5. Swiss Army Maverick II Dual Time Watch
Got family or friends to stay in contact with but also got to keep time in your current location on holiday? This watch includes a small second watch on the face for the second time zone – it’s unique in that it’s a classy, silver analogue watch and not one of those nerdy, digital display ones that were so popular in the 90’s. It’s a little bit expensive though, costing around €240.
4. Hang-Out Hammock
The word ‘Hammock’ is probably more familiar to those who either served in the Navy, like to go camping, or had their dad put one up in the garden when they were nine. In any of these circumstances, a Hammock is one of the most useful camping accessories ever. While the perennial problem of finding places to attach both ends will always remain, and most of us probably don’t camp out much anymore, it’s still a pretty useful and exceedingly cheap thing to have, costing only around €7 – it should last a lifetime too.
3. Beach Buddy Towel
Quite simply, it’s a beach towel complete with pockets, as well as hidden zipped ones, to add a bit of organization to your sunbathing. It also has handles so it can be picked up and carried off when your skin starts to adopt the color of a ripe strawberry. It’s really quite a good concept, although you’ve got to be careful as any enterprising thief can instantly roll up the bulging towel, pregnant with your valuable possessions, and make a run for it, without even having to check what you’ve got.
2. Phone Emergency Charger
The amount of times I’ve been stuck with my mobile phone perilously on the edge of power failure and there was no laptop or socket around to stick the charging cable into are more than the times I’ve asked the flight attendant for a cup of water only for my request to be acknowledged and promptly ignored (Am I the only one that has ever had that happen?). In any case, this charger requires only a single AA battery to get your phone up and running. The adaptor comes with different cables depending on what mobile phone/iPod you have.
Excuse the horrible title, but the Slanket and the Travel Slanket are first on this list for a reason. It’s a cross between a robe and a blanket – a blanket with places for your arms to stick through. Brilliant, right? Anyone on long flights who is sick of that sparse and itchy little covering they give you suddenly has a solution. The travel version is a few inches shorter so it doesn’t dangle around the aisle or dip into someone’s orange juice. Of course, if you’re too cheap to buy one of these, you could always take the inspiration and sew some arms onto your blanket. But we Venere travelers are of a higher form than that, aren’t we? … Aren’t we?