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 like both the the dog and the Argo camera system. People forget about smart locks and security cameras give peace of mind when on vacation.

  2. well both would be nice, cover all the areas, both in camera and in barking sounds! i always say the more the merrier! In this way i am protected in both ways!

  3. I’d rather have the Arlo camera. I don’t have to walk it in -30 C weather, or feed it or take it to the vet for shots. I’d love to have a dog but I won’t be able to meet his needs.

  4. Unfortunately, I would not go with a dog because I would have to feed an extra mouth. As such, I would use the Arlo camera system instead, more economical.

  5. I would like the Arlo camera system. Some people might forget a power bank as well as a water bottle.

  6. Les deux. Les caméras pour voir ce qui se passe et un chien qui aboie dissuade l’entrée en premier lieu

  7. Two essentials would be a good camera and a power bank to make sure I’m never left without a charge!

  8. I’d rather have an Arlo camera system! I like the light feature to scare people away and the recording function for follow up and peace of mind.


  10. I’d like both the Arlo camera and a dog, you can’t pet an Arlo camera or play fetch with it! I think people forget the power adapter and the power bank.

  11. Would love the camera to record any suspicious activity and the dog to wake me up and ward off any trespassers.

  12. I think people forget to use an unlocked cell phone – roaming charges are crazy. And a bringing a travel power adapter is essential depending on where you are going.

  13. I have the dog who barks like a maniac, but that doesn’t deter people from damaging stuff outside. If they see a camera pointed at them, they will likely think twice about it.

  14. A travel power adapter and a water bottle are both essential items for a trip and are often forgotten

  15. I would rather have the Arlo camera system to track prowlers.
    People going on vacation often forget to check their home security before they go amd make sure they have a power adapter for the country they are going to.

  16. I have 2 dogs and they would probably roll over for a tummy rub from the intruder…..I’d feel safer with an Arlo Essential camera bundle!

  17. I already have the dogs so the cameras would be great!! The dogs deter and the cameras record

  18. Both. The cameras to see what is occurring and a barking dog deters entry in the first place

  19. I would like both. A dog will alert me and Ill be able to see what the dog is barking at with the camera!

  20. Most people forget about security features (like smart locks and security cameras) when going on vacation! You should be carefree on vacation, and so it’s even more crucial not to leave your home vulnerable while you’re away.

  21. I’d rather have both! I’d rather have a sappy dog that’s useless as a guard dog, and and Arlo Camera system for actual security and peace of mind.

  22. I prefer the Arlo Camera system. I like dogs but I rather take it for a walk then have it guard my house.

  23. I would prefer the Arlo camera system because it would be good for recording any suspicious activity.

  24. I’d rather have both. I\ve always had dogs and currently have 2, mostly for cuddling lol. Since dogs cant talk, it would be nice to have the camera to review footage.

  25. I would rather have an Arlo camera system because dogs are too much of a responsibility. and we already have cats

  26. I think people forget power banks when going on a trip. People also forget to set up automatic lights for their home

  27. I would want cameras and a guard dog. The barking scares off potential intruders and the cameras do as well

  28. I would rather have arlo. Dogs are nice, but they required extra work and responsibilities. And since I don’t have extra time, it just doesn’t make sense to own a dog.

  29. I think most people tend to forget a travel power adapter and power bank before going on a trip.

  30. I would want the arlo camera because if I go on a 3 week trip I can’t leave a dog alone that long.

  31. I would rather have both, The camera might help identify an intruder but it might not and I believe a dog would be a better deterrent for preventing an intruder actually entering the premises.

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