11 Must-Have Travel Gadgets
You're definitely going to want to put these in your backpack...
Just because you're heading off on a trip around the world, doesn't mean you can't pack all the swag to help you along the way.
Trust us when we say you're going to want to put these in your backpack...
Forget the baggy bean-filled pillows of old - you know, the ones that essentially do nothing but force your neck forward at a weird angle: the J Pillow is about to revolutionise your in-flight life. Designed by a flight attendant who actually knows a thing or two about trying to sleep bolt upright, it supports your chin as well as your neck, and guarantees some decent shut-eye on long haul flights. Not really surprising, then, that it won British Invention of the Year in 2013.
The Air Hook
Nothing makes a long bus, train or plane journey go faster than binge watching your fave show. Enter the Air Hook, eliminating the need for arms of steel to hold up your iPad (other tablets are available) and/or the inevitable neck ache from staring down at the device in your lap. Simply hook it to the seat back in front of you, and Bob’s your uncle (other uncles are available). Added bonus: it comes with a snazzy little cup holder.
Aukey Portable External Battery Charger
Dead phone = absolute nightmare when travelling. Avoid the drama by keeping an external charger in your bag at all times. This one is great - it may be slightly larger than some portable chargers, but the battery will fully charge an iPhone 8 times over before it needs recharging itself. Also features two USB ports so you can juice multiple devices at once. Dream.
CGEAR Sand free mat
If sand up all in your crevices makes you want to set the beach on fire (don’t do that please), then allow us to introduce you to this incredible SAND FREE MAT. Yup. Originally designed for military purposes, it repels sand the way we repel men, and can be fixed to the ground to stop it flapping about in the wind. We’ll take one in every colour please.
Mobi EyeFi SD Card
If you’re one of those people who uses a proper camera rather than just snapping away on an iPhone, the EyeFi is an actual godsend. No more faffing about downloading pics onto your laptop so that you can post them on social (never forget that every moment is a possible instagram moment) - this SD card comes with built in Wifi. What does that mean? It means you can send pics straight to your mobile device as soon as you take them - so your friends can see that INCREDIBLE #nofilter sunset just minutes after you. Lucky, lucky them.
OCASE Waterproof Phone Case
Unless you have an iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S7, yo’ phone ain’t waterproof, and that’s a real problem when travelling, when oceans and swimming pools and the occasional tropical storm are all part of everyday life. That’s why it makes sense to protect your most precious possession (sorry, passport) with a top notch waterproof case like Wildtek’s universal OCASE. It may look like a glorified zip-lock bag, but it really works, as the countless 5 star reviews will tell you. It’s waterproof up to 30m too, so you can take it on that diving trip and snap yourself looking oh-so-stylish in a snorkelling mask.
SteriPEN portable UV Water Purifier
In a country where drinking the tap water is a one-way ticket to sh*tsville? Say hello to the INGENIOUS SteriPEN, which uses UV light technology to blast away invisible germs and make that H2O safe to chug. Just stick it in a pint of water for 48 seconds, give it a stir, and you’re good to go. Particularly great for those who are backpacking in remote areas where bottled water might not be readily available. Don’t worry about it needing endless charging either, it can be used 8,000 times on one full charge.
Eagle Creek Silk Undercover Bra Stash
If pickpockets are likely to be an issue, this nifty little bra stash is a fab option. Small enough to not get annoying or create bulk, but big enough to hold money, credit cards and ID, it simply clips onto the strap or centre of your bra. It’s made of breathable silk too, so shouldn’t get too sweaty which is nice. Sweat soaked $$$ ain’t fun for anyone involved.
Gobi Gear SegSac and HobiRoll
Bit short on space? The magical SegSac is basically Mary Poppins’ bottomless bag IRL, compressing your belongings into an easily manageable size. Gobi Gear actually have a whole range of space saving compression products - the HobiRoll, for example, has five separate compartments to keep errrythang all nice and organised even when it’s super squished.
The Scrubba Washbag
Speak to anyone who’s done the whole backpacking thing, and they will describe to you the pain of hand-washing dirty underwear in a sink, and wearing clothes dirtier than your mind when you think about Harry Styles, thanks to a lack of time and laundry facilities. Not a prob with Scrubba - billed as ‘the world’s smallest washing machine’, the internal nodules act as a washboard for a machine quality wash. Uh-mazing.
Travelon Laundry Soap Toiletry Sheets
Perfect for use with the Scrubba Washbag (above), these handy compacts contains 50 sheets that dissolve in water to become laundry detergent, getting those clothes squeaky clean. The packs also come in shaving, body wash, and hand soap versions, so you can stop lugging around all those heavy bottles now.
Written by Lizzie Cox