From Seattle-made hiking poles to classic sunglasses, travel gadgets are fun to buy and fun to use on your summer trips.

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Gadgets are great, but travel gadgets are even better. Because you’re traveling!

Here are five items that will enhance your summer trips.

Travelers with mobility issues or facing tricky terrain will appreciate Uphill Designs’ Collapsible Hiking Poles ($149 at The local company uses sustainable bamboo for the poles, cork for the handles, and hemp for the straps of its handcrafted pieces. And they fold down to easily fit in a carry-on.

If you’re just taking the essentials, pack ultra-tight with Ray-Ban’s Aviator Folding Sunglasses ($190 at The classic shades fold in half, and then pop into shape when you need them.

If you don’t have room for bulky over-ear headphones, get great sound and good looks with Polk Audio’s Nue Voe earbuds ($130 at They deliver a clear, wide range of sound, and the tortoise finish is a modern classic.

Disconnect, and use the Tanner Goods Small Format Sketchbooks ($16 for three at to jot down thoughts and sketches. The Portland-made booklets fit easily in your hand and take up almost no space in your bag or pocket.

Tanner Goods Small Format Sketchbook, $16 for three
Tanner Goods Small Format Sketchbook, $16 for three

Heading to wine country? Be sure to take along plenty of Wine Skin Bags ($9.70 for four at The bubble wrap keeps bottles protected in your checked bag, and a double seal makes sure nothing escapes if a break were to occur. Most tasting rooms sell these, but if you pack your own you’ll definitely save some money — which you can then spend on more wine.