Even though you’re out of the house and ready to take a break from devices, you can still take some tech gadgets with you to make your travels a little more enjoyable.
After testing and researching many tech gadgets, here’s a look at some of the best gadgets for traveling, from affordable headphones to the Apple Watch.
1. Balanzza Handheld Digital Luggage Scale
If you’re worried about pesky baggage fees, you can easily avoid paying for them using the Balanzza Handheld Digital Luggage Scale. All you have to do is attach it to your luggage straps, lift it, and see what your weight is.
You can easily rearrange your belongings from bag to bag if it’s over. This can help you reduce your weight time getting on the plane and prevent losing money throughout check-in.
If you don’t want to spend the extra money to purchase a camera for your travels, your iPhone can double as one to save you a few hundred bucks.
Even though it may not be a DSLR, it’s still a quality, functional camera that should be able to take both panoramic and selfie photos. Plus, it’s easier to carry around than a bulky camera.
iPhones have a lot of other benefits as well. Your iPhone also comes loaded with features, such as downloading apps, such as Uber, GrubHub, Maps, and more. Plus, you can access the internet to check your email, browse the web, and play online games.
3. iPhone Charger
To go with your iPhone, another must-have gadget is a charger. Without a doubt, you’ll be doing plenty of walking around while traveling, which is why it’s so important to have your iPhone charger at all times.
Especially when using Maps to know your way around, your iPhone’s battery can start draining quickly.
In case you are venturing off-road, it will be prudent to carry a solar charger or a power bank. This will come in handy when your iPhone need charging and you are far from the grid.
One of the most popular companies that sell them is Anker, and they can charge your iPhone up to six times. With Anker’s USB-C -to-Lightning Cable and USB-C Wall Adapter, anyone who has a newer iPhone can take advantage of faster charging speeds. The cable is also durable and well made, plus, it’s MFi certified by Apple to be safe. Plus, it only weighs less than a pound and can easily fit into your pocket.
4. Noise-Cancelling Headphones
If you’re the type of person who isn’t into screaming children or loud engines, you might want to look into purchasing noise-canceling headphones while traveling. This genius gadget can help eliminate all outside noises while giving you peace of mind that no one else will be able to hear your music.
A popular noise-canceling headsets are the AirPods Pro, which are not only affordable but performs exceptionally well.
Apple’s AirPods aren’t for everyone, as fit can be a concern (they don’t stay in my ears at all). That’s when wireless earbuds with an in-ear design, like the Sony WF-1000XM4, come into play. The WF-1000XM4 sound amazing and are among the best earbuds you can buy for reducing unwanted and uncomfortable ambient noise.
The Sonys are pricey, however, and there are plenty of other wireless earbuds we recommend that cost less. If you’re looking for a traveling headsets, we also love the Jabra Elite 7 Pro, the Cambridge Melomania 1 , and the JLabs Jbuds Air.
5. A Bluetooth speaker
With its convenient handle for easy carrying, water resistance, and extra-long battery life, the Bose SoundLink Revolve II is a speaker you can truly take anywhere. Those qualities alone makes it a great choice for anyone who loves listening to music on-the-go. But Bose’s compact music player also impresses with excellent sound quality and useful features like the ability to take calls and trigger your phone’s virtual assistant, making it one of our favorite portable Bluetooth speakers.
6. A portable battery pack
Although iPhone battery life has improved markedly over the years, it’s still a good idea to have a portable battery pack on hand for charging emergencies. Elecjet makes our favorite battery pack with its 20,000mAh of capacity that can charge up iPhones, tablets, and even laptops.
7. A camera lens for capturing unique shots
Our iPhones already have excellent cameras, but nothing beats having a dedicated lens. Moment’s Fisheye 14mm Lens lets you shoot images from a wider 170-degree perspective than you’d normally be able to get, even on the iPhone 12 series, which has an ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree field of view. We recommend the Fisheye lens because it offers a perspective that you can’t already get with the iPhone. However, Moment’s lenses are expensive and they require a compatible case from the company to work, so we’d only suggest this if you’re buying for someone who truly loves photography, especially street photography.
8. An affordable smart watch
Apple Watch SE Turquoise
Just about every iPhone owner will love to have an Apple Watch, so this is really a fail-safe gift. Although it’s not as advanced as the new Apple Watch Series 7, the Apple Watch SE has most of the features people want for less. It can track fitness metrics, keep tabs on heart rate and health, go swimming, buzz with notifications, and so much more. It’s a true companion to the iPhone for an affordable price.
9. A pair of glasses to make your iPhone’s screen easier on the eyes
Whether you’re reading work emails, binging Netflix, or playing a game, a pair of blue light filtering glasses can make your phone’s screen much easier on the eyes. Felix Gray made a name for itself early on in this space, and it’s one of our top choices for blue light filtering specs thanks to the company’s relatively affordable prices and stylish designs. Frames start at $95, and they’re available in prescription and non-prescription versions.
CameraThe last gadget you may need for your travels is a camera to capture every place you visit, as well as the unforgettable people you meet. Plus, when you arrive back home, you can make memoir albums to share with your friends and family.
Fortunately, you don’t exactly need the largest or most expensive camera to take pictures while traveling. Affordable point-and-shoot cameras are more than capable of capturing great shots of your trip, and most times even look as good as DSLRs.
However, if you want more to take advantage of interchangeable camera lenses and nearly limitless features, a DSLR may not be a bad choice for you.
These are the top ten must-have gadgets for traveling, whether to a local beach or your favorite city. It all comes down to what makes sense to bring on your trip and what fits into your budget. Least of all, you should be having fun taking pictures of your trip, it shouldn’t be a hassle or annoyance of any kind.