10 Best Travel Technology Gadgets for Your Next Adventure

Travel is making a comeback. Tourist numbers are expected to reach pre-pandemic levels this summer. Whether you’re traveling for vacation or work, here are some of our favorite travel technology recommendations to make your next trip a little more manageable.

1. Cord organizer

Image of an open cable organizer next to a laptop.

We love this compact option from Bellroy.
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If you’ve ever tried to pull a charging cable out from the back of your bag on a cramped plane, this is for you. It keeps all your cables and adapters neatly tucked away so you don’t accidentally elbow a stranger. And it also makes packing and unpacking easier. Reviewers praise his Belroy Tech Kit Compact for being compressed yet functional, and it also comes in a variety of colors.

2. Wired headphones

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Cover your feet and bring wired headphones.
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Can I use wireless headphones on a plane? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says yes, but each airline can choose to allow or prohibit them as well. Why not bring wired headphones just in case? No need to worry about charging the battery. Plus, didn’t you know wired headphones are cool too?

If you want a more premium pair that promises great audio quality, try the Sennheiser CX 300S in-ear headphones. If you want a more affordable pair of headphones that you won’t have to worry about accidentally losing while traveling, we recommend rummaging through your belongings for the old Apple headphones that came with your iPhone for free. But make sure you have a Lightning to 3.5 mm adapter. Too. You can also purchase his 5-pack in this multicolor or the Sony ZX series as an over-ear option.

3. Smartwatch

Rose gold Apple Watch SE with wristband. An analog clock is displayed on the dial.

The SE offers many of the same travel conveniences as its older sibling, but at a much lower price.
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These days, with the convenience of mobile wallets, things like boarding passes and credit cards are often integrated into mobile phones. But carrying your phone around in your passport, luggage, and airport coffee is a recipe for disaster. So may I suggest investing in a smartwatch so you can travel a little more hands-free?

For iPhone users, nothing beats the convenience of the Apple Watch. Apple Watch gives you access to Apple Wallet from your wrist, as well as access to fitness tracking, iMessage, Maps, and more. If you want the latest technology, choose Apple Watch Series 7. If you want to save money, consider the Apple Watch SE. If you’re an Android user, try out the Samsung Galaxy Watch or keep an eye out for the Google Pixel Watch when it releases later this fall.

4. Electronic reader

A black Kindle tablet displaying half a page of text. The tablet is placed next to the iPhone on a blue blanket on green grass.

Kindle Paperwhite is glare-free and waterproof.
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If you’re an experienced traveler, you know that a good e-reader is important. The latest addition to Amazon’s Kindle series, the Paperwhite stands out for its large display, thin construction, and its 10 week About battery life. In fact, Mashable’s Alex Perry loves his new Paperwhite so much that he’s started enjoying reading again.

5. International adapter with fast charging and USB port

A black rectangular adapter plugs into the wall with two white cords plugged into the bottom of it.

It comes with not only an adapter but also a fast charger.
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This top-rated gadget from Native Union comes with power adapters for North American, EU, and UK outlets, and has two USB ports (USB-A and USB-C), with the only USB-C port is equipped with fast charging technology. That way, you won’t have to wander around your hotel room waiting for your phone to charge.

6. Portable charger

Black rectangular portable charger. There are four lights on the bottom edge that indicate the battery level.

This charger has a 10,000 mAh battery.
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Ironically, the things you need most while traveling – GPS, translation apps, podcasts, etc. – are the ones that drain your battery the most. A dead battery is an inconvenience in everyday life, but it can be a disaster when you’re traveling. Make sure to have a portable charger ready just in case. I love Belkin’s USB-C PD Power Bank 10K.

7. Low-bulk hair styler

This in itself is not necessary, as some people may want to let their hair flow freely while on vacation. However, some may be looking for a totally glamorous moment that requires some styling tools.

Carrying around your bulkiest curlers, straighteners, hairdryers, etc. all takes up valuable packing space, so we recommend packing them in the iconic Dyson Airwrap. It comes with a wide range of accessories, so you can choose only what you need and take it with you. The device itself and each attachment are super lightweight, so it doesn’t feel heavy, especially compared to traditional hair stylers. Trust me, we reviewed it ourselves.


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NordVPN is included in Mashable’s roundup of the best VPNs.
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Maybe you want to protect yourself from dangerous public Wi-Fi. Or maybe you’re just missing out on Netflix service in your home country. Either way, a VPN is a great investment. One of the most highly recommended is NordVPN, which has subscription options ranging from $3.29 to $11.99 per month.

9. Instant camera

A blue-gray instant camera sits on a table surrounded by prints and a phone. A red tint is superimposed on the image.

Instant photos give a different impression when you’re traveling.
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Our smartphones can take amazing photos, but sometimes you want a nostalgic or artistic image. Introducing: Instant His Camera, which helps create a grainier, instantaneous look. Plus, you’ll have a physical souvenir from your trip at your fingertips.

One of our favorite instant cameras is an updated version of a cult classic. Not only does Polaroid Now+ give you all the ’90s vibes, it also offers additional features with lens filters and an app-controlled creative mode. I tried it out and especially liked the double exposure mode. Be sure to pack extra film too!

10. Bluetooth Tracker

black square tracker. There is a black circle in the center with the following written on it: "tile".

Small but powerful.
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No one wants to lose something while traveling, but sometimes it happens. Attach an Apple AirTag or Tile tracker to your most beloved possessions and you’ll be sure to reunite, even if you’re temporarily separated.

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