A scooter backpack
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Scooters aren’t just for kindergarteners and that quirky girl in your office. They’re for travellers too busy and important to walk. Make no mistake: those looks people are shooting you is envy veiled as contempt. The Olaf Urban weighs 4.6 kilograms and has a trolley handle that transforms it into a scooter with a flick of the ankle.
A privacy pillow
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Ward off the friendly conversation of your seatmate with this accessory that successfully creates a cushioned barrier between you and the next passenger, provides a pillow for your drooping head. The EZ Sleep Travel Pillow is foldable, inflatable and just a little anti-social.
A personal alarm
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Paranoid some sticky-fingered urchin’s going to nick your valuables? The Doberman Mini Mobile Alert personal alarm can be strapped to your wallet, phone or camera with the other end attached to your bag or belt loop. As soon as someone tries to make off with your stuff, an irritatingly loud alarm (the decibels of a lawnmower, apparently) will sound. Of course, the fact that the alarm is physically attached to your person could also thwart a potential robbery. Just sayin’.
A travel bidet
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Now, we’ve always questioned whether the full-sized bidet itself is truly necessary but Sanicare has deemed the French invention such a requirement that they’re taking it on the road. The Personal Travel Bidet reportedly provides a “shower fresh” feeling wherever you go.
A sleep-anywhere accessory
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We would argue the Ostrich Pillow isn’t just for travel – it’s for school, work and awkward conversations anywhere. It blocks out light and noise wherever you happen to be – unfortunately, though, others can still see YOU.
A sanitising light sabre
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Simply swipe the Verilux CleanWave Portable Sanitizing Wand over anything and it will, with the power of light, destroy any germs on the item. And if you offend the restaurant staff as you de-germ your cutlery, you’ll also look like a super-cool Star Wars fan as you do it.
A set of video-recording glasses
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Let long-suffering family and friends experience your holiday for themselves with Spectacles by Snap Inc., a pair of sunglasses that also films short snippets and syncs the videos to your Snapchat Memories. The camera, built into the frames, records 10-second clips and send them to your smartphone. And the case? It doubles as a battery charger.
A selfie drone
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It had to happen – or did it? The AirSelfie is a drone created for the sole purpose of aerial selfies. This means you could be anywhere – on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or in the middle of St Mark’s Square in Venice – and let the AirSelfie fly. It’ll go 20 metres in the air and it can fly for three minutes per charge. One, two, three, DUCK-FACE!
A head hammock
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You decide which is more embarrassing: your head nodding forward or coming to rest gently on your seat-mate’s shoulder when you fall asleep on the plane, or being seen wearing NodPod. It’s incredible the lengths we’ll go to for in-flight sleep – and we think this noggin hammock might be worth it.
The Winter Sun Outfit
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Solving all your packing problems is this eminently practical solution. Mini-skirts and cropped jackets are, as we know, fashionable and flattering to everyone, not to mention functional and sensible. Ditto for strapless dresses. Apparently designed for the sartorially conscious traveller hitting multiple weather conditions in the one trip, the Winter Sun Travel Outfit… well, here it is. It also forms a fetching hooded, long-sleeved dress. It was the work of a UK website called TravelSupermarket, but unfortunately, the snazzy ensemble doesn’t seem to be available for purchase any longer. Keep an eye out on eBay.
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From the annals of “Why didn’t anyone think of that before? Oh wait, now I see” comes the Tugo. It’s a coffee holder that’s created solely and specifically to be suspended between the handles of a rolling suitcase.
A motorised scooter suitcase
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It’s totally optional whether or not you make revving noises aboard the Modobag, but we recommend it.