The staff at Academic Arrangements Abroad loves gadgets that make traveling easier. That’s why one of the prizes in our photo contest is a micro travel scale. This little luggage scale (price: $25) is just three ounces, but it can weigh bags up to 110 pounds.
Here are a few other gizmos for globetrotters that we adore:
Want to avoid checking a bag? Voted Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Product of the Year, Flight 001’s Spacepak gets the most out of case space while achieving maximum compression. One side is for clean laundry, the other side for dirty. Price: from $30.
If, heaven forbid, you lose your checked bag, this palm-sized tracker will come in handy. The Trakdot Luggage Tracker, which is small enough to fit in most bags, will report its current city location in real time to almost any compatible mobile device. Price: $49.95, plus activation fee and annual service fee.
You’re flying and need to check wine or spirits, but you don’t want to deal with the mess if the bottle happens to break. Contoured for 750-ml (or smaller) bottles, the “wine skin” provides a safer way to transport bottles of booze. It has two strong adhesive seals and is affordable. Price: about $10 for a three-pack of wine skins.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast or you’re traveling to an exotic locale where the water might not be safe to drink, consider investing in a SteriPen. It uses ultraviolet light to eliminate more than 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and protozoa that cause water-borne illness. The pen-like contraption purifies 16 ounces (0.5L) of water in just 48 seconds. Price: from $49.95.
Simply want to make drinking water taste better? This nifty water bottle features a charcoal filter. For best results, fill the bottle with tap water and let it sit for up to 8 hours. The bottle is made from BPA-free plastic and has a cork cap, and the filter can be used for up to 6 months. Price: $20.
Have trouble sleeping on airplanes? The Hibermate sleep mask blocks out light but also muffles sound. The mask, which has special ear pillows, is available in several colors. Price: $39.95.
The Storm logic jacket will keep you warm, but it also converts into a travel pillow. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes for men and women. Price: from $84.92.
Bound for Beijing but don’t speak a word of Chinese? Consider the Franklin 14-Language Speaking Global Translator. The EST-7014, which has entries to and from 14 languages, features everyday phrases useful when traveling. Price: from $199.99.
It’s best to leave valuables at home, but in case you can’t, consider this swanky travel safe by Döttling. The Guardian, which weighs less than 9 pounds, helps protect wristwatches, jewelry, cash, or important documents when you’re on the go. Price: from EUR 12,000.
What are your favorite travel gadgets?