Best buys for your travel buck

Lysa Allman-Badwin | 3/16/2014, 3:20 p.m.

If you’re like me, you want a lot more simplicity in your life. So I am constantly on the lookout for great ideas, products and gadgets that can help me pare down, reduce stress and travel smarter and lighter.

To that end, here are several items that have become some of my new favorite lifestyle necessities whether at home or on the road.

Smelling good on the go

Figuring out how to fit those liquid/cream/gel items that must fit into the little plastic bag to get past security just got easier with Travalo. TSA approved and small enough to fit into any pocket or purse, Travalo offers a range of convenient, portable fragrance atomizers using patented Genie-S technology to suit any travel fragrance need or desire for both men and women.

The Travalo Touch comes with a rolling head for application directly onto any area of the skin and without the spray going into the air affecting those around you. The Travalo Excel holds 30 percent more fragrance (65 sprays) and comes with tamper-proof black storage. The company also makes Classic and Pure varieties, all of which are designed with a spill-free internal refill system and made of environmentally friendly, durable aluminum.

Just a touch

Having many of the necessary components of our life literally accessible at our fingertips through our smartphones, tablets, computers and so forth is of great benefit, but when the weather is a little cool or downright cold and we need to keep our hands warm, wearing gloves can be a bit inconvenient. That is where Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves come into play.

These gloves are fashioned from a unique combination of crocheted Egyptian cotton and Ethiopian lambskin leather. The former creates what the company calls “a deliberate and powerful contrast with leather on the palm of the gloves while sleek lines and uniform dark tones amplify harmony.” The leather itself incorporates nanotechnology that is integrated into the glove to emulate the conductive properties of human skin, making it work flawlessly with almost any touchscreen. Their elegant design looks great on women as well as men and, yes, your hands do stay warm!

A different kind of charge

Smartphone, laptop, iPod—all of this stuff needs to be recharged from time to time, and carrying around all of the long cords that go with them is not always the best or most feasible option. For this I say, less is more, so that’s why I like the ChargeKey.

Produced by Hello Nomad (, ChargeKey is billed as the world’s smallest, most portable USB charging cable. Made with high-grade plastics and shaped like a key to fit onto any keychain, it works just like your standard device cable for charging from any USB port or transferring data when connected to a computer. It comes in a Lightning version for the iPhone 5/5S/5C and a MicroUSB version for Android phones. The company also offers a ChargeCard in the shape of a credit card that’s designed to fit into your wallet.