Eagle Creek eTools Organizer Pro Tames the Gadget Beast

eTools organizer pro

If you need to find a specific cord, charger, or gadget in your bag, how quickly can you do it? If you use this new eTools Organizer Pro from Eagle Creek, you might be able to answer "five seconds" because everything will be in one place.Despite all the great daypacks, messengers, and briefcases we review that have lots of gadget pockets, our expanding electronic paraphernalia often gets distributed all over in several places because there's so much of it. Items we never used to even think … [Read more...]

Behold the Intelligent Suitcase: Bluesmart

Behold the Intelligent Suitcase: Bluesmart Practical Travel Gear 2

Imagine if your dumb ole suitcase could wake up and do more. What if it could weigh itself, tell you where it is, lock remotely, and charge up your phone in the airport? Would you line up to pre-order that? It's not science fiction, it's Bluesmart.We are not a "bleeding edge" gear blog where we drool over spec sheets and press releases about products that are a gleam in an inventor's eye on Kickstarter. We like to direct you to things that are easy to find in the marketplace and proven … [Read more...]

Inexpensive & Useful Travel Gadgets From Nite Ize

Inexpensive & Useful Travel Gadgets From Nite Ize Practical Travel Gear 4

Want some gadgets that will make your travels easier, for ten bucks or less? Nite Ize has plenty of options for you---or your stocking stuffer recipient.Way back when I started this travel gear blog, the whole idea was to focus on things normal people could buy, pack, and use without breaking the bank. While Outside, Robb Report, and Wired catered to the 1% in their aspirational gear reviews, we would review items that you didn't have to be a stockbroker or Silicon Valley mogul to afford. … [Read more...]

Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens

Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens Practical Travel Gear 2

Cell phone cameras are getting better and better. Unless you’re a professional photographer (or tried-and-true hobbyist), it’s tempting to ditch the DSLR at home and resort to the convenience of a lightweight camera that’s also your phone and practically everything else. But when it comes to certain lens needs, you still can’t give up the big camera.One small lens may just change your mind. The Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens slips onto the corner of your iPhone (they are also made for Samsung … [Read more...]

PocketMonkey One-piece Multi-tool Fits in a Wallet

PocketMonkey One-piece Multi-tool Fits in a Wallet Practical Travel Gear 1

Want to have a travel gadget that will come in handy, but is no trouble to pack?We like the useful pocket tools we've reviewed in the past, from the likes of Victorinox, Gerber Gear, and True Utility. The big difference with this PocketMonkey tool is that it's so thin and light you can carry it along on a "just in case" basis without a second thought. Also, unless you get a borderline mental patient as a TSA agent, you shouldn't encounter any problems at the airport security theater.It's … [Read more...]

UCO Tetra Compact Lantern & Flashlight That’s Rechargeable

UCO Tetra Compact Lantern & Flashlight That's Rechargeable Practical Travel Gear 1

It's kind of fitting that the week I was putting up my review of this 170-lumen Tetra lantern from UCO, a windstorm in my neighborhood knocked a tree onto a power line and we were without electricity for 11 hours. My daughter ate breakfast and brushed her teeth by the light of this handy item, then after the sun came up I used some of the remaining power to charge my phone.The beauty of a cool double-duty lantern like this is you may not anticipate when you're going to need it, but you're … [Read more...]

SOL REPUBLIC Punk Wireless Speaker

SOL REPUBLIC Punk Wireless Speaker Practical Travel Gear

We use Sol Republic's Tracks HD headphones when we travel and at home, so I was eager to check out their newest wireless speaker. The perfect size for people on-the-go, the Punk speaker weighs less than 8 ounces and approximately 5" x 5" x 2"...small enough to fit into even the smallest backpacks, bags, or purses.The Punk's target audience seems to be young people who crave portable music in nearly any situation, from a poolside party to a gathering of friends in public spaces, and you can … [Read more...]

The Champ Survival Sidekick 10-in-1 Multitool

The Champ Survival Sidekick 10-in-1 Multitool Practical Travel Gear

Survival preppers will have nothing on you once you've picked up the Champ Survival Sidekick 10-in-1 Multitool. I don't consider myself an alarmist, but I do like the feeling of knowing I'm prepared for most situations, and self-reliant while traveling, especially by car. After educating myself on the many functions of the Champ Sidekick, I feel good knowing it's in my car at all times, ready if I get sidelined by a snow storm when we travel to ski resorts. Depending on what part of the world … [Read more...]

Moshi IonBank 5K Mobile Charger

Moshi IonBank 5K Mobile Charger Practical Travel Gear

The Moshi IonBank 5K mobile charger can boost your iPhone in a jiffy thanks to its 5,000 mAh battery strength. I have tested quite a few mobile chargers, and Moshi's version ranks right up there.For starters, it has the same cool, all-white look that many Apple products portray, and it is compact and lightweight. So style gurus will find this to be an ideal accessory.Another great feature is that it has a dual-action purpose. Its integrated cable allows you to be charging your iPhone … [Read more...]

EvoGrip S18 Swiss Army Knife: a Lot of Tools in a Small Package

EvoGrip S18 Swiss Army Knife: a Lot of Tools in a Small Package Practical Travel Gear

I have to admit it's been a while since I traveled regularly with a Swiss Army Knife if going anywhere near an airport, but with a few checked bag trips lately and local overland ones, I've been enjoying having this Victorinox EvoGrip S18 one on me. I forgot how darn useful one of these things can be.Back in the days before a bunch of religious fanatics changed the act of flying and TSA became a hated acronym, I never left home without a Swiss Army Knife in my pack. Then you had to check it, … [Read more...]