When it comes to travelling in the modern world, there are a lot of things to think about. The chaos of travel, confusion of new places, and excitement of exotic destinations can mean that we lose track of our stuff or even our whereabouts a little more often than we like to admit. Luckily, the new era of travel has brought with it a ton of new gadgets for the savvy traveler that help you keep your trip as enjoyable, and safe, as possible.
In this list, we’ll give you give of the best, and most useful, gadgets for folks on the go. Whether your dream destination is a crowded city square or a remote mountain village, these pieces of gear are sure to come in handy!
#1: SPOT Satellite Messenger
Even the most competent travelers find themselves in sticky situations sometimes. New locations often come with uncertainty – how many people will be there? Will there be phone service? Internet access? For hikers, backpackers, and outdoor enthusiasts especially, many areas of interest hold no easy access to civilization if you break an ankle, forget how to use a compass, or simply want to brag about how many miles away from the nearest road you are.
For those who want to track where they’ve been, keep friends and family in the loop, and have instant access to help wherever they go, SPOT Satellite Messengers are the perfect option. Using satellite technology, users can send out messages to anyone they like to communicate where they are, how far they’ve gone, or that they need help. SPOT also allows the user to reach search and rescue services in case of an emergency – even when phone service is out of the question.
SPOT offers the best for traveler safety in remote regions all over the world – and this is one gadget you don’t want to pass up.
#2: Luci Light
This next gadget is a little less life-saving than the SPOT, but it’s just as cool. Those of us who backpack, couchsurf, or stay in hostels, are all too familiar with the struggle that is arriving at our destination in the dark and being completely, totally, blind. Mpowerd, maker of the Luci light, says no more!
The Luci light, which comes in several size and color varieties, is the solution to lack of light in shared space or outdoor space. The calming, mellow lights are solar powered, which means no money spent on batteries, no battles over outlets, and no extra weight in our bags. Even better, these little lights are inflatable and squish down flat for easy storage in a backpack, duffel, or purse.
#3: Solar Phone Charger
Traveling means long hours, long nights, and a seemingly miraculous lack of power outlets. And, as we mentioned above, those of us who share space while travelling know the power struggles that can ensue when there’s one more person on 5% battery than there are spots to charge. Whether you travel by bus, car, plane, or train, this next gadget will definitely come in handy – the solar powered phone charger.
These portable battery chargers from brands like Ruipu are the perfect solution to the war of the outlets. Available in several sizes and capacities, solar chargers offer USB ports for phone, laptop, and other accessory charging as needed – offering full charges to multiple devices at the same time. Add this one to the list of “social life savers”.
#4: Water Purifier Bottle
This next gadget is especially important for two types of travelers – those who spend time in the backcountry, and those who travel to regions without widespread access to clean water. While there are plenty of water filtration systems, iodine tablets, and UV purifiers available, none of them offer the ease and simplicity of the GRAYL water purifier bottle.
GRAYL bottles are designed for use anywhere – yes, anywhere. Not only do they filter bacteria, protozoa, and particulates, but they also filter to the viral level and get rid of heavy metals and other harmful chemicals. All you have to do is fill up the bottle and push on the lid – a process which takes less than 30 seconds – and you’re good to drink. This device isn’t just convenient, but literally life-saving. No traveler should be caught without a way to get clean water – why not do it with the ease and style of a purifier bottler?
#5: Portable Wash Bag
Alright, we’ll admit it, this last item probably isn’t completely necessary on every trip – but it nonetheless earned its spot on this list. When you’re camping, backpacking, road tripping, or pretty much any other type of travelling, personal hygiene becomes more of a luxury than a given. Showers often become less easy to find, dry shampoo gets used a little more often, and, of course, shirts get worn for a few more days than you might allow at home.
Luckily, there is a solution to the laundry debacle away from home – and it doesn’t involve expense coin-ops! Portable wash bags, like those made by Scrubba, are perfect for getting a machine-quality wash without spending the money or time at the laundromat. All you have to do is fill it with your clothes, water, and detergent, then rub. The washboard interior does the rest, and, once drained, you’ve got clean clothes for days.
These five gadgets are just a few of the great new tools out there for travelers of all types. Whether you’re a budget backpacker, resort-hopper, or business person on-the-go, there’s something out there for you to make your next travel experience a little bit simpler.
Rebecca lives in USA, but loves hiking all over the world. Her favorite is Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. It usually takes 16 days, but she likes to slow down, enjoy mountains, company of other adventurers and take more pictures, so it took her 28 days last time. Another of her passion is the ocean, so all short and long hikes along the ocean shore bring a lot of joy. She also writes for HikingMastery.com.