Sony DSC-TX30 18 MP Digital Camera

I like waterproof cameras just as much as the next guy. However, most waterproof cameras are kind of bulky (for a compact) and have a sporty, aggressive look. It is difficult to take them to an event more “dressed up” than kayaking or a pool party.

At least that’s how things used to be before I found a Sony DSC-TX30. It looks slick and sophisticated, but at the same time it is submersible down to 10 meters (about 32ft), and shockproof from heights of up to 1.5m (5ft).

Sony Cyber-shot TX30
Sony Cyber-shot TX30

Now that’s what I call an accident-resistant camera! Add a 3.3″ 1.2M-dot OLED display, 5x optical stabilized zoom and 1080/60p video, and you have a perfect travel companion.

Read reviews and compare prices: Sony DSC-TX30 18 MP Digital Camera

SteriPEN Sidewinder Hand POWERED UV Water Purifier

If you travel only to developed countries and stay only at posh hotels, that’s cool. Wuss. But if you are like me and occasionally like to rough it, the most  important thing is clean drinkable water.

SteriPEN Sidewinder requires no batteries, only your muscle power. Crank that handle until a green LED signals that you’ve purified 1 liter of water.

SteriPEN Sidewinder Hand POWERED UV Water Purifier
SteriPEN Sidewinder Hand POWERED UV Water Purifier

This item reminds me that I am due for another hike. See you on the trails!

Read reviews and check the price here: SteriPEN Sidewinder Hand POWERED UV Water Purifier

Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale

Overweight bag fees suck. You can take out the extra stuff, but if you are already at the airport, where will you put it? It’s better not to overpack the luggage in the first place. A luggage scale can help prevent overpacking. Or to back up your argument with the gate agent:)

Here is the one I like:

Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale
Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale

This slick tool has up to 110 lb capacity. An LCD display, durable stainless steel design, auto shutoff , auto-lock display and a long life lithium battery make this scale a great investment.

Read reviews and check prices: Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale

Anker Astro E5 15000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger

Move over, Satechi! Your 10,000mAh don’t do it for me anymore.

Long live the 15,000mAh Anker E5! This means more stock checking, texting, email answering, music playing and video watching. And maybe more actual phone calls. And games.

Anker Astro E5 15000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger
Anker Astro E5 15000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger

Oh, and it doubles as an LED flashlight that would last close to forever. Nice.

You can read the reviews and check the price if you like, but I already know I want one! Anker Astro E5 15000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger

New Outlander Packable Lightweight Nylon Travel Daypack

When I travel, I need a big backpack. Once I arrive at my destination, however, I need a smaller daypack. Something to fit a guidebook, water bottle, lunch, and camera into.

Enter the New Outlander:

New Outlander Packable Lightweight Nylon Travel Daypack
New Outlander Packable Lightweight Nylon Travel Daypack

Orange is not the only color in which this daypack is available, but it is my favorite. Breathable mesh shoulder straps, compartments and pockets galore, and light as a feather? Sign me up!

Check prices and read reviews: New Outlander Packable Lightweight Nylon Travel Daypack

How to travel with your razor

Pop quiz: what is the best way to travel with your razor?

a)  Drop it into your toiletry bag

b)  Stuff it in your gym sock

c)  Leave the razor at home, walk around with a 5 o’clock shadow

Answer? None of the above! Get the RazorKeeper!

RazorKeeper Travel Razor Case
RazorKeeper Travel Razor Case

Seriously, get this right. Being able to shave with a clean, undamaged razor is worth it. Avoiding finger nicks when retrieving your razor from the bag is an added bonus.

Forget tiny backpacks and fanny packs

Will you be pissed or hugely inconvenienced if you lose it?

If you said yes, put that item in the neck pouch. Wear the neck pouch under your shirt or sweater.

I think I found the right product for this:

Pacsafe Luggage Rfidsafe 75 Neck Pouch
Pacsafe Luggage Rfidsafe 75 Neck Pouch

This neck pouch lanyard does not contain a slash-proof wire, but the idea is security through obscurity – the thief shouldn’t even see this pouch. With RFID blocking material, information stored in your passport and credit card smart chips is safe.

Read reviews and check prices: Pacsafe Luggage Rfidsafe 75 Neck Pouch