Some Cool Gadgets and Useful Stuff to Carry Along on Your Next Journey

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For a lot of people here on the peninsula, it’s time to grab a plane, train or automobile for a little traveling. Haps has some great picks for high tech travel gear to take along with you as you venture out into the world. Bon voyage!


The GorillaPod

The typical tripod is pretty limited on options when you wanna get that tough-to-capture shot on rough terrain, or when clinging to the side of a wall or standing on a mountain (if you’re Spiderman). Fear no more: those great shots are now yours with the innovative Gorillapod. Different sizes mean that it can hold as much weight as a full-fledged SLR with a mid-size lens, or else grab a smaller, lighter gorilla variety for your smartphone or compact camera. It can wrap around railings and polls, and, if you’re using a compact, it has magnetic feet to grab ahold of metal. Order online from the manufacturer at www.joby.com.


The Scrubba Portable Washbag

Wanna save a little time and money on getting your laundry done while traveling? The Scrubba portable wash bag is the only way to go. Made of lightweight polyurethane with a coated nylon housing, it folds up to a small package about the size of a pair of socks while weighing only 150 grams. Once unfolded, the eco-friendly wash bag is large enough to wash a couple of t-shirts, a few pairs of socks and some underwear. You can order it online for about US$30 from www.thescrubba.com.


Powerbag Rolling Office Case

This rolling, dual-purpose bag not only handles all of your travel essentials—including up to a 17-inch laptop—it also charges all your gadgets as you go. It comes with a removable battery which, on a full charge, can re-juice the average smartphone several times. And, as you roll along through the terminal, the wheels turn a small generator that allows you to power up a wide variety of tablets, cameras, e-readers, music players and most other accessories. You can pick it up for around US$250 at several online retailers including Amazon or directly from the manufacturer at www.mypowerbag.com.


Eye Fi Connect

Many of the new cameras hitting the market these days have built in WiFi connectivity allowing you to seamlessly store your photos in the cloud or post them directly to Facebook and other media sites. But now you can get your older model digital camera to do the same with an Eye-Fi Connect flash memory drive that, amazingly enough, comes with built in WiFi in the memory card. Another very cool feature about the Eye-Fi Connect card is once your photos have been stored online it automatically deletes them from the card, ensuring plenty of room for continued shooting. Visit the website for more info and to check for compatibility with your camera or mobile device Prices range from US$40-$100 depending on capacity. www.eye.fi


Rockstar Headphone Splitter

Perhaps you’re one of those people who really likes to share. If so, then the $10 Belkin Rockstar Multi Headphone Splitter is a simple little audio hub that allows up to five people to listen in to the same music from an MP3 player, DVD player or any other device with standard audio plugs. Though all might enjoy being able to share the sound, there is a catch: all must share the same volume since there is no way to control individual output. But hey, what do you expect for $10? You can pick it up online or at local retailers.


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