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  • Brookstone's Lighted Eyeglasses

    There is nothing quite like visiting new places, but actually getting there &#133 well, that's often not so enjoyable. <a href="http://www.smartertravel.com/" target="external">SmarterTravel</a> has sorted through the slew of indispensible travel gadgets out there and highlighted the best of the best under $30.</p> <p> <strong>Lighted Eyeglasses:</strong> Sleeker and sturdier than many cheaper alternatives, Brookstone's <a href="http://www.brookstone.com/sl/product/24936-lighted-eyeglasses.html" target="external">Lighted Eyeglasses</a> shine a light directly where your eyes are pointed. No more rearranging that annoying clip-on book light. The glasses provide more than 30 hours of light and are available with or without magnification. <strong>Price:</strong> $29.95
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  • TravelSox Compression Socks

    <strong>TravelSox Compression Socks:</strong> There's nothing comfortable about the distinct lack of legroom in coach class these days. But while we can't do much about the seat pitch on most commercial flights, we can point out the benefits of <a href="http://www.magellans.com/store/Health___Hygiene___DVT_PreventionSK431?Args=" target="external"> TravelSox</a>. These "gradual compression socks" stimulate blood flow and reduce the risk of swelling and fatigue brought on by sitting in cramped conditions. <a href="http://www.smartertravel.com/" target="external">SmarterTravel</a> says "they're comfortable, discreet, and a good defense against Deep Vein Thrombosis." <strong>Price:</strong> $29.85
    TravelSox
  • The Travel Slanket

    <strong>The Travel Slanket:</strong> Let's face it: The airlines aren't exactly focused on providing creature comforts to those of us crammed into coach. And those standard-issue airline blankets barely cover your feet. They're not exactly a luxury item. Enter <a href="http://www.theslanket.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=4" target="external"> the Travel Slanket</a>, a 58-inch by 66-inch fleece blanket with sleeves that's both comfy and practical. It even comes with drawstring bag to carry the whole thing with you. <strong>Price:</strong> $24.99
    TravelSlanket
  • Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale

    <strong>Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale:</strong> Indispensable in the airline fees era, <a href="http://www.balanzza.com/products/?page_id=88" target="external">the Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale</a> could save you hundreds (yes, hundreds) of dollars in <a href="http://www.smartertravel.com/blogs/today-in-travel/airline-fees-the-ultimate-guide.html?id=2623262" target="external">baggage fees</a> at the airport. Weigh your luggage before you go and again before your trip home to make sure all those gifts and souvenirs you picked up on vacation don't send your baggage costs into the next stratosphere. <strong>Price:</strong> $24.95
    Balanzza
  • Quik Pod Handheld Convertible Tripod

    <strong>Quik Pod Handheld Convertible Tripod:</strong> The <a href="http://www.quikpod.com/home.asp" target="external">Quik Pod</a> is a compact, lightweight handheld tripod that extends the reach of your arms and hands so you're not restricted to awkward close-ups when no one else is around to snap your picture or video. A built-in self-positioning mirror helps you center each shot. The whole kit fits easily into your pocket, purse, or backpack when not in use. <strong>Price:</strong> $17.37
    Quik Pod
  • TravelTow Rotating Luggage Handle

    <strong>TravelTow Rotating Luggage Handle:</strong> Tired of tripping over your own bags at the airport? Anyone with a rolling suitcase will appreciate the <a href="http://www.traveltow.com/" target="external">TravelTow Rotating Luggage Handle</a>, a strap-on adapter that coverts your bag's rigid handle into an ergonomically rotating 360-degree one. <a href="http://www.smartertravel.com/" target="external">SmarterTravel</a> likes the handle because "it's easy to use, works with just about any kind of luggage you can imagine, and at under $20 it's a small price to pay for reduced wear and tear on your arms and shoulders." <strong>Price:</strong> $16.95
    TravelTow
  • Lights Out Sleep Mask

    <strong>Lights Out Sleep Mask:</strong> What's the best way to start your trip off right after a red-eye or long international flight? Getting a good night's sleep on the plane, of course. Yes, you read that right. The form-fitting <a href="http://www.magellans.com/store/Gifts_for_Travelers___Gifts_under__25IF707?Args=" target="external">Lights Out Sleep Mask</a> is designed to encourage rapid eye movement (REM) sleep by allowing complete eye movement while blocking out even peripheral light. Night, night. <strong>Price:</strong> $10.85
    Lights Out
  • TuGo Cup Holder

    <strong>TuGo Cup Holder:</strong> It's the little things -- like, say, that steaming hot cup of coffee -- that really make a trip to the airport bearable. That is, unless you're spilling said boiling liquid all over yourself while trying to juggle your bags, your wallet and your boarding pass at the same time. Enter the <a href="http://www.goodtugo.com/" target="external">TuGo Cup Holder</a>, an invention that holds your drink snugly between the upright handles on your rolling luggage and effectively gives you a much-needed extra hand. <a href="http://www.smartertravel.com/" target="external">SmarterTravel</a> said it "makes good use of a convenient, and otherwise unused area, of your luggage. <strong>Price:</strong> $9.85
    TuGo
  • LUSH Solid Shampoo Bars

    <strong>LUSH Solid Shampoo Bars:</strong> A popular choice with the frequent travelers at <a href="http://www.smartertravel.com/" target="external">SmarterTravel</a>, <a href="http://www.lush.com/lushlife/solidshampoos.htm" target="external">LUSH Natural Solid Shampoo Bars</a> are great for getting around the 3-1-1 liquids rule. Just rub the bar onto your wet hair, lather and rinse. Voila! One bar is good for about 50 washes. <strong>Price:</strong> $9.25
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  • PicTranslator for the iPhone

    <strong>PicTranslator for the iPhone :</strong> Lost in a foreign city and don't speak (or read) the language? Not a problem. Easily the most useful travel app for iPhone users, Fotozio's <a href="http://www.pictranslator.com/" target="external">PicTranslator</a> allows you to snap a photo of any street sign or subway map and instantly get an English translation. It works with more than 15 languages. <strong>Price:</strong> $1.99
    PicTranslator for the iPhone
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