When I go on a trip, whether it be to a nearby state park with friends or a trip to Europe, I like to keep the essentials with me. Modern adventurers aren’t supposed to carry around a bunch of different items. The happy medium for a traveler is to find the best products that are lightweight, functional, and not costly.
Here, I have put together a list of 6 gadgets that are of the utmost importance to the world traveler and the amateur alike.
Never forget a nice set of noise-canceling headphones when packing. These will get you through that 13-hour flight to Tel Aviv, the loud hotel lobby where you are trying to get some work done, or even when you want to listen to some sweet tunes next to that waterfall in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It is crucial to read reviews of available headphones prior to buying your own. Luckily, thanks to the Internet, a quick headphones review of high-quality headphones (under $500) can be at your fingertips. So, whatever your budget is, you can always guarantee to find a high-quality set.
World adapter plug
These all-in-one adapters are becoming more common and, accordingly, cheaper for the average traveler. If you are planning on going overseas, this is a terrific product to bring with you, and if you are staying in the same country, some products also double as a portable charger, which is a huge deal in traveling with electronics. These products are not even just helpful for traveling overseas, because they also have many different plug-ins for all of the other gadgets that you bring with you on your trip.
Portable phone charger
Now, this is probably the most underrated product in this line-up. Without this gadget, the rest of your other gadgets could be rendered useless within mere hours of usage. There are products on the market now that have up to 100 hours of charge time for all of the plug-ins you can imagine, including all of the items on this list that require charging. Your world adapter plug might have charging capabilities as well, so this is a very useful backup product to get you out of any charging emergency. You can also be a good steward to those around you as you travel and offer to help others with their charging, which is a great way to get to know others.
Portable bluetooth speaker
This is a fun one! I have seen speakers that are about 2 ounces in weight and they sound beautiful when given a new charge. For any music and podcast fans, this is a great gadget to keep with you in your backpack when you are hiking through the Rockies or doing some work in your hostel for the comforts of home to motivate you to get your work done. This is also a great way to relax with your friends after a long day of traveling.
USB flash drive
This device would be very useful for emergencies, such as if you lose your passport and need to upload a picture of it at a local print shop or misplace your ticket for your bus into town. Keep all the information that you don’t feel comfortable putting on your phone on your small USB that you keep tucked away in your backpack for a Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Card when you find yourself in a fix. You probably don’t even have to buy a new one, and if you do they cost next to nothing.
This is one that many folks don’t think about bringing. Most people can get by just fine by logging into the local coffee shops’ Wi-Fi or the hotel’s Wi-Fi, but if you are in a position where you need a better connection to do your work or connect to the internet, this is a nifty little thing to bring with you. This will also be helpful if you are traveling with a group of people who need an above-average Wi-Fi connection. This is a lightweight and small product, so don’t worry about that at all.
All of these products are relatively inexpensive, easy to find, and fit in most carry-on with most airliners, given that you are even traveling by airplane. They should all be able to keep you happy and safe from point A to B with all the comforts of home and the ease of a modern house. As technology continues to improve upon itself, we will start to see even better products emerge and allow for even more ease and comfort when going on our next trip. These products are the top of the market, so enjoy and travel safe!