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A spare phone
Sometimes on your travels, it can be difficult to find a place to charge your smartphone — and in case of emergencies, this kind of communicative gadget can be essential.
SpareOne is an emergency phone that can be run on a single AA battery for up to ten hours of use — without a SIM card. The phone covers both GSM frequencies, and a local SIM can be used to help you avoid high roaming charges. In addition, the mobile comes with a handy torchlight.
A SpareOne mobile will set you back $99.99.
A portable camping stove
Although I'm more of a beach and city person, for those of us who like backpacking and hiking, a portable camping stove is a great addition.
The BioLite Camping stove weighs 935g and is able to cook, heat and charge your electronic devices on the go using little more than fauna around you — including wood shavings and twigs. An internal fan generates airflow which then combines with a fuel chamber to create a fire, and this can be converted to electricity using a power module stored within a lithium-ion battery to charge gadgets including smartphones.
The stove costs £149.99 ($230).
Turn any pair of gloves touchscreen-friendly
Firebox's AnyGlove liquid can turn any pair of gloves into more modern, touchscreen-friendly alternatives.
With 550 drops in each bottle, the serum can work on any type of glove, but the manufacturers warn that applying the liquid many result in discoloration — so dark pairs are recommended. Once applied, you'll be able to use your smartphone and tablet without removing your gloves, no matter what the weather.
Each bottle costs £19.99 ($30).