Are you still doing your Christmas shopping? We got you covered with some great ideas for tech-inspired gifts for travelers. From adapters to headphones and more, we highlight 13 tech gifts for travelers that everyone will love.
2020 has been a nutty, crazy year. No one would dispute that. Many of us saw our travel plans evaporate like the NY Jets chances of winning a football game. Sure, some of us still got out a bit, ensconced in face masks or face shields, bathing ourselves with hand sanitizer that we bought in bulk and giving the stink eye to that guy not wearing his mask in the airport.
Some of us hit the road, embarking on the road trips that were now cool again. Many of us made staycations a thing again – upgrading our backyards, or booking a hotel in our town so we could have at least one night of watching Amazon Prime for a different bed than our home.
But, we all still want to travel and with a vaccine on the horizon, we are all desperately waiting for a time when we can travel freely again. And we will, that much is sure. When we do get to travel again it will be a majestic experience and we will quickly slip back into our travel routines, employing our favorite airport hacks, or getting the most out of our hotel stays, maximizing our points, scoring the rental car upgrade…all the things we used to do – pre-COVID – on a regular basis. And bringing our favorite travel tech with us.
As we march towards the end of 2020, and finish our Christmas shopping, upgrading your travel tech is always fun. So, use the list below to inspire a great gift for someone who loves to travel, or to drop a few hints with someone about what you want this year.
13 Tech Gifts for Travelers
Before we dive into the details, here’s a quick summary of the coolest tech gifts for travelers.
- Good headphones
- Portable Power Charger
- International Travel Adapter
- Travel-sized surge protector
- Electronics Organizer
- Travel Drone
- GoTenna Mesh Off-Grid Mesh Network
- Apple Watch
- Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- Wizgear AC Cell Phone Mount
Bonus Tech Gift for Travelers: GoPro!
Alright let’s dive in. Here are the 13 best tech gifts for travelers.
Good headphones are never a bad gift
Quality headphones are a key aspect of travel success. Why? Well, travelers often experience long periods of boredom. For example, I’ve spent 12 hours on a plane from Frankfurt to Los Angeles. Fortunately, I had some great headphones (Beats Solo 3’s to be precise) with me to help occupy my time on this long haul flight.
Every traveler needs good quality headphones and here are two great options.
While on that long flight to LA, I alternated between watching movies on the entertainment system to watching downloaded Amazon Prime content on my iPad. An iPad is a must-have gadget for the traveler and it makes a truly delightful tech gift for someone who travels.
While, I no longer own a Kindle, preferring to simply use the Kindle App on my iPad or Phone, but I am still shocked at how many travelers still use the Kindle. This incredibly popular device is still extremely common for travel use and is a great tech gift for a traveler. Plus, you can use it at home while you are quarantining and waiting for that vaccine.
Portable Power Charger
Power. You can never have enough. Savvy travelers always bring backup options for power and one of the more common methods is to bring a portable power charger or bar with you. For example, as I mention in my Anker PowerCore 20100 review, Always Be Charging! I’ve offered two portable charging options, below, but Amazon has 100’s for sale.
International Travel Adapter
If you travel internationally your US plugs are not going to work. Sorry! But, you can still power your devices while traveling with this interesting tech gift for travel: a Newvanga International Power Adapter. Worked like a champ for me on my trip to Poland.
Travel-sized surge protector
A less sexy (but still practical) tech gift for travelers is a travel-sized surge protector / extension cord. Sometimes the plugs in our hotel rooms are located in awkward positions. Rather than carry a bulky extension cord around AND a surge protector, use a travel size combo. Love this device!
With all of the gadgets, plugs, cords and more, travelers need a good cord and electronics organizer. Here’s a deeper one (which we like for international travel because of the bulky travel adapters). It’s a great tech gift for travelers!
Drones are the rage these days. They are far easier to use than ever, much more affordable and the perfect tech gift for the serious traveler. Delight your loved one with a high-quality drone like the DJI Mavic Air 2 (pictured below) which according to BestTravelDrone.com is one of the best travel drones of all time.
GoTenna Mesh Off-Grid Mesh Network
For the adventure traveler the GoTenna Mesh Off-Grid network uses technology to keep your connected while you are off road. Comes in handy for emergencies!
The Apple Watch is both beautiful and functional. It’s also one of the more classy and thoughtful tech gifts for travelers on our list. Go big these holidays with this baby.
As travelers, we do a lot of walking. A LOT! Airport terminals. Rental car facilities. Hotel Parking lots. And of course, our final destination (be it a vacation to Krakow or a business trip to NYC). Why not track your steps (or runs) with a Fitbit.
Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Sometimes you need to take the headphones off in your hotel room and rock some deep bass (sorry neighbors!). A portable travel-sized bluetooth speaker could make a great addition to your next vacation kit. Here are a few options including the Oontz Angle which we reviewed here.
Wizgear AC Phone Mount
The Wizgear AC Phone Mount is a nice stocking stuffer for the traveler in your life. It’s always a hassle trying to figure out what to do with your phone in your rental car when using it’s nav system. You can’t permanently mount it in the rental car so why not snag an AC mounted system that clips to the AC vents. Perfect! Be sure to check out our review here.
Bonus Tech Gift for Travelers: GoPro!
My son and his friend joined us on a rafting ride in Colorado one year. They both strapped GoPro’s on to their helmets and the resulting footage was pretty epic. In terms of cool tech gifts for travelers this may be one of the coolest gift ideas!
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