In mid-October, we asked you ‘What is your favourite travel gadget?’ To avoid confusion, a travel gadget is a piece of technology or equipment that works to positively benefit you and your needs, whilst travelling.
With your responses and advice, via the CKAC Facebook page and Twitter, here are your Top 10 travel gadgets with links to purchase the items on Amazon, in case you need them for your next trip.
If we missed your favourite travel gadget, please let us know in the comments section.
Wherever you travel you are sure to see a few of these on the streets of tourist destinations. They are useful for everybody wanting to capture photos with the whole travelling party. No longer do you have to rely on the photography skills of a stranger or have a family member constantly missing from your holiday pictures.
Selfie-sticks are very easy to use, you simply plug your camera phone into the holder, point and click. They are also very light and they fold up, so they don’t take up much space in your bag.
The most popular answer was a portable battery charger. This is probably because it feels like the end of the World when you are using your device of choice and the battery runs out, especially when you’re in the middle of doing something. For many a simple power bank is great, it’s an extra source of power when you are away from electricity sources, just remember to charge it!
For those eco-friendly travellers a solar powered battery charger is preferred. It’s great for those sunny destinations and even on planes, if you have a window seat. But they tend to be a little more expensive.
Can’t leave the country without the latest best seller? Then maybe you need a Kindle. Books are big, bulky and worst of all heavy. Kindles are a great light weight way to have lots of books at your disposal in one tiny device. Whether you have a beach holiday planned, a long-haul flight or like to be prepared for flight delays, the Kindle is a useful source of entertainment. If you have children, it is also a great way to have a variety of story books at your fingertips for bedtime.
Ever lost your luggage or had it ‘misplaced’? Trakdot is a device that tracks your luggage anywhere in the World.
It’s a small block that you pack inside your checked suitcase and you can monitor where it is on your phone. Basically, it’s a GPS for your suitcase. If you are regularly unlucky with lost luggage this might be the perfect travel gadget for you, as you can track its progress in being returned to you.
Everybody needs water! This collapsible water bottle, by XCSource, comes in pink, blue and white, and is ideal for the traveller who is limited on space. Perhaps not the most technological travel gadget on the list, but could be the most beneficial to your health.
Do you have trouble sleeping? This luxury convertible U-Shaped travel pillow will help anyone get to sleep, whether it’s on a flight, waiting at the airport or in bed. It is designed to support the lumbar regardless of whether you sleep on your side, stomach or back. If you don’t sleep well, your holiday feels ruined and you return home more tired than when you left. Is this a luxury you can live without?
For some reason, there are multiple types of plugs all over the World. Wouldn’t it be great if there was one universal hole in wall to plug all your gadgets into? Failing this worldwide change of sockets, you need a travel adapter. This power cube works in the UK, United States, EU and Australia, ideal for any globetrotter. You can plug in up to 4 appliances with a UK plug and 2 items that require a USB port. That’s probably more than you need.
Another item related to sleep, was selected as a favourite travel gadget. The headphone headband is pretty self-explanatory. It is a headband that you wear around your head, covering your ears and it has headphones built in, which plays light music, allowing you to fall asleep quickly and deeply. This is great when sleeping in hostels, as lots of people come and go creating noise or if you have a partner/friend that snores. It could also block out the crying baby that always seems to be sat in front on you on planes.
Do you like to go boating, hiking and swimming? This travel gadget will protect your phone from the elements. Forget worrying about dropping your phone in water as you take a photo. With this travel gadget, you can take as many photos as you wish and return home with your phone in the same condition as it left. Check your phone is compatible for this case, before buying.
Health and fitness is increasing becoming a part of our everyday lives, as we learn more about our bodies and nutrition. For the traveller who wants to continue monitoring their health regime this wristband, might be what you are looking for. Don’t be stressed about not making it to the gym whilst you’re travelling or panic about missing your Zumba class. With this wristband, you can count the number of steps you walk whilst relaxing in a sunny climate, hiking Kilimanjaro and city sightseeing. It also monitors your sleep, to make sure you are resting enough in relation to your exercise.
Do you agree with this list? Which one is your favourite travel gadget? If we missed your favourite travel gadget, please let us know in the comments section, perhaps it will appear in a future blog post.