When we went to LA to visit family recently, I was dreading lugging all the extra cords, in particular a cord to connect a digital camera to my laptop in order to download pictures.
Then I stumbled on the IOGear Pocket Card Reader/Writer for SD & Mmc memory cards. This tiny device, about the size of a USB flash drive, lets you plug the memory card from your camera into the device. The other end of the device is a USB connection which can be plugged directly into the computer.
The other big advantage is that unlike the software that comes with many digital cameras, it lets you address the memory stick directly as if it were a USB drive, simplifying uploading data. Available from www.extremegeek.com for $12,99. Well worth it.