to win as many items as you wish (but only once per item).

royce freedom walletToday’s product is a Royce Freedom Wallet, which includes a GPS tracker that can be linked to your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth 4.0 technology — so you’ll always know where the wallet is. Say you leave it behind in your hotel room; once you get outside the range of your Bluetooth capability (typically up to 100 feet or so), you’ll get an alert on your phone letting you know the location of your wallet before you get too far away. This also means that if the wallet is stolen, you’ll find out almost immediately, enabling you to notify the authorities and be proactive in canceling your credit cards.

The leather wallet incorporates material that blocks radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, which could protect you from identity theft. (You can learn more about RFID technology in Could This Wallet Keep Your Passport Safe?)

The tracker device is compatible with mobile devices such as the iPhone 5, the iPad 3, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and others, and uses an app that’s available for iOS and Android. You can buy the wallet for $99 on Amazon.com.

One caveat: There are no clear instructions for how to install the batteries in the tracker, and doing it wrong can damage the sensitive technology or lead to the wallet’s location not tracking as expected. (We learned this one the hard way.) To install the batteries, pull out the tray most of the way, insert the batteries with the positive side up into the grooved openings and gently push the tray back in.

We’re giving away a black Royce Freedom Wallet for Men. Want to win it? Leave a comment below by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 15, 2013. We’ll pick one person at random to win the wallet. This giveaway is open only to residents of the Lower 48 United States and the District of Columbia. To read the full contest rules, click here.

Editor’s Note: This contest has ended. The winner is Wayne Johnson. Congratulations!

Stay tuned tomorrow for another giveaway!

12 Days of Travel Giveaways: Full List

– written by Sarah Schlichter

Welcome to IndependentTraveler.com’s 12 Days of Travel Giveaways! Every day between December 2 and December 13, we’ll feature a different travel product for our readers to win. You may enter to win as many items as you wish (but only once per item).

Today’s product is a Kuhi Comfort Travel Pillow, which we reviewed in Travel Pillow Challenge: The Quest for Good Airplane Sleep:

kuhi comfort travel pillow“The Kuhi Comfort Travel Pillow is not your standard-shaped neck pillow. It’s made of two soft cylindrical balls, attached by a strap. The selling point is that you can use it multiple ways. Turn it one way and the curved part is by your neck; flip it around and the flat part is against you. Straighten the strap and you can tuck one end over your shoulder and cuddle the other, put it behind you for back support and place it in your lap to rest a book.” The product retails for $39.99 on the Kuhi Comfort website.

We’re giving away a gently used Kuhi Comfort Travel Pillow. Want to win it? Leave a comment below by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 15, 2013. We’ll pick one person at random to win the pillow. This giveaway is open only to residents of the Lower 48 United States and the District of Columbia. To read the full contest rules, click here.

Editor’s Note: This contest has ended. The winner is Naomi Pradhan. Congratulations!

Stay tuned tomorrow for another giveaway!

12 Days of Travel Giveaways: Full List

– written by Sarah Schlichter

Welcome to IndependentTraveler.com’s 12 Days of Travel Giveaways! Every day between December 2 and December 13, we’ll feature a different travel product for our readers to win. You may enter to win as many items as you wish (but only once per item).

supersmarttagsToday’s product is a set of SuperSmartTags, which are luggage tags designed to help you to keep track of your bags while you travel. We reviewed the tags in Four High-Tech Luggage Tags and Apps That Will Save Your Trip:

“SuperSmartTags feature a code that anyone can use to report your bag online. Once the code for your bag is submitted, you’ll receive a text message, email or phone call explaining that your luggage has been found. Enter your itinerary on the SuperSmartTag site and airport staff will be able to view your travel plans and forward your luggage to your next destination. SuperSmartTag retails for $19.95 AUD [about $18.15 USD as of this posting] and comes with a three-year membership to the SuperSmartTag system.”

We’re giving away a set of two SuperSmartTag luggage tags. Want to win them? Leave a comment below by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 15, 2013. We’ll pick one person at random to win the tags. This giveaway is open only to residents of the Lower 48 United States and the District of Columbia. To read the full contest rules, click here.

Editor’s Note: This contest has ended. The winner is Andrew Perry. Congratulations!

Stay tuned tomorrow for another giveaway!

12 Days of Travel Giveaways: Full List

– written by Sarah Schlichter

Suffering from the Monday doldrums? For everyone out there facing the beginning of another work week, here’s a little jolt of wanderlust to brighten up your morning. Each Monday, we offer a photo of a spectacular place to spark ideas for your future travels.

This week’s shot captures a view of Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook on the South Island of New Zealand.

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Send us your best travel shot! E-mail your most beautiful or captivating travel photo to feedback@independenttraveler.com. (Please put Monday Inspiration in the subject line.)

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– written by Sarah Schlichter