Summer Gear Guide

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Planning a trip this summer? Check out Travel Channel's picks for summer gear and gadgets, including gear to protect your mp3 player from getting waterlogged and the perfect all-in-one safety gadget for your next outdoor excursion. Watch Travel Channel's Gear Guide web series, and take a closer look at our top picks for this summer.

Scooter Luggage

Luggage on Wheels

Breeze through the airport on wheels! The Kick is a hard shell travel bag that’s also a scooter. It has a running board, handlebar and third wheel. The Kick fits in the overhead compartment of most jetliners and is security-checkpoint compliant.

Dog Hydration Pack

Keep Your Dog Hydrated

The Ruff Wear Singletrak Hydration Dog Pack is ideal to keep your dusty, thirsty dog going on those outdoor trails. The adjustable pack has 2 removable water reservoirs for you and your pet, and the breathable material keeps your dog cool.

Pet GPS Tracker

Keep Track of Your Pets

Garmin’s GTU 10 is a waterproof tracking box, fitted with a GPS chip, that triggers an email or text message alert when the tracker moves outside a virtual boundary. Use it to keep up with your children, pet, car or anything else that might wander away.


Portable Tripod ($18)

Tired of taking shaking vacation video shots? The GorillaPod is an on-the-go tripod that allows you to follow the action seamlessly with smooth pan and tilt. It’s perfect for pocket-sized video cameras and flip cams.

TikTok Watch

Cool iPod Nano Watch

The TikTok fits seamlessly with iPod Nano, making it look like a watch first and media player second. It’s durable with a thick, flexible hard plastic mount to hold your iPod in place. Just snap it in and you’re ready to go.

Coleman Road Trip Grill

Paul Jr. Designs Grill

Get a tricked-out road trip grill created by Paul Jr. Designs. He normally designs motorcycles, but this unique grill includes 285 square inches of cooking space, dual 10,000 BTU burners and detachable side tables. Check out this grill, and get cookin’ this summer!

Pet Backpack

Travel with Your Pet

This backpack is designed to carry any pet under that weighs below 15 pounds. It’s super durable, waterproof and its easy-to-clean fabric-backed tarpaulin holds up against claws and drool. The mesh side panels keep your pet well-ventilated.

UV Monitor Watch

Maximize Your Fun in the Sun

The Minox Suntimer UV Radiation Monitor Watch provides outdoor enthusiasts with an estimate of the maximum amount of time you should be exposed to sunlight. So go hiking or lay out on the beach without over doing it with this compact gadget.

GoPro HD Hero 960

Get Great Outdoor Action Shots

This waterproof and shockproof camera shoots HD video and high-resolution photos. It only weighs 3 ounces, making it great for outdoor enthusiasts to mount it to their surf board or helmet to capture those perfect point-of-view moments.

Zodi Portable Shower

Stay Fresh and Clean While Camping

This portable shower allows you to heat more than 60 gallons of water, and you can adjust its temperature. It also comes with accessories, including the privacy shelter so you can enjoy a hot shower without all eyes on you.

Casio Commando Smartphone

A Multi-Purpose Smartphone

This gadget meets Military Standards 810G for altitude, rain, extreme temps, solar radiation, humidity and even salt fog. The Commando comes equipped with an Earth compass, walking counter, GPS, camera/camcorder with LED flash and more!

Eton Raptor

All-in-One Safety Gadget

This solar-powered, waterproof gadget includes almost everything you need for your next outdoor excursion, including a compass, USB cell phone charger, AM/FM digital radio tuner, NOAA Weather Alerts and digital alarm clock.

The Solio Classic

Hybrid-Solar Charger

Solio is the perfect charger. It stores power from the sun or a socket, allowing you the freedom to recharge your mobile phone or other the handheld devices anywhere, anytime. Fully charged, you can keep your mp3 player powered for 15 hours.

Eco Extreme

Keep Your Tunes Safe

This waterproof case is built to keep your tunes safe in the sand, sun and water. The Eco Extreme has a 3-inch, full-range speaker and works with various Smartphones. The casing also has room for your keys, credit cards and cash.

Hi-Tech Reading

Nook Color ($249)

Forget about bringing a book to a beach. Go hi-tech! Pick up the Nook Color with a 7-inch color touchscreen and 2 million titles at your fingertips. Play games, listen to music and surf the web before you ride the waves.

Music in Motion

Oakley Split Thump MP3 Sunglasses ($100)

Make sure you pick up these sweat-resistant sunglasses with hidden controls and removable speakers. These shades have a built-in mp3 player that stores up to 500 songs, and the lenses filter out harmful sunrays.

Multi-Purpose Cooler

Deluxe Speaker Cooler ($50)

Chill out on the beach and listen to your favorite tunes. This retro-speaker cooler comes equipped with removable speakers and a detachable jack for your mp3 or CD player. The cooler holds 20 cans, and it’s easy to clean.

Monitor Your UV Exposure Time

Oregon Scientific EB612 Portable UV Monitor ($18)

Protect yourself from harmful sun rays with this beach gadget. This Oregon Scientific gadget monitors the current UV index and temperature, and calculates your recommended exposure time based on UV, SPF and your personal skin type.

Rugged Underwater Camera

Swann SportsCam Waterproof Mini Video Camera ($100)

This mini camera/DVR combo is housed in a rugged, shockproof and waterproof case. The camera, inside the case, records 640 x 480 hi-res video and still images. It can capture up to 5 hours of your best beach moments.

Create a Sand-Free Zone

Sand-Free Rugs ($45 - $75)

Pick your spot on the beach, and keep it free of grit with these light and easily-stored rugs. Due to the rug’s multi-layer weave, sand and debris falls through and stays beneath the rug, creating a clean area to sunbathe and more.

Fashionable Sun Hat

Spring Grove Sun Hat ($44)

This colorful sun hat has a 4-inch brim and UPF 50+ protection allows you to relax in the sun without worrying about overexposure to UV rays. Coolibar’s hats come in a variety of styles and colors – unwind this summer in style.

Emergency Travel Kit For Women

Sephora's Minimergency Kit ($13)

This unique travel kit is an all-inclusive set designed to help women survive beauty, fashion and personal care emergencies. The Minimergency Kit has it all, including double-sided tape to mend a hem and a small bottle of hairspary to fix flyaways.

Versitale Attire For Women

Coolibar's Sun Sarong ($38)

Take this versatile sarong is generously sized for maximum skin coverage. It’s ideal for travel and easy to machine wash and line dry. The saltwater- and chlorine-resistant sarong allows you to look your best on the beach and at a casual summer affair.