5 Awesome Travel Gadgets

If you can resist the negative temptations of technology (too much Facebook or Instagram, anyone?), certain electronic tools can definitely enhance the overall travel experience.

Everyone has a smartphone, and many of us travel with a small laptop or tablet as well.   Likewise, a quality camera is standard issue for those who are serious about taking truly memorable and beautiful shots.

But you shouldn’t stop there. Below are five awesome travel gadgets that will make your next journey a whole lot easier and more enjoyable.

 

iSunnao Universal Travel Adapter

A common frustration for international travelers is the different electrical outlets that exist in different continents. This pocket-size adapter will let you plug in your devices everywhere. On a recent trip around the world, I used it in Africa, South America, and Asia without a glitch. Plus it has two USB ports!

 

 

GoPro Camera

With a GoPro, you can create some truly amazing videos – underwater, hiking, cycling, white water rafting, canyoning, you name it – and having a personalized, IMAX-quality documentary of your travel experience is something that you will treasure forever. I use the Hero3+ Silver Edition. It conveniently synchs with your smartphone via wi-fi, and editing videos is easy with the company’s free software.

 

 

Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphonesbose headphones

I’ve had these for several years now, and I can’t imagine flying without them – especially on those long-haul flights across the ocean. Why should you endure hours of jet engine roar, babies crying and other background noise? Turn these headphones on and slip into a quiet bliss. You can opt for an around-ear or in-ear model. The in-ear version is more compact, but I find the around-ear style to be more comfortable.  These come in handy on trains and buses too!

 

beats pillBeats Pill Portable Speaker

There are times on the road when high quality music is a must and personal headphones won’t do. This light, portable speaker delivers the goods. Use it when pre-partying with friends or when you are showering and getting ready for a night out in a new city. Later, after you get back to the hotel, you might want to play something more romantic. The device is Bluetooth enabled, which means that you can synch it with your smartphone to access your favorite tunes or playlist.

 

 

jackeryJackery Giant+ Portable Charger

With this portable charger, you will never have to worry about your phone, camera or tablet running out of battery juice again. It’s like carrying your own little power vault. I used it to charge my camera during a four-day hike on the Inca Trail and when I was taking thousands of photos while on safari in Africa.

 

 

What are some your favorite travel gadgets?  Please share!

5 Comments
  1. Alyssa Norton 3 years ago

    I have found portable chargers to be unbelievably useful throughout my time studying abroad. I have found that many hotels and even my own room in my apartment does not have as many outlets as I am accustomed to in the USA. This is when the portable charger has come in handy. Additionally, since I am traveling all the time I need my phone on me for safety reasons and because a lot of my travel plans are listed on my phone.

    Along these lines I just became aware of the Passbook app on my iPhone. You can check into your flight online and then have your ticket right on your phone under Passbook and scan it. Not only is this a greener option but it also saves time and fondling around in your bag for your boarding pass. I would definitely suggest this to anyone who plans to fly a lot!

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      Jay 3 years ago

      Good suggestion, Alyssa! I did know not about Passbook. I will try it.

  2. Adrienne Henderson 3 years ago

    I would agree with Alyssa that Passbook is one of the best traveling apps and along those lines if ever you have considered getting an iPad I would definitely suggest getting an iPad mini for traveling! iPad’s pick up wifi signals from much farther ranges than an iPhone and can be very helpful if you don’t have international service or can’t get a wifi signal on your phone. The iPad mini is small enough that you can throw it in any bag or even the back pocket of your pants but also big enough to watch shows or read the newspaper on the plane. It also is compatible with most iPhone apps!

  3. Adrienne Henderson 3 years ago

    Here is also an article on the best new travel gadgets in 2014: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-new-travel-gadgets-for-2014/4

    I think one of the big highlights is the travel phone case charger! This device charges your phone without any wires and would be very handy for long trips.

  4. Nicole Carpenter 3 years ago

    For me, the most useful travel gadget has been my global translator. I usually travel by myself and it is so easy to just take a picture, type, or speak into my translator and instantly see it in English. Especially in Germany when I went to a very small town, it was essential that I had a way to translate everything without using up all of my data on my phone. If you are traveling a lot and do not have an unlimited data plan or are going to a more remote destination, I would definitely suggest in buying one!

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