Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to leave all the comforts of home. Take some with you to make the trip more pleasant.
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Let’s say you’re that rare breed whose car doesn’t smell like cigarette smoke, unwashed dog, last week’s fast food or the gym bag in the backseat. Passengers will still breathe better with a Schatzii AIR Ionic Car Air Purifier and Car Charger. Plug it into the cigarette lighter to minimize odors, fumes, dust, pollen and airborne contaminants, and gain two USB ports to charge devices. $50. (415) 812-8695; schatzii.com.
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Make peace in the backseat during car trips with the dual screens on the Philips Portable DVD Player PD9012M/37, powered by the car charger. Mount the matching 9-inch LCD screens to headrests with a simple strap, so passengers on both sides get equal views. Now, who picks the movie? $140. (888) 381-0749; usa.philips.com.
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More than just mapping your route, Garmin’s DriveLuxe 50LMTHD acts as an on-board navigator, alerting you to speed-limit changes, tricky interchanges, traffic updates and other safety info. Voice-activated navigation keeps your hands safely on the wheel. Customize it to display incoming texts and calls on screen. $330. (888) 237-8289; bestbuy.com.
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Can’t promise you won’t get lost, but at least you’ll know where your luggage is. Toss a LugLoc Tracker in your suitcase and turn on the tracking app, and the geo-tracking technology will use worldwide cellular networks to keep a trace on your bag wherever it travels. $70, plus monthly service plan. email@example.com; shop.lugloc.com.
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Bluesmart One is a single carry-on bag with a multitude of solutions. Easy-access pockets for electronic devices speed you through airport check-ins. Other clever built-ins include a location tracker, device charger, TSA-compliant remote locking and digital scale. You’ll have to roll it yourself, though. $449. firstname.lastname@example.org; bluesmart.com.
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Hand me a sammie
Minimize pit stops on the road by keeping snacks and drinks handy in the car. The Koolatron P20 Compact Cooler stashes neatly in tight spaces. No ice needed; it plugs into a 12-volt receptacle, and it can also be set to keep warm food warm. $140. (800) 265-8456; koolatron.com/us/en.
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Strange place, strange bed, strange noises—how’s a body supposed to get some sleep? Drift off with soothing white noise from Marpac’s Rohm portable electronic sound machine. Less than 4 inches in diameter, it packs easily, masks distracting noises wherever you go and recharges via USB cable. $35. (800) 999-6962; marpac.com.
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Rough and ready
Wherever you need to power up your mobile devices, the myCharge All Terrain portable charger can take the heat—and the cold, the dirt, the water and the roughhousing. The durability of these rugged, military-grade chargers, with both smartphone and USB ports, means you can get away from it all, but still stay in touch. $40. (248) 668-4500; mycharge.com.
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Clever you—you know “1-2-3-4” is not a safe password. But how to keep up with secure log-in info for so many accounts and devices? Let Hammacher Schlemmer’s Password Vault remember for you. The handheld, portable vault holds up to 400 passwords, usernames and PIN numbers you can access anytime—all offline, so you can’t be hacked. $50. (800) 321-1484; hammacher.com.