Traveler's Gadgets in All Shapes and Sizes
By Max Hartshorne
It's time again for us to show you some of the useful items we've found for travelers. Here are some useful items you will want to bring with you on your next adventure.
A Pen from Space
Remember the Fisher Space Pen? And the old joke about how NASA spent thousands developing this pen that can write upside down and in zero gravity--while the Russians just used pencils?
Well, this pen is a nice one, and as a pen connoisseur, I care deeply about my pens. I'd say this is a keeper. It's heavyweight, made of metal for Godsakes, and no matter what angle you hold it, it will write. It's the Space Pen! If you only had one pen to travel with, to write in your journal with, this one, that writes upside down, should be your first choice.
Designed for use in the oil fields, the Clutch Space Pen is the perfect go-to pen when you need to write in the harshest conditions; from freezing cold to scorching heat (-30o F to +250o F), at any angle, including upside down, through grease, underwater, and for three times longer than an average ballpoint pen. Its hefty hexagonal finger grip design ensures that you will maintain a solid grasp on the pen even when wearing thick gloves, and its composition of black anodized aluminum provides both a sturdy and light-weight feel in hand. With its strong pocket clip, you can rest assured that the Clutch will always be there when you need it. The Clutch Space Pen $49
A Fold-Away Giant Duffel Bag
Eagle Creek XL vinyl duffle bag. This bag arrives as a small rectangle, folded into its self about 12" x 12". When you undo it and unfold it all, you have a pretty gigantic duffel bag, and for some trips, it's the perfect choice when you want a bag you can bring with you and use on your return trip.
I'll be using this bag next weekend when I take a bus down to Brooklyn NY and have a lot of schlepping to do. No interest in a roller bag on the subway, instead this duffle will fit the bill. Eagle Creek No Matter What Duffel - Extra Large $91.00
A Traveler's Power Strip
I am often asked about what a professional traveler should pack on a trip. Among the first suggestions I give is to bring a surge protector/power strip, since these days, everyone needs to charge their phone, their camera, and laptop. And unlike in the US, most hotels in Europe and other places don't offer a whole lot of plugs in each room. You can bring one plug converter and use this solid little unit by iClever. There are two three-prong plugs and a whopping four USB charging plugs. Problem solved.
Smaller Power Plug
And if you want something even smaller, the company also offers their smaller Booststrip, with a fold-out tw0-prong plug that's designed to charge nearly any mobile phone. iClever BoostCube 4.8A 24W Dual USB Travel Wall Charger $10.99
The Airopedic Portable Cushion seat has lots of uses for those of us who might be getting a little sore sitting for long periods on a hard surface, or a bus or train.
This is an inflatable pillow seat that is adjustable with a special valve, so even if you're stuck for hours you can stay comfy while seated. This really makes a difference and works better than simple padding, as it inflates and deflates when you sit on it.
Atech Wireless Headphones reduce the worry of tangled, broken headphones. They provide crisp audio with a comfortable, interchanging fit. Varying sizes of ear tips and ear hooks allows a comfortable, secure fit for everyone. The battery lasts 7- hours and is rechargeable. The headphones are also splash proof meaning there is no reason so worry about sweat or rain interfering with your music.
Drop- Proof iPhone Case
Before Cradl, a durable yet sleek iPhone case was hard to find. This case uses an impact material and dual-layer design that absorbs and disperses shock. The outer shell is flexible, impact-resistant and non-porous, meaning it doesn't collect dirt. It is also non-slip limiting the chances of accidents. Raised corners on the case also offer screen protection while the phone is face-down.
You can tuck a credit card and your ID into the space between the cover and the phone. I like this one.
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