BEST TRAVEL APPS, CLOTHING, GADGETS & GEAR
AirBnB lets you book rooms or whole apartments or houses from private owners.
Emergency Call and Emergency Call Anywhere let you summon medical, police, and other assistance, using the local language and GPS.
Google Maps app makes navigating faster and easier.
iRail European Rail Timetables and DB Navigator provide comprehensive railway schedules throughout Europe.
iTranslate works in 80 languages and is great for preparing questions and deciphering written information.
Skype, FaceTime, and Google Hangouts all let you make phone calls, with video, for pennies using your computer line. They’re great for staying connected with people back home.
TrackMyTour and TravelersPoint are two great mapping tools that let you pinpoint your location so people can follow your progress.
Triposo provides a broad range of information about destinations, including what to see, where to stay, history and more.
XE Currency Converter lets you track transactions in 180 different currencies.
CLOTHING, GADGETS & GEAR
Compeed strips offer vastly superior blister protection compared to old-fashioned moleskin or traditional adhesive bandages.
ExOfficio underwear is comfy, washable, and quick-drying. Not a glamour choice for romantic getaways, but it's very practical for everyday use.
it luggage offers ultra-lightweight, roll-aboard suitcases; the little red bag I take everywhere is one of theirs.
Joya shoes are my favorites, thick-soled and bouncy footwear that last forever even on the roughest roads.
Lush shampoo is a super-light, all-purpose soap.
MiFi lets you use one SIM card to get Wi-Fi on multiple devices.
RFID-blocking Rogue money clip foils thieves trying to access data on your credit cards remotely, via a "skimmer" device.
Scottevest 8-pocket pants are Rich's favorites, trousers with cleverly concealed, secure pockets to hide valuables.
Scottevest 17-pocket vest lets me carry all my daily essentials without lugging a purse or daypack.
Zipper Locks are a great way to secure your daypack.
Unlike some of my better-organized and more practical blogger friends, I do not accept sponsorships of any kind. Any products and services I mention on this website, and in my books and blog as well, are there solely because I believe you might find them interesting and useful in planning your own adventures.