Must-have summer travel gadgets

The weather is finally heating up and it's time to prepare for fun in the sun. Here is a list of must-have gadgets to make the most of your summer travel plans.

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    Pack Tap The Pack Tap is a simple, lightweight way to carry wine, water, or any other liquid in bulk. It is available in 4 sizes (2, 4, 6 and 10 liters) and includes a tough reusable Mylar bladder. It is perfect for outdoor festivals, concerts, and picnics, where glass is prohibited. The Pack Tap makes hauling the beverage for your band of buddies a breeze. $19.95-34.95. Click here for local retailers. 
    Sea to Summit
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    Stowaway Pack  The Stowaway Pack is must bring along for fun in the sun. "Stowaway" because is starts off in a very small virtually weightless pouch which is great for throwing in your luggage but then opens up into a full size innovatively designed backpack for your summer needs. Whether hiking in the Hollywood hills, running through the streets of Rome or sending your kid to summer camp-this pack fits the bill. An added bonus: the bag is made from 100% recycled materials, so it's good for the planet and your luggage. $49.95 available at ebags.com and Brookstone.com
    Packing Genius
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    Beach-Proof Speaker Case

    Perfect for adding to the atmosphere at the beach, barbecues or at summer parties, Go Travel’s new Speaker Case can be used together with any MP3 player or smart phone, offering outstanding music quality and clarity. The case has a transparent rear window that allows you to access touch screens whilst keeping your device safely zipped inside the case or a clever integrated stand that creates a mobile music station.      $29.95 available from Go Travel
    Go Travel
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    Dry iPad Keep your iPad or tablet computer dry whilst on holiday this summer. Perfect for the beach or pool, Go Travel’s Dry iPad offers waterproof protection to a depth of 1metre thanks to a secure roll-top closure. The flexible and transparent material means that you can continue to use the device whilst safely inside the pouch and an integrated earphone jack allows you to listen to music, movies or games. $19.95 available at Pack Your Bags travel store
    Go Travel
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    Shantung Small Brim Fedora  A new ‘fabric’ in the proven small brim fedora style. “Shantung straw” is a very durable paper product – made from pulp derived from rice stalks after harvest. This smooth, durable, pliable Hat both wears and travels well. The hat is also certified UPF 50+, so you can stay in the sun as long as you want. $99 from tilley.com
    Tilley Hats
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    Psi Bands These Psi Bands (pronounced “sigh” bands, for the relief they provide) use acupressure points to reduce chemical-free motion sickness for long car or boat trips. $20 from psibands.com
    Psi Bands
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    Folding Backpack  The foldable backpack from Travelpro is great for roadtrips. The compact pouch converts to a full-size backpack (21” x 11”) and includes a clip that attaches to a belt loop or purse for convenience. $20.00 - available early June from Travelpro
    Travelpro
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    Stay Dry Bag  The Stay Dry bag is a clear vinyl waterproof bag for cameras, cell phones, mp3 players, etc.  It comes with an attached neck cord so you can bring it wherever summer fun takes you. $6.99 available from Travelpro
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    Water Safe Container This hard-shell waterproof container is great for camping, boating, poolside or at the beach. It holds money, credit cards and keys while you enjoy fun in the sun. $3.00 available from Travelpro
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