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Space is of the essence when you’ve got nothing but your backpack to take on your world travels. Your clothes, food and other essentials already demand the lion’s share of space, so travel gadgets need to be the perfect trifecta: Have a small form factor, lightweight and useful enough to take the place of something else in your bag.   ENO DoubleNest Hammock Weighing less than two pounds, the DoubleNest hammock makes the ultimate travel companion. It’s just enough room to comfortably fit up to two sleepy travelers. You can use your hammock for a quick rest or a full night of sleep. You don’t exactly pitch your entire tent setup to take a nap. Recharging your body is essential to any journey, especially if you’re in foreign territory.  Plus, if your backpack’s stuffed to the brim you can always attach the hammock and straps to the outside of your pack.   The North Face Your backpacking journey starts, appropriately enough, with selecting the correct backpack. You have a range of options out there, but when you’re carting around high-tech tools, you need a high-tech bag to handle it. The North Face’s Surge 2 backpack is a lightweight bag with a...
  When traveling the globe, you have to be prepared. Even the smallest things cause huge problems, like lack of electricity at a hostel, or even more serious issues like a flash flood. With these items, you enjoy smooth travels no matter where your adventurous soul takes you.   Pack Right for Serious Travel Compressible, water-proof duffel bags made of tough, water-resistant materials are the best defense for your stuff in a flash flood in the Andes or a typhoon on the Coast of Brazil. Get one with a shoulder strap that’s adjustable and includes a pad for more comfort when hiking through the jungle or across the airport tarmac. Or consider a new backpack with a water bladder (another piece of essential gear) and zippered compartments to store your necessities like bug spray, medicine and bandages along with your passport and ID. Connect With Anyone, Anywhere Global travelers should not overlook satellite phones. It’s easy to become disconnected from your group while hiking in the Alps, or traversing the Malaysian Jungle. With a satellite phone, you have a lifeline and a way to keep family and friends at home updated. Iridium makes affordable and reliable satellite phones with global...

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