Top 5 Travel Tech Accessories

Tom Merritt tells us about his five essential gadgets for traveling. Don’t leave the house without these.

Even with more people meeting remotely than ever before, there is still plenty of travel that apparently needs to happen. And when you have to fly somewhere for whatever reason, light and efficient packaging is a big help.

But you have so many devices that you have to bring and keep charged. And you also need to stay sane. It’s the little things that make all the difference. Dongles. Cables. Wall warts.

Here are five essential travel tech accessories.

  1. A small, powerful portable charger. You can get lipstick-sized chargers that have the capacity of your phone or more. No more lugging around a huge battery. Get one that makes it easy to see when it needs to be charged and easy to plug in. Anker makes a 10,000mAh battery with both USB-A and USB-C ports and smaller than your phone.
  2. Listeners. Many people will tell you to get some noise canceling headphones for the plane and if you have room in your carry-on, knock yourself out. I’d rather take a set of noise-canceling wireless headphones like the Jabra 74ts or Apple AirPods and a set of good old-fashioned wired mini-jack headsets. The first one works with all your devices and doesn’t get tangled. The second is for that occasional plane or train system that only takes minijack. And they’re both much lighter than in-ear headphones.
  3. A luggage tag weight scale. These handy little things wrap around the handle of your suitcase. Then you lift your luggage with them and they assess the weight. They’re precise enough to help you avoid repacking at the check-in counter, and small enough that they won’t take up too much room in your bag. There are many that work in much the same way. I use one from Tarriss which cost me less than $ 20.
  4. Multi-cables. Rather than carrying dozens of dongles, reduce yourself to a single cable that has the port you need, say USB-C on one end, and the connector you need, say Lightning or USB-A or whatever, at the other extremity. There are several configurations, so get the one you need. They will cost you between $ 10 and $ 20.
  5. A surge protector. I have never felt so much love from strangers as when I shared this outlet at the airport gate because I had the surge protector. But it’s also convenient at the hotel and elsewhere. And to travel, you no longer need a big old strip. Belkin makes a compact one with three power outlets and two USB ports.

Hope these tips will help you reduce your technical hassle and your bag weight.

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