It doesn’t matter where you’re traveling to, or where you’re traveling from: having the right gadgets can make any trip much less of a headache. But travel allowances, size, and the cost of some of the most highly-recommended travel gadgets can make them a little more burdensome than necessary. We’ve scoured the internet to choose some of our ‘best buy’ gadgets which are small, portable, and inexpensive. From providing the comforts of home to keeping your gear safe, these great tech gadgets can go with their owners almost anywhere.
A Personal Wi-Fi Router
When you’re traveling from hotel to hotel, you might find that most hotels will provide wired internet, such as ethernet or broadband, for free… but that you need to pay for wireless internet. And there’s an easy way around that: pack your own router! There are many iterations of this product, such as Airport Express or N Nano: both travel-sized routers, which you can configure once, and then easily plug into any wired internet port for instant, locked, secure Wi-Fi. Small and slim, most versions pack easily and offer hassle-free wireless. Just make sure to carry a spare ethernet cord and you’re good to go!
Power Extension Boards
Most hotels (and even many airports) don’t provide enough power outlets. You can circumvent this issue by always carrying a travel-sized extension board. These typically provide a cord for some extra length, and some additional outlets. Many companies produce travel versions, which generally come in the form of small disks with retractable cords, and rarely cost more than $15.
Headphones and Speakers
It’s always nice to be able to tune out the noise of a busy area like a lobby or an airport terminal; especially if you need to plug in and get some work done. Noise cancelling headphones are also great to use during long car rides or flights. There are dozens of brands and a wide range of price ranges, and if storage or space is an option, you can generally find some options which fold or compress.
Speakers, on the other hand, are great for helping you relax once you’re in a hotel or other more private space. Small bluetooth speakers can often be found for under $20 in a wide range of sizes and sound levels. As a perk, some options even come waterproof (for use near pools), or can act as secondary batteries for smartphones or other peripherals. And, speaking of batteries…
Portable Battery Bank
These small devices allow you to plug in computers, smartphones, peripherals, and tablets to charge them on-the-go should you be away from an outlet. These handy gadgets can range wildly in price and size based on how much power they can provide. Lower-end options might cost $60 and provide just enough power to top-up a smartphone for a few hours, while more higher-end options can cost as much as $100, and offer multiple ports to easily charge several devices at once.
Traveling between countries? A universal adapter has been a necessary gadget for travelers doing the same for decades. But technological advancements make these handy devices more and more flexible– and smaller!– every year. Most basic adapters cost anywhere from $25 to $100, and many come with special add-on options like USB charging capability and multiple outlets already attached.
Traveling With Ease
There are hundreds of amazing tech gadgets designed to make travel easier which hit the market every year. From ultra-light hard case rolling suitcases with built-in device chargers to ultraslim laptops easy to use on the go, there’s a product to fit every need. But often the most helpful tools are the ones we don’t often think about: like additional cords and extra batteries. So always take the time to review what you’ve packed before you head out the door, and double-check any and all necessary items.