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My travel gadgets and away-from-home essentials

Tsarsarsenal Com "Tsarsarsenal_com"
The list author says: "This is a brief list of items I found to be useful while traveling. Items below will work for business and pleasure travel, adventure travel and vagabonding (long term travel). I only buy or suggest the highest quality items regardless of the price, because they need to be reliable, durable and last for a long time. Unless stated otherwise, I have personally tested all of the listed items. When everything else is the same, I tend to choose black-colored items, but this is my personal choice. This list is my "thank you" to all other people who made similar travel-related lists on Amazon - I spent many hours looking through all of them choosing what works for me. I hope you will find some items here which will work for you and enhance your travel experience.

Updated: December 2010."
Canon PowerShot G9 12.1MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
Canon PowerShot G9 12.1MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
"I tried many cameras - for a casual traveler this one provides the best combination of size, ease of use and quality of pictures. It takes decent video too. Auto settings result in "near professional" quality photos with very minimum knowledge of photography."
Canon WP-DC21 Underwater housing for Canon G9 Digital Cameras
Canon WP-DC21 Underwater housing for Canon G9 Digital Cameras
"This one is a must have for scuba, snorkeling and just any other water activity. Requires weights (See below). Super easy to use and really works great! Made by Canon specifically for G9 (though they make cases for other Canon cameras too, like Digital Elf 1000)"
Lowepro Topload Zoom 1 Camera Bag -Black
Lowepro Topload Zoom 1 Camera Bag -Black
"Perfect size low cost camera carrying bag for your Canon G9 underwater enclosure. Very well made and has extra compartments for accessories. Has sufficient padding to protect your enclosure from being banged on a boat between dives."
Canon WWDC1 Weight for Canon Waterproof and All Weather Cases
Canon WWDC1 Weight for Canon Waterproof and All Weather Cases
"3 weights from this set are needed for Canon G9 underwater enclosure for negative buoyancy"
Wasabi Power Battery for Canon NB-2L, NB-2LH, BP-2L5 and Canon DC301, DC310, DC320, DC330, DC410, DC420, Elura 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, 80, 85, 90, EOS 350D, 400D, Digital Rebel XT, XTi, FV500, FVM20, FVM30, FVM100, FVM200, HG10, HV20, HV30, Optura 30, 40, 50, 60, 400, 500, PowerShot G7, G9, S30, S40, S45, S50, S60, S70, S80, VIXIA HF R10, HF R100, HF R11, HG10, HV20, HV30, HV40, ZR100, ZR200, ZR300, ZR400, ZR500, ZR600, ZR700, ZR800, ZR830, ZR850, ZR900, ZR930, ZR950, ZR960
Wasabi Power Battery for Canon NB-2L, NB-2LH, BP-2L5 and Canon DC301, DC310, DC320, DC330, DC410, DC420, Elura 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, 80, 85, 90, EOS 350D, 400D, Digital Rebel XT, XTi, FV500, FVM20, FVM30, FVM100, FVM200, HG10, HV20, HV30, Optura 30, 40, 50, 60, 400, 500, PowerShot G7, G9, S30, S40, S45, S50, S60, S70, S80, VIXIA HF R10, HF R100, HF R11, HG10, HV20, HV30, HV40, ZR100, ZR200, ZR300, ZR400, ZR500, ZR600, ZR700, ZR800, ZR830, ZR850, ZR900, ZR930, ZR950, ZR960
"Get 2 extra batteries, buy generic and save some money, they work about the same but cost much less"
Canon PowerShot SD1000 7.1MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Black) (OLD MODEL)
Canon PowerShot SD1000 7.1MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Black) (OLD MODEL)
"Sometimes you just want small camera which fits in your pocket, so you don't look like a tourist. SD1000 makes killer photos, is super small and uses the same flash cards as G9. There is also an underwater enclosure for it made by Canon -perfect for snorkeling, but for scuba - buy an enclosure for G9 - is it worth exrta $$. Get spare batteries"
Sandisk Ultra SDHC 4 GB Class 4 Flash Memory Card (SDSDH-4096)
Sandisk Ultra SDHC 4 GB Class 4 Flash Memory Card (SDSDH-4096)
"SanDisk makes the best cards and this is their "Pro" line. I buy no higher than 4 Gb capacity so I don't risk loosing 32 GB of photos on one tiny card. That said - buy several and back up to your computer daily. At prices like this why not buy the best??"
