The best tech gear and travel accessories under $50

When you’re preparing to travel, there are a lot of things to check off your to-do list before you leave. You’ll want to make sure your suitcase is packed (and not overweight, lest you be subject to additional baggage fees), you’ll need a comfortable and versatile outfit to wear on the plane, and you can’t not forget all your tickets, passports and other important documents. With all that preparation, it can be easy to forget simple items like your phone charger, power adapters, and more. Fortunately, our editors here at Travel + Leisure have compiled their favorite tech gear, gadgets and accessories that make traveling easier and more enjoyable. With the compactness and convenience of these pieces, they’ll instantly find their way into your travel arsenal.


From a bag tracker and headlamp that can be used while camping – or in your hotel room to make sure you don’t leave any valuables behind – to an RFID blocking wallet and a small but powerful waterproof Bluetooth speaker, these are T+L editors’ best travel accessories. The best part? It’s all available on Amazon, and each item costs less than $50, so you don’t have to break the bank to immediately improve your travel experience.




Black Diamond Spot 400 headlamp

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“It’s not just for camping! This amazing, lightweight and extremely practical headlamp is ideal for navigating a hotel room after the lights have gone out or checking the in-room safe one last time to make sure you haven’t forgotten your passport. The award-winning gadget features a powerful spotlight, easy-to-adjust controls and a red light option, perfect for stargazing or late-night wildlife viewing. Weighing less than 3 ounces, including three AAA batteries, I can always find room in my carry-on. — Paul Brady, Articles Editor


To buy: amazon.com, from $40 (originally $50)


Apple Air Tag

Amazon



“With the lost baggage crisis of 2022 already causing me great anxiety before my last international flight to Spain, a recent story on Travel + Leisure, in which a travel writer used her Apple Air Tag to locate her suitcase lost, fully convinced me that I needed one of those bag-tracking gadgets.The small, weightless device acts as a GPS for your belongings in the Find My app on my phone – and even if a Air Tag ultimately won’t be the thing to get my luggage back to me if it gets lost, that would definitely ease my nerves and reassure me of its location and that it (hopefully) gets home. the Apple keychain the tracker slips into so I can stash it in an inside pocket of my suitcase or clip my keys and use it even when I’m not flying (and dizzy brain that I am tends to misplace my keys often).Plus, at just $29 pop is definitely worth it for peace of mind, if you ask me! — Susan Brickell, Associate Editorial Director, Travel Commerce


To buy: amazon.com, $29


iMangoo Hard Protective Cable Organizer Case

Amazon



“I recently bought a cable storage case and I blame myself for not ordering this life-changing $10 travel hack sooner. Disorganized cords really stress me out (why don’t they ever stay well wrapped in their little circles?!), especially when I need one handy for a quick charge during a layover. This simple case has made my life (and the travel process) so much easier – it fits my phone, watch, and laptop chargers plus a dongle, all in one sleek place. And come on, it’s $10! ​​You can thank me later. — Skye Sherman, Associate Editor


To buy: amazon.com, $10


FunkkOff! TeethRefreshers Reusable Travel Toothbrush + Toothpaste

Amazon



“This small toothbrush is designed to quickly refresh your mouth when your large items are packed in your suitcase. It comes with an integrated toothpaste dispenser, a small mirror and a ventilated cap, all packed in a tube of the size of a lipstick!You don’t even need a sink, so you can use it right in your plane, train or bus seat without disturbing those around you. I left it at home on a recent trip, and when my 5 hour travel day almost tripled thanks to layovers and multiple flight delays, I couldn’t help but wish I had this one-stop-shop mints on hand to clean my mouth in a way gum and mints just can’t. Hillary Maglin, Associate Business Writer


To buy: amazon.com, $22


Travelambo Anti-RFID Wallet

Amazon



“I bought this travel wallet on a whim last year before a trip to Europe because I wanted an option with RFID blocking technology and a slim profile that would fit in both backpacks and my more compact cross body purses.However the fact that this wallet has thousands of five star ratings and lots of useful features including slots for all my bank and insurance cards and two zipped compartments – one that can hold my passport and another that could hold cash, coins, and my vaccination card holder – made it a no-brainer. When it arrived, I thought the leatherette design looked more expensive than its sub-$20 price tag, and for the past year I haven’t gone back to my designer wallet because this one is just too convenient to use. Susan Brickell, Associate Editorial Director, Travel Commerce


To buy: amazon.com, $14


Altec Lansing Mini H2O Bluetooth Speaker

Amazon



“I love bringing a portable speaker on trips to the park and the beach, but I’m always worried about it getting wet or sandy. This speaker from Altec Lansing might not have the best sound quality ever in the game, but it’s incredibly powerful for its small size and durability I’ve taken it on long days at the beach, picnics in the park, and even paddle boarding sessions on the Long Island Sound, and it gets the job done every time. Plus, since it’s so compact and lightweight, I can easily put it in any backpack or beach bag and it never weighs me down. — Madeline Diamond, Business Writer


To buy: amazon.com, $24 (originally $25)


SublimeWare Power Plug Adapter

Amazon



“Whenever I leave the country, I always make sure to have this handy power adapter from SublimeWare packed. It accommodates multiple plug types including Japan, China, UK and EU, and I can use a regular wall outlet or USB with it. Best of all, it lets you charge up to four devices at once, comes in four different colors, and costs just $21. — Rebecca Carhart, Writer and Senior E-Commerce Strategist


To buy: amazon.com, $21 (originally $26)


Usams multi-charging cable

Amazon



“Because my current multi-charging cable broke (from another brand) and I found it so incredibly useful for both my remote work and my travels, I have my eye on the buying this affordable and popular option from Amazon. The fast charging cord includes four cables with three different USB ports, including two lightning ports, a micro USB and a type C to charge all my devices from my iPhone to my iPad and MAC laptop to my Bose portable speaker Not only does it make packing much easier and saves traveling with multiple cables, but I’ll never be that person monopolizing all the points of sale at the airport or in a café. — Susan Brickell, Associate Editorial Director, Travel Commerce


To buy: amazon.com, $12 (originally $15)


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