Travel Gear

dash-travelwallet

I travel outside the USA for work several times per year and one thing I am a bit paranoid about is carrying my passport with me everywhere I go. I even take it to the hotel gym with me. However, I also always carry my iPhone with me and often I want my wallet as [...]

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Posted in: News, Travel Gear, Wallets
clothingarts-pickpocketpants-1

What is the best way to protect yourself from travel related crimes? Just don't travel right? Well that's obviously no fun. Are there other ways to protect yourself? Yes, the P^cubed Pick-Pocket Proof Travel Pants from Clothing Arts can at least prevent the baddies from trying to snag your money, phone and your other pocket gear. Let's take [...]

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Posted in: Reviews, Travel Gear
grid-it-urban-adventure-convertible-carryon-travel-backpack

I'm sure that when you travel, you want to have your chargers, cables, portable batteries, earbuds, etc. all organized and easily accessible. Cocoon makes that possible with the Urban Adventure Convertible Carry-on Travel Backpack. This bag has a waterproof rugged waxed canvas exterior and you can use it as a backpack (the shoulder straps are [...]

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Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear
Comfy Commuter-1

As most of us know or have probably experienced, flying these days is not a comfortable affair. The seats are getting closer together, smaller and less comfortable. Even when you take longer flights overseas the bigger planes still feel cramped and the seats uncomfortable. For those longer flights, I have an around the neck pillow, [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear
gadget-diary

Last week Jeanne and I vacationed in the Panama City Beach, Florida area on Seagrove Beach, Florida. I highly recommend it as vacation destination because the beach was the nicest one I'd ever visited and the sand felt as fine as flour. As with most trips, I always struggle to decide which tech devices to [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Travel Gear
lipault-2wheeled-22carry-on-2

The best part of traveling is seeing new places, meeting new people and eating new foods. The worst part about traveling is packing. Especially unpacking. In the past, it's been a big hassle to our old luggage because it was like a set of Russian nested dolls, where the largest suitcase held the next largest suitcase, [...]

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Posted in: Reviews, Travel Gear
genius pack hardside21-03

I avoid checking bags in while flying whenever possible.  Additional bag fees?  No, it's the hassle of waiting for checked bags at the carousel, the risk of lost luggage, and the tendency to overpack.  I tend to travel with lots of loose items (charging cables, wall warts, adapters), so what if I could find a [...]

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Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear
google_maps1

Google just released an update to Google Maps that brings Apple Watch support. When you set a route on your iPhone, the Google Maps watch app will automatically show you the directions, in text format, as you go. You can also scroll through upcoming directions to get an idea of where Google wants you to [...]

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Posted in: iOS, News, Travel Gear
tuo-tuo-1

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to the TUO, a travel organizer designed to save space and make packing easier. Since then, I've had the opportunity to travel and test the TUO for myself. Will it ease the frustrations of travelers everywhere or is it a Kickstarter campaign full of empty promises? In case [...]

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Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear
auca

I love products that have more than one use, and the Auca multifunctional luggage fits that description very nicely. It's a 25" suitcase that doubles as a desk and cabinet when your travel destination is lacking those amenities. Available in red, green, yellow and blue, this luggage features 360-degree wheels with a braking mechanism for [...]

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Posted in: News, Travel Gear
Kole1

There's a new Kickstarter campaign for something we've not seen a lot of on The Gadgeteer - a thermal flask. It's called the Kole, and is handmade from stainless steel and oak. It can hold 2.4 ounces, and hold hot espresso (4 shots!) or cool whiskey, unaffected by the atmosphere in your pocket, bike bag, [...]

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Posted in: News, Pocket Gear, Travel Gear

Knife Fork & Spoon, again

Knife Fork & Spoon

Back in June 2013, I wrote about this neat product on Kickstarter. I thought is was a rather interesting take on an issue I had seen while working. The project was the Knife Fork & Spoon. Unfortunately, it did not reach its funding goal and was not produced. Well, it's back. The Knife Fork & [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear, Travel Gear
google-translate-app-1

In the past, the Google Translate app would allow you to snap a picture of a sign and translate it in 36 languages. But since January 2015, Translate (iOS and Android) now allows you to tap on the camera icon within the app, point your phone at any sign, menu, instruction manual, etc. and instantly [...]

