It’s easy to spend a fortune on a pair of designer lenses and, then, just as easy to lose them, break them or scratch them to shreds. Not to mention that they are often bulky and difficult to put away in your pocket. Not so for the Nannini range of lenses. These sunglasses pack completely flat in their own millimetres thick case – thanks to their hinged design. Plus, they don’t cost a fortune either.
With the reduction of the ozone layer and combined effect of global warming, you’re going to need to wear 50+ protection everywhere you go. Unfortunately, many of the strongest sunscreens are thick and oily – thoroughly unpleasant to wear. Nevertheless, we’ve found a bunch of high-quality, high-protection suncreams that provide excellent protection AND are not unpleasant to wear.
Battery-powered toothbrushes take out the drudgery of keeping your teeth clean and gums healthy. However, many of them are bulky and seem to run out of power just when you need them most. The Panasonic sonic toothbrush is the smallest and sexiest we’ve ever seen and the AAA battery seems to last forever. The OHSO isn’t so bad, either, but weighs a little bit more – but it also accommodates your toothpaste!
Scottevest makes a bunch of travel wear – jackets, fleeces and trousers – that have lots of pockets and cable management for all your gadgets and gear. Although, they have so many pockets that you might easily forget where you’ve put everything! Nevertheless, if you want to wear all of your equipment, instead of carrying it in a bag – or, you need to do so in order to get around the airline hand-carry restrictions, then these are the jackets for you.
We’ve found two wind-resistant umbrellas – the Senz Mini – that folds down into a very small package, as well as the Blunt umbrella which doesn’t have sharp points.
LED Waterproof Flashlight
We’ve reviewed a bunch of portable flashlights and torches that are rugged and waterproof – as well as some that can be used as massive floodlights. Click here to read our coverage of some of the best on the market.
Cable Tidy & Equipment Management
Packing equipment can be a pain, especially when there are lots of cables & odds and ends. Thankfully, the Cocoon Grid-It system provides a bunch of bungee-cable storage systems to accommodate just about anything.
Waterproof Pack Bags
If you need to protect your gear from water, the Aloksak bags come in various sizes and reseal easily like a ziploc bag. Unlike a ziploc, however, they are waterproof to 60 metres.
Noise Reducing Ear Phones
A lot of people like to tune out the world by listening to good music or audiobooks – especially on airplanes. Even though the active noise-cancelling headphones from Bose and Sony are popular, they require batteries that must be replaced/recharged… usually right when you need them most. Instead, we prefer the Shure in-ear phones, because they work just as well without requiring battery power. By fitting snuggly inside your ear, they block out the noise. Plus, they offer superior acoustics.