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Six Clicks: Tools for the business traveler

Crowded airports, long security lines, and a shortage of power outlets. These all-too familiar gripes are the bane of business travelers. Hitting the road is hard enough, so make the best of it with these essential tools.

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Six clicks: Tools for the business traveler

Sitting on the floor in the terminal to get close to one of the few power outlets. Those who travel a lot for business have probably found themselves in this uncomfortable position. Frequent travel is hard enough when things go right and almost unbearable when they don’t. Road warriors can help make the best of business trips with the tools on the following pages.

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Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 2 20-inch Expandable Spinner

Most frequent travelers have discovered how much easier it is to not check luggage on flights. This makes a good carryon bag essential, and this one is quite good indeed.

The bag should meet all airline size restrictions for carryons, and is laid out to facilitate packing as much as possible in such a small space. There is even a laptop compartment on the front that can also accommodate accessories.

$118.99

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Satechi 3-Port Portable USB 3.0 Hub and Ethernet LAN Network Adapter

This gadget serves two purposes, keeping your travel kit as light as possible. The three-port USB hub lets you use important peripherals on the road. It works with most USB devices, including those with USB 3.0.

In addition to the ports, it also dishes out gigabit Ethernet. This allows the savvy traveler to take advantage of wired ethernet connectivity, usually faster than wireless.

$29.99

There is also a model that has a SD card reader instead of the ethernet adapter for the same price.

Both gizmos work with Windows, Macs, and Linux.

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Tool Logic CC1SB Credit Card Companion

You never know when you’ll need some tool while traveling to deal with the unexpected. This 9-in-1 tool is about the size of a credit card yet packs a lot of utility.

The nine tools that can fit in your wallet are: bottle opener, can opener, 2-inch serrated blade, 8x power lens, compass, ruler, toothpick, tweezers, and an awl.

You’ll want to pack this in your checked bags due to the knife if you don’t want to become too intimate with the TSA agents at the airport. If having a knife in your bag makes you uncomfortable, then check out another option below.

$15.49

Ollow Hollow Multi-Function Credit Card

This stainless steel tool is about the same size as the one above, yet is all in one piece. It has the following tools cleverly etched into the card: can opener, knife, screwdriver, ruler, bottle opener, two position wrench, saw blade, four-size wrench, directional auxiliary wrench, key-chain hole, and a butterfly screw wrench.

While it also has a knife, it’s not obvious given the design and should pass muster with security.

$3.72

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Anker Astro3

It can be a challenge to keep all gadgets charged on longer trips, and this high capacity (12,000mAh) portable charger will meet it head on. You’ll have to supply your own charging cables for your gadgets.

The smart charger senses the power needed for charging each device and adjusts accordingly. Shaking the charger displays the power level remaining.

$45.99

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Belkin SurgePlus 6-Outlet Wall Mount Surge Protector

Hotel room configurations are getting better than in the past for business travelers with gadgets, but there are still those with a lack of power outlets to keep things charged. Packing a mobile power strip can help keep everything charged.

This is a wall mounted device with built-in surge protection. It has six outlets to let you plug everything in at once.

The two USB ports are nice additions that let you leave a couple of device power adapters behind.

$19.99

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Ceptics International Worldwide Travel Adapter Plug

Road warriors who globe trot will need plug adapters so those gadgets can be plugged in anywhere. This kit has five adapters that work in a host of countries.

Please note that these adapters do not convert voltage and are for use with devices that can handle dual voltages.

$9.23

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