Six must-have travel gadgets

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.
Topic: Hardware
1 of 7 Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNet


A lot of people I know travel a lot. Some travel for work, others for leisure, while others do a bit of both. While there's little gadgets can do to make travel a pleasurable experience for those folks who don't enjoy it, the addition of a few gadgets can make time on the move more agreeable.

2 of 7 SearchAlert

SearchAlert Heavy-Duty TSA-approved Padlock

A lot of companies make TSA approved locks – you know, the small padlocks that you can use to lock up bags and cases you check at airports that TSA officials can open with their own key so they don't have to destroy the lock – but this SearchAlert padlock has a nifty trick up its sleeve.

The SearchAlert padlock features a little indicator that changes from green to red if the padlock has been "officially opened." Not only that, but only you can reset the indicator – the TSA cannot (at least there is no easy, official way to do this) – giving you the chance to check to see if anything has been removed, added, or tampered with.

Price: $12.

3 of 7 Nomad Goods


Cables have a way of getting lost, tangled, and damaged. The idea behind the ChargeKey is that you have a small cable that you can attach to your keys so you never have to leave home without it.

The ChargeKey comes in two flavors – a Lightning connector for the new iPhone and iPad and a Micro USB for pretty much everything else.

Price: $29.

4 of 7 Satechi

Satechi Smart Travel Router

The Satechi Smart Travel Router is two devices in one – it's a travel adapter that works in over 150 countries  that features a 2.1A USB port, and it's also a travel wi-fi/Ethernet router capable of the following modes:

- Router: Functions as a typical router, connecting to the internet provided by your ISP and broadcasting a wireless signal, enabling you to create your own network.

- Repeater: Connect to your existing network and amplify it. This enables you to extend the range of your wireless network – invaluable if you have a weak connection in a room far away from your router.

- Access Point: Create a wireless connection from a wired source. If only an Ethernet port or Ethernet cable is available, the router can connect to the wired connection and broadcast a wireless network that all your devices can connect to.

- Client: Connect to a device such as a Smart TV or video game console via an Ethernet cable. The Smart Travel Router can then be used as a wireless adapter, enabling the connected device to connect to the internet wirelessly.

Price: $45.

5 of 7 Anker

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.

6 of 7 SKB

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.

7 of 7 Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNet

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.

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