The list author says: "I'm like you - I read the lists and buy products that look cool but turn out to be crap. Here's my list of items that survived many international travels and are worth their weight in gold.
"I absolutely adore this camera. The fast f/2 lens makes low-light shooting a breeze. Plus for those insist on shooting in RAW and being anal about how you handle your photos, this is one of the few point/shoot cameras that support it."
"The "travel zoom" cameras are impressive and keep getting better by the day. The major selling point for this camera is that it has a GPS included, so when you press the shutter, it records the location. Why? Ever go on a day trip and zoom by things and forget where you were? I have - but not any longer."
"I decided to upgrade my 10" netbook to 12" for the bigger keyboard and larger screen real estate. Watch movies, edit photos and keep in touch with friends and family while on the road. I've used this to upload photos to Facebook, used Skype to call home and keep in touch with the world when I'm on the other side of it."
"The Kindle is self-explanatory. I use the 3G functionality to buy books while abroad and use the Experimental Browser for checking email (ssssh!!!) when I can't find a WiFi hotspot. Plus I love it. I've been reading so much more since I got my Kindle. And it keeps the weight of your bag down."
"The iPod isn't just a media player, the apps are what makes the device that much more powerful, from Skype to language translators/guides to games to websurfing/email, it keeps me happy and busy while traveling."
"Keep your passport, money and other stuff in a secure pouch. But don't wear it around your neck - I'm a big guy and I wore it around my waist under my pants - so there's enough length on the cord to put it anywhere."
"You laugh, but when you are somewhere off the beaten path and you can't find bottled water, go with a filtration straw to filter out all the stuff that will make you sick. This won't save you from everything, but this is a "last resort" straw."
"Why the Blackberry from T-Mobile? In addition to being your Email lifeline, the UMA calling allows using a wifi hotspot to make calls as if you were back in the US. I've used it on 6 continents to call home (plus send the "wish you were here" picture messages.)"
"Between planes/trains/ferries/bus, white noise is what will suck your energy dry. Plug these into your laptop or mp3 player, and shut out the outside world. Note: They don't have to be these specific ones, but noise canceling headphones rock."
"At some point, you'll have to wash clothes and your body. Campsuds work great and leave you smelling decent and feeling better. Hint: Buy the big one and pour it into smaller bottles to get past the 3 oz rule for airline security. Plus it's cheaper."
"The best damn bag there is. I can cram 4-5 days of clothing in there and it converts from shoulder bag to backpack effortlessly. Plus it not being a hard suitcase means I can cram this into overhead bins to avoid checked luggage fees."
"I'm on my 4th set of these. It's not that they break or fall apart - I lend them to friends and never get them back. Roll your clothing and place them in the bags. Makes things easier when packing/unpacking/random security searches."