Travel Gear: Taking the puff out of pedalling, wrinkle-free packing and scratching off the bucket li

Taking the puff out of pedalling, wrinkle-free packing and scratching off the bucket list

 

Urban Arrow Electric Cargo Bike
The Dutch get a lot of credit for redefining what a bike can do or carry, thanks to their cargo bikes. Now Amsterdam-based Urban Arrow has moved the goal posts again with its electric cargo bike. Marrying a Bosch eBike System to one of its hard-working models creates a bike capable of hauling 110kg in the front box and a possible top speed of up to 25kmh (about 16mph old school). And you can accessorise it with various covers or an extra bench if you’re doing a big school run. So you can enjoy the freedom of taking to your bike, while taking some heat out of climbing those hills. €3,899 from greenaer.ie

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Steamfast Travel Iron
If you’ve been following the trends with regard to packing , you’ll know “bundling” is the next big thing for maximising your capacity while minimising the creasing. Or you can just cram it all in and reach for the world’s smallest steam iron at the other end. Ultra-compact, it’s supposed to heat up in just 15 seconds has a travel-friendly dual voltage option. The base is non-stick, with variable temperature settings and a little travel bag. $30 from steamfast.com

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Adventure Map
Scratchable maps have been a popular gift for a while, where you scratch off the foil as you bag new countries. This is their adventurous offspring when crossed with a bucket list of deeds to be done. It comes with a booklet of over 300 must-do (or must avoid) experiences, from adrenaline junkies to memory makers. So you might opt out of the Polar Circle marathon in Greenland but enjoy a sampling tour of the world’s oldest brewery in Bavaria. €35 from designist.ie

Tom Kelly @tomtomkelly

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