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Old 04-24-11, 08:31 PM   #1
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What's the ultimate gadget to bring on a tour?

What single item do you always bring with you (or you would if you could) on a tour? Imagine money is no object, and you can even bring something that hasn't been invented yet. What's the one thing you'd like to always have?
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Old 04-24-11, 08:58 PM   #2
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And a Digital SLR ... preferably a really small, easily portable one.
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What single item do you always bring with you (or you would if you could) on a tour? Imagine money is no object, and you can even bring something that hasn't been invented yet. What's the one thing you'd like to always have?
Would have to be my wife :-)
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A notebook is an essential item. Two notebooks are better. One is my trip journal; the other is for everything not trip-related. I'd rather leave behind the camera than the notebooks.
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I bring my special travel pocket Mandolin ..

Invaluable on the trip to Ireland.
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Old 04-24-11, 11:34 PM   #11
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To make sure I can do simple maintenance on my bike...

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Old 04-25-11, 02:53 AM   #13
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Not allowed if you are out of the USA. It will equal jail time in many countries, sometimes serious jail time.
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Old 04-25-11, 03:16 AM   #14
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I think Peter was just revving everyone up with a bit of Canadian humour.
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The item I feel will be the most valuable on my tour this summer is my bank card. I have used it to get cash from ATM machines in the US and in Rome. Works like a champ.
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Since you are allowing us things that haven't been invented yet, I want a portable car disable device, kind of like what these folks have worked out ( http://www.lazytechguys.com/news/bus...rnal-computer/ ), but I want it to be portable and automated. I'm not sure if I would use it pre-emptively where the road and cultural conditions warrant it or if I would confine its use to strictly punitive.
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A jacuzzi that seats 8, weighs less than a pound, and can fold up to fit in my handlebar bag.
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Old 04-25-11, 11:20 AM   #20
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What single item do you always bring with you (or you would if you could) on a tour? Imagine money is no object, and you can even bring something that hasn't been invented yet. What's the one thing you'd like to always have?
I'm starting to think I've been remiss with my lack of a ferret on tour.
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1. Juliette Binoche.
2. A corkscrew so I could drink wine with said Juliette Binoche.
3. A raygun to zap anyone who disturbs Juliette Bincoche and I drinking said wine.
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Old 04-25-11, 11:46 AM   #22
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Gadgets I take..

1)GPS. It's not a bike GPS, it's my car GPS.

2) Cell phone

3) Camera
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