With your smart phone in hand, and your tablet in your carry-on bag, you're ready to board the airplane for your trip abroad. Are you prepared for the different voltage requirements of your destination country? Do you have an emergency charger in case you're stuck somewhere without power? From adapters to chargers, and more, here are some gadgets that you shouldn't leave home without.
The Chargecard is a USB charging cable that folds into a neat credit card sized package that fits easily into your wallet or pocket. It's made out of a durable, flexible plastic with textured outer edges that help keep it where you put it. It works on just about any portable device that uses the micro-USB connector. If you've ever struggled to wind your smartphone's charging cable into a neat little coil while you're rushing around and gathering your things after a night in the hotel, then you'll appreciate this handy little time-saver. With the chargecard, all you need to do is fold it back up, drop it in your wallet or pocket, and you're ready to go.
MyCharge Peak 6000
This little gadget is a battery with enough power to completely recharge a smart phone up to four times before it needs to be recharged. You can use it with most smartphones and tablets, and its plug folds up nice and tidy so that you can carry it with you anywhere you go. Smartphones and tablets are power hogs, especially when you're using them to stream video or play games, and let's face it, what else is there to do while you're sitting in the airport waiting to board your flight? Considering that the TSA recently announced that phones and other devices with dead batteries will not be allowed on airplanes flying into the U.S. from certain airports, this handy little charger is a must-have.
Conair TravelSmart All-In-One Power Converter/Adapter
The Conair TravelSmart All-In-One power converter/adapter does just what its name implies: it converts the different voltages used in the world into the standard voltages that devices made for the North American market use. It has several different styles of plug, too, so that you can plug your device into the foreign wall sockets. Household outlets in North America use 110V/ 60 Hz, while the rest of the world operates between 110V and 220V. Here is a list of countries and the plug styles they use.
When you're standing in line at the airport, jostled about by other over-eager travelers, you're at risk for identity theft. As Mark Rasch, a former prosecutor from the Justice Department's computer crimes unit notes, "If I put a reader next to a turnstile at Grand Central Terminal at rush hour, I could probably capture data from 5,000 cards in an evening.." RFID cases shield the chips in your credit cards from being read by unauthorized persons.
Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2
The Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 is a portable keyboard designed to connect via Bluetooth to 10-inch tablets. It comes with a stand to keep the tablet at the ideal angle for typing, and it works with most Android devices. The lighter tablets are more amenable to the space needs and weight constraints of travelers, but the lack of a keyboard limits their usefulness. With this portable keyboard, you can leave the laptop at home.
Nokia’s 301 (International Phone)
While you love your smart phone, what use is it if it doesn't work abroad? You'll need a phone that works almost everywhere. The Nokia 301 is a cheap, light phone, that won’t devastate you if it’s somehow lost, and is ideal when coupled with an affordable international plan that can be used essentially anywhere in the world. The cheaper price doesn’t mean you lose quality, though. The Nokia phone can reach speeds of up to 3.5G, keeping you connected on the go. The simple interface also makes navigating the phone easy for any traveler.
EatSmart Precision Voyager (luggage scale)
Whether traveling for business or pleasure, you’re bound to pick up a view extra items to stuff in your suitcase. Make sure those treasured souvenirs don’t bump your luggage over of the weight limit with this compact luggage scale. It’s small and crucially lightweight, you just clip it on top of your luggage and lift for an instant measurement.
Google Chromecast Video Streamer
Life on the road isn’t always exciting, and you may sometimes find yourself with some downtime in some backwater hotel. Google’s portable, inexpensive USB-based video streaming device allows for easy TV and movie streaming from any laptop or mobile device. The device also allows you to access video-streaming programs like Netflix, HBO GO or Youtube, and mirror your screen onto a larger TV. And for just $35, who says it has to be all work and no play.
According to the SITA, 25.8 million bags were mishandled in 2012. If you've ever lost your luggage while traveling, then you know how frustrating it can be to get it back. The BlueNio tag takes some of the hassle out of lost or stolen luggage. Its motion sensor alerts you if someone is moving your stuff, and a locator lets you find your missing belongings on a map.
ThermalStrike Heated Luggage
The old saying "Sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite," has real meaning once again thanks to the spreading epidemic of the little bloodsuckers. According to the CDC, people who travel often are most at risk for getting bitten and spreading bed bugs around. ThermalStrike is a brand of luggage that comes with a built-in infrared heater. It is capable of reaching temperatures of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit when it is plugged in, the temperature which kills bed bugs.
Armed with the latest technology, you can now enjoy your travels, wherever you find yourself.
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