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So you're all packed for your vacation - you've got your toothbrush, pajamas, guide book, sunscreen… These days, though, you're not really ready unless you've thought of how the right gadget could improve your trip. Like the nine we've gathered here, for example. Whether the device that lets you talk to the locals or the one that lets you invite them to a dance party, these must-have travel accessories wil enhance any vacation.
Detech Solar-Powered Battery, Phone Charger, USB Hub, and Flashlight
Electrical power can be iffy in some parts of the world, but there's always the sun. The Detech Solar-Powered Battery, Phone Charger, USB Hub, and Flashlight multipurpose device is basically a USB hub - something that's always handy, if not groundbreaking. But on top of that, its solar panels charge the built-in battery (which also charges via USB or wall plug), which in turn lets you charge your phone or tablet. If that's not enough, it's also a flashlight, again running off the rechargeable battery.
Digital Hanging Luggage Scale
One of the dangers of travel to interesting places is that you'll pick up enough souvenirs or local crafts to suddenly put you over the luggage weight limit. Avoid the nasty surprise of a hefty surcharge by bringing this Digital Hanging Luggage Scale for weighing your bags. Only 5.5 x 7.25 x 1 inches big, it's accurate to a third of an ounce and can handle up to 88 pounds. Sportsmen can also use it to weigh the one that didn't get away.
Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Mobile Kit
The Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Mobile Kit has two components. The Nomad folds up to a compact 6-x-9-x-1 inches and unfolds to reveal an efficient 3.5-watt solar panel. The panels can charge the four AA batteries in the Guide 10 Plus battery pack in about 6 to 8 hours. (You can also get an adapter for AAA batteries.) Once charged, you can use the batteries in other devices or leave them in the battery pack to use it as a 100mW white LED flashlight with up to 100 hours of shine time.
6-in-1 HDMI Dock Camera Connection Kit
For many travelers, their iPhone is also their vacation camera. But the iPhone (or iPad) doesn't offer easy ways to get your photos and video off the device. The 6-in-1 HDMI Dock Camera Connection Kit changes that: On one side, it connects to your iPhone, while on the other, it has HDMI and AV out as well as SD and Micro SD/TF slots and micro and regular USB ports. Basically, it's an iPhone-to-anything way of transferring or showing your vacation pictures.
Nyrius Global Entourage11 Talking Travel Translator
The world is growing ever smaller, and one result is that your vacation plans could land you anywhere from the Far East to Western Europe. To make sure you can communicate when you get there, take along the Nyrius Global Entourage11 Talking Travel Translator. It has more than 7,700 phrases in 11 languages, including Chinese, Turkish and Russian, and speaks the translation as well so you can let it do your talking for you. It even has a phonebook for important numbers.
Clear Spot Voyager 4G Hotspot
WiFi is in lots of places these days, but it's not everywhere, and definitely probably not in your campground. A mobile hot spot can help with that by connecting to a phone network and providing local WiFi. A good choice is the Clear Spot Voyager 4G Hotspot, which offers fast 4G connectivity with no long-term contract. That means you don't have to commit to something you just plan to use on vacations. Clear doesn't offer service way out in the boondocks and is still missing from some major U.S. cities - check local coverage before you go.
Scosche flipSync Charge & Sync cable
Wherever you go in today's world, you need access to USB connectivity for charging and syncing your mobile devices. Leave the cables at home and carry the Scosche flipSync Charge & Sync cable, whose little plastic case holds regular USB, micro USB and mini USB connectors. (There's also a version with a regular USB connector plus an old-style iPhone dock.)
Victorinox Swiss Army Flash USB
Generations of travelers have made sure to bring a Swiss Army Knife along on their trips. Keeping up with the modern age, this little Victorinox Swiss Army Flash USB knife includes the basics that people have come to expect - knife, nail file, screwdriver, scissors - plus a USB flash drive. With 32GB of storage, it's a handy way to offload those iPhone photos, carry key medical information, and so on. Just don't put it in your carry-on luggage or it may be a present for the TSA.
Jawbone JAMBOX Black Portable Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Speaker
Experienced travelers know that a party can break out anytime, and what's a party without music? Make sure the tunes sound good with the surprisingly powerful, surprisingly portable Jawbone JAMBOX Black Portable Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Speaker. At 6-x-1.6-x-2.25 inches and weighing less than a pound, the Jambox has Bluetooth so you can stream music to it wirelessly from up to 33 feet away. (It has a built-in rechargeable battery you can charge from a wall outlet or via USB.) There's even a microphone so you can use it for conference calls via Skype or Google Talk.
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