The ultimate takeaways
Must-have accessories and gadgets for savvy travellers
PARROT ZIK 3 HEADPHONES Designer Philippe Stark has had a hand in the creation of these super-stylish wireless headphones that sound as good as they look. In addition to advanced acoustics, natty features include intuitive noise cancellation and the ability to answer calls, select songs or change volume simply by tapping the right headphone. In a range of colours; $599. More: parrot.com/au.
FLY-TOT INFLATABLE CUSHION Designed by two Californian mums, the unique Fly-Tot is an inflatable cushion that can be placed in front of an airline seat so toddlers can lie flat to sleep. It’s made from a durable material that moulds to the space so it still works when the seat in front is reclined. The Fly-Tot can be inflated in less than three minutes and deflated in seconds; $120. More: flytot.com.au.
ELEMENTCASE BLACK OPS iPHONE CASE Covert types might take a shine to this rugged iPhone case made from hi-tech materials including aircraft-grade aluminium with an anodised coating. It’s lightweight with integrated buttons, has a quick lock system and pocket clip attachment and is tough enough to meet military-specified drop-test requirements. In black (of course); $249.95. More: elementcase.com. KAKKOII WOW SPLASH SPEAKER With a waterproof and durable silicone coating, WOW Splash speakers provide the perfect sound system for long summer days. The wireless and lightweight speakers stream music from smartphones, tablets and other Bluetoothenabled devices for up to five hours and are available in five vivid colours; $99.95. More: until.com.au.
GARMIN APPROACH X40 GOLF WATCH Swing into summer with this handy golf watch from Garmin, preloaded with more than 40,000 international courses. The GPS measures distances across the green and alerts golfers to hazards such as lakes and bunkers. There’s daily activity tracking and you can even use it to keep score. Available in four colour combinations; $389. More: garmin.com/en-au.
BLUESMART CABIN SUITCASE This streamlined carry-on case packs a few surprises. It’s the world’s first suitcase that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth technology and features include a remote locking system, proximity sensors, and trip and location tracking (10 free searches). There’s also a built-in digital scale and two USB ports. Charge the case before heading off to recharge your devices on the road; $599. More: strandbags.com.au. HOMECAMP X MARKET LANE CAMP COFFEE KIT Homecamp has teamed with Melbourne’s Market Lane Coffee to create this nifty kit that’s ideal for coffee-lovers planning to head off the beaten track. It includes a Porlex coffee grinder, Aeropress coffee maker and filters, digital scales and an enamel cup, all fitted in a durable, waxed canvas pouch with brass and leather trims. Free shipping Australia-wide; $250. More: homecamp.com.au.
SKYHAWK 9600 BINOCULARS These sleek binoculars combine powerful magnification with added extras for crisp and clear long-distance viewing. The binoculars are lightweight, easy to manoeuvre and have 45-degree angled eyepieces designed to reduce eye strain. A professional tripod with swivel wheel-set is included, plus a smartphone adaptor allows you to record viewed images; $3499. More: montitoys.com. THIS IS GROUND MOD TABLET 3 Handcrafted in the US, the updated version of this zipped leather carryall is perfectly sized to hold a tablet or e-book reader, and other essentials such as mobile phone, pens, spectacles, notebook and small cables. The customisable design uses a magnetic spine that allows interchangeable inserts (Bookish, Executive) to be added in a jiffy; $480. More: gallantoro.com.au. EXTENDIBLE BACK SCRATCHER Travelling solo? This quirky accessory will ensure you’re never left with an itch in a hard-toreach spot. The grip handle extends to more than 55cm and comes in a range of colours. Once you’re done, pack it neatly away and pop in handbag or suitcase. $9.95. More: groovygadgetsonline.com.au.
NAVMAN MYESCAPE IV Navman’s newly released Myescape IV GPS unit has plenty of useful inclusions such as Lonely Planet travel guides, the Zomato restaurant guide, livetraffic notification and off-road maps to paths less travelled. There’s also special guidance for 4WDs and towing vehicles including spoken driver alerts plus a generous screen size. Buy by January 31 to receive a free international map; $399. More: navman.com.au.
MOOCHIES KIDS PHONE WATCH The clever gadget lets kids make and receive calls to approved preset numbers and has a SOS button to send alerts to parents’ phones with the child’s location and a 15-second sound recording. The latest range featured new colours and improved GPS tracking plus touchscreen interface, alarm clock and pedometer; $139.99. More: moochiesforkids.com.au.
GOAL ZERO FLIP 30 RECHARGER Travel with a smartphone or iPad and a portable charger is a must. This compact and colourful version allows for multiple charges on small devices and it has two clever recharge options, either via the in-built USB that flips open so no cord is needed or via Goal Zero portable solar panels; $99. More: goalzero.com.au