Online Resource Guide: Gadgets, Gear and Travel Tech

A growing list of useful websites we love


Travel uses for your Blackberry, Palm Treo and PDA
Mobile.orbitz.com Lists hotels in 20 U.S. cities that have vacancies for that very night
Google.com/gmm The downloadable application of Google Maps is nearly identical tp the version you've already used on a desktop
Mobile.flightstats.com Get estimates of how long an airport's secuirty line will be
Beiks.com Beiks sells downloadable dictionaries and phrase books for 26 languages
Weather.com/mobile The Weather Channel's service is the quickest and easiest way to get extended forecasts for 98,000 locations
Zagat.com Zagat to Go contains the same restaurant, hotel, and nightlife reviews as those offered in its books
Palmarysoft.com One of the best world-clock programs available for download
Telenav.com Get GPS capability on your PDA

Bags fashioned from scrap materials
Vyandelle.com Vy and Elle
Alchemygoods.com Alchemy Goods
Globalgoodspartners.org Friends-International
Wornagain.co.uk Worn Again
Demano.net Demano
Target.com Terracycle

Camera Mounts
Joby.com Joby Gorillapod has twitable legs to wrap around objects.
Compact-impact.com This bottle-top camera mount fits sungly over the cap of a water or soda bottle
Xshotpix.com When fully extended, the XShot is an impressive 37 inches long
Thepod.ca The Pod is a small beanbag with a camera mounting screw
Rtsphoto.com The Chestpod is designed to make it possible to hold a still or video camera for long periods without your arm getting tired
Quikpod.com With the 18-inch-long Quick Pod Pro+, you can take a self-portrait with enough background in the shot to tell where you are

flickr.com/cameras The photo-sharing website Flickr has introduced Camera Finder, a feature that can help you buy a new camera by showing pix taken with various models
Kropla.com International phone and electronics guide and listings

Golf Gear
Golfclubsaway.com A rental service that delivers golf clubs to a hotel or golf course in certain Florida cities.

Creative Travel Gear
Irvs.com Each pocket-size Travelon toiletry packet contains 50 wafer-thin sheets that turn into soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving foam, or laundry detergent when you add water.
Reef.com Reef's sandals have a compartment in each heel so you can store your ID, money, and keys while you're at the pool or the beach.
Airweardesigns.com Airports Designer Jason Solarek's Air Wear bags depict the codes, latitudes, and cities for 40 airports.
Randmcnally.com Not only can Rand McNally's microfiber maps help you find your way in more than 20 U.S. cities, they also double as napkins and as cloths for cleaning your glasses.
Caribbean-sol.com Sunscreen chemicals are bad for coral reefs. Caribbean Solutions' sunblocks use biodegradable ingredients.
Knockknock.biz Even the most obsessive packer will have a hard time finding something missing from this master list.
Guyotdesigns.com Squish these Guyot Designs bowls to fit them into a suitcase, and they'll spring back into shape.
Kenakai.com Made of a suede-like material, this 2-by-2-foot bandana absorbs nearly a cup of water
Eye.fi The Eye-Fi is the first wireless memory card for digital cameras.
Surroundxi.com SurroundXi, a speaker system by RAPHA International, is encased in a seven-inch-long aluminum tube that fits easily in a beach bag.

Travel Clothing
Exofficio.com Shop for travel clothing, including Buzz Off insect repellent apparel

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