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My Deployment 'Gotta Have It' List - #1

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎01-27-2019 02:23 PM - edited ‎02-03-2019 04:59 PM

A Piece of Home

 

Well, 2019 is in full swing now, and I’m sure many of you have a lot of big things on the horizon this year. Whether it’s to land that promotion at work, break a bad habit, put more into savings, make a big purchase, or lead a healthier lifestyle; we all have our ambitious to-do lists and goals.

 

When I crafted my New Year’s resolutions, I realized I had to do so while considering a pretty significant life event approaching. One that I anxiously welcome with a little bit of uncertainty… I will be deploying overseas for six months with the United States Air Force. It’s a big change, and I’m 100% ready to take on the challenges it will present and serve my country.

 

New Year, new me… right?

 

That’s the plan. To take this experience and make the most of it, grow, and succeed. I know there will be challenges along the way, especially living and working in a totally new environment. This will be quite the adjustment on top of being far away from loved ones. While I prepare for these challenges ahead, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I can bring with me to make this transition and lifestyle change a bit easier. All I have to say is, THANK YOU TECHNOLOGY!

 

There are so many awesome gadgets out there I’d love to bring with me and I’m assuming to be deployment-friendly. With this ‘gotta have it’ list swirling around in my head, I’ve come up with a sort of blog series to feature Best Buy products that I’d want to have with me on my deployment. As my departure date nears this summer, I will highlight one device per post that I think would serve me wonders away from home and in a deployed environment. If you have a loved one in the military gearing up to deploy also, maybe these posts will give you a few ideas of what to send them off with.

 

First off, while I know what to possibly expect overseas, I’m not totally sure what the living conditions will be like and what resources I will have available. I’m talkin Wi-Fi people - the most sought after and important thing while overseas. I’m not sure how often I’ll be on the move or if I’ll have connection regularly. And I know this will make me that much more homesick.

Olympus - VP-Series Digital Voice Recorder - Black

 

This brings me to my first product to highlight. One that will allow me to hear my mom’s voice, sister’s laugh, or a story of a favorite college memory told by my best friend. A digital voice recorder would do the trick, and Best Buy has a nice collection to choose from.

 

I’m specifically drawn to the Olympus VP-Series Digital Voice Recorder for many reasons. First, it’s super small (five inches long and weighs a little over an ounce) and even has a clip on it if I’d want to secure it in my uniform pocket on-the-go. It definitely has more than enough storage for my family and friends’ recordings, and the headphone jack will allow me to keep all the embarrassing stories they might reminisce about to myself. Also, it only requires one AAA battery for use and even has a rechargeable battery option.

GPX - Digital Voice Recorder - Black

 

Another great pick that’s cheaper is the GPX Digital Voice Recorder. It has a lot of similar features to the Olympus recorder with its headphone jack, small size, and easy-to-use buttons. It still has 270 hours of recording hours which would be plenty, and requires two AAA batteries for use.

 

Accessibility and portability will be crucial for any piece of technology someone is looking to bring with them on a deployment. These voice recorders will allow me to hear my loved ones at any time or place, which will come in handy with limited connectivity and frequent travel. I know everyone would be on board with passing one of these around for a while leading up to my departure date so I can have a nice collection from them to play through while I’m gone. One of the hardest parts will be missing my friends and family, but Best Buy can help me feel a little closer to home with these kinds of products.

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