In case anyone’s interested in some product recommendations for travel and general niftiness, here are some of the things I carry around with me. Besides, if you buy any of them, I get paid.
Though there are all kinds of fancy ereaders out there, the kindle keyboard 3g is the only one that allows you to surf the web for free using experimental mode in any country with a 3g agreement with amazon. Surfing on a black and white screen is far from ideal, but it is incredible for emergency situations when you need to access your email or check into a flight. It has saved me repeatedly when trying to remember which hotel I booked, and also came in handy when wandering around Paris by bike and wanting to read a bit about the statues I saw on wikipedia.