|Go-Go Travel Gadgets! The 17 best travel gadgets|
|Written by Ingrid Gercama - Monday, 01 August 2011 09:00|
Go-Go Travel gadgets! One of the most important things when you go travelling is to be prepared for everything! Good travel gear is essential for your survival in tight situations. Where would you be without your waterproof back pack in a tropical rainstorm or without your first-aid kit when you have a bad case of traveller’s sh#ts? … For you Travelspecs composed a list of the MUST-HAVE, essential and very best TRAVELGADGETS!
1. A TSA Cable Travel Lock
One of the most important travel gadgets is a good lock. Especially if you travel to off-the beaten-track places where the local people are very poor and desperate to make some money of tourists. Of course it could also happen that a fellow traveler would just like to take a peek into your valuables. As a precautionary measure always make sure that you have cash and a credit card hidden away in your ho(s)tel or in a locker. For extra safety lock your bags so that no one will break into your backpack or locker. Try out this lock: http://www.eaglecreek.com/accessories/security_id/3-Dial-TSA-Lock--Cable-41028/purchase_online/
It has a cable attached which enables you to lock your bag to other luggage during travels or attach it to your bed in crowded dorms. Make sure your bag is TSA secured. Most boarder security employees in the world have a special spare key for these locks: if you are forced to open your bag by security, at least you are sure that you’ll be able to lock it again because they’ll have no reason to force it open.
2. Reef Hide-away Flip Flops
Even though your bag may be locked and your money may be in a locker at your hotel, if people really want your money they will get it whatever locks is on it. So make sure you always hide away some spare cash and a spare credit card. Be creative! For example buy these flip-flops, besides being totally stylish they have a secret compartment in the heel where you can hide your valuables. No one will ever expect to find anything of value under your foot, or at least no one will ever make such a fool of him or herself to ask: Your flip-flops or your life!
3. Water proof First aid kit
A first aid kit is an essential item in your travel pack when you travel off the beaten roads. Take a First Aid Kit and make sure to take some needles with you. You don’t want to be stitched up by a doctor using medieval techniques. But also pills against diarrhea, malaria and dehydration can potently save your, or someone else’s live. Ask your doctor what you should take with you on your trip and what to leave at home! As a recommendation, make sure to get a first aid kit with a waterproof casing. You want to make sure that all those bandages stay dry and sterile. http://www.lifesystems.co.uk/psec/first_aid_kits/waterproof_first_aid_kit.htm
4. Water purification pills
This one is for the adventurous minded travelers out there. For those into trekking and adventurous traveling water purifier is an essential travel buddy. You never know when you’ll need it, but there always is this moment where you’re grateful for having a way of purifying water. During long hiking trips you may be dependent on water that you find on your way in little rivers or streams. No matter how clean the water looks, better be safe and use your water purifier to clean the water. Stick it in your First aid Kit.
5. A Sarong
Who said travel gadgets need to be high tech, 2.0 or the latest thing on the market? A very simple but still very handy gadget is a classic sarong. The sarong is originally worn as a local piece of clothes in South-East Asia and in the Pacific. You can wear your sarong as a dress, a shirt or as a skirt (even guys are allowed to wear a sarong-skirt). Besides a very handy and breezy piece of close, the sarong can also be used as a light-weight substitute for a towel. Not only are they perfect to lie on at the beach (the texture makes it unable for sand to bind to it), they dry easily and are easy packable. You can get them in all sort of happy colors. Buy your sarong at a local market to ensure that your sarong is from the best quality ever.
6. An all in one Travel adapter
Another essential travel gadget is a good travel adapter, which allows you to charge your (cellular!) phone, mp3-player, camera and other electrical appliances wherever you are. Trust us, nothing is more annoying than spending your precious holiday searching for a special travel adapter in a local electronics shop. Swiss Travel Products sells some of the best travel adapters. The one below connects you in over 150 countries and allows you to connect USB devices as well. http://www.swisstravelproducts.com/index.php?site=productview&product_id=187
But if you don’t want to worry about travel sockets at all then get the ‘Solargorilla’. This amazing gadget will generate electricity for free! This gadget works via solar energy. As such, it’s also an environmentally clean gadget, so you’re contributing to a better world as well. Finally, it’s super handy to take with on an adventurous journey if no power is available at all. Order your own Solargorilla on: http://powermonkey-explorer.com/.
7. A waterproof bag
Have you ever been in a situation where your backpack got soaked, for example by a tropical rain, or because you accidentally slipped into a river during an adventurous trip. No? Great, if you want to keep it that way it’s a good idea to include a waterproof bag in your travel equipment. This is a great way of carrying and protecting your electronic devices during your trip. These bags are also used in watersports like rafting and kayaking and are very durable.
