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International Travel Goods Show (Photo Courtesy of Troy Petenbrink)

Talking about weight is usually not polite conversation, but it has been a hot topic this week at the International Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas. Hosted by the Travel Goods Association, the show lets manufacturers link up with retail buyers in hopes of getting their goods to consumers.

In this day and age, when an extra pound can be the difference between a $25 or $100 check-baggage fee, it is no surprise that luggage manufacturers have put themselves on major diets. Nearly all of the 300 exhibitors were touting new, lighter products.
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Looking for hot gear to make your summer travels easier? Check out Travel Channel’s Summer Gear Guide, featuring a pet backpack, UV monitor watch, hybrid-solar charger,  scooter luggage and Commando Smartphone and more.  Rob Pralgo, host of the new web series, demonstrates how each gear and gadget works, and he explains the benefits for people who are constantly on the go.  Watch all the videos and click on the Facebook “Like” icon to let us know which featured summer gear and gadgets you like the most.

In addition to the Summer Gear Guide, Travel Channel is the perfect source for you next camping trip. Take a look at our list of camping tips and tricks to help you prepare for your next outdoor adventure.  That’s not all! We also provide camping dos and don’ts, a guide to camping with infants and toddlers and a fun slideshow of all the critters you may see while you’re communing with nature.

Check it out and get in gear for the summer!

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