Monster MP OTG400 BK Outlets To Go Power Strip - 4 AC Outlets - Black
Monster MP OTG400 BK Outlets To Go Power Strip - 4 AC Outlets - Black
"Many hotels have only one free power outlet - I use this little strip all the time. Very high quality you would expect from Monster cable people."
Tumi Electronics Electric Adapter (TU301BLK)
Tumi Electronics Electric Adapter (TU301BLK)
"Electric plugs and adapter for all countries in one nice package. Tumi makes the best travel stuff"
Apple iPod classic 120 GB Black 7th Generation (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Apple iPod classic 120 GB Black 7th Generation (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Can hold all your music and movies and serve as a back up hard drive at the same time"
Apple iPod nano 16 GB Graphite (6th Generation) OLD MODEL
Apple iPod nano 16 GB Graphite (6th Generation) OLD MODEL
"This size is a nice to have in addition to the Classic 120 GB - it is good for a beach or other places where it can be easily damager. Remember - Apple warranty does not cover water damage - use ziplock bags to protect it in wet environments."
Turbo Charge TC Portable Charger for iPod and iPhone
Turbo Charge TC Portable Charger for iPod and iPhone
"Will charge your iPod and iPhone to about 3/4 full charge with two AA batteries! A must have."
JBL On Tour Plus Portable Speaker System
JBL On Tour Plus Portable Speaker System
"This is the best portable speaker system on the market. Works both plugged in and with batteries. Sturdy and good size. Works with PSP too. Sony used to make another good model (Sony SRS-T77), but it is long discontinued"
Bang & Olufsen Earphones A8
Bang & Olufsen Earphones A8
"I found these to be the best small all-purpose headphones. Bang & Olufsen quality for under $150! Ear clips allow for use in sports (snowboarding, biking, etc.). Also great for watching movies on a plane. Very portable with a little leather carrying pouch is a nice touch."
Apple MacBook Pro MC374LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)
Apple MacBook Pro MC374LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)
"I am not huge fan of the new aluminum casing (black was much better) but this puppy is the best performing laptop I ever had. Make sure and max it with 8 Gb of RAM. 13 inch size fits perfectly in a standard hotel in-room safe, which is paramount for security reason."
Seagate FreeAgent Go 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive ST905003FGA2E1-RK (Silver)
Seagate FreeAgent Go 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive ST905003FGA2E1-RK (Silver)
"Durable, sexy looking 500 gb portable hard drive. You can have a complete copy of your hard drive (use shareware "superduper") in a drive which is just slightly larger than my iPhone. As an additional bonus - its cord USB also works with Canon G9 for laptop connection, so you only need to pack 1 cord for both devices."
Transcend JetFlash V30 - 4 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive TS4GJFV30 (Black)
Transcend JetFlash V30 - 4 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive TS4GJFV30 (Black)
"These are great for sharing large files. Get a bunch of cheap ones as you will be giving them away. 4GB seems to be the "sweet spot" of price / capacity at the current time."
Kensington 64068F MicroSaver Notebook Lock and Security Cable (PC/Mac)
Kensington 64068F MicroSaver Notebook Lock and Security Cable (PC/Mac)
"Secure your laptop"
Etymotic Research ER20 ETY-Plugs Hearing Protection Earplugs, Standard Fit, Clear Stem with Frost Tip
Etymotic Research ER20 ETY-Plugs Hearing Protection Earplugs, Standard Fit, Clear Stem with Frost Tip
"I wish they had them in black ..."
Victorinox Swiss Army Climber II Pocket Knife
Victorinox Swiss Army Climber II Pocket Knife
"It will be confiscated if you try to bring it aboard the plane, but if you check your luggage (I don't)  - it is an essential travel tool."
Leatherman 830040  New Wave Multi-Tool with Nylon Sheath
Leatherman 830040 New Wave Multi-Tool with Nylon Sheath
"A toolbox in one tool. Again will get confiscated if you try to bring it aboard of a plane. Get one with nylon sheath - leather one is too heavy."
Super-Bright 9 LED Heavy-Duty Compact Aluminum Flashlight - Jet Black
Super-Bright 9 LED Heavy-Duty Compact Aluminum Flashlight - Jet Black
"LED flashlights are small, light and cheap. And the battery lasts for a very long time. Don't leave home without one."
