Floating Ladle. The ball in the handle makes the ladle buoyant in water. A brilliant solution to a common problem.
BOOK BANDOLIER No, this isn't a Rambo-style sling for paperbacks. The Book Bandolier ($26) is instead an adjustable leather strap that offers six loops for holding pens, pencils, and brushes, and is designed to wrap around a stack of drawing/notebooks, allowing you to travel as lightly as possible while keeping the tools you need nearby.
The Camelbak All Clear UV Purifying Water Bottle ($75) is a good thing to have in your bag: it features a UV purification system built right into the bottle that effectively neutralizes microbiological contaminants in just 60 seconds, and can treat up to 16 gallons per charge. It even sports a built-in LCD to verify when your agua is ready to drink.