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 2018.
Best Travel Gadgets for 2018
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
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? Save money and the environment by using this personal water filter instead of buying bottled water. 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. GoPro HERO5 Black
For travelers that want to take photos while being active or underwriter a GoPro HERO5 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 mirroless camera is the way to go. I love the Sony Alpha a6000 which gets great reviews and is one of the more affordable options.
A portable gorillapod is useful for travelers that want to take better photos but don’t want to carry a large tripod. There are gorillapods for DSLR and mirrorless cameras and gorilla pods for point and shoot cameras. I especially love this gorillapod for smart phones that comes with a bluetooth 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
Perfect for couples or families, a headphone splitter allows you to connect two or more headphones so that everyone can enjoy your playlist or movies.
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 + Tripod
Want a selfie stick and a portable tripod? This gadget does double duty as both.
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 Mavic Pro. The DJI Spark is a more affordable and compact option. If you like to be one of the first to try the newest gadgets, check out the new DJI Mavic Air which is super small and portable.
What are your favorite travel gadgets?
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