4 travel accessories you might already have

There never seems to be a shortage of gear to bring along when traveling. Those who travel frequently have gear set aside, bought especially for travel, ready to go at a moment’s notice. They know they have what they need to be on the road and it might be eternally packed, ready to go when needed. Those who don’t travel as much often find it hard to justify buying gear just for traveling. Some new products now available can work both at home and on the road. Buying well-made, quality products that serve you well both at home and on the road can add up to big savings quickly. Take a look at these 4 travel accessories you might already have.

Belkin Mini-Surge Protector with USB Charger– This one is a must-have for anyone who travels with electronics. Hotel rooms and airport terminals never seem to have enough power outlets to charge all the devices today’s traveler brings along. Now you can add outlets and peace of mind on business trips and vacations with the Belkin Mini Surge Protector. This new design features three AC outlets and two powered USB outlets, perfect to charge backup power supplies, cell phones and other electronic devices. $24.99

Downy Wrinkle-Releaser– No matter how carefully I pack, it seems that things come out of my luggage wrinkled. Well they did. Now, with Downy Wrinkle Releaser that is not a problem anymore. Just spray, tug, and smooth any time you need to quickly reduce wrinkles without the hassle of an iron. Downy Wrinkle Releaser is an easy-to-use spray that smoothes out wrinkles iand leaves clothes with a light fresh scent. Its formula relaxes fibers to help release wrinkles. At home, a spray then a quick run in the dryer works good too. $2.25

Eat Smart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale– If you have ever been on a real lifestyle/diet/health plan (as opposed to fad diet) you know how important weighing things you eat is. Going on the road almost always meant leaving the scales behind. Bulky, heavy kitchen scales took up a lot of space, were difficult to fit in luggage and a prime candidate for breakage. The new Eat Smart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale is the answer. The small size of the fully-functional digital scale fits in any luggage and is easy to use. $25.00

KIND Fruit and Nut Bars– KIND is a brand of all natural whole nut and fruit bars made from ingredients you can see and pronounce. I have become helplessly addicted to these things and often spend more at the grocery on them than anything else. But that’s a good thing. Each delicious (and I don’t throw that word around often) full-size bar is about 200 calories and serves well as a meal on the road or at home. $1.99

While we’re on the topic of stuff to take along with you there are a couple of good web sites that have just about every travel-size thing one could imagine, and then some. AllTravelSizes.com has everything from hair care products to a special stay-fresh condom case (doubles as handy way to tote breath mints) featuring durable hinges for heavy users. Budget-minded buyers will like the selection at CheapTravelSizes.com which includes the standard menu of TSA-sized liquids plus some one-of-a-kind items like an emergency travel poncho ($.99) or a who-cares-if-I-lose-it travel alarm clock ($1.96).


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