As magical and exciting as a trip across the world can be for even the most frequent of travellers, inconveniences and problems are always likely to emerge. We spoke to several leading experts in the travel industry for their choices on the very best gadgets that any traveller can make use of.
My favourite travel gadget by far has to be the GRAYL Water Purifier Bottle and has been a lifesaver many times. The bottle allows you to top up your water supply while on your walks by using any puddles, lakes or rivers that you may come across. With no batteries, squeezing, pumping or sucking required you can enjoy fresh clean water in a matter of minutes. Filtering out 99.99999% of all bacteria, you can feel safe knowing the water is clean from any harmful bacteria. It also saves you having to carry litres of water around with you, the one bottle can be refilled many times from various water supplies.
Contributor: Chris Singleton from dublinpublictransport
One of the most helpful travel gadgets I've discovered is using my smartphone to download Google translate files before arriving in a destination. This way, even if I don't have data or WiFi, I am able to communicate with people in their native language. It's helped me out a ton in far-flung, non-English speaking destinations like Azerbaijan and Ukraine!
Contributor: Allison from eternalarrival
This is the perfect gift for hikers who can appreciate the beauty of a hot cup of coffee or cocoa on the trail. This is probably the toughest travel mug you’ll find and it will certainly handle whatever trip you take it on while keeping your drink as hot or cold as you like.
Contributor: Samantha Morrison from glacierwellness
The Wacaco Minipresso is the smallest and most versatile handheld espresso machine on the market that can transform your travel experience. With this nifty little gadget, you no longer have to sacrifice your morning brew for the sake of travel. All you need is water and your favorite coffee beans and you've got one damn good cup of coffee.
Contributor: Samantha Morrison from glacierwellness
The uniquely portable Nomader® Collapsible Water Bottle makes it easy to stay hydrated while traveling. Designed with a flexible BPA-free silicone body, the TSA approved Nomader® bottle can be folded-up or collapsed flat to save on space, yet it’s as comfortable to drink from as a hard-sided bottle.
This innovative, eco-friendly travel water bottle features a patented leakproof cap, an ergonomic carry strap, and a wide mouth for easy cleaning. As an added bonus, Nomader® water bottles are backed by a lifetime warranty.
Contributor: Bryan Sarlitt from nomader
Vela Garment Steamers are perfect for the frequent traveler. These workhorse devices quickly and easily take the wrinkles out of fabrics -- even many fabrics not traditionally suitable for traditional ironing, including silk, wool, polyester, nylon and velvet. Their extremely portable size makes them perfect not only for home use but on the road as well - great for the frequent traveler.
The versatile Vela Garment Steamers can be used in both vertical and horizontal positions. What's more, travelers will appreciate that they can be used to sanitize virtually every item or surface in their hotel room, killing 99.9% of all germs and bacteria.
Contributor: Art Sesnovich from bulldog-communications
FoodTranslator unlocks local food around the world, giving you access to ingredients, dishes, produce, beverages and more. Translate food terms, special vocabulary, groceries, menu items, dishes and beverages between English and other languages. Decipher menus, order at restaurants, and shop at stores and markets with new insight and understanding. Discover what the locals eat and escape the tyranny and monotony of the tourist menu!
Contributor: Alex from foodtranslator
So far the best, very best gadget I have used is the Sawyer water filters. They filter out microbes etc. from natural water sources and given I now drink about two gallons of water a day, they have been invaluable because pure water sources are usually about 65 miles apart.
Contributor: Jeff McCulloh
There's a huge movement in wanderlust and a new community on wheels driven by this whole van life era. The Luno Life Air Mattress with our Base Extenders is something that has helped me often when car camping in Colorado in the dead of winter or when taking a road trip so I can lay full length in my Subaru Outback.
Contributor: Pete Ducato, Founder from lunolife
We just had a customer take Packbands on her trek to Kilimanjaro and she used them to fasten her trekking poles and hat to her backpack. Another customer used Packbands to secure rolled clothing in luggage and upon, arrival, used the Packbands to hold a rolled beach towel; her husband used one to hold his Kindle and wallet while strolling on the beach.
In other words, you never know when a Packband can come in handy! Typically, when you’re traveling, you could use an extra hand; instead, use a Packband to hold a water bottle or scarf to a backpack, hold an extra piece of luggage (like a garment bag) to your rolling luggage, or contain a puffy jacket in a tote or backpack.
Contributor: Martha Spelman from packbands
Invented in 2010 to make a Mt Kilimanjaro trek easier, the Scrubba wash bag is the world's smallest washing machine and the ultimate travel and camping essential. This convenient, pocket-sized travel companion allows you to travel lighter and helps to save money, time and water. It’s the modern take on the old fashioned washboard, but a lot easier, quicker and way more hygienic than a dirty hotel sink!
Contributor: Natalie Simpson from thescrubba
Traveler's Choice's 21 Anti-Theft Smart Spinner is sealed with double coil zippers, an impenetrable feature that dissuades potential looters from knicking items from your bag. It's built-in TSA compliant combination lock is integral to the luggage, making it much more secure than locks that thieves can cut off. In addition to these extra security measures, the suitcase also houses an internal power bank so users can plug in for quick charge of their phones and other devices.
Contributor: Claire Grady from gradycommunications
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