Looking for the best travel gadgets to bring on your travels or give as a gift? While there are many gadgets that travelers would love there are some essential travel gadgets that are must haves. I like to travel with carry on luggage only so I don’t like to bring any extra gadgets with me unless I absolutely need them. Here are my picks for the best travel gadgets that every traveler must have in 2021.
Best Travel Gadgets for 2021
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1. External Battery
If I had to pick the most useful travel gadget other than a smartphone, it would be an external battery. I always carry at least one of more external batteries to charge my phone and other electronics when I am not close to a power outlet. My smartphone runs out of battery so fast that I cannot live without one!
2. Universal Travel Adaptor
A universal travel adaptor is a must have gadget for any international traveler.
3. Noise Cancelling Headphones
Noise cancelling headphones are useful gadgets for travelers who want to sleep on a long flight. These are the best headphones I have found.
4. Kindle Paperwhite
A Kindle Paperwhite is another practical gadget for travelers. Getting lost in a book is one of the top suggestions on how to survive a long flight in economy. This is also a space saver for long term travelers because you can download your favorite travel books on your kindle, instead of bringing a bunch of books with you.
5. Personal Water Filter
Do you spend a lot of time outdoors or will you be traveling to countries where the water is not safe for drinking? This personal water filter makes contaminated water safe for drinking by removing waterborne bacteria and parasites so you can use it to drink directly from your water source.
6. Power Strip
A compact power strip is one of the most useful travel gadgets. I use one when I find myself somewhere with few power outlets and want to charge multiple electronic devices.
7. Waterproof Action Camera
For travelers that want to take photos while being active or underwater a waterproof action camera like a GoPro HERO9 Black is a must have item.
8. Mirrorless Camera
If you want to take good photos but don’t want to bring along a bulky DSLR, a mirrorless camera is the way to go. I love the Sony Alpha a6000 which gets great reviews and is one of the more affordable options. If you want to splurge, the Sony A7 III is one of the best mirrorless cameras.
9. Portable Tripod
A portable tripod is useful for travelers that want to take better photos but don’t want to carry a large tripod. Depending on your needs you can get a traditional smaller tripod or a flexible tripod like a gorillapod that you can wrap around various surfaces. There are gorillapods for DSLR and mirrorless cameras and gorilla pods for point and shoot cameras. I especially love this flexible tripod for smart phones that comes with a wireless remote for selfies and group photos.
10. Surge Protector
This surge protector has 3 outlets and 2 USB ports to protect your electronics from power surges and charge multiple devices at the same time.
11. Headphone Splitter
12. Digital Luggage Scale
A digital luggage scale is a must have if you want to be sure you don’t overpack and have to deal with overweight bag fees especially when flying on low cost airlines.
Perfect for backpackers or travelers staying at a hostel, you can use a headlamp instead a flashlight.
14. Selfie Stick
Want to take good selfies or couple photos without asking a stranger? This gadget does double duty as both a selfie stick and a portable tripod.
If you want to take those amazing aerial photos you see on instagram, you might want to invest in a travel drone. One of the best travel drones is the DJI Mini 2 which is perfect for beginners and is also ultralight and foldable. For more advanced drone photographers, check out the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.
What are your favorite travel gadgets?