Whether you are venturing off the beaten path or just flying to visit relatives there are a number of gadgets and accessories out there that can make your travel experience much easier and more enjoyable. With everything from water purifiers that fit in your pocket to theft proof backpacks here are 25 must have accessories for savvy travelers.
Although originally the Airport Express was intended to extend the range of your Wi-Fi network or play music out of remote speakers, it can also be used as a wireless base station whenever you are on the road. Just plug in the ethernet and you have your own private network.
Going on the road, one of the first things you will want to take with you is some extra power. Although lately there haven’t been many quality solar chargers, the Powermonkey eXplorer has a standby charge of up to one year, is built to withstand all sort of rough conditions, and is made to power almost everything in your arsenal.
This Nyrius Translator will give you the most bang for your buck as it spits out phrases in 12 languages and fits right in your pocket.
According to the statistics, every 53 seconds a laptop computer is stolen in the United States. This lightweight Kensington Notebook Lock will make sure that all of your data is safe when you are on the road.
These days it would be hard to go anywhere in the world if you couldn’t plug in all of your gadgets and the Kensington Power Adapter allows you to do this easily with its lightweight universal charger.
Rather than taking all of your books with you and weighing you down while trying to catch your flight, the Amazon Kindle will allow you to do all of your reading on one easy to use tablet.
Probably the simplest, most easy to use camera ever invented, the Flip Mino comes with essentially one button – record. What’s more it has 2 GB of internal memory which allows for over 60 minutes of recording time.
With a big 8.5 inch diagonal screen and unparalleled battery life, this Panasonic Portable DVD Player will offer you 13 hours of your favorite films.
Although there are numerous travel gaming platforms out there to choose from, we tend to lean towards the PSP if only because of all its extra features. Not only can you play games and movies but it also comes equipped with Skype and pretty soon GPS as well.
No need to bring along all that clunky camera equipment to get a good shot. Simply pop your iPhone in the back of the MCamLite and start shooting. With a durable aluminum frame, 37mm wide angle macro/combo lens and 180 degree external mic it’s sure to make you, along with your shots, look like a pro.
Originally developed to boost the sound quality of hearing aids, these Able Planet Noise Canceling Headphones are extremely comfortable and coming in at $100 less than the Bose QuietComfort 3s your ears, and wallet, will thank you.
Although there are numerous GPS devices out there, the Asus Personal Navigator is not only jam packed with features like bluetooth and an FM transmitter, it is also compact enough to fit in your pocket so you can easily take it with you when you get out of the car.
Here at List25 we travel with all sorts of accessories and our conclusion when it comes to laptops is that you can’t really beat the Macbook Air, especially if you are an avid Mac fan. Of course, it doesn’t have a CD/DVD drive and the battery isn’t as long lasting as some other brands but it makes up for all of that with its ridiculously slim and portable design.
The one downside to having an iPhone as any proud owner will tell you, is the battery life. Assuming that you don’t have a Mophie juice pack, your second best option is a battery pack. Trust us, you’ll need it.
As cool as your average pedometer can be, the Trackstick takes that coolness a step further. Not only does it tell you how far you’ve walked, but you can sync it with Google Earth and it will give you a very accurate representation of exactly where you have been for the past several weeks.
If you’re the type of person that doesn’t like drinking out of the tap, or if you have some off-the-beaten-path locales on your travel agenda, then this Steripen Water Purifier is exactly the thing that you need.
Whether you are looking block everything out or just want to get a widescreen cinematic experience on the go, every time you put on these Vuzix Widescreen Video Glasses they give you the chance to do both.
The ultimate photographer’s travel companion, the Manfrotto Veloce Backpack easily stores all of your gear in easy to access compartments. Here at List25 we can personally attest to its usefulness as it holds all of our film equipment as we travel around the country.
Rather than lugging your rechargeable batteries along with a charger all over the world, you can simply use these USBCell batteries. They have the charger embedded directly into their casing which allows you to recharge right from your laptop.
For those of you who don’t want to pull out your laptop every time you want to check for a wireless signal, the Canary Wireless Hotspotter will do the job for you.
You can’t always count on there being a power plug around when you need one which is why the Pocket Socket can be a lifesaver. All you have to do is crank the handle and it’ll keep your accessories powered up.
The Manfrotto Tripod is one of the best things you get for yourself if you plan on doing any serious shooting during your trip. Here at List25 we use it because it fits perfectly into the Manfrotto Veloce Backpack that carries all our stuff as we travel.
Sometimes a flash drive just isn’t enough to store all of your information in which case it can be good to have the Seagate FreeAgent Go on hand. Not only will it store all of your data but you can run all of your own programs and settings off of it on any computer in the world.
If you plan on playing tourist in any crowded locations it may be to your advantage to have something like the Pacsafe Daypack with you. With slashproof panels and tamperproof zippers it will make sure that all of your belongings are safe.
The newest innovation of ScottEVest, the Transformer Jacket changes from Jacket to Vest in seconds by using 12 rare earth magnets. Moreover, it comes with 20 cleverly hidden and easily accessible pockets to store all of your many gadgets while you are traveling.