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13 Travel Products You'll Need This Winter

We can't wait to give—or get!—these useful, adorable stocking stuffers, just right for the on-the-go Budget Traveler.

  1. Afraid of losing your family photos or vacation videos? Put your mind at ease this holiday season with Transporter Sync, a device where you plug in your external hard drive to get cloud-like access to back up, share, and protect your files from any computer or mobile device.The best part? No pesky monthly fees to worry about once you buy it. filetransporter.com, $99.

    (Courtesy Transporter)
  2. Stylishly protect your most important belongings with the Q Card Case, a nifty little item that is designed to hold your precious smartphone and serve as a wallet. Cases are available now for iPhone 4, 4S, 5, and Samsung Galaxy S4, and hold up to three cards (IDs or credit cards, etc.) plus cash, all in one convenient place. cm4.com/shop, $39.

    (Courtesy CM4)
  3. When it's cold outside, scarves and neck warmers are the perfect way to stay warm and accentuate your winter-weather wardrobe. Use the Sparkle Chunky Neck Warmer by Echo, available in five fashionable colors to spruce up your outfit and beat the chill this season with style. echodesign.com, $42.

    (Courtesy Echo)
  4. Wherever you're traveling to this holiday season, the ultra lightweight Pack-It Specter Cube Set by Eagle Creek lets you bring more, no matter how big or small your bag may be. This set of three packing cubes weighs less than 2.2 oz and is made of the same stain and water-resistant fabric as lightweight backpacks and tents. shop.eaglecreek.com, $38.

    (Courtesy Eagle Creek)
  5. Winter is coming. Blazewear offers a variety of heated vests—all are made of a tough, water-resistant material and provide 1.75-4.5 hours of warmth thanks to an included rechargeable battery. Women's vests also come with a stylish detachable hood. blazewear.com, men's and women's heated vests available from $169.

    (Courtesy Blazewear)
  6. Keep yourself warm and entertained during the cold winter months with socks and mittens made for battle: choose from wolf vs. sheep mittens (a favorite of actress Anne Hathaway), whale vs. fish, frog vs. fly mittens (pictured), or  werewolf vs. zombie socks for a fun, creative way to spice up your winter wardrobe. vsstuff.com, socks from $9.99, mittens from $12.99.

    (Courtesy Hooray Hoopla LLC)
  7. Whether you're going on a long flight this holiday season or just looking to kick back with your favorite book, the new Kindle Paperwhite weighs 7.3 oz, has eight weeks of battery life, and features a new high-contrast display and built-in light, making it easy to read on a bright, sunny beach, or in the comfort of your bed at night. amazon.com, $119.

    (Courtesy Amazon Kindle)
  8. Embrace your inner child or feel a little like James Bond with this nifty little gadget, the Rubik's Cube Safe. Turn the three middle rows the right way to reveal a hidden compartment, the perfect hiding spot for your smallest, yet prized, possessions. spymuseumstore.org, $15.

    (Courtesy of spymuseumstore.org)
  9. Taking a long road trip this holiday season? Keep the kids entertained for hours with LeapPad Ultra. They'll have access to more than 800 fun and educational eBooks, games, videos, music, and apps, making this the ultimate kids' learning tablet. Designed for children ages 4-9, leapfrog.com, $149.

    (Courtesy LeapPad)
  10. Choose from three artsy designs—Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, or Digital Prism (a blend of blue, green, and yellow)—and play your favorite music wherever you go with these iPhone speakers by Echo. Use them wirelessly via Bluetooth or hook up to your iPhone with the included USB cord to charge on the go. echodesign.com, $98.

    (Courtesy Echo)
  11. Not only are these all-natural, gluten-free snacks tasty, but KIND healthy grains bars come in five new flavors: choose from peanut butter dark chocolate, vanilla blueberry, dark chocolate chunk, oats & honey, or maple pumpkin seeds. Kindsnacks.com, $28.50 for a case of 40 bars.

    (Courtesy Kind Snacks)
  12. Don't let sore feet ruin your dream vacation. Dansko's professional line of clogs offers enough support and comfort to get you through a long day of sightseeing, walking tours, and other on-your-feet-all-day travel activities. Plus, they come in black, brown, navy oiled leather, and several styles that go with just about everything. dansko.com, from $120.

    (Courtesy Dansko)
  13. Afraid of missing the big game or your favorite TV shows because you're on the road? With Slingbox 350, you can access full HD TV channels on your smartphone, tablet, Mac, PC, or another connected TV wherever there's an internet connection. slingbox.com, from $179.

    (Courtesy Slingbox )

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