Holiday gifts for world travelers

Going someplace this holiday? Consider getting yourself or someone you know one of these useful gadgets.

The e-ink Kindle Touch will last a whole vacation without recharging. Sarah Tew/CNET

Every winter, I fly out to England to join my in-laws for the holidays. As a result, I'm always packing a one-week supply of the gadgets I'll need to survive in the countryside, fully entertained, yet not overburdened.

It's a careful science: travel gadgets have gotten easier than ever thanks to devices like the iPad, yet you're more likely to pack redundant devices, too. The more options, the more headaches.

Here are a few of CNET's holiday recommendations for world travelers. Kindle? Check. iPad 2? Double-check. Battery-packs, surge protectors, headphones, cameras, and laptops? Of course. It's by no means a complete list, but it's a start. Anything you find indispensable? Let us know below.

The only thing I left off this list is a handheld game system, because my iPad has taken its place.

About the author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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