The ul­ti­mate take­aways

Must-have ac­ces­sories and gad­gets for savvy trav­ellers

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE - SHARON FOWLER

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

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