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8 Must-Have Travel Gadgets for Your Next Trip

May 2, 2018

Whether you're looking for the perfect gift to give your traveling friends, or want to add some items to your own travel bag, this list is for you.  They are handpicked items which are clever, cool and sure to enhance your trip in various ways.   Over the years of my travels, I have learned to appreciate those items which seem to make my trip that much more comfortable, convenient or just fun.  Check them out.

 

1.  The Phillips Travel Speaker

Who doesn't need a good travel speaker to play tunes from their phone or mobile device? The Philips Wireless Travel Speaker is a good choice because its small and flat-about the size and shape of a cookie, and small enough to fit in your pocket.  You can connect it to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop using Bluetooth, and it can blast music for up to 12 hours via the USB-rechargeable battery. The speaker is water-, shock-, and dust-resistant and comes in four cool color combinations.  And when you want more bass just yank on the sides of the speaker and it expands upward, creating a sound chamber that enhances the bass. Click here to for more info.

 

 

 

 

2.  The Best All-Around Travel Pillow

Perhaps one of the most important items to have while flying is a good pillow and the Trtl Travel Pillow is the best there is.   

Although this Trtl pillow actually looks nothing like a pillow, it's actually a pillow and more.  It is like a pillow, scarf and blanket all in one!  Technically, it is actually a soft, lightweight fleece wrap cushion around a plastic neck support on one side.   This rests either your shoulder or your chest while keeping your head in a comfortable position.  The Trtl pillow was designed based on cutting-edge scientific research on sleeping positions so its sure to give you a comfortable sleep.  However, one potential issue is that the rest is only on one side and not all around the the common travel pillows.  But it's still quite awesome. Also, the pillow is offered in a one size fits all.  Click here for more info.

 

 

 

3. Lifestraw Filter Water Bottle

Clean water is essential in life but especially during travel.   One of the coolest things you can have on your trip is a water bottle that filters tap water you put into it.  Bottled water is usually the safest option as pollution and bacteria levels in foreign countries can cause serious digestive issues for travelers.  However, bottled water is not completely safe itself as the chemicals inside the plastic bottles often leach into the water making them insidiously dangerous as well.  This is why the Lifestraw Filter Water Bottle is one of the coolest and healthiest ways to hydrate yourself on a trip or at home.  It's a BPA-free water bottle with a two-level filter to clean your water as you drink.  How cool is that?   Now you don't have to worry about polluted water or buying bottled water on your next exotic excursion.  Just fill up your bottle with tap water and your are ready to go.  The bottle will filter it and make it safe for your consumption.  Click here for more info on this cool product. 

 

4. Google Pixel Buds

Ok..so in my opinion the most revolutionary and and absolute coolest travel product on the market right now is the Google Pixel Buds which represent the cutting edge of real time on-the-spot translation technology.   They are the coolest.  With these earbuds you literally have your own personal translator as the buds can translate up to an amazing 40 different languages into English and vice versa!  YES!  Imagine traveling to far away destinations such as China or India and being able to communicate with people in other languages...instantaneously.  In my opinion this is as awesome as travel gear gets.   Check them out here for more details.

 

 

5. Portable Luggage Scale

 

During your travels there will be a time is you have not experienced it already when you get to the airline ticket counter and are told that your luggage is overweight.  You will be faced with two options, either pay the overweight fee which some times can be up to $100, or you can repack your luggage.  Either way it's an inconvenience you don't need.  This the why the Etekcity Portable Luggage Scale is so cool.  Now you can weight your own luggage at home or wherever while your packing to make sure you meet the weight requirements for your luggage.  No more embarrassing repacking luggage at the counter.  To order this item click here.

 

 

6. Portable Selfie Drone

In the age of getting the perfect selfie, what better device to have on your next trip than your very own selfie drone which flies and captures those awesome shots of you from the air.  This gift is cool because it is a portable size which easily folds up into your back pocket but good enough to take those wonderful video and still image aerial shots of you in your next exotic location.   Drones are becoming more popular as the technology becomes more affordable for the public.  Now you can get your own.  As a filmmaker myself, a drone is essential.  Click here to order. 

 


7. The Lugloc Global Luggage Locator

Here is another cool travel item which is ingenious and pretty high-tech in solving a potential problem which we all may face, lost luggage.  What if you had a way to use your smart phone to track the location of your luggage no matter where it is?   Well that's exactly what Lugloc is.  It's a global luggage locator.  You basically install the software on your phone, attach or place the Lugloc in your luggage while packing, and when you check your luggage you will always be able to track its location.  How cool is that?  Click here to order.

 

 

 

8. Anker PowerCore Portable Charger

This last device is something that we all need at some point in time while traveling, a good portable phone charger.   What's special about the Anker PowerCore Portable Charger is that it's light, powerful, and charges quicker than most.   Once fully charged, it delivers 3.5 charges for the iPhone or 2 for Galaxy.   It also offers multiple full charges for other phones and devices.  It's small and conveniently fits neatly next to smartphones in your palm or pocket.  In addition to all of this, it's at a good price.  Click here to order.

 

 

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