15 travel tech gadgets to enhance your next trip

Cord organizer

A cord organizer will keep your chargers, cables, and wires neat and within easy reach. Think about how many devices you may take with you on your next adventure; smartphones, wired headphones, smartwatches, e-readers, and earbuds are a few common travel accessories.

By using a cord organizer you can arrange all of your wires and chargers in one place, and then store your organizer in a side compartment of your travel bag. Never unpack your bag in public again trying to find your charger when your phone gets a low battery warning (I know I can’t be the only one that has done this).

VPN

If you plan to connect to public wifi, it is highly recommended that you get a VPN (virtual private network). This masks your computer’s identity(IP address), and protects you from scammers trying to steal your personal information.

Another perk to using a VPN is you can choose the country you want the VPN to connect to, so it appears your computer is in said country. This is useful for accessing country-specific services such as Netflix or websites that ban traffic from specific countries.

Portable charger

A portable charger is almost a must-have for any savvy traveler. Have you ever visited a foreign country and rented a car, deciding to use GPS to get around? Only to find out that your rental doesn’t have a charging port? Which then leads you to carefully manage your phone/tablet’s battery by disabling other services to ensure the battery lasts the hours-long journey to your destination before your battery dies and you get lost in an unfamiliar place?

A portable charger would come in very handy in the above scenario. Portable chargers give you the ability to charge your devices on the go, while some models allow you to charge multiple devices at once.

USB wifi extender

Ever been to a hotel with a nice beach, but the moment you step on the beach the hotel’s wifi signal chips out leaving your video, webpage, or app endlessly buffering? After all, what’s a vacation without being able to sunbathe on the beach while catching up with friends and family, watching a movie, or doing some light reading? Otherwise, If you are like me, you like to take your laptop on vacation to check emails and even work/do team meetings poolside or on the beach.

A portable wifi extender connects to your laptop by USB, connects to another wifi signal, and amplifies that signal so that you can have a much stronger internet connection from farther away. You can either connect to your hotel’s wifi signal or turn on the hotspot of your smartphone and use that signal to browse on your computer.

Some models come with sim card slots, so you can purchase a mobile plan in the country you visit and get internet access wherever you go.

Travel adapter

UK versus US plug woes are always an annoying issue to deal with. Travel adapters allow you to connect your devices to wall sockets in any country, or of any configuration. Just plug your device into the adapter, and use the appropriate plug on the adapter to connect to the outlet.

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