Great travel can depend not only on where you go and how, but on what you take with you. As a columnist for the Toronto Star, I write “Gearing Up”, a weekly round-up of the best travel products on the market – everything from suitcases to luggage scales, headlamps, water purification tablet and more. I thought readers of my blog might enjoy some of my best finds…
Travel Gear to Get You There
Add one Aquatab Water Purification Tablet to any glass of questionable water, and leave it for 30 minutes. The iodine-free tab will dissolve rapidly, providing effective protection against giardia, bacteria and viruses. Safe for adults, children and pregnant women, this product is approved for treatment of drinking water by the US EPA, and used by such international aid agencies as NATO, Unicef, International Red Cross, Medecins Sans Frontieres, and Oxfam. (Important to note: these tablets have not been proven effective against the cyst cryptosporidium when in the oocyst stage of its life cycle.)
Available for $17.00 from Mountain Equipment Co-op, 400 King Street West, Toronto, 888-847-0770. For other store locations or to order, visit www.mec.ca
Not a Wrinkle in Sight
You’ll be fit to meet the queen, with not a wrinkle in sight if you’ve packed the Hamilton Beach® Travel Iron with steamer. Compact and lightweight, it features a lint brush attachment, storage bag, dual 120/240 voltage and water cup.
Available at major department stores for $29.99 or by contacting 800-267-2826.
We’ve all been on trips from hell and nobody wants to repeat the experience! Don’t Go There! The Travel Detective’s Essential Guide to the Must-Miss Places of the World by author Peter Greenberg offers a need-to-know guide to where to – and not to – go and why!
Available from www.amazon.ca for $14.56