Friday 21 November 2014

Summer 2013: Top travel gadgets

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Thule is the market leader in car storage and this slick and stylish, aerodynamic roof box is its flagship, top-of-the-range model. The elegant piece of kit has a capacity of 470l, seriously boosting the amount of gear you can take on drives. €935 (estimate)
Saris Bones 3-Bike Rack A simple, rear-mounted bike rack with a bright, funky design that comes in a range of colours. It is designed to fit the majority of vehicles and be compatible with most bikes, which are stabilised with integrated ratchet straps. The arc-based design fits over most spoilers and separates the bikes on different levels. €150 (approx)
Mio Cyclo 300 Europe A simple, user-friendly, bicycle navigation device that also keeps track of your performance. The integrated car-navigation mode can even give you turn-by-turn directions to the nearest, or starting point, of a selected bicycle route This particular model includes maps for all of western Europe making it a must-have gadget for summer touring. €348 (approx)
Garmin Nuvi 52LM An entry-level model from a well trusted brand for in-car GPS. The 5in display shows your driving speed, speed limits and arrival time and the innovative lane-assist function with junction view indicates the proper lane for a turn or exit. It can also be loaded up with a wide range of extra maps. €139 (approx)
A handy, compact, yet ultra-bright torch that can be tucked away in the glove compartment in case of emergency. It is weather-resistant, with durable aluminium casing and weighs in at just 144g. €29 (approx)
Coleman LED Flashlight A handy, compact, yet ultra-bright torch that can be tucked away in the glove compartment in case of emergency. It is weather-resistant, with durable aluminium casing and weighs in at just 144g. €26 (approx)
Lifeventure Thermal Mug A high-quality, stainless steel thermal mug, ideal for camping, or sipping coffee on the road. Designed to be the same size as a large cup of tea, the vacuum insulated mug has as screw-on lid that should make sure that you don't spill your hot drink. €11 (approx)
Campingaz Powerbox Designed for longer camping or road trips, this coolbox can be used as a chest-style cooler or an upright fridge. It can be hooked up to the car battery or a mains connection, has a 36l capacity and when upright can store three 1.5l bottles vertically. €82 (approx)
Worldwide Travel Adaptor It may not be the most glamorous piece of kit, but it's certainly one of the most useful things to have with you on a trip abroad. This adaptor also features twin USB sockets; perfect for keeping all your gadgets in action. €20 (approx)
Rice Food Containers Perfect for picnics or lunch on the road, these eye-catching, stylish block-colour food containers stack together with a cleverly designed carrier strap that clips to all three. They're also very robust and easy to clean. €10.00 (approx)

If you're planning a car or bike journey of any duration this summer, make sure you enjoy the ride with these picks.

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