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Top 10 travel aids

Frequent travellers know that journeys and Murphy’s law go hand in hand. To iron out unlikely glitches, here are some accessories picked by Sushmita Choudhury.

Sushmita Choudhury | Print Edition: December 11, 2008

Noise-reducing headphones
Nosy co-passengers, the hum of conversation and the roar of the engine to boot …relaxation is often the one thing that eludes you while travelling. These headphones should go a long way in muffling background sounds. Take your pick from big brands such as Sony’s MDR-NC22, Philips’ SHN 9500, Bose’s Quiet Comfort 3, or the cheaper but less effective Chinese ones.
Price» Rs 250 to Rs 25,000

Laptop+Overnighter
These dual purpose bags eliminate the need for a separate case for clothes for short trips. Plus, you can be ready for emergencies like cancelled flights. Some great options are the Targus Travel Overnighter, TravelPro’s Wall Street VIP and Tom Bihn’s Western Flier.
Price» Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,200

 

Luggage locator
This gadget helps locate your bag within a 60-ft radius. A series of beeps and flashes set off by a remote small enough to attach to a keychain does the trick. Multiple receivers can also be programmed, allowing you to locate several bags at once.
Price» Rs 900 to Rs 1,400

 

Travel medical kit
Throwing some medicines in a pouch can’t compare with the comprehensive array—splinter remover and moleskin in addition to bandages and pills— offered by the likes of Adventure Medical Kits and Magellan’s Go Travel Kit. It takes less space too.
Price» Rs 500 to Rs 1,500

 

Inflatable hangers
This is one of those relatively new additions to travel stores that make one ask why didn’t anyone think of them before. Rolled up they take up less space than a wallet.
Price» Rs 150 to Rs 350 a pair

 

 

Video glasses
Create your own private movie theatre, of 38-80-inch screens, on the go by linking these glasses to your iPod, DVD player or gaming system. The Myvu Crystal is the lightest, the i-glasses Video has the highest resolution and the Vuzix VR920 is 3D.
Price» Rs 6,000 to Rs 50,000



Wireless charger
Available in various brands, like Cellboost, Power Monkey or Voxred, they recharge your dying cell phone, or iPod or digicam, when there is no power source. Some are solar-powered, but most use AA batteries.
Price» Rs 500 to Rs 5,400



Neck pillows
These pillows prevent your head from lolling about as you snooze. If you want an inflatable version, you’ll have to make do with PVC, but fabric cushions too are available. If you don’t like the Chinese options, pick from brands like Eagle Creek or IMAK.
Price» Rs 350 to Rs 4,000

 


Steripen
Purify water with UV rays in three steps: turn it on, wait for the light to shine and watch as the timer ticks to zero on the LCD screen. It also tastes better than the tabletpurified water.
Price» Rs 5,600

 


Back cushion
You can ask for the flat airline pillow, but nothing can beat the 1st Class Sleeper. It needs 11 breaths to inflate and once placed against the seat, it supports your spine perfectly. It also folds down to the size of a bottle.
Price» Rs 1,400

Hot Deals
Interesting packages to look out for
 

Country Inn & Suites, Jaipur
Cost:
Rs 12,555 per couple
Contact: 1800-1800-456
The two-day package includes an overnight stay in a deluxe room, return transfer from the airport, a half-day sightseeing tour of the city, a bottle of scotch on arrival, a meal for two in one of the hotel’s F&B outlets, a 20% discount on hotel services and a Rs 600 voucher for the in-house spa. The same package for an executive suite will cost Rs 15,555. Offer valid till April 2009.

Holiday Inn
Mobor Beach, Goa
Cost:
Rs 32,999 per couple
Contact: 0832-2871303/09
The three-night package includes stay in a garden-view room, airport or railway station transfers, a bottle of Goan wine on arrival, all meals, one half-day sightseeing tour of Goa followed by a boat cruise, a 20% discount on massages at The Spa Villa. Taxes are included. Offer valid till 21 December.

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