There are hundreds of travel gadgets out on the market that can make our lives a bit easier while traveling. Some of them may seem unnecessary while other travel gadgets can be vital. It’s understandable if you don’t know what kind of travel gadgets that are good and which are less good.
But one thing is for sure, and that is that no matter if you are going on a holiday to a warm destination or a trip around the world, it’s always useful to have travel gadgets with you.
In this article, I give you my best tips and recommendations of a variety of travel gadgets that will make your travels more enjoyable, organized and much easier.
Essential Travel Gadgets
Travel Luggage Scale
Keep track on how much your luggage is weighing with the help of a Travel Luggage Scale. With this smart travel gadget, you will never have to worry about having overweight at the airport. With a luggage scale, you can quickly figure out how much you can bring along on your trip and as well how much you can shop during your journey. Simple, easy and inexpensive!
A Microfibre Towel is an ultra-lightweight towel that dries super fast and sucks up five times its own weight in water. When you are traveling it is very important to have a towel that doesn’t take up much space, and most important – that dries quickly. The Microfibre Towel is one of the travel gadgets that I always carry with me when I travel! Recommended size; 150 x 80 cm.
Swiss Army Knife
The world’s most famous multi-tool is a travel gadget that’s always useful. A Swiss Army Knife is easy to carry and provides access to tools such as scissor, tweezer, toothpick, corkscrew, screwdriver, bottle and can opener, knife and much more! All travelers who love to be out in the wild should have a Swiss Army Knife!
NOTE: Do not forget, you can not carry this travel gadget through the airport security!
You never know when you need to charge your travel gadgets, and sometimes it is essential to use a GPS or a mobile phone. All travelers should purchase a portable charger that sometimes can be a real lifesaver in some situations. This portable charger has a battery capacity of 16.000mah and is one of the best and most affordable chargers on the market.
Small and compact Flashlight
A small and lightweight but powerful LED flashlight with a good and bright light. In many countries, it’s common with power blackouts that suddenly occur. In some places the lighting in the streets aren’t that good either, then a flashlight is a savior. The flashlight is also very useful if you are out hiking or camping.
A TSA-certified padlock is always a good idea to bring along on a trip. This padlock makes it possible for the staff at the airport to open your bag without having to cut the lock. In this way, your luggage always stays safe from burglars at the airport or kleptomaniacs in the dorm rooms at hostels. You can also use the padlock to other things than just your bag, such as lockers or other places to keep your stuff safe.
First Aid Kit
You never know when danger is near or when an accident occurs, and therefore it is important to be prepared. Always carry a First Aid Kit when you are traveling. This handy kit includes band-aids, antiseptic ointment and napkins, bandages, scissor, gauze and several other things that are good to have!
A Travel Adapter that works around the World
This smart travel adapter works broadly in the whole wide world thanks to its multifunctional design. Skross travel adapter allows you to set and change between different plugs, which means that you don’t have to buy multiple adapters. This travel adapter is all you need when to recharge all your electrical gadgets during your trip.
GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition
An action camera that gives you the opportunity to record in high quality in spite of its small and compact size. GoPro makes it possible to film all the activities during your travels and with all its different kinds of mounts, there is no limit on where you can bring your camera. You can, for example, shoot when you go bungee jumping, skiing, snorkeling under water and while riding and so much more! With a GoPro, you can also take good quality pictures from your trip.
If you like to shoot, then you are going to love the GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition!
Kindle or an e-Reader
Kindle is designed for e-books and has several times been announced as the world’s best e-reader. With a weight of only 191 grams, it’s both simple and easy to bring along everywhere. With a Kindle, you can read e-books on the beach, in bed, in a park or wherever you want. You can also download e-books or documents as soon as you have Wi-Fi. A Kindle or an e-Reder is the bookworms biggest friend during a trip because then you don’t have to carry heavy books around and have to buy and throw them away all the time. A Kindle makes it possible to have everything collected in one place with all of your favorite books!
Macbook Air 13-inch
This particular computer is going to be your best friend during a long trip if you decided or have to bring along a computer. Thanks to its light weight, compact size, and long battery life. If you don’t have to work in programs like Photoshop or Illustrator, then this is the computer for you. If you should need a more powerful computer, I suggest to do like me and buy a Macbook Pro which is also very light and have a long lasting battery.
External Hard Drive
With an external hard drive, it allows you to store your pictures, movies, music and important documents without taking up space on your computer. If your computer gets stolen, then you also have a backup of everything you need. An external hard drive is a must for anyone who travels a lot or for those who take pictures a lot. I recommend you to buy an external hard drive with 2 TB of storage.
Memory Card / SD Card
An extra memory card is essential for those who take a lot of photographs and for those who love to shoot with their action cameras. There is nothing worse than being at a beautiful place and about to take a picture or shoot a video when the camera says that the memory card is full. To avoid this, you always have to bring along an extra memory card.
Most electronically gadgets with space for memory use a microSD card. The cards come with different amounts of storage ranging from 4 GB to 128 GB. A regular traveler will do fine with either a 32 GB or a 64GB memory card. If you take a lot of photographs or shoot a lot of videos, then you should consider whether you need more then only one extra memory card.
Smart Packing Gadgets
Vacuum Bags are a both simple and convenient tool to get more space into your luggage. Vacuum bags squeeze out all the air in the suitcase and saves very much space. The only disadvantage of vacuum bags is that it can be a hassle if your are traveling around and need to access your clothes often. Then it’s much better to use packing cubes.
Packing Cubes is one of the best gadgets when it comes to the organizing of your packing. Most people that have tried to travel with packing cubes would never be willing to travel without them again, including me. The packing cubes give you the possibility to have more space in your suitcase or backpack and the advantage of that you know exactly where everything is.
