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Smart Gear and Tools for Travel

Upgrade your next trip with these eight travel necessities.

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Goal Zero Solar Recharging Kit

For: Those in need of extra juice for their electronic devices.

Why: Weighing in at a paltry 11.2 ounces, this foldable solar panel recharges phones, tablets, and almost anything with a USB port while you’re off trekking, surfing, or catching some rays.

Cost: About $100

More Information: www.goalzero.com

Voormi Outdoor Wear

For: Active wool aficionados who care about giving back to communities.

Why: Show your sup-port for small-scale wool producers and artisans while stay-ing warm out on the slopes. This company works with local farmers and craftspeople to create activewear for the high life.

Cost: $30–$399

More Information: www.voormi.com

SteriPEN Ultra

For: Travelers looking for the power of a pocket-size water filter.

Why: When H2O might be an “Oh no!” Steri-PEN takes the guesswork out of drinking water by using UV light and a USB-rechargeable battery. It fits in a shirt pocket and filters 50 liters of water on a single charge, so you can drink up safely.

Cost: About $100

More Information: www.steripen.com

Giro Silo

For: Green-minded bikers looking to protect their noggin

Why: The first-ever biodegradable bike helmet? That’s a no-brainer.

Cost: $50

More Informationwww.giro.com

Mission Cooling Towels

For: Serena Williams, Drew Brees — and athletes who need the temp-dropping, competitive-edge effect of an icy breeze

Why: Pros swear by these towels that chill the skin by up to 30 degrees in sweltering heat — making them perfect for Rio or anywhere conditions turn tropical.

Cost: About $18

More Informationwww.missionathletecare.com

Smartphone Books

For: Serious climbers and fitness-seeking travelers.

Why: They’re the yellow pages of hiking, mountaineering, cycling, running, and swimming. The folks at 14ers.com provide tips on getting to the top of Colorado’s peaks exceeding 14,000 feet. Strava Local is an athlete-curated insider’s guide for getting your fitness fix in cities across the globe, from San Francisco to Sydney.

Cost: Books are free.

More Information:  www.14ers.comwww.strava.com

Avanet App

For: Backcountry skiers and hikers hoping to stay safer in the field.

Why: You want to move mountains — not have them fall on you. Avanet provides crowd-sourced, real-time data covering backcountry topics from A to Z.

Cost: App is free; iOS only.

More Information: www.avatech.com

Hipcamp Website

For: Campers who want to pitch a tent somewhere beyond ho-hum campgrounds.

Why: The niftiest thing to hit the great outdoors since s’mores, Hipcamp helps you locate ranches, farms, vineyards, and land preserves from sea to shining sea where you can pitch your tent.

Cost: Camping prices are determined by landowners.

More Information: www.hipcamp.com

Sarah Tuff Dunn writes on fitness, health, and travel from Burlington, Vt.

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