This week we look at gizmos that help you avoid over-packing your suitcase
EVEN seasoned travellers can be overwhelmed by the desire to pack as much as possible when getting ready to go away. That?s why we end up taking far too much on holiday in our grossly over-stuffed suitcases.
These gadgets promise to help you travel lighter and more efficiently.
What could be better now summer, perhaps, is finally here?
Solio Charger [pounds]49.95
This pocket-sized solar machine charges up all manner of gadgets and can manage it in less than perfect conditions. The set comes complete with a multitude of chargers for mobiles, handheld consoles and MP3 players. One hour of sun equals about an hour of iPod- playing fun.
Digital Luggage Scales [pounds]19.99
Picture the scene: after an interminable wait you?re finally at the front of the check-in queue ? only to be hammered with an excess baggage charge because you didn?t do your homework. Avoid those embarrassing and expensive moments by using these digital scales. Just attach them to your luggage and lift to discover the worst.
Trunki Freida [pounds]34.99
People with young children will know that a couple of hours inside an airport terminal can feel like a lifetime. Beat the stress by packing this wheely wonderful case with their toys. They can pull it around themselves, then hop on when they get tired for a dad?s taxi ride.
Griffin Journi [pounds]89.99
Pumping digital music directly into your ear is perfectly acceptable when you?re in transit, but sometimes it?s better to share your tunes with others. This is the perfect partner, offering powerful sound output and a nifty remote control so you don?t have to shift from your horizontal position to make adjustments.
FLIP Video Camera [pounds]99.95
Why pack an ultraexpensive moviemaking machine when this palmsized gadget will do just as good a job at capturing those holiday shenanigans? With 2GB of on-board memory you can take up to an hour of crisp video footage before flipping out the USB plug for supereasy downloading.
Five Litre Waterproof Bag [pounds]9.99
This is the smallest of the 100 per cent waterproof bags, perfect for stashing all your goods and keeping them safe from that destroyer of electronic equipment. .. water! These bags will also keep your stuff safe from sand and they look pretty good to boot.