Technology has taken the travel industry by storm. Finding the right flights, hotels and rental cars is easy using high-tech travel agencies, such as LBF Travel, that use advanced protocols to locate the best package deals for customers. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is working to streamline the ID process with scanner technology that matches boarding passes with photo identifications. But, traveling itself is still a bit on the stressful side. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler, adventurer, business warrior, or looking for a gift for someone who is, finding the right gadgets and accessories to make the journey easier isn’t easy. Do you or the traveler in your life really need a keychain projector or would an ostrich pillow for those long airport waits between flights be better? Here are some of the most useful gadgets, gifts and must-haves for travelers.
#1. The Trakdot Luggage Tracker
Put the Trakdot Luggage Tracker in your luggage and wirelessly track it through the Trakdot website. Once you land, Trakdot sends a text message letting you know your luggage has arrived. The tracking works wherever cellphones do. The device uses two batteries, is easy to setup and requires a yearly plan.
#2. The Powercube
There never seem to be enough electrical outlets. The Powercube turns one electrical outlet into six which includes four grounded plugs and two USB ports. The Powercube is small, making it easy to pack and carry.
#3. The Micro Scale
No more overweight bag charges, no matter where you are with the Micro Scale. The extremely small digital scale is light and accurate, perfect for weighing bags even when you’re not at home.
#4. Grid-It Organizer
Finally a way to avoid the tangled web of cables and cords when you travel. The Grid-It Organizer is ideal for storing cellphones, chargers, cords, extra batteries, cameras, phones and just about anything else you can imagine. The grid system uses a rubberized woven material to keep objects firmly in place.
#5. Lo & Sons Overnight Bags
Lo & Sons’ Overnight Bags are pricey as far as overnight bags go, but they definitely have what it takes to make travel easier. Available in a range of colors, the bags feature a separate laptop pouch and internal strap that hooks on to your suitcase. No more juggling multiple bags and wrestling through luggage to find your laptop.
#6. AeroPress Aerobie Portable Coffee Maker
Perfect for the traveling coffee lover who can’t stomach hotel coffee makers, the AeroPress Aerobie portable comes with its own pouch. Coffee aficionados can make American-style coffee or espresso right in their own room. And, don’t forget to throw a mini coffee grinder in the overnight bag. The Hario Coffee Mill Slim Grinder is small and travels light.
#7. TripleC Designs Power Card
The Power Card from TripleC Designs is so small, it easily fits into a wallet. While you won’t get a full charge from this backup battery charger, you will get enough of a charge to get you to the next outlet.