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Scrubba Wash Bag: For Last Minute Laundry, On the Go

Scrubba Wash Bag

There are two types of people in this world among the many different classifications: those who underpack, and those who overpack. Of course, sometimes you get it right once in a while and pack just enough, but it’s often one or the other. For those who belong to the former, there’s the Scrubba wash bag.

The Scrubba looks like a plain bag on the outside, but it’s packed with row upon row of nodules on the inside that function as an internal washboard. All you have to do is fill it up with water, detergent, and your dirty clothes and rub the Scrubba this way and that for 30 seconds to 3 minutes.

Unload and hang your stuff to dry, and you’ll have a fresh change of clothes in no time. The Scrubba is available online for $55.

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TUL Suitcase Lets You Know How Heavy Your Stuff Is as You Pack

TUL Suitcase

 

Pack light if you can, bring a portable luggage scale when you can’t. Buying extra baggage allowance in advance costs way less than adding some extra kgs at the check-in counter. If you can’t be bothered to bring a portable scale (or keep forgetting), then the TUL Suitcase is a worthwhile and smart alternative to consider.

The TUL Suitcase has a built-in weighing scale, with a display by the zipper showing you the current weight of the stuff that’s in it. The suitcase doesn’t have to be upright or closed to work, so you can check the weight as you pack–convenient and fuss-free, just the way it should be.

It’s currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of AU$229 (about $205) will get you one of your very own.

[ TUL Suitcase ] VIA [ Gear Hungry ]

Y-40 Is The World’s Deepest Pool

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Located within the 4-star Hotel Terme Millepini in Montegrotto Terme, Italy, is the world’s deepest pool. It’s called Y-40, The Deep Joy. The name refers to the Y-axis (the vertical one), and -40 meters of depth (that’s 131 feet). It’s about 5 meters deeper than the previous world’s deepest pool, the Nemo 33, in Belgium. Containing 4,300 cubic meters (151,853 cu. ft.) of spa water maintained at a constant temperature of 32-34c (around 90F), you don’t need a wet suit to dive down. And on your way to the bottom you’ll encounter four caves for technical underwater training, as well as a viewing tunnel for curious onlookers. We’re not sure about regular admission prices, but a poster on their website advertises 100 dives for 2,000€, which works out to about $25 a dive.

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Chargerito: Charge Your Phone On the Go

Chargerito

 

You’ve got your power bank for emergencies. But when there’s a socket in the area, then leave your power bank for the real emergencies and bring out the Chargerito. It’s a super small yet super functional portable charger that you can hang on your key ring along with your keys. That way, you’ll have it with you anytime, anywhere, so you can charge your devices when you need to.

The prongs fit into most standard sockets and the Chargerito has adaptors for both micro USB and Lighting-compatible devices. Another bonus feature? It even comes with a built-in bottle opener. What more can you ask for?

The Chargerito is available for pre-order for $19.

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

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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

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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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