Embarrassing but effective gadgets

Some travel gadgets are sleek and innovative, while others are, well, a little more ignominious while no less ingenious. Here are 10 such embarrassing gadgets that really work.

1. Plane seat covers
When it comes to comfort, plane seats can be a bit hit and miss. That’s where these washable, breathable fabric plane seat covers can help to make every plane ride first class.

plane seat cover

2. Bra baggies
I may not wear them myself, but I know how much a crushed bra can annoy the girls. Well, mine anyway. That’s when bra bags can come in handy. Keep those cups in shape with these brilliant bra stashes. Most will fit up to six bras – more than enough for a week-long holiday.

3. Travel humidifier
Plane rides can dry out your sinuses. So can a long journey in a car or in any other air-conditioned environment. Dry sinuses can lead to a bloody nose or a ticklish cough that just won’t quit. This handy portable travel humidifier uses a standard plastic water bottle and is USB-powered, making it easy to moisten your air no matter where you are.

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4. Female urination devices
So, a female urination device may not make your top ten, but they do work, nonetheless. Ideal for long road trips where your only other options are side-of-the-road pit stops, putrid public toilets, or dirty truck-stop bathrooms. With a female urination device – available in plastic, silicone or disposable paper versions – you can pull up and ‘go girl’.

female urination device

5. Butt wipes
If you’ve ever rushed into a public toilet, dropped your pants, done your business and looked to the left for TP and seen none, well, you can see the benefit of having a packet of ‘tush wipes’ in your pocket.

6. Ostrich Pillow
They may not look pretty, but the Ostrich Pillow is proven to prevent jet lag by giving you a micro-sleep environment that enables you to sleep anytime, anywhere, without distraction from noise or light.

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7. Inflatable haemorrhoid pillow
No one wants to admit they have haemorrhoids, but nothing eases the pressure off a fissure or swollen vein than a haemorrhoid pillow. Would you rather sit for hours in pain or pump up an inflatable ring pillow and be comfortable? I know which option I’d choose.

inflatable haemorrhoid pillow

8. Helpy Carry-on Harness
The Helpy Carry-on Harness may look a little strange, but just think of all the things you could do with your free hands: from pulling out your boarding pass and passport while checking-in online, to drinking coffee and eating a sandwich at the same time. Talk about hands-free.

helpy carry-on harness

9. Foot warmers
If you’re heading to colder climes, these heated insoles will keep your tooties toasty and warm. They are rechargeable-battery powered and remote-controlled, with a water-resistant lining to keep your feet dry.

heated insoles

10. Wine tote
Okay, so this one isn’t that ‘embarrassing’ but it sure is ideal for picnics, beach days and alfresco dining. Simply take the bottle and slip it into the wine tote. If you like your wine chilled, there’s also room for an ice pack.

Do you know of any embarrassing travel gadgets that work?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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