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’d have both. The guard dog to scare away the intruders and the cameras to record them trying to get away

  2. I think I’d rather have an Arlo security system because it would be a one-time cost. Feeding a big guard dog over eight to ten years would be very expensive!

  3. I think I’d rather have an Arlo security camera system because it would be a one-time cost. Feeding a big guard dog over eight to ten years would be very expensive!

  4. I think everyone should have a luggage scale so that they don’t over pack and have to pay for their luggage. Also a neck pillow is important so you can get some good rest on the plane so that when you get to your destination you can fully enjoy your trip without being tired.

  5. I would like both, the dog to warn me there is someone prowling and the Arlo Camera to capture the incident.

  6. Two things that people tend to forget when going on a trip and that are essential are that there will be Roaming charges, so they need a plan for that as well as needing to take some bottled water to avoid the extraordinary costs of buying bottled water as they know we will be parched.

  7. For planning for a trip people forget to pack a travel plug for charging their multiple devices safely. I would also include multiple memory cards for storing their pictures or video from their camera or better yet a portable hard drive for backing up daily pictures and video.

  8. I would rather have an Arlo Security Camera bundle as it does not sleep and I can control it. It would give me everything or almost everything I need in securing my home. Especially, in my absence. No need to feed or take out a guard dog or have someone have to come to tend to it.

  9. When travelling people tend to forget about those annoying roaming fees and charges. They also forget to bring water bottles with them and then end up paying a fortune for bottled water.

  10. I already have a guard cat who growls at people in the yard so ill take the arlo cameras! We would really love these cameras and would come in handy to keep robbers away

  11. I think people forget to bring camera accessories, especially a second memory card and a water bottle – this is useful at airports as they often have filling stations.

  12. I would rather have a camera system – easy to use and nice that I can access the system from anywhere.

  13. I would rather have the Arlo camera because I could also use it to keep on eye on our horses in the barn whereas the dog isn’t going to help with that.

  14. Two essentials that I could see people tending to forget for trips is a travel power adapter and possibly a power bank to make sure your phone and other devices are all charged up when you are out and about and might not have quick access to an outlet.

  15. An arlo camera system as it’s surely a lot less maintenance. Not to mention that the camera system can take recordings, unlike a dog.

  16. I definitely need both the dog and the camera. The dog would let me know to look at the camera. I also desperately need both.

  17. Smart lights they are essential for keeping your house in a liveable state. Camera system to make sure that no one is prowling around your home.

  18. I would prefer the Arlo camera system. Guard dogs bark and upset the neighbours. The Arlo camera system can tell you what’s going on whether your home or not.

  19. I’d love the arlo camera system, as my guard dog is a sleepy guy and not so reliable. I kno I could count on thhis security system.

  20. Unfortunately, I would not go with a dog because I would have to feed an extra mouth. Because of this, I would use the Arlo camera system instead. More economical.

  21. The two essentials would be a reliable camera and a power bank to make sure we are never left without a charge!

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