Gear that helps get you going on summer vacation
A multipocketed new jacket? A suitcase made out of tarp? A credit card-size charger that keeps your devices juiced? These are just a few of the items that can ease some of the stress of travel. Gear & Gadgets writer Judi Dash has tested these items for us and gives them a thumbs up.
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Tarp luggage( Hideo Wakamatsu )
Hideo Wakamatsu has upgraded the lowly tarp to a more glamorous use -- as luggage. The travel ware designer has introduced a roomy 25-inch wheeled tarpaulin bag in shiny red, white, blue or black. There's no metal frame to weigh down the bag or take up precious space, and built-in straps let you cinch down the sides. What you get is kind of a cross between a duffel bag and a traditional trolley bag. The bag also is available in a wheeled carry-on model in the same choice of colors. The 25-inch model, about $210; wheeled carry-on, $179.
Info: Hideo Wakamatsu