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Ahead of The Curve

The chinese philosopher Lao-tzu counseled that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” We’re not arguing with that wisdom, only advocating some planning beforehand. Here’s what you’ll need to turn your own thousand miles into a success.



Step up Sightseeing may sound simple, but savvy travelers know that tackling a museum or market in the wrong shoes can create all kinds of woe. Banish blisters and backache by slipping into something by Swiss shoemaker MBT. The shoes’ rounded soles increase muscle activity, improve posture and tone the body. $215 and up, Happy Feet Plus, Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers.



Carry on The carry-on is a place for everything that can’t be compromised to cargo. It deserves an upgrade. TUMI’s new Alpha Lightweight line offers a first-class, rolling, international carry-on. It weighs 25 to 35 percent less than similar bags and features a telescoping handle, organizer pockets and complimentary monogramming. Alpha Lightweight International Carry-on, $495, TUMI, Waterside Shops, Naples.



Say “HD” When you’re ready for your close-up, reach for Canon’s just-released PowerShot SD780 IS. Part of the next generation of super-slim point-and-shoot cameras, this palm-sized powerhouse is only .7 inches wide but bulges with 12 megapixels and records HD video. This tiny wonder comes in four colors. $290, all Southwest Florida Ritz Camera locations.



Wheel deal If Fido and Fluffy are your constant companions, no vacation could be complete without them. The Snoozer Wheel-Around is an airline-certified travel carrier that serves as a car seat, backpack and travel bed. This sturdy, well-ventilated carrier is available in three sizes and suitable for pets up to 30 pounds. $109 to $139, Goodness for Pets, 7700 Tamiami Trail N., Naples.



Ship shape Tired of lugging your luggage? Eliminate the shoulder strain by using Luggage Free, a shipping service that delivers door-to-door in 110 countries. The company collects your luggage, wraps it and sends it to your destination; in return, you avoid the hassles of baggage claim and customs, all for about $6 per pound. Preferred Travel of Naples, www.preferrednaples.com.



Gadget magic A Swiss Army knife is a handy object, thanks to all the clever, miniaturized gizmos. But Victorinox’s new Presentation Master boasts much more than the usual nail file—it includes a removable USB flash drive with up to 32 GB of memory, perfect for storing any information you wish to take with you. It’s Bluetooth capable, too—and, of course, has scissors. $170 to $335, Cutlery World, Coastland Center Mall, Naples.



It’s a keeper Give your passport the protection it duly deserves with Louis Vuitton’s new zipped cover. This monogram-emblazoned canvas passport holder has sufficient space for credit cards, a small pen and even a separate spot to hold important papers. $345, Louis Vuitton, Waterside Shops, Naples.

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