Travel Apps and Road-tested Gear

The well-packed traveler may be carrying more than a suitcase. Need to know what to stock in your iPhone or what gear will make your trip easier? We've got the buzz on some of the latest apps for your smartphone as well as the best travel accessories to help you get where you're going.

  • Best Travel Apps: Don't Leave Home Without Them

    Best Travel Apps: Don't Leave Home Without Them

    By KORKY VANN | Want to have a fun, hassle-free, deal of a summer vacation? There's an app for that. (Actually, there are a number of apps for that.) Apps to help you map your route, track your flight, find the cheapest gas and hotel rooms. Apps to organize your travel details,...

  • An adventure camera

    An adventure camera

    Name: Pentax WG-III GPS camera What it is: A rugged, waterproof 16-megapixel advanced point-and-shoot that fits almost every adventure, with GPS to note where photos were taken. It is shockproof from 6 1/2 feet, coldproof to 14 degrees, waterproof to 45 feet and crushproof to 220 pounds of force....

  • Women's warm-up

    Women's warm-up

    Name: Heat Holders What they are: Tights and leggings made with insulating yarn and featuring an extremely soft brushed inner pile. They come in sizes extra small to extra large. Pairs of each were tested on recent cold mornings. The good: I was so enamored of the warm comfort of Heat Holder socks...

  • Sun backs up battery

    Sun backs up battery

    What it is: A rugged, water-resistant lithium battery with a built-in solar panel for power on the go. It has a micro-USB input that allows you to charge it before hitting the road. The 2.1A USB output is powerful enough to charge a tablet. When you're out and about, the 6-inch square solar panel...

  • A mobile tracking device

    A mobile tracking device

    Name: StickNFind Sticker What it is: a quarter-sized Bluetooth 4.0 adhesive tag that can be attached to almost anything that can get lost, from luggage to a kid or a cat. Tags pair with iOS devices and Android devices that have Bluetooth 4.0/Bluetooth SMART/Bluetooth Low Energy capability via StickNFind's...

  • Don't get cold feet

    Don't get cold feet

    Name: Heat Holders What they are: Thermal socks designed to hold warm air close to the wearer's feet, keeping the feet warmer than standard thermal socks. Made with a special insulating yarn and an innovative knitting technology, they have a TOG rating of 2.34 (a Thermal Overall Grade is a measure...

  • Comfort for dry eyes

    Comfort for dry eyes

    Name: The Dry Eye Relief Kit from Hammacher Schlemmer What it is: A kit with adjustable soft-cup eye goggles and two foam inserts, two gel packs with protective sleeves, and a mesh pouch. After warming the gel packs in the mesh pouch in a cup of hot water or in a microwave, you insert the packs...

  • A personal air purifier

    A personal air purifier

    Name: AirTamer A302 What it is: An air purifier worn around the neck or clipped to a pocket that, the company says, creates a 3-foot radius of cleaner air around your head. How it works: According to the company, AirTamer emits more than "2 million negative ions per cubic centimeter every second"...

  • A morphing carry-on

    A morphing carry-on

    Name: Eagle Creek Morphus 22 What it is: a 22-inch hybrid carry-on with a gear bag that can zip off the top so Morphus can split into two bags. Morphus features a durable, water-resistant fabric, a three-ply polycarbonate back shell and two durable wheels. The zip-off gear bag has organizer pockets,...

  • Ski hill communicator

    Ski hill communicator

    Name: UClear HBC220 Force Snow What it is: A helmet-based communications system for skiers, boarders, snowshoers, etc. How it works: Slide the two earpieces into the earflap pockets of your ski helmet (or attach with provided Velcro). Charge the Bluetooth controller, and sync it with your cellphone....

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