Everyone loves gadgets and most people like travel so I’ve compiled a list of the 26 must have travel gadgets and gear that every traveler ought to have.
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What’s a travel gadget you ask? Great question. A travel gadget is some piece of gear or technology that solves a common problem. And if you travel you are gonna run into some problems (tangled headphone cords, anyone!?).
Some of these travel gadgets are pretty cool. Some pretty, let’s say, unique. Do you need them all? Probably not, but some of them really ought to be in your travel kit!
Here are the 26 travel gadgets you absolutely must have! Let’s dig in.
Must Have Travel Gadgets
I’ve categorized this list of travel gadgets into the following buckets: Tech, Clothing & Beauty, Health & Fitness, Safety and Other.
Must Have Travel Gadgets – Technology
Tech, tech and more tech please! We all love tech when we travel and there are some pretty good travel gadgets here. Check ’em out.
goTenna Mesh to send messages when off the grid
The goTenna Mesh is a cool little device that allows you to daisy chain your phone to it and it to other goTenna Mesh’s thus keeping you connected. Here’s how they explain it:
- “SMART DEVICE: goTenna Mesh pairs to your phone and enables it to privately relay texts and GPS locations between other goTenna devices, up to 4 miles in range.
- INDEPENDENT & FREE: You don’t need phone service, routers, towers or satellites to use goTenna. Power your own network, whenever and wherever you need it.
- CHAT, TEXT & GPS: Our super-smart mesh protocol powers private 1-to-1, group chats or public emergency broadcasts to all nearby users. Plus, the free goTenna app includes detailed offline maps for any region in the world.
- THE PERFECT OFF-GRID TOOL: goTenna Mesh is great for hiking in areas where cell service is unreliable, avoiding costly data plans while traveling internationally, and staying connected in emergency situations when cell service is down.
- ANDROID & IOS READY: Compatible with iOS or Android devices. Sold in pairs. Charging cables included.”
In other words, the goTenna Mesh crates a backup communication network for you use during emergency situations when cell service is down, etc.
Travel Drone – the Holy Stone GPS enabled Travel Drone HS-100 with Camera and Live Video
The Holy Stone GPS enabled Travel Drone HS-100 with Camera and Live Video is the perfect travel drone you need for your next trip. It provides a mounted camera w/ live video feed (via your phone) and has a GPS auto return feature.
It also can be configured to follow you on your adventures (think of the Instagram pics!!) and you can map out a custom flight path for it by drawing a flight map.
This drone is exactly the kind of travel gadget you’ve got to have!
Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones – Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Edition
You can lie to everyone and tell them you are getting these headphones for your kids, but we all know YOU want them. Haha!
The Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones – Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Edition, head phones are skinned with iconic Disney imagery and of course still maintain all of the quality sound and functionality associated with Beats products.
Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale
The Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale is “…designed to save you stress and money when traveling by airline. With a weight capacity of up to 100 pounds (50 kg) and no setup necessary, you are able to measure the weight of nearly any bag in an instant, at anytime and anyplace.”
Trtl Travel Pillow
Sleeping on a plane is possible. Well, it’s not if you don’t have the Trtl Travel Pillow which gives you comfortable neck support designed for upright sleeping. Get through that brutal long haul redeye flight in virtually no time by sleeping through it!
Flight Flap Phone & Tablet Holder
Tired of having to hold your phone or tablet in your hand the whole flight while binge watching Mad Men? Or perhaps just tired of having to jerry rig your phone to stay propped up on the tray table? You need the Flight Flap Phone & Tablet Holder which is specifically designed for airplane travel.
This travel gadget “allows you to place your device where it can be easily viewed at eye level, reducing neck and back pain and making your travel experience more comfortable.”
NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station & Travel Power Strip
Only one plug accessible in your hotel room? No problem. This travel gadget can solve that for you. The NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station & Travel Power Strip is the perfect solution for plugging multiple devices in on your trip.
