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Editors' Picks: Travel Gear

Via staffers talk about their favorite gadgets to take along on the road. 


Canon EOS 300D camera, image
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A good camera can help you capture those special travel moments.

I love my iPod ( Great music is essential for a great road trip. —Miriam Wild-Smith, intern

Laguiole pocketknife: One blade and a corkscrew ( Dan Warrick, senior editor

A few small cotton bags are a handy way to pack things separately. That way I always know what to reach for, whether I want some socks or the phone charger. Eric Smillie, contributing editor

I like a GPS unit with up-to-date maps. I have a small device that comes in handy even on rural roads. —Megan Ma, intern

My Solumbra sun hat ( Its style is a cross between funky and dowdy, but the big brim covers me well and helps with overheating on the trail, too. Leslie Endicott, senior editor

I carry an onyx keychain that I purchased in Denmark. Onyx is supposed to be the lucky stone for travelers, so I imagine it keeps me safe on my journeys. —Matthew Craggs, Events editor

Carmex lip balm ( I never travel without it. Christopher Hall, writer

Any camera, especially digital single lens reflex. I even take shots of memorable meals (sans people) and nicer hotel rooms. Children, dogs, and cats are always photogenic. —Tannie Soo Hoo, publication coordinator

I like to pack my bedroom slippers for every trip: I slip them on and feel like I’m at home no matter where I am. And now I travel with Trader Joe’s melatonin (, in case the slippers don’t do the trick. Bruce Anderson, editor

My iPhone—music, directions, alarm clock, cool apps (AAA road service, tip calculator, Yelp), and Internet in one package ( Ron Evans, senior editor

Photography courtesy of Sven Storbeck/Wikipedia

This article was first published in November 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.