A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience
Gerber Steady Tool
Swiss Army knives are so last decade. How about a tool with all the components of the classic – serrated blades, pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener – but also a tripod and mount for your cellphone to take photos on the trail? There actually are 12 components to the contraption, but it's only 4 inches and weighs just 5.8 ounces. National Geographic Adventure magazine picked the Gerber Steady Tool as one of its "Gear of the Year" honorees.
Bedol Water Clock
A travel alarm clock powered by water? That's what this latest entry into the eco-friendly travel merch wars claims. Here's how it works, according to its news release: "Inside of the semi-transparent water reservoir are proprietary metallic plates that allow ions in the water to be turned into current which powers the clock and alarm."
You can buy it at Whole Foods Market, Bed Bath & Beyond or online.
10 Most Annoying Airline Passenger Habits
The travel search site Skyscanner polled more than 700 crew members from international airlines to rank their pet peeves when it comes to dealing with passengers.
1. Clicking fingers to get attention
2. Leaving seat at the end before the light goes off
3. Stuffing too many bags into the overhead bin
4. Complaining there's no space for their bag in the overhead bin
5. Talking through the safety demonstration
6. Asking for more pillows or blankets
7. Stuffing garbage in the seat pocket
8. Asking for a different meal
9. Ringing the attendant bell to complain about temperature
10. Asking for a specific brand of drink
Michael Barron, president of the Las Vegas Railway Express, which wants to start running a "party train" with big-screen TVs, recliners and two ultra lounges between Southern California and Las Vegas in 2013: "The whole idea is when you get on a train, you feel like you're in Las Vegas. It's essentially a nightclub on wheels."
– Compiled by Sam McManis, firstname.lastname@example.org