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Best Travel Gadgets for Traveling Light

Updated on June 10, 2009

Whenever I travel, I try to travel lighter than the time before. Somehow I still end up with a 30-pound pack (makes you wonder how much I used to carry in the past...), but there are a few travel gadgets I've found that really lighten the load.

Here are my favorite travel gadgets for traveling light:

1. Apple iPod Touch

I think the iPod Touch is definitely the coolest, most multi-functional MP3 player available right now. I even like it better than the iPhone for traveling, because you don't have to deal with the hassle of international roaming charges. In addition to an MP3 player, the iPod Touch is basically a mini computer. It can go online to browse the internet or check e-mail wherever there is a wireless signal, and it works with all the iPhone applications. In a pinch, it also works as an e-book reader, though the screen quality is not as great as the...

2. Amazon Kindle

I'm a huge bookworm and between the books that I brought with me and the books I'd buy en route, I often had to face the choice between schlepping a bunch of books around or paying through the nose to ship them home. (I can't just leave them!) Amazon Kindle to the rescue! Or, better yet, the Kindle 2 that just came out. It's tiny (just 0.36 inches at its thickest point), light (10.2 ounces), and powerful (with space for 1,500 books). The only drawback for travelers at this time is that Kindle's wireless network does not work outside the US. To add new books while traveling, you have to download them to a computer, then transfer to the Kindle.

3. Flip MinoHD Camcorder

How cool is this? A camcorder that holds 60 minutes of high-definition video, fits into your pocket, and weighs just 3.3 ounces. It has a flip-out USB connection, so there's no messing around with cables (a big plus when you're traveling!).

4. Apple MacBook 13.3-Inch Laptop

I know that "netbooks" are all the rage right now, and I was going to include one here, but I just don't think anyone should spend hundreds of dollars on a computer that they wouldn't want to use everyday. Apple just introduced a sleek new upndated version of its MacBook that delivers stand-out performance and Apple reliability. Combine that with the fact that it's not much larger or heavier than most netbooks, and it's easy to take this baby everywhere. Read more about traveling with a laptop. 

5. Ex Officio Travel Underwear

I admit, it's a little weird to jump from laptops to underwear, but choosing high performance travel clothes can also save a lot of space in your bag. These undies are made from a blend of moisture-wicking and odor resisting fabrics that will keep you feeling good on your travel adventures. More importantly, they're easily washable and dry within just a few hours, so you can make it through any length trip with just a few pairs of these. I believe their official slogan is "17 countries, 6 weeks, and one pair of underwear." But as light as these things are, feel free to pack two.


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    • Isabellas profile image

      Isabellas 8 years ago from Ohio

      Love the advice!

    • Gypsy Willow profile image

      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Excellent advice and love the touch of humor at the very end! Keep em coming!