Six must-have travel gadgets

Six must-have travel gadgets

Summary: Here are a handful of gadgets that can make travel - both business and for leisure - less stressful and help keep your gadgets safe and charged up while you are away from your home or office.

TOPICS: Hardware, Mobility

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  • Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 12,000mAh External Battery Pack

    Carry a whopping 12,000mAh of power – enough to recharge the iPhone six times according to the manufacturer – in your pocket with the Anker Astro3. This battery pack doesn't have any buttons, and all you need to do to start it charging or to check the power levels is to give it a shake.

    Price: $50.

    (Image: Anker)

  • SKB 3I-1813-5B-N Notebook Case

    The SKB mil-spec waterproof/crushproof notebook case is, without a doubt, the best carry case for a notebook that I have ever owned. It's solid, robust, well-built, and protects my notebook from bumps and bruises when out and about.

    It's also packed with features:

    - Ultra high-strength polypropylene copolymer      

    - Waterproof, airtight, submersible design (IP67)  

    - Resistant to corrosion and impact damage          

    - Continuous molded-in hinge          

    - Trigger release latch system with TSA-approved latches

    - Rubber over-molded cushion grip handle 

    - Ambient pressure equalization valve (MIL-STD-648C)

    - Padlockable with a customer supplied lock          

    - Hook and loop desktop      

    - Convenient foam storage compartment for accessories 

    - Interior hardcore and foam protection

    Not as forgiving as a soft case, but if you are carrying a $1,000 notebook around with you then you might appreciate the protection it offers.

    Price: $190.

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  • Lug Loc Luggage Locator

    The Lug Loc is a luggage locator that using GPS and the GSM cellphone system to track your luggage. It features a 40-day battery and if fully compliant with FCC and FAA regulations. Just pop it into a bag for peace of mind.

    There's no subscription plan, but instead you pay per trace, with asingle trace costing $2.99.

    Price: $59.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility

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  • Very cool

    Love this article. Lots of very nice ideas.

  • Great article, but I had to laugh

    You like the notebook case even though it is cheap plastic (ala Samsung) I would have thought you would have wanted something in aluminum. Seriously, that is a great looking case. I loved the cube that could be a repeater. Thanks for sharing these cool gadgets.
  • Hmm

    Well how do you suspend your tablet be it's port to charge it? Also the Lug Loc costs $25!!! for each trace. Not $3. Better off to buy a TK102 and stick a truphone or Lycamobile sim in it.
  • The Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 Battery is that good!

    I have the Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 battery and it is every bit as good as stated in the article. Small and powerful, it handles cell phones and tablets with ease.
  • Gallery,

  • Cool Ideas

    I agree with other reviewers. These are cool ideas but definitely not 'must have'. I'd be willing to wager of all the well heeled travelers out there nobody has all of these gadgets. You could make an argument none of these are must have because I certainly don't have these and I get along fine.

    The only item that is a must have is the battery charger for mobile device and the one Hughes lists is huge. A battery pack that large surely is designed for a laptop? No, it will just charge your iPhone/iPad as many times as you could possibly ask in a day.

    I use an Anker lipstick sized device which suits my purpose just fine. Will recharge my iPhone from empty to full twice which is plenty for anyone's needs.
  • Nice article/list

    I am just unfamiliar with image 3/7, likely something for a Mac I'm guessing? Suggestion, not a complaint: A small description would be helpful.