8 Techy Items Travelers Can’t Afford to Leave Home Without

Even if you’re not naturally a techie, you have to admit there are ways modern technology can help you keep up with the fast pace of modern life. So if you’re not using it to its full capacity, you’re likely to fall very far behind. There are items you can bring, tricks you can try, and hacks you can use to ensure you’re making the most of what technology has to offer when you’re traveling: it’s just a matter of knowing how to tap into the power of tech. See what you need to store in your bag on your next long trip.

If you have any additional brilliant ideas, let us know in the comments below!

What you should bring:

  1. A portable charger — Have you ever been at a remote job site and needed to charge your phone? With small, portable charging stations like these, you can charge your phone no matter where you are. We like this travel-friendly charger.
  2. Get NÜÜD — Yes, it’s a phone case with a $100 price tag, and that’s not cheap for a piece of plastic. But it’s on sale right now, and also waterproof, dirtproof, and drop proof, according to its website. Your peace of mind might very well make it worth the price.
  3. Cooper cases — If a pricey phone case isn’t part of your budget, these touchscreen-accessible cases can help you out while shielding your stuff from the elements.
  4. A Dreem come true — This attractive vegan leather phone case/slim wallet hybrid earns high marks from readers. Most importantly, these cases offer RFID protection, keeping your accounts safe from electronic pickpocketing. It’s great for giving you a handsome layer of protection for trade shows.
  5. Bluetooth headphones and speakers — There’s nothing like music to distract you from unpleasant seatmates or long miles. Some of these well-loved devices might be music to your ears!
  6. A wireless hotspot — A WiFi connection is a privilege, not a right, so you’re responsible for carrying it with you in case you lose connection. Many business travelers in groups can share their passwords as these hotspots are often business-sponsored. Or, you can always follow instructions like these to make your phone into a hotspot.
  7. Cable organizers and drops — Say sayonara to loose, out-of-control cables everywhere, especially if you’ll be doing a lot of computer work from your hotel room. Keep things organized with this case and forever avoid getting your wires crossed (haha!).
  8. Back-up clocks — We’ve all been there: our phones weren’t sufficiently charged and died sometime in the middle of the night. Unless you’re a morning person who leaps from your bed every morning at 4:30 p.m., you’d probably sleep in without your trusty, fully charged phone. Consider this tiny clock your space-saving backup plan.


Later, we’ll cover common-sense ways to take a more tech-savvy approach to travel. For now, take some of our suggestions to avert some of the most common travel crises.


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