Headed for a getaway? Whether traveling for business or pleasure – today there are so many hi-tech gadgets that make traveling easier and more enjoyable than ever before. Here are five great sidekicks to help make your trip smoother.
Seagate Seven Portable Drive
The world’s thinnest 500GB external hard drive measures 7mm (hence its name) and has capacity for approximately 50 hours of HD video – freeing your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or SD cards from the inevitable too-much-footage syndrome on your next vacation. And if the day comes when you need to make space on this greeting card-size drive, not to worry, thanks to its superfast USB 3.0 transfer capability.
Equipped with this stylish, water-resistant backpack, you’ll never need to fight for an airport power outlet again: it contains a discreetly hidden charger that connects to up to seven devices simultaneously via USB. An app shows you what’s charging and lets you reassign available power to the gadgets that need it most. The smartphone connection also means an alarm will go off if you accidentally leave the bag behind.
Light therapy has long been known to be effective against seasonal affective disorder, insomnia, and jet lag, but most light therapy devices come in the form of desktop lights – hardly the sort of gadget you’d bring with you on a trip. The Luminette eyewear is portable and comes with its own protective carrying case. And while it has a style problem, you don’t need to wear the Luminette in public for it to be effective. Just 30 minutes in the morning should be enough to get your biological clock updated to a new time zone.
No need to worry about lack of cell phone service or roaming fees – at least not if the people you need to communicate with are the others in your travel party. The goTenna system lets you text with others who have a goTenna installed and are within a few miles. It’s a clever solution for hiking or sailing parties outside of cell phone range, as well as international travelers who want to stay in touch with a group while, say, exploring a museum, market, or other crowded spot.
Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro
Multifunction devices can be gimmicky, but the 3-in-1 functionality of the Buckshot Pro truly helps travelers lighten their load. As a portable speaker, it plays tunes wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, or computer. Meanwhile, the top section serves as a flashlight with three settings (torch, lamp, and strobe), making it equally useful for increasing visibility at a campsite and reading discreetly while your partner sleeps. Snapping off the light reveals a USB port, into which you can plug and recharge your smartphone, since the Buckshot Pro is also a portable battery.