Tumi Townhouse Esmond Medium Satchel
Tumi Townhouse Esmond Medium Satchel
"Tumi makes the best luggage. Period. This is the best satshel for a carry-on. See other Tumi luggage pieces here or on Tumi web site. It will last you forever and always look like new and at the same time generic enough which makes it less likely to be stolen."
Master Lock 4684T TSA-Accepted Lock Assorted Colors, 2-Pack
Master Lock 4684T TSA-Accepted Lock Assorted Colors, 2-Pack
"I personally use Tumi combination locks (which do come in black) but they don't sell them on Amazon. Make sure and get TSA-Accepted lock or they will break your lock to inspect your luggage if checked on a plane"
Travelon RFID Blocking Passport Case
Travelon RFID Blocking Passport Case
"In some countries you don't want to advertise the country of your citizenship, so this one makes a nice cover. Protecting your RFID info is an added bonus. Update: RFID protecting metal shield sets off airport metal detector. Update: Tumi has a very nice passport case made of ballistic nylon, but it doesn't have RFID block"
Samsonite Double-Pocket Money Belt
Samsonite Double-Pocket Money Belt
"Don't get robbed while traveling. 'Nuff said"
Sea to Summit Tek Towel
Sea to Summit Tek Towel
"Great travel towel - dries fast, compact  and lightweight"
Dritz Folding Scissors for Sewing
Dritz Folding Scissors for Sewing
"I never had problems with TSA security bringing these with me on a plane in my carryon laggage."
Native Eyewear Hardtop XP Sunglasses
Native Eyewear Hardtop XP Sunglasses
"Super nice sunglasses, high quality, light and durable and come with 4 sets of interchangeable lenses and another set of temple pieces with build in cord, making them perfect for all occasions including extreme sports. 100% UV protection. As a bonus they don't look like "sports glasses" or as "expensive glasses" so they are not as likely to get stolen. I obviously have a pair with black frames."
Larabar Gluten Free Fruit & Nut Food Bar, Cherry Pie, 16 - 1.7 Ounce Bars
Larabar Gluten Free Fruit & Nut Food Bar, Cherry Pie, 16 - 1.7 Ounce Bars
"Food!! Pure and delicious snack in a small package. This brand has only few all-natural ingredients with no additives. Many flavors are good, banana is by far my favorite, but Cherry Pie is also very good."
Burt's Bees - Beeswax Lip Balm Tube, .15 oz sticks
Burt's Bees - Beeswax Lip Balm Tube, .15 oz sticks
"This company makes the best products. Get the "LifeGuard's Choice" Lip balm for maximum Sun protection - just remember it will come out white."
Hefty Slider Storage Bags, Quart, 40 Count (Pack of 9)
Hefty Slider Storage Bags, Quart, 40 Count (Pack of 9)
"Million uses - I get them in different sizes: quarts are "legal airplane in-cabin" size, so make sure to pack extras. 2 1/2 -gallon huge ones are great for clothes and other stuff. I found that this brand (Hefty) is particularly nice - strong bags and "one-zip" makes them easy to open and close."
3M 2 Piece Miniature Travel Duct Tape Roll, 53" Length x 2" Width (Pack of 2)
3M 2 Piece Miniature Travel Duct Tape Roll, 53" Length x 2" Width (Pack of 2)
"Trust me - you will need it. Pack both rolls just in case you loose one or need extra. A tube of some variety of "Crazy Glue" is also nice to have."
Sharpie Twin Tip Fine Point and Ultra Fine Point Permanent Markers, 1 Black Marker(32101PP)
Sharpie Twin Tip Fine Point and Ultra Fine Point Permanent Markers, 1 Black Marker(32101PP)
"Another nice to have item - permanent ink, great for writing on any surface. Get several or a multi-pack"
Wet Ones Citrus Antibacterial Hand  Wipes Travel Pack, 15-Count
Wet Ones Citrus Antibacterial Hand Wipes Travel Pack, 15-Count
"Antibacterial Hands & Face Wipes - a must have especially considering the swine flu epidemic."
Equinox Monarch Ultralite Tripper
Equinox Monarch Ultralite Tripper
"This non-padded pouch with multiple pockets is great for all of your small technology essentials - spare batteries, flash cards, small cords, adaptors and the like. Weights close to nothing and mesh zippered pockets allow to easily see and find the items. I have one in different pocket combination and obviously in black color, but it is not sold on Amazon"
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