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Goal Zero Torch Uses Sun’s Energy to Charge Your Torch and Smartphones

Goal Zero Torch 250

If there’s one thing you’ll be happy to have during an emergency, it’s the Goal Zero Torch Solar Kit. It’s bigger than your average torch, but that’s because it includes a Nomad 7 Solar Panel that turns sunlight into usable energy. It powers up the torch and also charges up the Goal Zero’s internal lithium battery so you can charge your smartphone and other mobile devices when you’re on the go.

The best part? The Goal Zero Torch Solar Kit is both lightweight and weather-resistant so you can take it with you anywhere. It’s available for $160.

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Every Traveler Needs One: Travel Door Stop Alarm

Travel Door Stop Alarm

Traveling on a budget shouldn’t mean having to compromise your security. Unfortunately, going for the cheaper hotel sometimes means outdated locks or alarm systems. Although this isn’t always the case, it’s better to be safe than to be sorry, and that’s where this handy dandy travel door stop alarm comes in.

It’s a portable alarm that you can jam under the door for some extra security. If or when someone attempts to enter your room, it will emit a 120-db alarm to let you (and the whole building) know that there’s an intruder at the door.

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Happy? These Happiness Blankets Will Let the Crew Know

Happiness Blanket

 

Love the food being served during your flight? Annoyed at how the front passenger’s reclined seat invades your personal space? Whatever it is you’re feeling, these Happiness Blankets will let British Airways’ people know in the hopes of providing better service to every passenger that comes on board.

The Happiness Blankets are hooked up to a headband made by MyndPlay that measures its wearer’s brainwaves, which are then monitored for changes that indicate anxiety or relaxation. The fiber optics woven into the blanket then turn blue when the passenger is relaxed, and red if they’re stressed, providing flight attendants with a visual cue on the current state of the passengers. They’ve been tested on first-class passengers so far, yielding results that were quite obvious. Maybe they should spread these blankets around to those in economy and work on reducing whatever it is that’s making people see red in that seat class, don’t you think?

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Flip! Adjustable Pillow: Lean Back, Lean Forward, Lean Sideways

World’s Most Versatile Pillow

Tired of coming home from trips with a stiff neck and sore muscles all over? Maybe all you need is the right pillow, and the Flip! might just be the pillow that changes everything. It boasts of an adjustable configuration, so you can flip it, rotate it, and use it this way and that to fit your specific needs and preferred sleeping position.

It’s available online for 49.9 Euros (or about $70.)

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Snooze in Comfort: Window Travel Pillow

Window Travel Pillow

Touring and checking out new places is fun. The actual traveling part where you ride planes, trains, and buses? Not so much. A lot of people end up with stiff necks and sore muscles after sleeping (or attempting to sleep) upright for a couple of hours. Neck pillows can lessen the discomfort, but only if you lean back. What you’ll need if you want to lean forward or sideways against the window is the aptly-named Window Travel Pillow.

It’s essentially a cushy pillow with suction cups so you can stick it right on the window before leaning into it to catch a few Z’s. It’s pretty versatile, since you can just unzip to transform it into a neck pillow.

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Your Batcave Awaits: Batman-Themed Hotel Room is Awesome

Batman Hotel

This isn’t exactly built in a cave, but it will do. It’s a Batman-themed hotel room at the Eden Motel, which is located in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, and it’s filled with furnishings bearing the Dark Knight’s insignia and signature colors. A framed poster of Batman hangs on one of the walls, while the bed, headboard, side tables, chairs, and mirrors all bear the bat symbol.

Hit the break to check out more shots of the bat-tastic room!

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TravelMate: All the Cutlery You Need In a Neat Package

TravelMate

 

Eating takeout using the flimsy plastic spoon and fork that most restaurants hand out sucks, especially if they break or show signs of bending the moment you scoop or try to slice up some grub. Cutlery sets are on-the-go dining are readily available, and one particularly eye-catching and practice option is the TravelMate.

It comes with a detachable fork and a 4.87-inch blade knife with a Paperstone handle. The fork is a multi-tool in itself as well, since it’s also a bottle opener, can opener, flathead screwdriver, and grill scraper. Cut meat, slice veggies, spread butter, turn stuff over on the grill–it seems like there’s little the TravelMate can’t do.

It’s priced at ~$50.

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PackPoint Makes Packing As Simple and Easy As Possible

PackPoint

Want to know what kind of person someone is? Just look at his friends, what he eats, what he wears, how he treats others, what he spends his money on–and how he packs. For example, if he just throws stuff in at the last minute, then you can probably say he’s a reckless (and perhaps adventurous) type of guy. If he makes extensive lists and packs several days before his trip, then you can say he’s a neat and orderly guy who likes being organized.

Whichever type of person or packer you are, there’s an app called PackPoint that can help you out.

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Pibal is a Bicycle and Scooter In One

Pibal Bicycle

If you feel like cycling but have a scooter and feel like scooting but have a bike, then you should check out the Pibal. It’s a bicycle-scooter hybrid that lets you do either in one neat commuting machine. The Pibal is a product of a collaboration between French designer Philippe Starck and Peugeot, who created it for a free cycle scheme in France.

The awesome part? The first 300 of the Pibals are being manufactured and will be delivered by June to citizens, who will be able to take it out for a spin and go places for free.

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