LAPTOP LIGHT: Plug the Kensington FlyLight into your USBport and get illumination for tray-table work. $20; www.kensington.com

PORTABLE KEYBOARD: Almost full-size keyboard that folds inquarters. $99; case, $29; www.port.com

LAPTOP: Dell Latitude C400 with combo DVD/CD-RW drive, Wi-Ficard for wireless networking and Internet, and extra battery.$2,600; www.dell.com

MP3 PLAYER: Take your entire music collection with you onApple's easy-to-use iPod. This player is best of breed. $399;www.apple.com

SURGE PROTECTOR: APC's SurgeArrest Pro adjusts to powersources in any country, and it comes with a $5,000equipment-protection plan. $40; www.apc.com

WORLD PHONE: The Ericsson T39 works in more than 120countries, has super-fast Web connectivity, and is compatible withwireless Bluetooth headsets. $299; www.ericsson.com

DC ADAPTER: Targus' Universal Auto/Air Adapter covers allyour devices, laptop to mobile phone, in your airplane seat and inthe car. $120, some connection tips sold separately; www.targus.com

DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER: Sony ICD-BP120 is slip-thin, buthefty enough to hold five hours of verbal notes. Compatible withAudible.com's audio-tomes. $200; www.sonystyle.com

PHONE HEADSET: Ericsson HBH-15. Wireless is where it's at.$200; www.ericsson.com


Mission: Find a carry-on that fits in the overhead without ashoe- horn, has plenty of necessary compartments (but no frivolousextras), wheels easily through concourse and hotel, and makes thedurability grade. From the Pacific Northwest to London, our editorstook to the air with a slew of bags, and came up with a handfulthat meet the mark.