Travel gear: good to go

A camper van for your car boot, an app to pack and the laptop to take behind enemy lines

Sat, Apr 26, 2014, 01:00

Swiss RoomBox
The same Swiss efficiency that squeezed a toolbox into a penknife has compressed a camper van into a box you can stick in the back of your hatchback or estate. RoomBox is a cunning modular camping system that includes a dining table for four, a double bed, a gas hob and a sink-cum-shower with hot water. It even comes with its own Swiss Army penknife. Not that you’ll need it: the RoomBox assembles in minutes – without tools. From €1,645 (without sink or hob) to €5,810, excluding taxes; see

For some people the attraction of travel is eroded by a near pathological fear of the final packing. Days of mulling become hours of fretting with the carry-on. The PackPoint app asks a few basic questions – gender, destination, purpose of trip, activities – and suggests a customisable list, taking in factors like the weather and covering everything from clothes to shoe polish to electronics. Co-ordinating colours is up to you, and it’s available only for Android for now.
Free from Google Play

Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme Laptop
If you’re travelling tough, Dell’s Rugged Extreme range of Latitude laptops may be your safest companions. Specced for use by military and emergency services, they’re built to take a beating with impact-resistant casing around a magnesium alloy body, which can withstand a drop of almost 2m. The Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme has a flipover touchscreen, a sealed keyboard, a full HD webcam and – for proper spooks – adaptable backlighting for covert use in total darkness.
Available mid May, from $ 3,649; see

Tom Kelly

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