TRAVELS WITH NINA

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GADGETS & TRAVEL ACCESSORIES: PARADISE MAG

Grid-It organiser
Eliminate dreaded bag clutter with the cleverly designed Grid-It accessory organiser. The rubberised web of elastics inside the pouch holds chargers, cords, headphones, stationary and gadgets in place, ensuring they won’t end up in a befuddling tangle. There’s also a zipped pocket at the back to hold paperwork or, depending on the size, an iPad. Comes in small, medium and large, in black and grey. From $21, cocooninnovations.com

 

Otterbox waterproof phone case
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that technology and water don’t mix. Enter the Otterbox Preserver Series waterproof phone case: snap it onto your phone and you can drop it in the ocean (it’s waterproof for two metres for 30 minutes), cover it in snow, or drench it in a tropical downpour. Internal foam cushioning keeps your phone in place, which means it’s also safe from drops and bumps, and it’s available in a variety of colours. From $76, otterbox.com

 

VinniBag inflatable travel bag
Whether you’re transporting a delicious bottle of Shiraz, a special olive oil, or toiletry items, the VinniBag inflates by mouth then surrounds your product with air chambers that protect and insulate, minimising the risk of nasty surprises when you arrive at your destination. It stores flat, rolled or folded when not in use and eliminates the need to use that extra T-shirt to protect other items in your suitcase. $42, vinnibag.com

 

Fitbit activity band
Sometimes, when you’re on the road, you really need to be reminded not to be lazy. The Fitbit Flex activity and sleep band, a slick rubber band you wear on your wrist, helps. During the day the tiny LED screen flashes up the time, steps walked, distance travelled and calories burned; during the night it tracks your sleep quality and wakes you silently in the morning. It also wirelessly connects to your computer and some smartphones via Bluetooth, and comes in snazzy colours. $138, fitbit.com

 

Samsonite digital scale
There’s nothing quite as frustrating as arriving at the airport to find your luggage is overweight and you have to pay an excess charge. Luckily, Samsonite’s digital luggage scale will help you avoid such situations. With an easy-to-see backlit LCD display, the battery-operated device is accurate, holds up to 45 kilograms and is much more convenient than hopping on the bathroom scales with your bags. $53, samsonite.com

 

UE Boom portable speaker
Perfection for music junkies on the go, this compact (18 centimetres tall, 6.5 centimetres wide), durable UE Boom portable Bluetooth speaker plays loud, crisp sound with great bass. It’s water- and stain-resistant and has up to 15 hours of battery life, making it ideal for outdoor use, and has speakerphone capabilities with iOS and Android devices. Available in a wide variety of wacky prints and colours. $210, ultimateears.com

 

Contour video camera
This cool-looking miniature HD Contour+2 video camera mounts on to surfboards, armbands, helmets, bikes, or headbands with adhesive squares and comes with waterproof housing, making it ideal for active, adventurous travellers. It’s simple to use and captures crisp footage of things that would probably be too hard to capture with a standard video camera, and can be controlled via Bluetooth-enabled iOS or Android smartphones. $445, contour.com

 

Leki trekking poles
If you’re venturing on to the Kakoda Trail of anywhere into the wilds, walking poles help you stay balanced and stable. Leki Carbon Titanium AS SL trekking poles are made from lightweight aluminium carbon, meaning they’re light and strong, with the added bonus of dense foam grips and secure wrist strap adjustments. They’re also compact, breaking down into 69-centimetre sections. $296, velovita.net.au

 

Bose headphones
There are two non-negotiables when it comes to earbuds: great sound and great comfort. Bose FreeStyle in-ear headphones tick both boxes, with deep, clear sound and a fit that’s comfortable for hours. They’re crafted from a durable, lightweight plastic and are super stylish to boot, coming in two fun colours – ice blue and indigo – and with a zippered carry case to keep them protected. $148, bose.com

 

Hibermate eye mask
The Hibermate is the Rolls Royce of eye masks. There’s a dual strap to reduce slippage during sleep and a recessed area inside so you can open your eyes if need be. The piece de resistance, however, has to be the removable ear muffs made from medical-grade silicone with sound-reducing “memory foam inserts”, which make it feel as though you’re in a dark, quiet cocoon no matter where you are. Choose between burgundy, navy, black or green. $64, hibermate.com

 

Joby tripod
Desperate to get that perfect shot but can’t quite manage to fit an entire tripod into your luggage? The Joby GorillaPod is probably for you. Its three legs bend and rotate, meaning you can use it as a conventional tripod but can also wrap it around a tree trunk, lamp-post or railing. It comes in different sizes depending on your camera and your needs, and is also great for use on uneven surfaces. From $16, joby.com

 

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