Does the prospect of tangled lights, broken tree stands and horrendously ugly Christmas sweaters leave you yearning for a break from the mid-winter ho-hums?

The holidays are a peak time for travel, and while some will be heading home, others will be spending the season to be jolly abroad, taking in the sights and local cuisine.

Maybe your ideal getaway involves bronzer in Bali or sledding in Scandinavia. Whatever the destination on your ticket, we salute you and offer a list of some of the best gadgets for travelers celebrating the season abroad. Start the slideshow to see what we think are five of the most useful items to throw in your bag when you're preparing to travel.

Let us know in the comments if you have any gadgets you love and think should be added to the list.