The Monster Pod

Oh, how I wish I could use the Monster Pod with my Canon 30D! Alas, this funky tripod, that sticks anywhere, is only designed for cameras 22 ounces or less. Check out the photo slide to see all the places it can go.


sticks anywhere

From Photojojo. $30 for pod. $9.99 for carrying case.


Kensington Mini Battery for iPhone, iPod

A few years ago I was traveling with my buddy Tim in Laos; on our first night there, in Luang Prabang, we got a bit carried away listening to tunes on the deck of our hotel and burned through the iPod’s battery.

Panicked (no tunes for two weeks? Say it isn’t so!), we wandered the streets until we found a fellow backpacker who offered to charge it up for us. With judicious playing, we managed to make the music last through the majority of our visit. It finally gave on the last night of our visit to Bokeo Nature Reserve in our magical treehouse. Instead of groovin’ tunes, we were forced to listen to the chilling, barking deer (true story) all night.


easily attaches to bottom of phone or ipod

Since this unfortunate incident, I’ve vowed to never travel without proper backup (and an extra iPod to boot.) To the rescue comes the Kensington battery. Provides an extra 30 hours of music, or 6 hours of video, or 3 hours of chatting (iPhone) in a small package. Must be charged via a USB source. I’ve used mine several times and the performance is excellent.

Music to my ears. From Amazon. Aprox. $33.

Playsam Jetliner Toy

I must admit that I covet the Playsam line every time I see them – simply gorgeous, sleek, simple wooden toys with a glossy finish. As a frequent traveler, the jetliner is my hands-down favorite (and winner of “Excellent Swedish Design.”) Comes packaged in an elegant black box.


Also available in red & silver metallic

From Moolka. $65.99.

Solid Shampoos

I’m an avid traveler and am always looking for ways to have the smallest “footprint” for my ubiquitous carry-on. These solid shampoos allow you a bit more room in the tiny quart size “liquid” plastic bags allowed by TSA; plus, they work really well – make sure to pick up one of their metal tins to store the shampoo cake.

Karma Komba Shampoo

Karma Komba Shampoo

Solid Shampoo Tin

Solid Shampoo Tin

From Lush Cosmetics, $7.95-$14.95. Tins available for $5.95.