Ten Smart Gadgets For Smooth Traveling

By chili, January 6th 2010 in Travel Gadgets Comments (7)

Whether you are a backpacker, on a business trip, or traveling with a kid, you might find some of these gadgets quite handy and some, in fact, absolutely necessary. Be it male or female version of Swiss Army knife, ultra light camera, or water purifier, these travel gadgets may help make your next trip pain-free or at least smoother.


1. SwissArmyFlash 2 GB

This is a must gadget for every boy-on-the-go. This multi-function Swiss Army knife is a perfect combination of "old-fashioned" devices such as blade scissors, nail file with screwdriver as well as such e-tools as a emovable USB flash drive, or LED mini white light, with up to 18,000 mcd, which gives extremely bright light. Perfect for trekking, backpacking or to prep your nails before a big night out.


2. Bag-buggy

Anyone who has traveled with kids knows that pushing a stroller and pulling a trolley bag at the same time is quite challenging and exhausting. Thanks God, Castiglione Morelli team has designed a suitcase and a buggy in one. When closed it looks like a traditional bag, when pulled out, it stretches over the metallic frame and turns into a comfortable and safe stroller. Now both you and your kid can enjoy the journey.


3. SteriPEN Water Purifier

Whether you travel to exotic places, hike up in the mountains, camp somewhere in the middle of nowhere or trek off the beaten tracks, always have a portable water purifier with you. SteriPen purifier uses UV to kill waterborne microbes. Having this tiny device on you is like carrying  hundreds of liters of pure, tasty and safe water in your backpack or a pocket, wherever you go. SteriPen destroys viruses and bacteria in 0.5 liters (16 oz) in 48 seconds so it is super fast. It is also super light as the adventurer/traveler model weighs only 110 g (4 ounces).


4. Adventure Medical Kits

Don't conquer the world without a first-aid kit as you might need it more often than you think. The ultra light and watertight adventure medical kit will help you stay safe, and it won't add extra kilos to your baggage. The kit was tested and approved by adventure racers in the Eco Challenge, Primal Quest and Raid Galoiuses. It is perfect for multi-sport lovers who hike, kayak, mountain bike, climb or simply travel. Equipped with various bandages, blisters, duct tape, safety pins, and wound care accessories among other things, it collects all tools needed in case of injury.


5. Classic SD


This is a Victorinox Swiss Army knife version for ladies-on-the-go. Small blade, scissors, nail file with screwdriver tip, toothpick, tweezers, and a key ring in one - this is a perfect gear for every woman traveler, whether vacationing in the Maldives, climbing the Himalayas, or backpacking South America. Moreover, if you buy SD Classic before May 2010, $1 from the sale will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure - a breast cancer movement.


6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

No voyage is complete without photos. Still, dragging a big heavy reflex camera in your backpack is rather pointless, unless you are a professional photographer and know how to make full use of it. For you next trip take Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 with you, as no other camera of comparable size is equipped with such a big zoom. It is 1.29 inches (3.27cm) thick, so it can easily fit in your pocket or a palm. It has 12x optical zoom - it zooms from a wide angle 25mm to a telephoto 300mm. The quality of pictures is also extremely good (10.1 megapixels);  to say nothing of excellent quality videos that the camera can record, with its lens zooming during movie capture.


7. Quick Pod

Talking about photos, this is quite a funky and useful travel gadget for lovers of "Me and my boyfriend in..." type of photography. Quick pod is an extendable handheld tripod that you can attach to the camera and take pictures without asking a stranger to do it for you. It is less than 99 grams (3.5 ounces) and it has a built in self-positioning mirror to center each shot.


8. MacBook AIR

This ultraportable razor-thin machine is Apple MacBook Air 2009 version, designed for business trips rather than backpacking, but still a worthy travel companion. The updated Apple laptop is unbelievably thin, chic and solid. It has a faster processor than its previous version, a 128GB state drive and a powerful Nvidia GeFrorce 9400 graphics card. Sexy and uncomplicated travel mate. 


9. Tumi

This ultimate power kit for on-the-go users of electronic devices is a smart, ultra light and slim tool that will allow you to stay connected wherever you are - in the air, car, or a hotel room.


10. Doberman Bag Protector


If you're a bit paranoid about robberies, or maybe just cautious, it's good to have the Doberman Protector Alert with you. It is a dually triggered alarm device, including a motion sensor alarm and a pull pin alarm. You can attach it to your bag, backpack or a tent zipper and once your items are touched, the motion sensor will trigger the alarm. It's like a kind of your personal watchdog traveling with you.


  1. hiper minor Jan 9, 2010 1:40 PM

    I like your blog...pretty damn cool

    i like no 6 & 8 gadgets...

  2. MyLifeEngineered.com Jan 21, 2010 9:34 AM

    Those are pretty sweet, but I wouldn't have/want room for all that..

  3. PracticalHacks.com Jan 24, 2010 8:11 AM

    The problem with all of these lists is that they often include stuff that's impractical or too heavy to be worth bringing with you...

    Swiss Army USB Drive: fine, but it has to go in your checked luggage. Same goes for the SD.

    Has the Morelli bag buggy been released? I don't see it for sale anywhere. In any event, to my eye, it looks preposterous. A lightweight, collapsible stroller would work and look better than something that folds out of the side of a suitcase... which, looking at the illustration, does not appear to be a carry-on sized bag.

    The SteriPEN is great if you're going to a developing country, no doubt.

    The Quick Pod's PR firm must be awfully active - suddenly you see this everywhere in the blogosphere. But seriously, what self respecting backpacker is going to lug that thing around ?? Have someone else take your picture, or set the camera on a fence post or something similar.

    The Tumi kit - ok, but in reality you're just going to bring the tips you need and leave all the other ones at home.

    And the bag protector: do you really want to carry this on your travels? Use a cable lock or TSA locks on critical compartments.

    Mac Book Air? Yikes. Travel or otherwise, me want.

  4. Chuck Jan 26, 2010 5:55 PM

    I'd have to agree with PracticalHacks on the Quick Pod item. I value simplicity and compactness when I’m traveling; my best "gadget" is a cheap stuffed toy I set on the dashboard whenever I rent a car. As I've been supporting the Jet and Drive Giveaway for JetBlue and Hertz (it's this promotion in which you get $25 back after flying and renting a car), I've come across a lot of people who admit to forgetting which car they’ve rented. Having an inexpensive visual clue in the car helps it stand out from all the others. Plus, it doubles as a travel buddy/security blanket.

  5. Daniella Cole Jun 9, 2010 1:26 AM

    I love the gadgets you featured on your blog. I love to travel and I look for gadgets that come as "many-in-one" so I could no longer bring bulky things. thanks for this post!

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