By: Sarity Gervais
I don’t know about you but I’m what you’d call absent-minded. Misplacing my keys, cell phone, TV remote…in fact like my Grandmother said I’d lose my head if it wasn’t attached to my neck. Sad but true. Traveling always brought with it a small dose of anxiety: rechecking items in my bags lest I forgot credit cards, passport, keys, phone accessories and more.
Imagine my joy when something I dreamt of since kindergarten became a reality. The best gadgets of all gadgets, which has saved many of us several wasted hours searching for things.
And it’s only the first of the many dream gadgets, of which I’ll list my 10 favorites.
1. TRACKR BRAVO, TILE AND MYNT
All these companies make a tiny gadget that beeps either on the item you attach them on (my key for instance) or on the app you install on your android or IOS phone. They also work making a beeping sound on the app installed on one’s smart phone. Finally, they may be shared with another person, who can help in locating the lost item. Wow! I haven’t once lost a thing since I got my Trackr Bravo and averted near disaster at JFK airport before a trip to Israel.
2. GRID IT!
Want to have the most organized suitcase ever? Grid It! is the answer. A network of rubberized bands keeps all your items neatly handy and the latest version, the Wrap, surrounds the Grid It! with a neoprene pouch where you can hold your iPad, tablet, charger cubes, cords, headsets, marker, or anything else you want to keep visible and safe. A heaven sent!
3. Hydro-Photon SteriPEN
Avoid sickness by purifying your water with a handheld pen that emits ultraviolet light, killing hazardous microorganisms without altering the taste of the water. No more Montezuma’s curse via drinking water!
4. TRAVEL AWAY – Hi-tech Foot Warmers
Cold hand and feet can ruin the most wonderful winter romp. Nobody likes to shiver and primitive foot warmers have been around for a while, accompanied by cumbersome socks.These new generation insoles make the coldest winter day feel like a day at the beach. They are heated by ThermaCELL and are equipped with state of the art technology. They can be regulated by remote control and will keep feet warm and dry thanks to the thermostat driven system and the water-resistant fabric that protects your shoes from moisture.
5. GO GIRL
Unusual invention, made for those of us who’d rather hold it in than use smelly dirty public toilets. The tiny silicon medical grade urinal fits in your purse, is washable and fits into the box it comes in. For the first time women can use the bathroom standing up, not having to rely on disgusting gas stations or camping site stinky loos. As it says on the box "Don’t take life sitting down".
Inspired by the disaster rescue and recovery operation following hurricane Sandy, goTenna is a pocket size device designed to keep both IOS and Android devices connected when there is no available cellular service. It uses Bluetooth-LE to pair with a smartphone. It allows users who own the device to share messages and location info instantly, within a range up to 50 miles.
Brilliant. Green source of light, smart sustainable, LUMINAID is an inflatable lamp that produces 16 hours of light after charging the small, light device in the sun for 6 hours. It’s waterproof, portable folds to a mini size pre-inflation. Perfect for camping or any outdoor adventure since no electric outlets nor batteries are needed.
8. THE BLUE RIDEGE CAMPING HAMMOCK – The Best Camping Hammock
Rated the very best camping hammock in the world by the American Survival Guide and other leading magazines – this brilliant invention is essential if you want to camp in the wilderness like a pro. I LOVE IT and I don’t consider myself a camper by any stretch of the imagination. It’s waterproof, bug proof, made of rip stop nylon and a net canopy, is comfy, designed for difficult climates and is very easy to assemble.
9. CAMELBAK ALL CLEAR – Water Purifier Bottle
This is one of the best of these state of the art devices. They are very useful when travelling since most tap water is contaminated. Especially when travelling abroad, with places like Asia, the Middle East, Central America or Africa being famous for health problems hiding in their tap water. The locals developed antibodies but most tourist react violently unless they make use of the virus and bacteria neutralizing technology. In 60 seconds the Camelback 0.75 ml purifies any tap water with its lithium ion rechargeable batteries.
10. IRON MAN CHARGER
Not a mere battery pack, this Suitcase Mobile Fuel Cell has 12,000 mAh battery capacity. It’s a power pack, compatible with most smartphones and USB gear, has two USB ports letting you charge two devices at once. if you’re too cool to move you’d want this scaled down suitcase – ¼ scale replica of the original Tony Stark Armor in Iron Man 2.