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Gadgets, Apps & Other Travel Gear You Didn't Know You Needed

Gadgets, Apps & Other Travel Gear You Didn't Know You Needed

Gadgets, Apps & Other Travel Gear You Didn't Know You Needed

Our Favorite Things (This Week) to Make Travel Easier


Have you ever just wanted to roam free? On your cell phone, that is. Well, we may have found the next best thing: WorldSIM Global Roaming SIM Card. This little gem gives you free incoming calls in more than 90 countries, data from $0.20 per minute, outgoing calls from $0.20 per minute, network coverage in over 175 countries and it’s pre-loaded with $15 so you can start using it right away. $44.95.

You dirty talker, you. According to a whole slew of sources including British watchdog site Which? and this Mashable video, cell phones and tablet surfaces are more germ-filled than a toilet seat. Kill those germs (while also shielding your device from scratches and smudges) with PhoneSoap polish and its blend of naturally occurring antibacterial waxes. $14.95.


It can be hard enough to keep track of your meds at home, and doubly so on the road.  Take the “did I or didn’t I take them?” out of your vacation with the MedCenter Traveler. The compact nylon travel pill organizer hold up to seven pillboxes, labeled for each day of the week and easily stores in your carry-on (because you know you shouldn’t check your meds, right?). $19.95.


You may remember analyst Nate Silver and his FiveThirtyEight blog that accurately predicted the results of the 2008 and 2012 elections. Now the Award-winning author and statistician has put his number-crunching skills to use with “Which Flight Will Get You There Fastest?”an interactive tool to select which flights have the shortest routes or which airports add the most time to your trip. With easy to understand color grade performance of fast, medium, slow, this tool can help you to find the best flight to your destination while avoiding the worst airports or airlines. Free.


If only our man-repellant skills worked on bugs, the great outdoors would be so much more enjoyable. Thankfully, we have the Beekman 1802 Ultimate Bug Protection Duo (link: ) to help us out. The set includes a chemical free goat’s milk Bug Repellant Bar for the shower and a Bug Repellant Stick to slather onto exposed skin before heading outside. And, they are an LGBT-owned company. $24.


Optician-invented Zurich Extreme Glare Sunglasses have been created especially for anyone who spends a lot of time in direct sunlight or who suffers from photosensitivity. Lenses can be made to fit your existing frames or purchased in a frame that’s ready-to-wear, like these “Granada” by Serengeti with Blue Mirror on Medium Density Rose Lenses. $245.




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