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Posted in: Android, iOS, News, Travel Gear
tuo-tuo-1

I love traveling with my family, but detest packing for a stay away from home. I like having everything neat and orderly; unfortunately, packing a suitcase is akin to solving a Rubik's cube for me. Even if I manage to pack everything away nice and neat, my suitcase usually is a disaster by the time I [...]

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Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear
iClever 6 Port USB Travel Wall Charger-1

Is it me, or does just about every device I own now plug into a USB charger? My cell phone, my camera, my Bluetooth headphones, even my flashlight batteries. I love my devices, but I never seem to have enough USB ports or USB ports with enough power to charge my items in a timely [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews, Travel Gear
Print

When traveling, I like to have light versatile products to use when I am out and about touring. While I almost always carry some sort of bag or sack for souvenirs or goodies, they are not waterproof or do not offer a waterproof storage area. The Matador Droplet Wet Bag can solve that issue, it [...]

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Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear
airhook-seatback-stand

You can forget about giving up your leg room to the tray table in your already cramped airplane seat when you use the Airhook drink and mobile device holder.  Hook the Airhook over the top of the tray and then lock the tray back into its upright position.  Your drink and your tablet or mobile [...]

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Posted in: News, Tablets, Ultra Portables, Travel Gear
bluff-works-travel-pants

These slacks from Bluff Works can be worn at work or on your day off, and they offer special, secure pockets to protect your gear when you travel.  They have a couple of hidden zippered pockets - one in front to hold a passport and one in the back that can hold an oversized travel [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Travel Gear
McKaba-shelfpack-1

Whenever my family and I go on vacation we run into the same problem; there is never enough room in the hotel dresser to store all of our clothes. There are four of us and we usually end up "fighting" over who gets enough drawers. Inevitably, clothes end up scattered in drawers, in suitcases, and [...]

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Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear
REI-minimultitowel_05

In the worlds of rucking, backpacking, hiking and travel, there is an axiom: "Ounces become pounds." This is loosely translated as, "Even small, lightweight items can add up to a lot of extra weight when walking around carrying that weight for miles."  That's one reason why absorbent microfiber towels have become popular among folks who participate in [...]

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Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear
tooletries-hard-side-travel-kit

If a soft-sided travel kit just can't handle the job of protecting your toiletries for travel, you need to step up to the Tooletries travel kits.  These hard-sided cases have removable silicone netting inside to prevent your items from shifting during travel, and the waterproof neoprene lining adds protective cushioning and protects the contents of [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Travel Gear
CaseLogicIbira7

Recently, I moved back to having a MacBookPro again. I had moved to an iMac, since most of my mobile stuff was being done on the iPad. Then work got me a second iMac for a lab/testing machine, and my desk got too crowded. But, of course, that means I now "have" to have a [...]

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Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear
ColLittleton_no2shavekit-1

I travel a great deal for work and pleasure (aka when my wife drags me on vacation). Much of that time away from home spans more that just a few days and is usually pretty hectic. So, remembering everything and staying organized is critical for making the time away from home go smoothly and stress-free. [...]

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Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear
Genius_Pack - 9

Have you ever stood at the baggage conveyor after a flight and wondered which black rolling bag was yours? I sure have. We have half a dozen in the attic in various sizes and weights, so when our Benevolent Gadgeteer Overlord offered the Genius Pack, I wondered if it might somehow be different. I had [...]

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Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear
cellphone-plane-1

In 2013 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) overturned a longstanding ban on using electronic devices during takeoff and landing. While the rest of us were thrilled, the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) was less than pleased. In 2014 they filed a lawsuit arguing that the FAA overstepped its authority. The AFA argued that passengers are [...]

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Posted in: News, Travel Gear