Checklist For Hassle-Free Travel
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Colin likes to stay organized and to enjoy the comforts of home — albeit in much smaller sizes (and spaces). Colin brought a variety of travel gadgets
He says that the first hurdle is making it through security and there are a few simple pointers to make life easier on those long lines. For instance, wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off and avoid belts or other accessories with metal parts.
Here are the gadgets that can make life easier along the way.
Manicure kits are often confiscated by customs officials because there are different rules enforced at different airports. This kit is approved for everyone, everywhere. Colin also loves the sleek, modern design in this nine-item kit.
Kit includes a nose-hair groomer; a facial-hair trimmer, two nail clippers, an emery board, a combo lint brush/shoe horn and a 3-inch fog-free mirror. Other conveniences include an easy-to-set digital travel alarm clock, and a 3 3/4"-inch metal flashlight for unfamiliar hotel rooms. It is designed for both men and women. www.sharperimage.com
Colin likes to organize these packing bags by category: socks, belts and underwear in one, shirts in one, trousers in another.
The corded double zipper pulls make opening and closing simple and fast. Mesh top panel for easy identification of contents and ventilation. Interior seams fully finished for durability. Soft mesh won't damage delicate fabrics. Small cube: 11" x 6.75" x 3". Medium cube: 13.75" x 9.75" x 3". Large cube dimensions: 17.5" x 12.75" x 3.25". www.ebags.com
A toiletry kit with the basic essentials and, since it comes with plastic jars and bottles, you can fill them up with your own products. It packs flat to save space and is waterproof.
Four separate compartments, each measuring 2-1/4" deep by 9-1/4" long. Each kit includes a 5-piece set of Nalgene bottles. www.ebags.com
These bright tags make it easier to tell your luggage apart from similar bags.
Rubber tag set of 4 — blue, yellow, red and green. $18
Toile and polka dot tags. $8
This gives travelers everything they need for their computers in one package, without a mess of wires and cables.
Kit includes cordless optical mouse with scroll wheel and RF receiver, retractable network cables that connect directly to LAN and Ethernet ports, flexible USB powered task lights and 4-foot extension cables. www.tumi.com
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