Your bags are (nearly) packed and you are crossing off items on your list and checking it twice to make sure you’ve got everything in your bag. While figuring out what to pack (based on weather conditions, activities planned, etc.) is a laborious process, luckily there’s some useful, fun and functional technology to ease both your journey to said destination, along with making traveling less stressful. This curated list is for smaller items, those for travelers jetting off only with a carry-on, looking to make their multi-hour journey more comfortable. From a passport holder to chargers and a gaming control, here are a few gadgets which merit a spot on your packing list:
Wherever you may be, you can now use your smartphone or tablet as your next essential piece of gym equipment. Simply attach your device to Pivo Max, pair via Bluetooth and Pivo Max captures motion-tracked videos with 360-degree rotation to ensure optimal technique. The versatile piece of gear allows you to take every workout to the max to be able to master yoga poses or take on complex athletic movements. Capture your fitness journey on the go and analyze your performances, identify areas for improvement and watch yourself grow and succeed. Pivo Max controls your camera capturing dynamic recordings with a 10- to12-hour battery life. $249.99.
TROVA’s biometric designer safe is portable, pocket-sized and equipped with smart technology to ensure mobile privacy and security wherever you may go. Experience seamless, smart security by unlocking the device via biometrics with the TROVA app, enabling a host of smart features like last known location and access by other authorized users. Tightly sealed and odor-concealing, the larger safe features 60 percent more interior capacity than GO and is perfect for larger watches or other smaller (but bulkier) items you need on the go. $269.
Available in 13 distinct colors with different phrases on the cover, this RFID-blocking travel wallet with ultra-thin removable power bank provides the security and power all travelers need. Travelers can now be safe with these durable but lightweight, handcrafted passport holders with a removable portable cellphone charger, providing up to two full phone charges. The zip-up case/wallet features three credit card slots, passport compartment and plenty of space for money and travel documents. The holder can also be purchased on Amazon. $41.99.
If you’re looking for instant entertainment on the next trip, the brand-new RiotPWR Cloud Gaming Controller turns any iPhone into an Xbox. Available on Apple.com and Amazon, the controller requires no batteries or WiFi and is the only lightning-connected, full-sized, mobile game controller on the market. The device comes with a USB-C and lightning cable, so any generation of iPhone or iPad is compatible and it even charges as you play thanks to its improved pass-through charging technology. $69.99.
Say goodbye to uncomfortable and cheap airplane headphones thanks to MEE audio’s Connect Air Bluetooth audio transmitter. Available in white and black, achieve HD wireless sound through the system’s 3.5mm audio jack and connect to two Bluetooth headphones simultaneously. The ultimate travel companion features aptX Low Latency technology for high-fidelity, lag-free audio, and a built-in rechargeable battery provides 15 hours of playtime or can be kept plugged in for an always-on connection. $49.99.
Take flight in confidence with the new BenjiLock TSA fingerprint padlock, ensuring your belongings are safe and secured. The smart and secure lock provides a personal security solution on the go. Enjoy quick access to your luggage with fingerprint technology (it can store up to five fingerprints), giving you a hassle-free and worry-free travel experience. For those wanting a little extra security, it also comes with a cable stainless steel shackle. $39.99
The new Snap Float Folio for iPads comes in three colors, made of premium vegan leather and inspired by origami design to present a minimalist iPad stand and protective cover. When closed the cover is flat, but when opened, it can be folded into five versatile configurations lifting the screen to eye level, perfect for an airplane’s tray table. Your iPad can now function as a viewing monitor without the neck strain, or an independent workstation as its enhanced magnetic strength ensures the iPad will stay in place. The cover is also water- and stain-repellent . $59.99.
When you need a quick pick-me-up no matter where you are in the world, Picopresso is the most compact and portable espresso machine from Wacaco. Not for the novice, this portable espresso brewer requires ultra-fine coffee to produce silky-smooth espresso in 30 seconds. Users can easily brew a double shot of café worthy espresso thanks to the wide commercial coffee basket and naked portafilter with just a touch of a button. $129.99.
Available in three colors (black, white and yellow) the inCharge® XL 6-in-1 universal 100W cable is the only cable you will need for home and travel. The foot-long cable has six connections, allowing for ultra-fast charging and data transferring for any of your devices. Capable of 100W and Apple’s Fast Charging up to 27W, this cable ensures no more tangled cables and lost chargers when you are traveling. $29.99.
Visiting Sangay National Park in Ecuador is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The UNESCO World Heritage site features an array of landscapes, from glaciers to cloud forests, moorlands to grasslands. It’s also an extremely biodiverse destination, with more than 3,000 flowering plant species, more than 400 bird species and more than 100 mammal species.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips.
Ho Chi Minh City is the most-populous city in Vietnam, known for its historic landmarks, well-preserved French colonial architecture and vibrant street life. It’s home to Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport, the busiest airport in the country, and is the business and financial hub of Vietnam. Named after the revolutionary leader who declared independence back in 1945, the city is organized into districts, each offering its own unique offerings. Here are some of the best things to see and do in Ho Chi Minh City:
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