Whether you’re taking a roadtrip to the beach or a plane across the country for a business trip, the right travel gadgets can make your trip easier.
From bluetooth speakers to neck massagers, there are a ton of travel accessories that fit in a suitcase and meet needs that arise on the road. Whether you need to get wrinkles out of your clothes when they come out of a suitcase, keep devices like phones and laptops charged, or want a comfy pillow to carry on a plane, there’s a travel gadget that will get the job done.
The best travel gadgets should fit in your suitcase, be easy to use, and do a job you need done. Read on for reviews of some of the best travel gadgets to buy for your next trip.
- BEST OVERALL: BLAVOR Solar Power Bank, Qi Portable Charger
- BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter Wall Charger
- BEST HEADPHONES: Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
- BEST FOR MUSIC: Anker Soundcore Mini Super-Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- BEST FOR STREAMING: Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet
- BEST FOR ROAD TRIPS: Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager with Heat
- BEST FOR CAMPING: LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Tips for Buying the Best Travel Gadgets
When shopping for the best travel gadgets, consider the length of the trip you’re planning, your method of travel, the needs you anticipate, and the size and weight of the accessories. If you are:
- considering tech gadgets, be aware of the data or Wi-Fi connections you’ll need. Before heading out, make sure your wireless carrier plan meets those needs affordably. If you are facing roaming fees, adjust your plan accordingly for the duration of your trip.
- backpacking for days or simply checking a suitcase with an airline, you’ll need to pack light, so prioritize your items and shop for gadgets accordingly.
- taking a long road trip with kids, look for travel accessories that can keep them entertained in the backseat.
Our Top Picks
This guide rounds up some of the most popular travel gadgets to help prepare you for future flights, road trips, camping adventures, and more.
You can meet many needs with one travel accessory with this wireless power bank and charger. It is compatible with iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models as well as qi-enabled devices. The bank can be charged by plugging into the wall or by setting it in the sun, thanks to a built-in solar panel. And it can fully recharge your mobile device within six hours, using a 5V/2A adapter, so you won’t be left with a dead phone. The power bank comes with two USB ports, allowing two people to charge their phones at the same time. It also has a flashlight and a clip-on compass, which is handy for outdoor activities.
If you’re an international traveler, check out this universal adapter that charges your mobile devices via wall plug in and is compatible in more than 150 countries that use US/EU/AU/UK plugs. The adapter has four USB ports, one USB Type C port, and one AC socket, so it can quickly charge up to six devices at once. The charger is compatible with USB devices, such as iPhone, Samsung, and HUAWEI phone models, and various tablets and cameras. Best of all, it won’t break the bank.
Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II headphones are lightweight, comfortable to wear, and have excellent noise-canceling abilities and sound quality. They have three levels of noise cancellation and a built-in microphone that’s perfect for taking calls in loud areas. They have 20 hours of battery life and can be operated with Google Assistant or Alexa, so you can tell the headphones to give you access to music, news, or make a phone call via an app. The headphones have a multidirectional motion sensor that adjusts the audio based on your location.
Take your tunes on your trip with Anker’s compact Bluetooth speaker. It delivers powerful, clear sound and bass through an advanced 5W driver and passive subwoofer, and it connects to devices 65 feet away. The speaker’s battery provides more than 15 hours of continuous music on a single charge, more than double what comparable speakers can do. It has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling, microSD card support, and an auxiliary jack so you won’t be left in silence on the road or at your hotel room or campsite. Even if your phone battery dies, your music will keep going strong.
The Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet is just the ticket when you’ve had a long day of travel and want to unwind with your favorite show or movie. It’s lightweight and gives you a lot of the features of a tablet without the big price tag. It can connect to the internet, so can download books or stream movies and TV shows, and it has a battery life that lasts for up to 12 hours of reading, web browsing, game playing, video watching, and music listening. You can even control the tablet hands-free with Alexa, including toggling the power on and off.
If you’ve had a long day of driving, your neck and shoulders may be achy. The Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager can provide relief with deep-kneading nodes that rub your tight muscles; it’s like having a robot masseuse. This compact massager fits behind your neck and into the contours of your back, abdomen, thighs, and calves. It also has a heating function to soothe achy muscles. This massager requires a plug-in and is not rechargeable, so it will work in hotel rooms and AirBnBs, but not in a tent on the Appalachian Trail.
If you’re a camper who enjoys trips longer than a weekend, you may need to take along a reliable source of drinking water or the ability to create drinking water at your destination. The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter can make up to 1,000 gallons of contaminated water safe for drinking, and it does so without chemicals, batteries, or moving parts. The filter surpasses Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filter standards and removes 99 percent of waterborne bacteria and 99 percent of waterborne protozoan parasites. This filter weighs just 2 ounces, making it ideal for camping or hiking adventures.
FAQs About Your New Travel Gadgets
Still have questions about the best travel gadgets? Here are some commonly asked questions and their answers.
Q. What is the difference between wireless and Bluetooth headphones?
Bluetooth headphones pair directly with a cell phone, while wireless headphones transmit audio signals through radio frequency or infrared waves.
Q. Is a mobile hotspot free?
It depends on your wireless carrier and current plan. Some allow you to use your phone’s mobile hotspot feature at no extra charge.
Q. How do I set up a portable wireless router?
For an ethernet connection, plug the cable into the Wi-Fi router port, turn on the Wi-Fi through the device’s settings, and connect to the network.
Q. How does a solar battery charger work?
It has an internal rechargeable battery with solar modules that harness the photons in the sun’s rays to create power that’s redistributed to your device without an external electrical source.
Q. How do you use a solar charger?
Place the charger in full sunlight, plug in your device, and wait. Make sure nothing is blocking the sun so you get the most solar energy. Don’t place the charger on rock, concrete, sand, or other high-heat conduction surfaces or the charger could overheat.