For a trip to Charlottesville, you’ll need a cute yet functional overnight bag. The journey isn’t so far and long to need an over-the-top suitcase, and totes like this can be stylish, functional and easy to carry. Something light that matches your earthy surroundings should look right and fit all of the clothes you’ll need for wining, dining, beer-ing and listening to tunes all over the Monticello and Blue Ridge Wine Trails.
What if you need to make an emergency call when you’re hiking and your cell phone doesn’t work? The SpareOne Mobile Phone is the answer. Without a SIM card, this AA battery-powered phone has an emergency dialer and can be geo-located in an emergency. It comes in a waterproof bag that ensures a functioning communication device no matter what happens. The LED Torchlight on top provides you up to 24 hours of continuous light.
SpareOne Mobile Phone; spareone.com; $99.99
By Ryan Cornell
When you’re poolside, dropping a call usually means a trip to the electronics store for a new phone … unless it’s protected inside a LifeProof iPhone Case. The cases are submersible up to 6.6 feet and come with a 90-day warranty. So you can fish it out, towel it off and forget about the rice.
Radio Shack, $79.99, lifeproof.com
By Ryan Cornell
It’s common knowledge that helmets save lives. The newest safety device by ICEdot takes this lesson one step further. Lone bicyclists who attach the sensor to their helmet and install the device’s smart phone app can pedal assured knowing that their GPS location and crash severity will be automatically sent to emergency contacts in the event of a critical impact.
ICEdot Crash Sensor, icedot.org, Price not yet announced.
By Katie Kreiger
Walking or hiking long distances? Pack light with the Airtech Backpack. The bag has multiple compartments designed to hold your belongings with built-in air cushion technology. You’ll be able to pack your laptop and heavy items without feeling as much weight on your back, allowing you to walk more comfortably.
The AirTech Backpack, airbac.com, $89.99.
This portable digital alarm clock eliminates that uncertain feeling that arises when you’re traveling and find yourself going to sleep in a place that doesn’t have an alarm clock. No need to worry about oversleeping or being late again! This plastic, sturdy clock gets the job done. A simple tap on the screen illuminates the backlight. The clock also features the temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius scales. / $24.95; www.llbean.com
By Cherise Fantus
Add a little color to your trip with this brightly colored passport cover and I.D. tag. The durable I.D. tags will help your luggage stand out on the carousel, and the passport cover will help you stand out in the crowd.
Passport Cover and I.D. Tag in Aero Dot design, tepperjacksononline.com, $50.
By Lindsay Palmer
Invest in a traveler’s wallet or money belt to keep your money and passport safe if you are taking a trip overseas. There are few travel hassles worse than realizing your wallet has been stolen, losing all your identification, cash and cards, and having to find the United States embassy where ever you are traveling to explain why you don’t have a passport anymore. Think ahead and eliminate that chance. With this super incognito money belt from Magellan’s, you don’t even have to worry about your traveling wallet making you look like a tourist!
Secret Leather Money Belt, Magellan’s, $32.00.
Instead of traveling with the same old boring duffel bag like the rest of your fellow travelers, why not spice life up with the Loquita ‘Priority – Large’ Duffel. The bag is stylish and sleek enough to make any traveler stand out, while subtle enough to be used through all seasons and locales.
The bag is available at Nordstrom for $245.