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Published on August 22nd, 2017 | by James D. Burbank


5 Must-Have Gadgets for Travelers

Whether you’re traveling for a week or you’re being gone for the entire year, figuring out what to pack and carry with you and what should be left behind can be troublesome, to say the least. This is especially true when it comes to carrying tech-related gear, as it can be rather fragile and often doesn’t fare well with the elements. That said, there are high-quality tech gadgets that add onto the trip and make the whole process a lot simpler and easier. Here are five must have gadgets that every traveler should have in their travel arsenal, without burning a hole in their pocket.

1.     Water-resistant backpack

Although technically not a gadget, water-resistant backpacks are the single most useful travel accessory. They can be quite spacious and can easily fit a laptop, smartphone, a couple of spare batteries and a change of clothes without having to worry about water getting inside. This makes them ideal for those who enjoy various water activities or travel through countries who experience a harsh rainy season. Some models, besides being water-proofed, are also stab-resistant, which can be quite the life saver feature in case anything bad happens.


2.     Smartphone

Recommending smartphones and laptops as must have gadgets for travelers might seem a bit obvious, but they provide some pretty useful functionally for such as small form factor. The average smartphone comes equipped with a camera, a flash you can use as a battery lamp, GPS, storage for pictures and videos and more importantly, an abundance of travel-related apps. These range from maps and bus and train routes to apps such as Airbnb and Couchsurfing. But the most outstanding feature has to be the Google’s Translator app, which is able to translate speech, signs and whole texts at once.

3.     A good pair of headphones

The act of carrying headphones in engrained in the culture of traveling, whether it’s small headphones or massive, over-the-ear noise-cancelling powerhouses, they are a faithful companion of many travelers. If you’re traveling with a backpack and are already lugging around a ton of stuff in your pockets, then wireless headphones might be the perfect solution. Most of them come with a casing that acts as a charging dock, although this means that you would have to charge the dock itself from time to time. If you’re a business traveler, then you might want to consider getting an on-ear or over-ear pair with active noise cancellation.

4.     Portable battery charger

Even if you’re carrying around just a couple of devices, keeping them charged at all times while traveling may not always be an option. You might be traveling to a country that uses a different kind of plugs and sockets, you might not have the time to do so or you might simply forget (we have all been there at one point or the other). Not to mention the fact that applications such as Google Maps ca and GPS apps can quickly drain the battery, which makes having a portable battery charger a real necessity, rather than a choice.

5.     GPS for your luggage

Having GPS for your luggage is a pretty useful tool for those who tend to forget or lose their bags and for those who carry around important items or expensive devices (phones, tablets, laptops). Most of these luggage tracking locators are the size of an average wallet and are tracked using the app you install on your smartphone. This allows you to know the exact whereabouts of your luggage at any given time during your travels.

Looking at the list, you probably already own a couple of items from the list such as headphones and smartphones but have in mind that there are models that handle all the traveling a lot better and make the whole experience easier, such as drop- and water-resistant smartphones and wireless headphones that make it easy to go through your pockets or backpack in a hurry, without having to worry about the cables tangling or breaking accidentally.

About the Author

James D. Burbank has spent years travelling the world while in the trade show industry. Back in the days when phone apps included a calculator and a calendar. If you have the time, check out his blog, BizzMarkBlog.

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