Travel goodies to go

No matter how much you enjoy traveling, there’s no denying it can be stressful. Why add to that stress by trying to make do without things you’re used to using every day? With the panoply of travel gadgets and goodies on the market today, travelers today can keep using their favorite items from home while they’re on the road, for practical reasons as well as personal preference.

For example, if you’re among the many people who have sensitive teeth, you might use Sensodyne at home, but finding it in a travel size could be a challenge. Toothpaste 2 Go is one answer.

Billed as, “The most convenient and cost effective way to replenish travel toothpaste,” Toothpaste 2 Go provides tubes that are TSA approved and BPA free, and that are refillable from any full sized tube. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is $5.99-$7.99, making it much more economical in the long run than paying $1.29 for a travel-sized tube of toothpaste. It is available at The Container Store, among other outlets.

Travel razors have been around for years but those I’ve owned in the past relied upon cords or required batteries that would have to be frequently replaced.

Enter ShaveTech.

ShaveTech is a rechargeable razor that plugs into a USB outlet for recharging. Many hotels provide in-room USB connections for the variety of electronics we carry today but if you check into one that doesn’t, this nifty little device can plug into your computer’s USB. That is, if you need to recharge it at all during your trip.

The company’s marketing representative provided me with one so that I could use and evaluate it, and I’ve been quite impressed.

I plugged it into my desktop’s USB port and charged it overnight after receiving it, and have been using it daily for about the last 10 days … without it needing another recharge! The shave is as close as any electric razor I’ve used. It is available in black or white, and its sleek design – about the size of a deck of playing cards -- makes it easily portable for lightweight traveling. MSRP for ShaveTech is $29.99.

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ZeroWater tumbler
Does it irritate you as much as it does me to pay $3 or more for a bottle of water after you’ve cleared airport security, especially when you know darned well that the same bottle is about a buck at your local 7/11? The good news is you no longer have to pay the freight just to have decent tasting water for your flight.

ZeroWater’s 26oz. tumbler claims to be “the only tumbler with filtration on the market that leaves ZERO TDS (total dissolved solids) behind.” With five levels of filtration, ZeroWater’s technology delivers pure-tasting water and also maintains that it is the only filtration system on the market that meets the FDA’s requirements for total dissolved solids in purified bottled water. Available at many national retailers across the U.S. and Canada. MSRP $14.99

Travelers may also want to invest in a travel wallet, money belt, or hidden travel pocket for their currency and travel documents. Those items and more are available from a wide range of retailers including and

With the holidays approaching, you may want to consider some of these items as stocking stuffers for your favorite traveler … or for indulging yourself.

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