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The gear you choose to equip yourself with can either revolutionize your travel experience or cause endless headaches and take up precious room in your carry-on.
And with the tech market more saturated than ever, it can be hard to figure out which products are worth the extra money. Thankfully, all of the items on this list are compact and lightweight, which makes them ideal for packing, but also high-performance enough to stay in year-round rotation, even when you are staying at home.
A thumb drive on a keychain
Thumb drives are handy and practical for all sorts of things, especially for a travelling tech junkie. Whether you’re carrying around a suite of portable apps or a full-fledged privacy toolkit, you probably carry one or two thumb drives with you wherever you go. However, most thumb drives are pretty bulky, and they can easily get lost or misplaced, which is why opting for one that can be fitted on your keys is such a good idea. Thumb drives such as these are thin and sturdy, and they fit right on your keychain with your other keys – not to mention they are usually quite a bargain.
An emergency battery charger
Nothing runs on good old AA batteries anymore, which means that if you get caught in a bind and run out of battery, you have to plug your gadget into the wall. However, when there is no electrical outlet nearby, there’s the Go Travel power bank, which you can plug into your smartphone, tablet, or other device to give it another charge. Not only does this gadget have a beautiful and sleek design, but it is also quite compact, making it the perfect travel accessory that you can carry in your bag, or even your pocket.
A 3G or 4G hotspot
Although Wi-Fi is available almost anywhere you go these days, you don’t really want to rely on it for data connectivity when you are travelling. Even if you don’t tend to visit remote areas that usually don’t have Wi-Fi access, there seems to be the law of physics that there is never a network around when you need it the most. In order to solve this problem, a great idea would be to carry a wireless hotspot with you wherever you go. If you want to conserve your battery or get the fastest internet possible, MiFi is one of the best options that you can get on almost all mobile carriers.
Handy camera lenses
It is always a good idea to bring a camera with you when you are travelling. While you always have the option of carrying an extra camera around, in most cases, smartphone cameras have gotten good enough to use as a primary photography tool these days. However, if you want to make them a bit better, without needing to carry a heavy DSLR with you everywhere you go, there are many great external camera lenses available. Easily attachable to your smartphone, these lenses usually come in a pack of three, consisting of a telephoto lens, a fisheye lens and a wide-angle lens usually used for macro shots, but there are many options available to suit everyone’s photography needs.
A wireless tracker
This handy little tool will ensure you never lose your wallet, handbag or carry-on again, which is especially important when you are travelling. The sleek and tiny design makes it extremely easy to put this gadget into any item you are afraid of losing, and it makes finding misplaced items a breeze. Simply download an application on your phone, connect it to the tracker and, whenever you misplace an item, the tracker will beep so loudly that you can easily track your lost things down under the bed or in the pocket of yesterday’s trousers.
If you live in the cold north, or you like to travel to such destinations, using your smartphone or tablet can be nearly impossible during the winter. That is why you should consider investing in a pair of capacitive gloves, which will give you the opportunity to use a touchscreen gadget without sacrificing your hands to the cold winter temperatures. There are many types and designs available nowadays, so you are sure to find a pair that suits you perfectly. But, even though they’re pretty inexpensive, you can always make your own pair with a bit of conductive thread, if you don’t feel like buying them.
Thanks to constant innovation and development, the tech world moves fast and continually provides us with cool and useful gadgets that should always be a part of every tech junkie’s bag, especially when they are on the road.
Author: Sophia Smith