The tech savvy traveler knows how much his/her gadgets can enhance the overall traveling experience. We depend on our devices to capture memories, cure airport boredom, and even to help us navigate a foreign city. Here at Unplggd we've narrowed down your gadget packing list to 10 tech travel essentials that are sure to come in handy on any trip. Belkin Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger: Sometimes there just aren't enough power outlets for all the gadgets we take with us on trips. If you've ever needed an extra outlet beside your hotel bed or even in an airport terminal, then Belkin's inexpensive mini surge protector is for you. Its convenient design features 360-rotation (for positioning between tight spaces), three AC outlets, and two powered USB ports for charging everything from your cell phone to your iPod.
Logitech S715i Speaker: With its smooth all back design, the new Logitech S715i speaker is as portable as it is attractive. It has multiple uses in the hotel room, from charging your iPhone and using the speaker as an alarm clock, to falling asleep to your favorite tunes. It has an auxiliary input, 8-hour rechargeable battery, and also comes with a handy remote and travel case.
Incase Medium Messenger Bag for 17" MacBook Pro: Incase's messenger bag is the perfect carry-on bag that will neatly (and safely) house your MacBook and gadgets. Its size is ideal for storing under a plane seat, and its sling design makes for one comfortable day bag. It's outfitted with plenty of zippered pouches and cushioned compartments for your compact camera, phone, notebook, and just about any other small device you may carry with you.
Olympus Pen E-P1: We all know how important it is to capture those memories during our travels. For those who want DSLR quality minus the hassle of lugging around a bulky camera all day, the compact and lightweight Olympus Pen is a great solution. And for the style-conscious traveler, this Micro 4/3 camera sports cool vintage sophistication and flare, complete with all the modern functions one would expect to find in any other typical DSLR camera.
Amazon Kindle: For the book enthusiast, the Kindle offers reading on-the-go in a slim graphite design. Weighing less than a paperback, it stores up to 3,500 books. The latest generation also boasts free 3G and Wi-Fi, so you can purchase books anywhere at anytime. And no need to worry about recharging the Kindle during a trip--with Wi-Fi turned off, it has an impressive one-month battery life.
Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot: This hotspot was designed with all your Wi-Fi-enabled devices in mind, providing you with a speedy mobile internet connection wherever your travels may take you. It features 3-1/2 hours of battery life, average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps, and a range of up to 150 feet. It requires a 2-year contract but at least with this little guy you'll never have to worry about costly, unreliable hotel internet ever again!
Monster Studio Beats by Dr. Dre: For the traveling music-lover, a pair of quality headphones is a must. These sleek headphones with red and silver accents fold up easily for compact storage and even come with a case. During a lengthy flight you can enjoy your music in peace--Monster's Beats' have a noise canceling feature that will drown out everything from loud engine noise to crying babies (for other stylish alternatives, check out our previous post on the 10 Best Looking Headphones).
iPhone 4: The iPhone 4 is the perfect multifunctional device to take with you on a trip, especially for the lightweight traveler who may not always want to be weighed down by his/her gadgets while out and about. It boasts a 5-megapixel camera (for the times you may not have a camera on hand) and has a number of useful apps to make your travels easier. Use Navigon's MobileNavigator GPS when driving your rental car, find a spot to eat on Yelp, or download an ambient sounds app for those sleepless nights in the hotel room.
HyperMac External Battery: These useful external batteries were specifically made for Apple products and will charge your MacBook, iPad, iPhone, or any other USB-powered device. The HyperMac powers your MacBook for twice as long and charges your internal battery while extending its overall life span. The batteries come in four different sizes and are outfitted in aluminum casing, which should pair nicely with your Apple devices.
iPad: A lot has already been said about Apple's iPad and its uses during travel are pretty obvious. But here is a travel benefit you may not know about--the iPad is security checkpoint-friendly! Because security x-rays can easily see through its slim body, TSA doesn't require removing your iPad from your baggage (unlike laptops). It's one less hassle that will save you time at the airport!
Re-edited from a post originally published ./9.10 - JEL
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