Arlo security cameras can help make any home more secure, whether you are home or away from home. The peace of mind you get while you are sleeping is nothing compared to the calm you feel while on holidays, still able to see your home with the app on your phone or tablet. They are a versatile and reliable way to be aware of everything happening near your home. This is especially true of the Arlo camera bundles, like the Essential bundle we are giving away in this contest. Learn more about how this bundle is essential for travellers, then enter for a chance to win one.

Why prowlers don’t like Arlo cameras

Last week, a neighbour posted on our community Facebook page that he had a prowler on his property the previous night. His dog was “yapping like crazy” he said and he saw the back of a dark figure running down his driveway. He had no idea who it was and could not give much of a description. I’m sure this particular prowler didn’t like that this property had a dog. However, they would have really hated if it had Arlo cameras capturing a crystal clear picture on video that could be instantly shared with neighbours and with the police.

The Arlo Essential camera bundle we are giving away gives better security than a dog for many reasons. A dog might bark, which might potentially scare off an intruder (but not always since brazen thieves might not care if a dog is inside the house). However, when the camera suddenly illuminates the area, the natural first thing to do is to look into the light. At that instant the thief knows they have been captured on video, and that video has already been sent to the cloud. There is nothing they can do at that point. Another reason that this bundle is better than a dog is because it comes with four cameras, for equally strong security coverage at multiple sites in or around your home. Lastly, this security is equally strong even if you and your dog are not home. While you are on holidays, your dog may be with a friend or family member. Your cameras, however, are placed at essential locations around your home: they’re wireless so you will move them around as you please inside and outside your home. You can access the footage, and share clear HD video of nasty prowlers, no matter where you are in the world.

Rethink what is essential for your next trip so you don’t forget anything

Forgetting is normal, it’s human—but it’s also frustrating! Preparation is the key to a vacation with everything essential taken care of. Will you be travelling somewhere this spring or summer? Check out our travel buying guide well before you leave to help you prepare. Our intention was to make it broad enough so that it could help as many people as possible. That article has five sections to help you focus on the many things you might want to consider before your next trip. You’ll noticed, that the last section is about home security: often this is the last thing people think about. Hopefully one lasting impact you get from entering this contest, whether you win the Arlo Essential camera bundle prize or not, is that you take care of home security well before your next trip. 

How to enter

Entering this contest is easy and you can enter in three different ways

  1. In a comment below, tell us which one you would rather have, a guard dog, an arlo camera system, or both and explain why.
  2. First visit the Best Buy blog Travel Buying Guide, then return here and in a second comment below this contest article, tell us at least two essential things mentioned in the buying guide that you think most people tend to forget before going on a trip.
  3. For another entry, visit the Arlo Essential camera bundle page at and find the “Specifications” section as shown in the image on the right. In an email to, with the subject line Arlo camera contest, tell us what is the missing information in the image here (what should it say instead of the question mark).

What you can win

At the end of this contest, we’ll randomly select one winner from all eligible entries to receive a new Arlo Essential camera bundle with four cameras included.

This contest runs from March 28th until April 11th.

Remember you can enter this contest in three different ways. Do you know anyone who will be travelling soon? Tell them to enter this contest and make a deal with them: if they win, they take two cameras and you take the other two!

Win an Arlo Essential smart home camera bundle Rules and Regulations

Good Luck!

Martin Renaud
Editor in Chief
Martin loves working with the talented editors and writers on the Best Buy Blog as Editor-in-Chief. During his spare time he is either working on his next novel, cooking up a masterpiece in the kitchen, or adding some smart tech to his new home on Mayne Island in British Columbia.


  1. I would love to have the camera because we are away a lot and I would feel safer being able to check my house

  2. I’d rather have both a guard dog and the camera for double the protection! that way the dog can fill in when technology fails/technicial issue and the camera can see when the dog isn’t looking

  3. Tell us at least two essential things mentioned in the buying guide that you think most people tend to forget before going on a trip?
    For travelling most people tend to forget a travel power adapter and a neck pillow.

    Thanks for the chance!

  4. It would be great to have both 🙂 The dog could possibility scare away an intruder but the Arlo security system would be amazing since it could capture images that you can share with the police and neighbours! Thanks for the chance!!

  5. I would have both a guard dog and an arlo camera. The guard dog would make a great companion, while the arlo camera would provide enhanced security.

  6. People often tend to forget a travel power adapter for their phone or ipad and a memory card for their camera.

  7. I would choose an Arlo camera system over a guard dog since a guard dog would be quite a bit of work to take care of.

  8. Both – Being single – Arlo Camera for top notch security, peace of mind and a dog to cuddle.

  9. I think most people tend to forget to bring a travel power adapter and a power bank because they are small items that are hard to remember sometimes.

  10. I think people tend to forget to pack travel power adapters because we’re so used to north American plugs. I think people also forget to pack a water bottle. Even when you stay at a resort, it’s good to bring a water bottle for excursions. People also forget to bring a GPS. Going to a new destination is too tempting to not go off the resort but language barriers can impede travel plans. Bringing a small GPS eliminates that.

  11. I think guard dogs would be great but I wouldn’t get a dog for the purpose of security. They deserve to be loved just like everyone else and I’m not a fan of pets. Therefore, I’d much rather have the Arlo security system. It’s something people would see before they would possibly hear the dog anyway.

  12. For travelling, I think most people would forget a power adapter or power bank.

    Something not mentioned in the article (that I found really useful for travelling abroad) is pocket wifi! I rented one directly in Japan at the airport and paid a reasonable fee to have wifi everywhere on my trip! Combined with my power bank to recharge, it was VERY handy for navigation!

  13. I have a dog already, but she can’t exactly identify a prowler or communicate what she’s seeing. She barks at everything, so a camera would be a little more precise in knowing what’s lurking around.

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