Gadgets For Travelers

VIA readers discuss those travel items they never leave home without.

Gadgets to Go, illus. by Michael Klein

Flashlight, check. Swiss Army knife, of course. But what other travel gizmos do VIA readers swear by?

"Duct tape," writes Christian Lepley of San Francisco. "It can fix a hole in your jacket or a broken camera strap."

"A minifridge," says Patricia Kabrich of Las Vegas. "It plugs into my car’s cigarette lighter and keeps my sodas and snacks cold."

"An over-the-door hook will come to the rescue when there’s no place to hang your robe," says Natalie Barrios of Sheridan, Ore.

"A pair of opera glasses," suggests Sandie Locke-Paddon of Corralitos, Calif. "Use them for bird- and people-watching."

"My sound machine," writes Amalie Border of Belgrade, Mont. "It shuts out noises and lulls me to sleep."

How do you beat jet lag? Email us at If we quote from your letter in a future issue, we’ll send you $50 and a VIA T-shirt.

Illustration by Michael Klein

This article was first published in May 2007. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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