With packing cubes, you will never have to worry about the problem of an unorganized bag where things are difficult to find. This packing cube from Eagle Creek is one of the best and most affordable packing cubes on the market. Except for being an excellent help for organizing and gaining space in your bag, they are also very lightweight. The packing cubes are one of my best travel gadgets when I am traveling the world, and I think that you would love them as much as I do!
Travel Gadgets for the Airplane
This neck pillow is one of the best and affordable neck pillows I have ever tried, and it has been a savior many times! They have succeeded in combining high comfort with low weight and a small packing size in this particular product. I promise you, this will be the best neck pillow and your best friend during long flights, and hotel stays with uncomfortable pillows. A neck pillow is no doubt one of my best gadgets that have with me when I travel.
Sometimes it can be difficult to sleep on a plane, especially if its lights on in the cabin or if there’s daylight. This sleeping mask is a good solution to that with its broad elastic band and soft material.
Headphones that block out sound
My choice when it comes to headphones falls naturally on the Bose Quiet Comfort 25. Sure, they are quite expensive but if you are like me and rather not want to hear the screaming of children, aircraft noise, and loud talkers when trying to sleep or listen to music. Well, then the choice is simple for you too – Bose Quite Comfort is just as it sounds, quite and comfortable at its best where you can listen to exactly what you want in peace and quiet.
While sitting on a plane, bus or train – the last thing you want is to hear screaming babies, loud sounds, traffic, barking dogs or other unwanted sounds. The best you can do is to buy a pair of durable earplugs. The Earplanes is a great brand that equalizes the pressure, and you sleep when annoying sounds surround you on your travels.
Sure, you can buy a pair of ordinary earplugs, but these have a longer duration and works better than other earplugs on the market that I’ve tried.
A headphone splitter is a supersmart travel gadget to use while traveling with friends. It allows you to connect two headphones to the same device, so you and your friend/partner can listen to music or watch movies together while traveling.
If you are going in the company of friends or loved ones, then this is a great gadget to bring along on your trip!
Great Travel Gadgets to have
A water bottle with a built-in filter
In several places in the world, it’s not possible to drink the tap water or from nature. Now change is here! Clearly Filtered has developed a water bottle in stainless steel that is easy to take with you everywhere. Inside the bottle, you put a filter (which the price includes) that purifies the water to 99.9% from the bacteria!
This kind of bottle is a must for every environment and budget conscious travelers as you don’t have to buy bottled water all the time.
Key Ring Backpack
A 20-litre backpack that is amazingly simple and easy to carry. When the backpack is folded its measured to be only 8 centimeters in length and 6 cm in width, and it easily fits on your key ring or in your pocket. The backpack is made of a durable Cordura® with silicone, and worth to mention, it is also waterproof!
This cutlery is a combination of a fork, a knife and a spoon in a material of heat resistant polycarbonate, which makes this travel gadget perfect to take with you everywhere. Since Spork only weighs 6 grams, it will not take up much weight in your bag or backpack. This makes it great to take along on backpacking trips, to the beach, on camping trips or even on the airplane.
If you are like me and love to save money by eating both picnics and local street food while traveling. Then this travel gadget a must for you to bring on your trip! Use it to the instant noodles in South Korea, like a spoon to your coffee, to the street food in Thailand, and to eat delicious fruit in all the world’s tropical countries. There is a lot you can use a spork to when it comes to food on the go!
The Scrubba – A Portable “washing machine”
If you are going to backpack around the world, then it can be both expensive and hard to find places where you can wash your clothes. To wash your clothes in the sink will also be tough in the long term and the results are not always the best. Therefore I recommend “The Scrubba,” which is a portable washing machine that you easily can bring along on your travels.
A Solar Charger that can tolerate water
A perfect gadget to bring on your trip if you are going to a sunny destination where you’re not going to spend all your time in the hotel room. This charger is both easy to carry and has a strength of 12.000mah. It does also tolerate water, which is perfect if you are going to the beach our going on boat trips.
One thing that I always bring along on my trips is a sewing kit that can fit into my pocket. A small sewing kit is a great gadget and a money saver if your clothes or other fabrics would break.
Awesome Travel Gadgets
A selfie stick is a great gadget if you are traveling solo or if you want to have all of your friends or family on the holiday picture, including yourself. With a selfie stick that is possible and makes it very easy to take one of those pictures, a must-have if you love to snap photos.
Mounts and accessories to your GoPro
It is always a good idea to buy a new mount or accessories to your GoPro. There are several different kinds you can buy that varies from sets, selfie stick, head strap and floating handle. One good buy is this set that gives you a package with a head strap, selfie stick, sticker kit, bike mount and a chest mount. By purchasing a set of mounts and accessories, you get them much cheaper than if you would buy each of them separately.
A Scratch Map is not the ultimate gadget to bring along on your travels, but it’s still a fun thing to own. A Scratch Map is an inspiring thing that makes it easy to keep track of all the countries you have visited. It is also a good gift for someone who loves to travel!
The Silk Traveller from the company Amazonas is a very durable, lightweight hammock made out of 100% parachute silk that makes it both comfortable for the skin and cool to hang in. The Amazonas hammock is very big, so you can lie diagonally in it and even fit two persons (the maximum weight is 150kg). You can also fold this hammock into a small bag which makes it perfect for your travels!
A drone is one of the coolest things to have if you love to take pictures and shoot videos while traveling. With a drone, you can fly your camera up into the air and take perfect pictures and videos from above at different landmarks and beautiful places. If you are looking for taking pictures and videos from angles that not anyone has snapped and shoot before, then this is the perfect travel gadget for you.
NOTE, at some famous landmarks and places around the world drones are forbidden to use.