I’m not really a gadget freak. If heading out on vacation somewhere, I’d be perfectly happy traveling with a backpack filled with the same stuff it was packed with when I first set out 16 years ago. But some travel gadgets do make life easier and some make things more bearable when you’re forced to work, as I usually am when on a solo trip.
I’m off to Panama at the end of this week and am starting to pack. Here’s what going in my Eagle Creek Meridian backpack, gadget-wise.
RoboForm2Go – a handy USB drive loaded up with all my passwords for every site that I log into, protected behind one master password. Any Internet cafe, I’m surfing just like I would at home, without leaving cookies behind.
Carry-on Caddy – This item clips onto your carry-on bag while going through security so you don’t have to mess with digging for a Ziploc bag full of cosmetics. (Which are all travel sized of course, including some I got from Nivea.)
Hidden zipper money belt – Actually I did travel with one of these 16 years ago and still do. Great for carrying lots of cash without looking like you are.
Packing cubes – I’m going to be on a boat for about a week of the trip, in a cabin that will not exactly be sprawling. These will help me find my socks and underwear.
Whoomp Earbuds – Sure, those Bose noise-canceling headphones are nice, but they’re the size of a football helmet. I just stick these puppies over my iPod earbuds and suddenly everything sounds fantastic.
Monster Outlet to Go – I will be generating lots of good karma in places where electrical outlets are scarce.
Orbit MP3 Speaker – Yeah, this is kind of extravagant for someone packing light, but I’m going to be in a cabin on a boat, so it’ll get a lot of use. (And is not very big, after all.)
Telescoping travel razor – Apparently these things are getting kind of hard to find, but I picked up three in the Mexican equivalent of a dollar store a couple years back. Awesome item.
Buzz-off shirt and hat – Only one problem with the tropics. Lots of mosquitoes. The Buzz-off gear offers some extra protection.
GoLite Waterproof Jacket – This wispy lightweight jacket packs down so small it could fit in my back pocket, but it’s a decent windbreaker and is waterproof.
I’m also taking a couple of things I haven’t reviewed yet, like a portable hard drive from Seagate for storing photos and a Flip Video ultra for grabbing some footage. More on those later. What’s your favorite travel gadget or gear item? Leave it in the comments below!
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