On the road again? Here are five travel accessories that will help you get over those inevitable speed bumps.
Lightweight and breathable, the Orvis Travel Vest comes with 19 pockets — perfect for stashing your plane tickets, pager, cell-phone, and keys. The vest is rugged enough to survive a safari and versatile enough to let you leave that carry-on behind.
Coordinates: $85. The Orvis Co., 800-541-3541, www.orvis.com
Airport security won't give the Victorinox Swiss Card a second look: This handy device bundles a knife, scissors, a mini-ruler, and seven other tools into a credit-card-size package that slips into a pocket or a purse.
Coordinates: $30. Swiss Army Brands Inc., 800-442-2706, www.swissarmy.com
The Free Wheeling Duffel glides on rollerblade-like wheels and expands to meet your packing needs. The Big Mouth is a smaller carry-on that slips easily over the Duffel's handle — thereby letting you carry both bags with one hand.
Coordinates: $238 (Free Wheeling Duffel); $104 (Big Mouth). Kiva Designs, 800-645-8818, www.kivadesigns.com
Don't trust your hotel to come through with a wake-up call? Get the Swiss Army Travel Alarm Clock, and rest easy. The alarm has a hard synthetic case that doubles as a stand, it's small enough to stow in a briefcase, and it's guaranteed to sound off on time.
Coordinates: $65. Swiss Army, 800-442-2706, www.swissarmy.com
A version of this article appeared in the November 1998 issue of Fast Company magazine.