When it comes to traveling you shouldn’t have to put your health or hygiene at risk. These gadgets will keep you both happy and healthy while away from home.
More than just a cool travel gadget, the Streripen has been around since 2001 and is well known in the backpacking and geocaching world. For some reason though, everyday travelers seem to have missed it completely. This gadget purifies water with ultraviolet light (just like major bottled water companies do). The Steripen has undergone extensive testing that has proven it to be 99.9% effective in eliminating bacteria, viruses and protozoa that cause water-borne illness. It has also received the Water Quality Association gold seal of approval.
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, “an estimated 10 million people develop Traveler’s Diarrhea each year. High-risk destinations include developing countries of Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East." With those numbers it’s no wonder a traveler might want to invest in this awesome little gadget.
The Steripen traveler edition (not the mini) fits neatly into commercial water bottles as well as in normal glasses and runs on four AA batteries. A single set of batteries will purify up to 100 liters of water (pair it with the USB rechargables a little later in the list and you can have an unlimited supply of fresh water without the hassle of carrying twenty batteries on a long trip). For a reasonable $49.95 you can be sure to have only crisp, pure water on your next trip abroad.
Chrome Pocket Toothbrush
Sometimes it’s nice to have a travel product that is as nice as (if not nicer) that the one you have at home. This is the case with the Chrome pocket toothbrush from OSHO. This little gadget holds toothpaste in its base so there is no need to carry a tube with you (which is great considering all of the restrictions on travel amenities for airplane flights). The water tight cap can double as a rinse cup and the bristles are replaceable so you don’t have to purchase a brand new toothbrush when they wear out. This $21 gadget may seem a bit pricey but it scores high in the style category making it perfect for the business traveler.
Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Cancelling Headphones
If you like your music and don’t like all of the outside noise interfering with your enjoyment the Bose Quiet Comfort 15 noise cancelling headphones are the perfect choice for you. Whether you are on a bus, plane or just sitting out on your deck overlooking the Reine these headphones will eliminate all of the ambient noise in your environment.
These are audiophile quality headphones offer a comfortable around the ear cushion. The Bose audio quality is unparalleled and these hit all of the highs and lows without any tinny treble or cracking base. They run on 3 AAA batteries for about 35 hours so you won’t be needing to change them out on long flights. The price point is kind of high at $299.95 but can you really put a price on serenity?
Any avid traveler knows that one of the first things to check when purchasing a gadget is the weight. The 5 oz Leatherman Skeletool CX passes this test with flying colors. This handy tool has everything you might need in a pinch including; a Stainless Steel Clip Point Knife, Needlenose Pliers, Standard Pliers, Wire Cutters, Hard-wire Cutters, a Large Bit Driver (with two double sided bits – Philips #1 and #2 and standard 3/16" and 1/4"), Bottle Opener and a Carabiner Clip. The Skeletool is coated with a scratch and corrosion resistant DLC coating. It can also be opened with a single hand which is invaluable when you are in a travel situation. The $60 price point may seem extreme but for such a useful tool it is more than reasonable.