Don’t let a chaotic city grid or language barrier keep you moored at the hotel bar. The new Garmin Nuvi 1250 portable GPS ($249; garmin.com) comes preloaded with European maps and features voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions for pedestrians.
No matter how tender the TSA agent, laptops get banged around when they go through security. Skooba’s Checkthrough Messenger Bag ($129.95; skoobadesign.com) has a special compartment that is X-ray friendly.
The iPhone has hopped in bed with Skype. The result? A free downloadable application that makes quick chats and call hosting simpler than expected. At this point, there is no Bluetooth capability; an unlimited Skype account runs $3 per month in the U.S. (skype.com).
The Flip Mino — just released in HD — makes a BlackBerry look bloated and can capture up to 60 minutes of video. Just download footage to a computer with its built-in USB and you’re ready to go viral ($229.99; theflip.com).
Not brand new, but utterly necessary when you’re sharing a villa in Cannes with technophiles is the Chargepod, a single mobile device charger that can accommodate up to six cell phones, Bluetooth headsets or iPods using just one outlet. Base and bundle pack with six adapters $79.95 (callpod.com).
If you believe that God is in the details, say hallelujah for the Monocular by ZoomArt, ($48; aplusrstore.com). This nifty gadget has a 6x magnifying setting, so you can get incredibly intimate with each of Van Gogh’s brushstrokes — if the museum guard isn’t looking.
After a nonstop to Tokyo, a spritz is all you need. But who wants to pack pricey perfume decanters in that carry-on? The sleek and chic Japanese Stick Perfume Applicator ($29; aplusrstore.com) can be fueled up with your favorite scent.