QEES Leather Cord Organizer
If you’ve ever traveled for longer than five minutes you know how infuriating it can be when you pull your charger and headphones and other other cords you have in your travel kit out. It’s a tangled mess!
The stylish QEES Leather Cord Organizer is compact and functional easily accommodating and protecting several power cords and headphones.
ELFRhino Earbuds Holder and Cord Organizer
If you are looking for something a little simpler to hold your headphones, the the ELFRhino Earbuds Holder and Cord Organizer is simple, functional and affordable. And it comes in several different great colors.
The perfect travel gadget for your stocking, perhaps?
Must Have Travel Gadgets – Clothing & Beauty
The best clothing related travel gadgets you need.
World’s Tiniest Travel Iron (w/ case)
Wrinkled clothes suck. Hotel irons suck too. With the Aproca Hard Storage Travel Case Compatible Steamfast SF-717 Mini Travel Steam Iron you trip doesn’t have to suck though.
This micro travel iron is a great travel gadget to add to your packing list. It’s compact, but functional. Weighs 4 oz! Is tiny at 6.6 x 5.3 x 3.5 inches. It comes with a great hard case and most importantly…it works!
Portable Travel Steamer
Sometimes getting an iron out really isn’t convenient or the right thing to use anyway. Hotels don’t usually have steamers, and while the old “use the shower steam in my hotel bathroom to take the wrinkles out of my pants” trick is pretty handy, it doesn’t solve every wrinkle we face.
A portable travel size steamer could be the lightweight gadget your trip needs. The Pax Travel Steamer is 8 x 5.5 inches which means it easily fits in your luggage. Best of all, it takes only 60 short seconds to heat up (which is great if you are dashing out the door of your hotel room and spot that nasty crease in your shirt…ugh!).
Portable Collar Iron & Steamer
The Collar Perfect Compact Touchup and Travel Iron is just what your shirt collar ordered. You can also use it on other articles of clothing as well. This travel gadget is 5 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches in size, and weighs a pound.
Shacke Pak – 4 Set Packing Cubes – Travel Organizers with Laundry Bag
Personally, I think Travel Organizers are stupid. But gosh darnit they sure seem to be popular. If you are the kind of person who can’t get organized when you pack, the Shacke Pak Packing Cubes Set will give you all the essentials to get your travel life organized.
Put your skivvies in one container, your shirts in another and so on. Go on, get organized already.
Cosmetic Travel Bag Hanging Toiletry Organizer
Hang the Hikentue Cosmetic Travel Bag and Hanging Toiletry Organizer in your hotel room closet for easy access to all of your beauty products. It’s compact size still gives you the room you need for your favorite conditioner while giving you easy access (when opened and hung) to all of your favorite toiletries.
And it’s available in five colors including the lovely grey, below. Exactly the kind of travel gadget I might just buy my wife for Christmas!
butyface Lighted Travel Makeup Mirror
Tired of applying your makeup with crummy lighting in your hotel room? Never again with the butyface Lighted Travel Makeup Mirror which easily fits into your makeup bag and gives you the light you need as you get your game face on.
Must Have Travel Gadgets – Health
It’s hard to stay healthy when traveling. But with these must have healthy travel gadgets you can get a leg up on changing that!
Baiji Bottle Collapsible Silicone Water Bottles
Staying hydrated is a key part of staying healthy while you travel. Many airports now have water refill stations on the other side of the security checkpoint.
With the Baiji Bottle Collapsible Silicone Water Bottle you can stay hydrated while you travel without taking up a ton of space!
Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Yoga and Pilates Mat
Get your downward dog on no matter where you are at – even a Hampton Inn in Minot, ND! The Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Yoga and Pilates Mat is the perfect travel yoga mat to take with you on your trip without killing your valuable luggage space.
It’s a comfortable 68”x 24″and 1.5 mm thick and weighs about 2 lbs.
PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer Gel Infused with Essential Oils
Fight those nasty travel germs with the travel sized PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer Gel Infused with Essential Oils. These bottles easily attach to your backpack or suitcase for easy access and are under the TSA guidelines for liquids so you will have no trouble getting them through security.
And this batch is infused with essential oils. So, like basically, it cures cancer and stuff.
Cool Travel Gadget: Weighted Ropeless Jump Rope
The Benvo Weighted Ropeless Jump Rope (say that 3 times fast) is the perfect travel gadget to through in your bag on your next trip. Not only is ropeless, it includes a removable weight that allows you to increase or decrease your workout intensity.
Lightweight, effective and tangle-free, it’s perfect for some quick jump roping in your hotel room. You know, the kind that doesn’t knock over the lamp and pull the TV off the wall!
Must Have Travel Gadgets – Safety
All of the travel safety gadgets and gizmos you didn’t know you needed to stay safe while you travel.
Speaking of staying safe, you might be interested in the 9 Hotel Safety Tips – You Need to Know.
TSA Approved Luggage Locks – for when you check your bags
The #1 Travel Tips of All Time is never check your bag. Seriously, don’t do it. But, if you have to (and honestly, sometimes you do), you should lock it.
SABRE Wedge Door Stop Security Alarm with 120 dB Siren – for your hotel
Feeling a little unsafe in your hotel room? Don’t trust those flimsy door latches? No problem. The SABRE Wedge Door Stop Security Alarm sounds a 120 db (aka really flipping loud) alarm if someone attempts to open your door.
Wake yourself up and the guest in the room next to you up…and frankly, the entire hotel floor with this neat travel gadget.
MUNIO Designer Self Defense Keychain
The MUNIO Designer Self Defense Keychain is a traveler’s alternative to pepper spray or stun guns. It’s airport safe and can be used to gouge and jab an attacker with the semi-sharp point.
Sometimes even a small deterrent like jabbing an attacker in the arm with your key ring can be all it takes to get them to move on.
RFID Blocking Passport and Document Protector
Imagine losing your passport while on vacation to Niger. What a hassle. With the Venture 4th Travel Neck Pouch Neck Wallet (an Amazon Best Seller for this category) you don’t have to worry about that happening.
Nor do you have to worry about someone remotely jacking your ATM card due to the RFID blocking feature of this neck wallet.
Must Have Travel Gadgets – Other
These are all of the travel gadgets that don’t fit into any single category, but are certainly worth considering for your must-have list!
14 seconds after it starts raining in NYC, umbrella vendors magically appear hocking $17.00 umbrellas that are so crappy you might as well just get soaked.
But no more! Come prepared with a travel umbrella that easily fits in your travel kit without taking up too much space.
The Ke.movan Travel Compact Umbrella comes in 12 colors, is super compact and fairly durable – for a travel umbrella. Throw it in your purse or carry-on backpack and never get caught in the rain again.
Wallet Ninja 18 in 1 Multi-purpose Credit Card Size Pocket Tool
Gone are the days of bringing a cool Leatherman multi tool on the plane (Thanks Terrorists). But the Wallet Ninja 18 in 1 Multi-purpose Credit Card Size Pocket Tool is eighteen tools in one and fits into your wallet like any old credit card.
Get oughta here…I don’t got no more travel gadgets here!
Ok, that’s it. 33 of the coolest, neatest, must have travel gadgets out there. I hope you enjoyed the list. Don’t forget to follow us on social media including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Share this post! You can even Pin it, using the images at the bottom of this post.
PS…if you are still slumming for gifts this Christmas season, check out our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide For Travelers and find the perfect gift for the person who travels in your life!
And, by the way, if you are interested in more travel tips and travel advice, you might be interested in these great articles:
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- The 7 Habits of the Healthy Business Traveler: How to Stay Healthy While Traveling for Business
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