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, [...]

Posted in: News, Pocket Gear, Travel Gear
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 & [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Posted in: News, Travel Gear
roamwild surround pillow-02

I do not like those inflatable neck pillows I see other use when traveling by plane.  To me, they look ridiculous and they're about as comfortable as sleeping on an air mattress (not comfortable).  I thought I'd give the Roamwild Surround Travel Pillow a try.  Would this be a step up? Side pillows?  This is [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Travel Gear
smart-unit-luggage-tracker-2

Smart Unit says that 90,000 pieces of luggage are mishandled and from that 3,000 pieces are definitely lost each day.  They have created a smart luggage tracker that can help you locate your luggage anywhere in the world where a cell phone GSM/GPRS network is available, even when the airline has no idea where it is. [...]

Posted in: News, Travel Gear
travelon-anti-theft-classic-neck-wallet

My husband was telling me about a co-worker who has to travel outside the country a lot on business.  This person said he was swarmed by a crowd of people, all talking at him and bumping into him in the lobby of his hotel.  When he reached into his pocket, grabbed his wallet out, and [...]

Posted in: News, Travel Gear, Wallets
hootoo-tripmate-nano-2

The HT-TM02 TripMate Nano Wireless N Pocket Travel Router is tiny enough, at 2.2" X 2" X 0.7" and 1 ounce, to fit in a pocket or bag.  It's a 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz wireless router that lets you create a personal WiFi network for your mobile devices and laptop when you travel.  You can also plug in a [...]

Posted in: News, Travel Gear, Wireless
Mophie Spacestation

Being an iPhone and iPad user over the past 4 years, the one thing that I have found is that I tend to run up against the file storage limitations of those devices. I especially find it an issue when trying to edit movies or music on the road. Mophie, a company we know at The [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News, Travel Gear