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7 Spy Gadgets That Can Improve Your Vacation

You don’t need to be Bond or Bourne to arm yourself with secret agent-worthy gadgets—they’re surprisingly helpful on vacation, too. Stash a few of these in your suitcase before your next trip.

  1. You don’t need to be Bond or Bourne to arm yourself with secret agent-worthy gadgets—they’re surprisingly helpful on vacation, too. Stash a few of these in your suitcase before your next trip.

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  2. Need to take a surreptitious shot? Or just don't want to look like a snap-happy tourist? Point and shoot photos or video with this autofocusing digital camera that's a mere one inch long and weighs half an ounce.

    (Courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
  3. Keep a discreet eye on pets, kids, and your home when you're away. This tiny, super-thin HD camera streams real-time video to your laptop, iPhone, iPad, or Android, and sends email or mobile alerts when it detects new sounds or movement. Plus, it has night vision, allows two-way talking, and you can zoom in on an area if you see something suspicious.

    (Courtesy Dropcam)
  4. What spy doesn't have a good tracking device? Slip this tiny, waterproof GPS unit into your luggage and follow its whereabouts anywhere in the U.S. via the Garmin Tracker app on your Android or iPhone.

    (Courtesy Garmin)
  5. Keep all your valuables and top-secret documents close and concealed. Each article of Scottevest clothing has multiple hidden pockets: The SeV Phoebe Dress ($50) has three, the women's SeV Chloe Hoodie ($90) has 14, the men's SeV Snap Front Shirt ($80) has six, and the Fleece 5.0 Jacket ($140) has a whopping 24—including one for an iPad.

    (Courtesy Scottevest)
  6. Stash keys or extra cash in this safe that resembles the classic puzzle. To access the secret compartment, just line up the layers the right way.

    (Courtesy Spy Museum Store)
  7. It may not be a Rolex or Omega, but this timepiece is just as tricked out as Bond's snazzy watches. The Pebble E-Paper Watch syncs with iPhones and Androids (as long as they're within 20–30 feet) and silently vibrates when you receive a call, email, or text—perfect for stealthily staying connected. Bonus: You can also listen to music and track running and cycling distances.

    (Courtesy Pebble Watches)
  8. This three-inch-tall device connects to iPhones, iPads, and Android phones via Bluetooth, and projects a laser keyboard onto any flat surface—so you can dash off dispatches without lugging a heavy laptop or fumbling with autocorrect. 

    (Courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)

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