Gadgets: Making travel easier


Spypoint BF-10HD Wildlife Camera
Sounding like something that spooks might use on a surveillance op, this is actually one of the best pieces of gadgetry around for capturing wildlife on video. With HD albeit only 720P as well as 10MP stills, it really comes into its own is after dark, where black flash infrared LEDs means no spooking your elusive subjects with a Cyclops red light. You’ll get close to three months on a full charge, shooting to an SD card. You can set the sensitivity of the trigger based on the wildlife you’re interested in, but let’s just hope your memory isn’t full when the skating pandas appear.£238 from

Outlier Doublebag
If it’s more packing into less luggage you’re looking for, the regime du jour is rolling. It’s compression in effect; every cubic centimetre of air you roll out, can be replaced by sock or top. Doublebag from Outlier doubles as a compression bag and a dirty laundry stash. This magic is pulled off by a double compartment, where the clean clothes all start in one side of the bag and as they’re worn, get stuffed into the other end. Both ends close with aluminium clips and the bag is made from tough 125gm Supplex nylon. $48 from

Doxie Flip Portable Scanner
Doxie has been a leader in portable scanners, usually for documents, but the Flip is something new again. Completely portable in that it’s about the size of a notebook and powered by battery, it’s been made for photos and journals, and the general miscellany of travel. You can use it as a standard scanner with your subject under the lid or flip it over and actually see what you’re scanning through the window.
$149 from

Tom Kelly

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