Most travelers heading to Central America and South America are not doing it just to lie on a beach every day or putter around museums. So if there’s an element of nature or adventure in your itinerary, make sure you’ve got some decent travel gear before taking off. If what you’re packing is 10 years old, that stuff is probably far heavier and less durable than what you can get today.

Historically late August and September have been the best time to buy travel clothing and gadgets on sale. Retailers both real and virtual need to move out the warm-weather inventory and move in the fall/winter gear. When you add in a slumping economy and fewer people traveling, it’s a bonanza out there for the savvy shopper.

Here are a few great sales going on right now. Most of them are only going on for a few weeks, so go browsing now instead of putting it off.

Semi-Annual Sale: Up to 70% Off 12,000 Items at Backcountry.com

Find Sale and Clearance items at REI.com!

Teva sandals and shoes on sale now for men! 40-80% off for a limited time!

Clearance Sale Up to 50% at RockCreek.com

Extra 10% OFF + Free Shipping over $50 at eBags.com

Magellan’s Web Specials

Swiss Army Watch Closeouts – All 50% Off!

ExOfficio.com Sale – Up to 70% off the original price

Now through September 2nd at Sierra Trading Post: Spend $100 – Get $30 gift card Use Code: ALAUGUST9 at Checkout.

In Europe? Click here for huge discounts at WildDay.com

ExOfficio Shirts on Sale.