With the sheer amount of gadgets floating around the internet today, it’s never been easier to stay connected on the go. Whether you’re planning a trip overseas or across the country, packing the right essentials can definitely turn any ho-hum trip into an extraordinary one, not to mention keep you connected both with friends and family — and your social media feed.
That’s why we’ve rounded up our all-time favorite smart travel gadgets. From everyday travel essentials like portable chargers and universal adapters, to tech-savvy gadgets like digital luggage scales and travel routers, these smart devices make it easy to travel without having to stress all those extra details.
They help keep you prepared and organized, and help keep your devices powered up. They’ll help you capture memories from your trip, and preserve them too. And they’re all sized to fit in your carry-on, so you have no excuse to not bring these with you.
Before you head out on your next trip, make sure your packing list is complete with these travel essentials.
1. Anker PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger
No matter how far (or near) you travel, you’re gonna want to check your phone. The Anker PowerCore is slim enough to fit easily in your pocket and powerful enough to power your phone up to two times over on a single charge. With an impressive 5000mAh battery and PowerIQ technology, all you have to do is plug it into your phone via USB and you can enjoy a quick portable charge anywhere, anytime.
2. Power Plug Adapter
Traveling overseas? This power adapter is a must. This universal adapter works in 150+ countries and makes it easy to plug your gadgets in gizmos into any electrical socket without fear of them exploding. That’s right—exploding. I once plugged my American PS2 into an Italian electrical outlet (which, coincidentally, carries more volts) and it instantly overheated. No bueno. Just be sure you select the right country and voltage before you starting plugging.
3. Travel Laptop Backpack
Hey! Wait! This just looks like a regular old basic backpack, right? Wrong. This high-tech travel backpack comes with its own external charging port so you can charge your devices on the go. Great for when you’re wadding through airport security and all the free charging hubs are taken, this backpack also comes with a front organizer, separate laptop compartment and a passport holder. Not bad for under $35.
The super durable fabric wipes clean easily with a damp cloth and holds up to wear and tear.
4. Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale
Ever been running late for a flight only to realize your luggage is two pounds overweight? I have. Skip the uncertainty and make sure you’re packing the perfect amount with this handy digital luggage scale. It clips directly onto your luggage for easy portability, and it measures your bags in seconds. It’s a seriously great investment if, like me, you tend to walk on the wild side when it comes adhering to luggage restrictions.
5. Underwater Photography Cameras
Sure, those old disposable cameras you can pick up at your local drugstore are fun, but they don’t really provide great picture quality. This underwater camera comes with an adjustable wide-angle fisheye lens and built-in WiFi so you can easily sync it to your phone. It’s also designed for 4K, so you can snap pics at better angles and enjoy higher-quality shots. It even comes with its own rechargeable batteries and mounting kit. This is a new must-have for your next tropical vacation or visit to the beach.
6. COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
Sometimes it’s nice to block out the world and zone out with your sweet, sweet tunes. The Cowin E7 Noise-Cancelling headphones find the perfect mix of style and affordability, giving you a great Bluetooth headphone set that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Available in six vibrant colors, these headphones come with powerful 40mm big speaker drivers and offer 30 hours of nonstop playtime, which is great for those long flights.
The chic, sophisticated design looks great for those vacation flat-lays or airplane selfies too.
7. Xenvo Pro Lens Kit for iPhone
Sure, iPhone cameras are awesome (especially the newer models), but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little something extra. The Pro Lens Kit comes with a wide-angle lens, which is great for capturing more space in your shots, and a macro lens, which really helps give all those close-up pics some added detail. You simply clip these lenses over your phone’s camera and take your pics like you normally do. It’ll give you more options for photo-taking and help improve the quality of pics coming from your phone.
8. Kingston Digital DataTraveler
Because you never know when you’re going to need to print some docs or transfer a few files, this low-cost flash drive comes packed with 32GB and is so small you’ll probably forget you even packed it—which may or may not be a good thing. Made from a durable metal casing with a handy outer ring, you can keep it stuffed in the bottom of your backpack and have just in case of emergencies, cause you never know when you’ll need to whip out your flash drive.
9. Hiearcool Universal Waterproof Case
A must if you plan on making a splash, this universal waterproof case works with both Apple and Android models and encases your phone is a waterproof pouch. What’s even more impressive is the fact that you can still use it while it’s submerged. Great for when you’re skiing, surfing and swimming, this case is waterproof up to a grand total of 100 feet.
I like getting these for my whole family when we’re on a boating excursion, to make sure our valuables (read: phone, wallet, ID) doesn’t go down in a splash.
10. TP-Link AC750 Wireless Portable Nano Travel Router
Worried about logging onto someone else’s WiFi network? Why not pack your own? This handy travel router packs Dual Band AC750 Wi-Fi and is a great gadget to take on the road. It’s able to connect to a network’s wireless network and sets up its own personal access point. Whether you’re checking into a hotel or an Airbnb, it never hurts to stay protected.