SP-550 Digital Camera.A versatile, lightweight camera, the
SP-550 is an especially handy and versatile companion on any trip.
Boasting an 18x optical zoom lens and image-stabilization, the
SP-550 allows for telephoto shots as well as wide-angle framing. A
Super Macro mode enables the user to shoot pictures from as close
as one centimeter away. Other virtues: high-speed sequential shoot
capability, manual and auto control and 30 shooting modes,
including video with sound. $499; www.olympusamerica.com.
Traveler. Just the thing for the outdoor adventurer, this
hand-held water-purifier provides 16 ounces of safe drinking water
in 48 seconds; it can purify 32 ounces of water in 90
seconds. Designed to destroy viruses,
bacteria and protozoa, the SteriPEN employs the same technology
used by bottling plants and municipalities, according to the
manufacturer. The unit is 6 inches long, weighs less than 4 ounces
with batteries and is available with a solar charging case at extra
cost. $129.95 (charging case, $49.95); www.steripen.com.
3. Fargason Tent
Chair. A full-size folding chair with armrests, a beverage
holder and a zippered storage bag, the Fargason, when completely
unfurled, features a large, nylon canopy to protect you from the
sun while allowing ventilation and peripheral vision through two
zippered side windows. The tent chair, which sets up quickly,
weighs only 10 pounds, so you don't have to carry a load to take a
load off. Just be careful not to sit behind one at an outdoor
concert if you want to see what's happening on stage. $49.95; www.tentchair.com.
Smart Strap Portfolio.The gimmick with this bag is a padded
shoulder strap that retracts into the body of the case to keep it
from snagging on things or dragging on the floor while you're
heading for the plane. This black leather portfolio also includes a
back pocket that unzips to allow the case to be slipped over the
handle of rolling luggage, a padded compartment for a laptop, an
accordion file and a zip-down organizer. $129.99; www.solocases.com.
Classic Traveler. This home on the go for the pet on the
move is the ultimate in animal accommodations. If only we
humans were as comfortable while in transit. The Classic Traveler
has mesh panels on three sides for more than adequate ventilation,
an expandable accessory pocket, an adjustable shoulder strap and a
washable faux lambskin liner. The pet carrier, which also features
top and side entry and fits under an aircraft cabin seat, comes in
three sizes: small, for up to an 8-pound dog or cat; medium, for
animals up to 16 pounds; and large, for animals up to 22 pounds.
Anything larger, and Fido can carry you. $80 to $100; www.sherpapet.com.