Traveling can be chaotic and frustrating these days. What with all of the new regulations, fees, and laws. I love gadgets, and there are some new ones for travel. Here are 3 nifty new items to make your travels easier and less chaotic this year.

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    Travel Bag Tags

    The travel bag tag is a must these days but there have been some great improvements since the old leather tags. The latest are "My Tags" from They are made of a heavy duty polyester material with a steel split ring. This keeps it from getting caught on the luggage machine. They have a place for your usual information, name, address, etc. but also has a place for you to put your travel plans. If you and your luggage become separated they can more easily be returned to you, since airport staff can see where you were traveling. These tags are only $10 each plus the fees of shipping etc.

    tags for bags
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    With baggage fees rising almost as fast as the fuel prices you have to keep that luggage weight in check. Because you get charged extra the more you bags weigh this little gadget can keep you from paying an outrageous fee. It's super easy to use. You attach the scale to the handle of your bag. Turn it on, lift your bag and it displays the weight of your bag. The device it's self only weighs 5.5 ounces so you can put it in your suitcase and weigh your return luggage too. The EatSmart will weigh up to 110 lbs. and only costs about $20.00-$50.00 (depending on where you purchase) so it's a great travel investment.

    EatSmart Precision Voyager Luggage Scale
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    International Travel Adapter

    I don't do a lot of International travel but I have been on some cruises and I am going to Puerto Rico soon and I'm going prepared. I don't know if there plugs will accommodate my hair appliances. I think the cruise ships did, provided I remember correctly but Puerto Rico I'm not sure about, but for under $20 it's no big deal. It's not just my hair appliances I'm worried about though. If you have computer laptops, phones, iPods, e-books or anything that needs an electrical charge you might want to invest in one of these adapters. The list price is around $20 but you can find them cheaper like on It's input voltage range is 110 V AC to 220 V AC. These plugs of course protect your devices from power surges when you plug American products into UK outlets.