8. A Pocket-Knife
Every travelers needs one, every traveler has one. A good old Swiss pocket knife. They come in many different sizes with countless variations in options. But surely it happened to you that your pocket knife did not have the application you needed most. Search no longer. With this super-knife you never have to be afraid of forgetting to pack anything. This is the mother of all pocket knives. It has EVERYTHING. In the first place it has an incredible amount of knives, it has a compass, all sort of tools, scissors, a corkscrew, a nail clipper, a shaving knife, a saw a magnifier, a bottle opener, a can opener and last but not least tweezers and a toothpick. And this summary is not even finished. With this knife your survival anywhere on the globe sure is guaranteed. http://www.wengerna.com/giant-knife-16999
Should the weight (2 pounds/1 kilo) or size not match your wish to travel “light” then obviously there is a wide range of more compact travel knives. In this area nothing beats Leatherman http://www.leatherman.com/category/multi-tools
9. The Victorinox Swisscard
Is the über pocket knife not your cup of tea? At the other side of the pocket knife spectrum is the Swisscard. This pocket knife is shaped as a credit card and has a couple of handy applications.
10. The Trackstick
The Trackstick keeps track of your travels using GPS and google maps technology. This way you can keep a detailed GPS diary of your whereabouts around our earth. You can access the data from a computer and analyse your trip in the deepest detail.
11. A Super Light Weight Hammock
For a good night sleep a hammock is a very useful gadget for it will help you escape crowded hostels.
Although sleeping in hostels is a perfect way to get to know people and have a good party, there is not much privacy and a lot of noise. What better way than to relax and unwind in your own hammock between two palm trees on a deserted beach or even on the veranda of your hostel. Bring a hammock, and from now on you will be able to sleep as long as you want, whenever you want and wherever you want. Try and buy this hammock, it is only 227 gram! http://www.gofastandlight.com/Ultralight-Hammock-Great-for-backpacking-8-oz/productinfo/HA-LITE/
Are you visiting some exotic snorkeling spots? Or even better, are you finding Nemo on a diving excursion . Then bringing a waterproof camera is a good idea. A waterproof camera allows you to get some spectacular underwater shots and videos. Good fun!
Go-Go Travel Gadgets Parts 2: The weirdest, most ridiculous, and outrageous best gadgets for travel
As you may have noticed some of the listed best travel gadgets are very useful, while others (like the pocket knife) are more exotic. Indeed, we have combined some of the most useful travel gadgets, with some bizarre, funny ones.
Although good travel gear is very important for your trip, some travellers take it a bit too seriously and are tremendously over-equipped. Haven’t we all had a good laugh about that guy on our trip who wore all his special travel gear just to go to the 7 Eleven to buy a sandwich? The next section is dedicated to that guy, the über-fanatic-over-the-top-equipped-3.0-travel-enthusiast. Just for fun, and maybe to guard you for over-packing and looking like a complete fool: Check out the most Ridiculous and Outrageous Travel Gadgets for the real Flashpacker! Go Go Travel Gadgets!
13. The Stash Card
This utterly ridiculous gadget must be made by an extremely thick person: the Stash Card. A secret drawer for in your laptop. Because if your valuables are hidden in a place what itself is even worth more than everything hidden inside of it, you are not so bright.
14. The Tourist Remover
Actually this gadget is not too bad. The Tourist Remover is a piece of software which removes tourists and other obstacles from all your taken photos. So if you for example made a picture of the Trevi-fountains in Rome or of Machu Picchu in Peru and you find your photo spoiled by a group of camera-loaded Japanese. Don’t hesitate and upload you photo on… http://www.snapmania.com/info/en/trm/.
15. VW Camper Van Tent
If you, just like Travelspecs, have always cherished the dream to own a Volkwagen Camper van and tour around the world, then this tent will be the closest thing to the real deal. Or at least you will have a good laugh at the camping place or an incredible cool festival-tent!
16. The Sleeping-suit
When wearing this it doesn’t even matter if you can’t find your tent or if you have a place to sleep. The Selk’ Bag Sleepwear is a sleeping bag that is shaped like a human body, therefore you can walk in it and, according to the website makea fire, run away from danger, or to make a cup of coffee during commercial breaks! How funny!
17. Security Briefs
If you thought the Hide Away Sneakers where a good way of hiding your valuables, then check out the security briefs. According to the makers of this product this is an unbeatable way to hide your valuables on a trip. These boxer briefs are produced with a clearly recognizable ‘brown marking’ which will scare off even the most determined thieves. Although this would probably work... you can imagine that not only thieves will be grossed out by this thing in your backpack. Suddenly it may become very difficult to find a holiday-lover… or for that matter.. even a travel mate…
That's it for Travelspecs's Best Travel Gadgets List. We hope you had a good time reading and wish everybode safe, comfortable and fun travels with all their gear and travel gadgets. If you feel something is missing or if you would like to comment on some of the items, please leave a comment below.
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Article by Ingrid Gercama (Netherlands)