9 Unbelievable Travel Gadgets (#7 Might Save Your Life)

By Dustin Walker on 13/Mar/2014

People love gadgets. That’s probably why there seems to be a constant stream of devices hitting the market that are designed to make traveling a little easier.

The challenge is figuring out which ones are actually useful. From a giant pillow-helmet for squeezing in naps to a sneaky sandal that will deter thieves, check out the list below to learn about some of the more outrageous travel accessories available.

Some are genius while others are, well, questionable. But one thing they all have in common is creativity.

Travel is tiring work. But if you don’t mind looking like a human fly while in the airport, then slipping an Ostrich Pillow over your head may be a great way to catch a few extra ZZZZZs. This pillow-cushion-bedding combo is described by the company as a “soothing cave-like interior that shelters and isolates both your head and hands.” Looks pretty comfy, so perhaps all those puzzled stares will be worth it.

The Ostrich Pillow looks a little odd, but we bet it's comfy.

Do you cringe at the idea of cleaning your underwear in a public washroom? Then you might want to check out the Scrubba Wash Bag, which claims to be the world’s smallest washing machine. Think of it as a modern version of the old-fashioned washboard. It’s super-small at 160 grams and works especially well for backpackers or outdoor explorers.

The Scrubba Wash Bag is like a modern version of the old-fashioned washboard.

Sometimes, you’re just not comfortable hauling a box of wine around with you. It’s not exactly classy, is it? That’s where the Wine Sack comes in handy. Rather than putting your libations on display for everyone to see, this black nylon purse provides an unassuming way to keep up to three litres of booze concealed yet easily accessible. Great for folks who love to imbibe in public (hey, we’re not judging).

The Wine Sack offers an easy way to conceal your libations.

Food snobs, take note. The Mobile Foodie Survival Kit is designed for travelers who just can’t stomach sub-par cuisine. It’s stocked with tiny containers filled with everything from organic herbs and wasabi to Cinnamon.

The Mobile Foodie Survival Kit is perfect for travelers who just can’t stomach sub-par cuisine.

Sand-speckled beach towels can be pretty annoying, which is why CGEAR dreamed up the Sand-Free Rug. When sand or dirt hits the top layer of the towel, it filters down into a bottom layer of fabric and doesn’t come back up to irritate you. Pretty cool if you’re a hardcore fan of sun and surf.

The Sand-Free Rug is designed to keep annoying sand off yoru beach towel.

Here’s a sneaky way to hide your cash while hanging out on the beach: the Reef Stash Sandals. The last thing you want is a bunch of thugs ripping you off while you’re splashing in the ocean. So this innovative footwear features a secret compartment in the sole, where can slip in your bills or hotel room card for safe keeping. (shhhh, don’t tell the thieves about this.)

The Reef Stash Sandals feature a secret compartment in the sole, where can slip in your bills or hotel room card for safe keeping.
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An amazing device for travel emergencies. SpareOne is the only mobile phone that you can use anywhere in the world – and it takes just one AA battery! So if you’re roaming some remote (and/or sketchy) spots, just pack this device for a little extra peace of mind.

SpareOne allows you to make calls anywhere in the world.

Few things can ruin a trip faster than lost luggage. But with the Trakdot Luggage Tracker, you’ve got a high-tech tool for pinpointing where your stuff went missing. Hook up this GSM chip-equipped monitor to an app on your phone, and you can track your suitcase. Sure beats having to rely on those surly baggage handlers for help.

The Trakdot Luggage Tracker helps you pinpoint lost suitcases.

You can never be too careful about drinking water when travelling. So packing some kind of H20 purifier with you might be a good idea, depending on where you’re headed. The iStraw is one of the more light-weight filtering devices out there, so you don’t have to deal with any added bulk.

The iStraw is a tiny, low-weight water filter.
Have you ever tried any of these travel gadgets? Think they’re useful? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
By Dustin Walker on 13/Mar/2014

Tagged as: travel accessories, travel aids, travel gadgets, weird