I travel some 10,000 miles a month on average for work (and occasional play) so heading into what’s expected to be a record breaking weekend for travel? I’m not messing around. According to AAA, some 40-million Americans are heading out of town for the Memorial Day Holiday — the most in 12 years. If you’re one of the masses gearing up to take a trip here are ten tech tools that can save you from all kinds of headaches, while keeping you connected, charged-up, and even a little more safe on the go.
The ultimate smart luggage. Connects to your phone and tells you its location via GPS, automatically locks itself when you walk away from it, and even has a built-in battery pack to recharge your gadgets on the go. It’s a little small for more than a weekend away and pricey, but awesome. ($599)
The Dart Charger
Charge anything and everything. The Dart is the size of a stick of gum, fits anywhere, and comes with nine universal power tips that charge 95% of today’s laptops, tablets, and smartphones. It can even charge two gadgets at once. ($79)
This is the gadget you need if there’s a laptop and tablet ban on flights! The Ventev Chargestand charges your phone and doubles as a stand that holds it either vertically or horizontally, so you can watch Netflix or play games without wearing out your wrist for hours on end. (starting at $24.99)
Beem United BeMe D-200 Noise-Cancelling Earbuds
Speaking of plane rides — or sometimes worse, road trips with a packed SUV — these noise-cancelling earbuds from Beem United are my secret weapon against screaming kids, bawling babies on the plane, and annoying seatmates. Whether you want to catch up on a podcast or just rock out to some tunes, these will drown out almost everything else. ($179.00)
Bobby Anti-Theft Backpack
I take this thing everywhere I go. It has a hidden zipper, secret pocket, and it’s made of cut-proof material. All my important gadgets — laptop, smartphone, camera — live in here when I’m on-the-go. It’s comfortable, balanced, and has reflective safety strips and an integrated USB charging port, too. ($95.00)
If you’ve ever tried to read a book outside in bright light, you’ll understand right away why the Paperwhite is a far better choice. Amazon’s top-selling e-reader has a no-glare screen, built-in backlight, and can keep chugging on for weeks without needing a recharge. Simply the best, and a whole lot lighter than a bag full of books. ($119.99)
AirSelfie Drone Camera
Most of the gadgets on this list are to help you survive your summer trips while staying sane, but this one is just for fun. This tiny drone sleeps in your pocket, but when it’s time to snap a great photo, just send it skyward and watch as it shoots your photos and sends them straight to your smartphone via its own wifi network. Flies for up to an hour, and can travel 20 meters to grab the perfect shot. ($295.00)
GLiNet Mini Router
I’m always sketched out by public wifi networks or even the logins you get at hotels. Who knows who’s watching? This pint-sized mini router converts open wired and wireless networks into a private, secured connection just for you. Perfect for privacy on the go. ($19.99)
What are some of your favorite gadgets on the road? Next up – how to unplug and tune-in to your family during your next vacation.