We're not sure how we ever managed to live without the following sensible, practical and portable products geared to our personal comfort, safety and hygiene, but now that we know about them, they'll become a necessary part of our travel gear.
Shower Shock Caffeinated Soap (thinkgeek.com/product/5a65)
Enough with those senses-deadening decaf soaps stocked by most hotels. Shower Shock has taken an otherwise standard vegetable-based glycerine soap and laced it with caffeine, for the perfect pick-me-up. Caution: Don't shower after 8 p.m. if you expect to get some shuteye.
StashCard Secret PC Compartment (stashcard.com)
Now you can hide emergency money, stamps, or anything really small and flat inside an ingeniously designed hideaway safe that slides into the card slot of your personal computer. The next time some thief breaks into your room, imagine his frustration as he pores all over your PC seeking some kind of swag, only to leave the darn machine behind in empty-handed disgust.
Swiss Army Giant Knife (wengerna.com/giant-knife-16999)
You'll be prepared for any emergency, including a global nuclear meltdown, with this handy gizmo from the folks at Wegner. Think of it as a Swiss Army Knife on steroids -- 87 implements (performing a total of 141 functions), including the usual slew of blades, nail files, pliers, corkscrews, can openers, plus an array of more offbeat tools such as a tire tread gauge, shoe spike, rivet setter, divot tool, hook disgorger, watch caseback opener, even a laser pointer, all for a cool $1,000. Handy carrying trunk sold separately.
Metrosafe 200 GII Anti-Theft Shoulder Bag (pacsafe.com/metrosafe-gii-100-anti-theft-shoulder-bag)
You'll be able to walk down the most forbidding, isolated alleyways in Pakistan all by yourself in complete confidence that your personal belongings are perfectly safe inside this veritable fortress of a shoulder bag. That's because the bag has genuine Slashproof Carrysafe shoulder straps, patented Turn & Lock strap hooks and Smart Zipper security, not to mention RFID-blocking pockets. Guaranteed to foil the same class of thieves stymied by the StashCard Secret PC Compartment mentioned above.
Banana Guard (bananaguard.com)
How often have you taken a banana along for the journey, only to find it hideously bruised from the rigors of travel just as you're ready to partake? Here's a simple solution: a sturdy carrying case molded into the shape of a standard banana. The Banana Guard is made of recyclable plastic, is BPA-free (that must mean something good) and has tiny perforations to forestall premature ripening.
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