With Covid-19 going back into the closet, travel is back on the rise. Traveling can be pretty exciting, but this excitement can turn into frustration if you are not appropriately equipped to survive every kind of stress and obstacle you may face during your trip. And who are we kidding, having the right kind of gadgets when you are traveling can make the world of difference! Having the best tech gadgets for travel has to be your priority if you want to enjoy your journey.
Let’s look at some scenarios that will help you understand the importance of some tech gadgets. Imagine yourself on a long-haul flight close to a screaming baby. Even worse, you have an uncomfortable and heavy backpack or carry-on…
Some Gadgets To Travel Light
These days, it seems like everyone is inseparable from their electronic devices (even when they travel!). Whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or e-reader, we all have our favorite gadget that we can’t bear to part with. However, when it comes to travel, lighter is always better. Not only do heavier devices take up valuable space in your luggage, but they can also add a significant amount of weight. And let’s be honest, lugging around a heavy suitcase is no fun. Furthermore, devices with large screens are more likely to be damaged during transit. So if you’re looking to travel smart, leave the heavy-duty electronics at home and opt for a lighter gadget instead. Your arms will thank you for it! A word of advice only brings the heavy stuff if you have to. We get it, sometimes you need that laptop for a presentation or work conference. But a general rule of thumb when traveling with tech is to go light. And most of the time, only your smart tech gadgets can help you out in these situations. Let’s take a quick look at some best tech gadgets for travel.
Before we talk about any other gadget, let’s focus on this cable organizer that helps us avoid cluttering our bag with various wires. Since we have different devices like mobiles, laptops, cameras, etc., their chargers are all crammed in our bags on our trip. A cable organizer is a great gadget that would make packing and unpacking super-convenient while traveling. This will prevent you from elbowing a stranger while looking for your charger.
Our Favorite Cable Organizers For Travel
- Native Union Stow Lite Organizer – $29.99 – LINK
- FYY Electronic Organizer + Travel Cable Organizer – $12.99 – LINK
- Sunsir Travel Cable Organizer Bag – $10.99 – LINK
Are you wondering if wired headphones are cool again? Well, that’s not the case, but they can sometimes be the only option during your air travel. We know that the world has switched to wireless headphones, but various airlines still prohibit using them on flights. Do you want to sit through a long flight without music? That’s kind of boring. This is where wired headphones come into the picture again. Keep a paid or wired headphones on your bag and enjoy your flight with some rock music or romantic movie on your phone. That way, you don’t have to worry about losing your battery. Another reason why you might want wired headphones is if you have kids. Even if you don’t, it might be a good idea. Yes, it’s just one more cable to have to worry about and manage, but I once dropped my wireless earbud during a long flight. And yeah…never found it.
Our Favorite Wired Headphones For Travel
- Zihnic Headphones (Wired + Wireless – $25.99 – LINK
- Betron MK23 Earphones Wired in-Ear Headphones – $15.99 – LINK
- Noot Kids Headphones – $9.99 – LINK
Our Favorite Wireless Headphones
Just in case you absolutely know the airline you travel on allows Bluetooth technology with wireless headphones, here are a few of our favorites.
- Apple Air Pods Pro – $169.98 – LINK
- Raycon The Fitness Earbuds – $119 – LINK
- Anker Soundcore Life Q20 – $54.99 – LINK
Battery Banks/Power Banks
This is the most essential travel tech gadget any traveler would ever need. Your phone’s battery will be drained in GPS, translating apps, podcasts, book apps, and more. A dead battery is an inconvenience on normal days, but if you are traveling, a dead battery can be a huge mess. Low battery warnings can be frustrating, and you don’t want that happening. The best thing you can do is equip yourself with a portable battery bank and charge your devices. This will give you peace of mind and help you stay updated. Plus…some battery packs aren’t allowed on flights because of their output. So…here are some of our favorite battery packs when traveling.
Our Favorite Battery Packs and Power Banks For Travel
- Anker Portable Charger – $21.99 – LINK
- Miady 10000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger (2 Pack) – $21.99 – LINK
- Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger – $25.99 – LINK
Portable UV Light
Not every adventurer will stay in a 5-star hotel in New York and dine-in in Michelin star restaurants. Some people like to stay in motels and eat in roadside cafes. Adventure comes with some challenges, but the most dangerous ones include germs, and this pandemic has taught us how harmful these germs can be. You can’t rub your hand sanitizer on every surface. This is where you can use your rechargeable UV light to kill germs. You can swipe this light over your bed or seat to kill the germs. So, keep this light in your backpack for your adventurous trip.
Our Favorite Portable UV Light For Travel
- UV Light Sanitizer + Portable UV Light Disinfection Lamp – $25.99 – LINK
- KLEAMS Portable UV Light Sanitizer Wand – $62 – LINK
Another top-rated gadget in this list is a portable charging adapter. An adapter with several USB-A and USB-C ports is what you need. These adapters are Power Delivery enabled, which means that they have high-speed charging technology, so you don’t have to wait for long for your device to charge. You can get your device charged quickly and then leave for another adventure in the new city. This is a great tech gadget for travel because it has several ports that allow you to charge multiple devices at once on one power supply. So, don’t forget to keep this in your travel bag.
Our Favorite Charging Adapters For Travel
- New Vanga Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter – $14.99 – LINK
- Ceptics International Power Adapter – $19.99 – LINK
- AILKIN 3.1A MultiPort Fast Charger Plug, 3 Pack – $16.99 – LINK
Extra Long Cables
Extra-long cables might not be a necessity but what if your room has just one socket near the washroom or your airport has one available socket right next to Shake Shack without any sitting space? You will have to stand with your half-foot-long cable while your phone is charged. That is going to frustrate you one way or another. Having those extra few feet of cable will relieve you, so it’s better to be prepared for such situations.
Our Favorite Extra Long Cables For Travel
- (USB C) Anker New Nylon USB C to USB C Cable (10ft) – $19.99 – LINK
- (USB 3.) USB Extension Cable (10FT) – $8.49 – LINK
- (Apple) Long iPhone/iPad Charger (10ft) – $12.97 – LINK
Having The Right Gadgets When Traveling Matters
We understand that traveling can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for some, whereas, for others, it is a way of earning their livelihood. In both these cases, being equipped is essential because you can quickly get into an unwanted hassle without having the same essential tech gadgets. And even if you only plan on traveling a long distance once or twice, these tech gadgets are excellent pieces to have as part of your everyday, home life.
When it comes to tech gadgets, there are a few must-haves for any traveler and we dished out some of our favorites. Personally, I think all of these are a must-have if you are doing any sort of traveling (by air, ground, or whatever!). Having the right tech gadgets can make a big difference in your travel experience, so make sure to pack accordingly and be smart. The last thing you want is to be hindered by not having something. No one wants to get into a mess when they are on holiday enjoying the beautiful scenery of Greece or the dunes of Peru. Ensure that you have all these supplies with you to avoid wasting your time looking for stores to find cables and chargers for your devices instead of enjoying your traveling experience.