The 19-pound RITCHEY BREAKAWAY TRAVEL BIKE is the first packable full-size high-performance road rig. An ingenious coupling system unites the two-piece frame, and it breaks back down and fits inside its own light, airline-friendly case. ($2,500; 800-748-2439, www.ritcheylogic.com)
LET'S SAY YOU'RE PLOTTING a first descent in Mozambique or a ramble in the Australian outback. You can expect a few unknown variableslike serious weather or aggressive, bird-size insectswhich means you'll be in the market for equipment that can adapt on the fly. Thankfully, a host of manufacturers have whipped up clothing, luggage, and toys that will do just that. Dead ahead: river shoes that will handle Class IV froth and still look smart at dinner, an inflatable surfboard that packs down to fit into a neat little carry-on, and a waterproof notepad for recording your thoughtseven in the rain. How will you haul these fine new travel necessities? Stuff 'em into a mega-duffel or backpack like the ones found on the following pages and rest assured that the whole works can endure countless hours of ping-ponging inside a Soviet-era jetliner. But don't forget the cuts-and-scrapes med kit we've thrown into the mixyou need to survive, too.