When in a foreign land, your wayfarer may have trouble with communication. If he's not a fluent speaker - or really likes Pictionary - try Point It, a card-based communication system. Point It simplifies ordering food or asking for the nearest car rental to something even Wile E. Coyote could understand: an image on a card.
Point It contains 1,200 items grouped by category and allows travelers to point at the relevant image rather than learn pronunciation, grammar and comprehension skills. The book, which is about the size of a passport, is a simple, clear way to communicate. Snap it up for only $22.
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"Don't drink the water" is a phrase your travel-crazed buddy might want to learn in every language, unless she's interested in a tour of the local restrooms. When it comes to circumventing the local water systems, there is no better accessory than the Katadyn Water Purification Bottle. This little wonder can accept water from anywhere and filter and purify it on the go. Your favorite day-tripper will love the EPA-registered MyBottle Purifier system. It removes all viruses, bacteria and cysts from the water as you drink without pumps or tablets. Simply pour water into the bottle and drink away. This little beauty costs a refreshing $50.