1. Satellite Navigation These days, instead of having to stop and take up the whole sidewalk with your map, you have the option of discretely glancing down at your stylish palm-sized satnav device as it tracks you while you walk. American company Garmin makes a huge range of GPS products for every traveler’s needs. If you’re road tripping, try the nüvi 200 ($2,100), which can be taken on the go or attached to your car’s dashboard. For adventurers, the Garmin Colorado Handheld ($4,300) is the way to go, with its high-sensitivity GPS receiver, rugged waterproof casing and useful functions such as the digital compass. Though most of these navigators don’t come with maps preloaded on them, there are exceptions; the Zumo 550 ($7,800), for motorcyclists, comes with Australia loaded onto it. Digital maps for different regions like North America ($1,200) and Europe ($1,680) can be bought separately or ordered online. The maps are highly detailed and accurate, with hotels to restaurants to ATM machines. Specialty maps, such as the Good Pubs Guide ($180), are also available. Myer Photo, 51-52 Hai Phong Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2367-1944. MTR exit A1. 2. Photo Wallet Filled up your camera’s memory and don’t have a laptop to dump the photos on? This external hard drive has multiple card readers compatible with compact flash disks, memory sticks and SD cards. Just plug in your card and hit copy. Your photos will be saved onto the hard drive, allowing you to clear your card for more. Available in 160G, 250G and 320G capacities ($690, $870 and $1,010 respectively). Photo wallets can be found all over Wan Chai Computer Centre. Try Comdex Computer, Shop 123-124, Wan Chai Computer Centre, 130 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 6186-1556. 3. In-car iPod Charger/Player How bad is foreign radio? Or radio in general? Belkin’s TuneCast Auto ($390) gives you the chance to play your iPod through your car’s stereo system, keeping it charged via the cigarette lighter. It also comes with a handy remote control so you don’t need to worry about crashing your rented vehicle while fiddling around with the click wheel. Foresoon Engineering, Shop 116-118, Wan Chai Computer Centre, 130 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 6186-1556. 4. Universal Power Adapter Round pin? Square pin? 110 volts? What cruel witchcraft is this? Luckily, help is at hand in the form of Travelking’s universal power adapter ($95), which comes with seven adjustable heads that collectively take care of ever socket type imaginable. Comdex Computer, Shop 123-124, Wan Chai Computer Centre, 130 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 6186-1556. 5. Pacsafe Anti-Theft Bags Pacsafe’s thief-proof bags are the perfect thing for keeping all your shiny new gadgets safe. Available in all shapes and sizes, their clever designs protect your stuff better than any normal backpack ever could. Examples of their range include the Meshsafe b100 backpack ($700), Meshsafe m100 shoulder bag and the Dailysafe h100 handbag ($770). Though most of their bags are already designed to protect laptops, you can get also laptop protection bags for around $800 online ( www.pacsafe.com ). Featuring tamper-proof lockable zips, snatch-proof shoulder straps and slash-proof technology, what more proof could you possibly need? Protrek Shop, 156-157 Connaught Rd., Sheung Wan, 2850-7900. 6. The SteriPEN You’ll be the talk of the isolated mountain tribe when you whip out this little gem. The SteriPEN Classic ($800) is a portable handheld water purifier that uses UV light to destroy microbes. While traditional chemical purifiers take about four hours to purify one litre of water, SteriPEN is capable of doing so in 96 seconds. Not convinced? It works in freezing cold temperatures, destroys 99.99 percent of all bacteria, viruses and protozoa, won the 2008 Outdoor Industry Award and carries the Buyers’ Forum Seal of Approval. Also available is a filter ($100), which fits over the mouth of your water bottle to sift out particles. Sunmark Camping Equipment Co., 1/F, 121 Wan Chai Rd., Wan Chai (entrance is on Bullock Lane), 2893-8553. 7. Fuerte \t\tWaterproof Cases As long as you have stuff you want to protect, Fuerte will have a case to protect it. Perfect for housing your Blackberry during a diving trip or your camera while white water rafting, these soft ($120) or hard ($60) cases are a must-have for any adventure traveler. Order online at www.fuertecases.com . 8. Leatherman Backpackers swear by this thing. Essentially beefed up Swiss army knives, Leatherman’s multipurpose tools are designed to come in handy as often as possible and last forever—not to mention they look just plain awesome. From a full-sized Skeletool CX ($770) to the pocket sized Juice series ($500), features include multiple screwdrivers, straight and serrated knives, saws, pliers, files, rulers and wire cutters. They even threw in a bottle opener, too. Supreme Co., Room 1802, Park-In Commercial Centre, 56 Dundas St., Mong Kok (2396-6887). 9. Dynamo Torch and Phone Charger Torchlights and phones have a tendency to run out of battery at the worst possible moments, and when you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, popping down to the store to pick up some new ones can be a bit of a hassle. This gadget allows you to forget about batteries altogether, and might just give you bigger biceps to boot. Two or three minutes of cranking the flip-out handle on this device will give you enough power for about 20 minutes of bright LED light or 5-8 minutes of talking time on a phone. Includes five interchangeable adapters that fit most popular mobile phone models including Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Siemens. Order online for around $140 from www.gadgeter.com .