Twelve Travel Gadgets You Won't Be Able to Live Without
Get them before you head out to that next confab or a tech conference. You won't be sorry.
The time to find out if a gadget is worth bringing on a business trip is not when you arrive at the hotel. Before you go, scan through these products. Each one has been road tested to make sure it deserves a space in the airplane luggage compartment or under the seat in front of you.
1. Tile Slim ($30)
The super-slim version of the Tile location tracker is a godsend. I synced one to the Tile app on my iPhone and immediately stuck it in my wallet. Using the app, I can do a search for my wallet in a hotel room or get a chime if I set my wallet down and walk away from it.
2. Earin M1 Wireless Earbuds ($199)
As the smartphone industry transitions to wireless-only music (and no headphone jack), the earbuds you use become more important. This set has no wires at all (unlike models from companies like Phiaton); to charge them, you snap into a case the size of your finger.
3. ResQBattery ($11.99 for two)
These tiny snap-on battery chargers can be a life saver on the road. They're meant for one time use, so you can stuff a few of them in your laptop bag and charge up in a pinch. You'll get an extra five hour bump; the chargers come in bright colors like neon yellow.
4. Moto Z Droid Edition (Varies)
One of my favorite phones for business travel, the Moto Z has add-ons that snap into place on the back of the phone. You can bring a mini projector for a meeting, a speaker for listening to music in the hotel room, and extra backup batteries if you run low on juice.
5. BirkSun Boost ($250)
If you're going to carry something big and black with your laptop inside, especially if the sun is shining bright, you might as well use it as a solar charger. This solar backpack can power up a USB battery charger (included inside) that powers your phone 1.5 times.
6. HP Sprocket ($130)
This pocket-sized printer is handy for business travel, even though it's intended for photos. You can print out a quick list of reminders, phone numbers, or even a business card. I used one to make a "copy" of a receipt by snapping a photo and printing it on the spot.
7. Huawei MateBook ($1,199)
This Windows 10 tablet works as a "real" laptop replacement for doc editing and presentations. It uses the Intel Core m5 or m7 processor, lasts ten hours on a charge, and includes a keyboard cover that lets you snap the device into place using a magnetic connector.
8. Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard ($80)
Bluetooth keyboards are often too small for serious work. The K780 is more like a full-size model you'd use at a desk, but it works with your phone or a tablet. There's also a number pad (unlike most smaller keyboards). You can use it at your desk, too, using the included USB receiver.
9. Mujjo Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 7 Plus ($50)
If you use an iPhone 7 Plus, pick up this handy leather wallet case. There's a compartment on the side for credit cards or your identification. When you travel, it makes it much easier to access the cards (or a folded up boarding pass) without fumbling around for it in a laptop bag.
10. Asus ZenBeam E1 ($249)
Mobile projectors are now as useful and powerful as the more cumbersome large footprint models, as long as you don't want to watch a Hollywood movie. In a dark conference room, the Asus ZenBeam E1 worked perfectly for a Keynote presentation from an Apple Macbook. It shines bright at 150 lumens.
11. Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Varies)
The most popular phone of all time now has a better camera, and that's a "plus" for business travelers. You can focus on the foreground subject--say, the new sales team in Boston--and the phone will blur out the background, making shots look more professional. For business, Siri now works with apps like Uber. Handy!
12. Booq Pack Pro ($295)
One of my favorite brands--mostly because they always make quality products--the Pack Pro is a durable container for precious cargo like a Macbook (up to 15-inch size) or an iPad Pro. The pack is water resistant and uses rugged zippers that won't get stuck or break.
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