Some of them are just too fun to miss, others add extra convenience to our experiences, yet others open up new realms in the world of technology. You’ve guessed it: we’re talking about travel gadgets! These smart tools that have forever changed the way we experience the world are life-savers for today’s travelers.
Here are 27 cool travel gadgets ready to make your trips safer, easier, or simply more enjoyable.
Leica Q “Snow” Digital Camera
Designed in collaboration with Olympic snowboarding champion Iouri Podladtchikov, the limited “Snow” edition of Leica Q stands out for its stylish white exterior in premium cowhide leather and silver-anodized finish.
Limited to 300 units, this special model features the same outstanding technical specifications as the regular Q (Typ 116) digital camera, including the 24.2 MP full-frame sensor, fast prime Summilux lens, and Maestro II processor. Each Leica Q Snow has an exclusive serial number engraved on its hot shoe, and comes equipped with an exquisite white leather carrying case and color-matched strap.
Needless to say, this luxurious, winter-inspired camera makes for a fantastic photography experience, wherever the road may take you.
Pocket-Size Washing Machine
Whether you are backpacking through Europe, going on an African safari, or traveling on a budget in South Asia, you are going to love the Scrubba Wash Bag. Equipped with a flexible washboard, this lightweight, pocket-size wash bag will not only help you do your laundry anywhere on the road, but also save you money and time. With only 2-4 liters of water and a bit of washing liquid, you’ll have your clothes fresh and clean in less than 3 minutes.
Sandless Beach Mat
Calling all beach lovers! The Sandless Beach Mat is a revolutionary beach accessory that’s literally impossible to cover with sand. Initially intended for military uses, this clever sand-free ground sheet is perfect for a fun and stress free beach outing. Finally, no more annoyingly sticky sand! Now you can make the most of your seaside experience while lounging in the warm sunshine, reading a book, or spreading out a picnic.
The Sandless Beach Tote
The Sandless Beach Tote stands out from the crowd thanks to its special material, which, due to its two layers of patented woven PVC/PE, prevents it from filling with sand. Moreover, the bag is designed to keep mold and mildew away, and comes equipped with shoulder straps, reinforced box stitch seams, and an internal pocket to fit your wallet or phone.
Handmade Vintage Backpack
Who says a backpack has to be bulky and boring? Handmade from waxed canvas and reclaimed leather, the compact Lundy bag is as chic as it is practical. A reliable travel companion for a weekend getaway or a quick city break, this handsome carry-all features a handy front button pocket and 2 interior compartments lined with durable cotton fabric. Plus, its sturdy, fully adjustable backstraps will leave your arms and hands free to move, while its timeless, vintage inspired design, which goes with nearly any look, will make you feel stylish and confident throughout your trip.
World’s Smallest Travel Steam Iron
Featuring a 420-watt motor and three fabric heating levels, this mini travel steam iron is the smallest of its kind in the world. The compact device is about the size of a computer mouse and can be extremely useful for business travelers who are on the road and need to remove the inevitable wrinkles from packed clothing.
Smallest Automated Travel Vacuum
Small, smart, and stylish, VAGO is the ultimate travel packing gadget. Equipped with a pressure detecting sensor, this automatic vacuum pump removes all the air inside your suitcase, condensing the clothes to half their size, thus leaving plenty of room for souvenirs and other things you may buy on your trip.
It’s an essential travel tool, especially if you’re adding a bit of shopping to your trip, or traveling somewhere cold and need to bring along some heavy winter wear.
Part flashlight, part booze container, this unique multifunctional tool is an awesome travel accessory for glamping enthusiasts, festival goers, fishing aficionados, and anyone in between.
In addition to holding 10 ounces of your favorite beverage, the VSSL Flask includes 2 collapsible stainless steel shot cups, a bottle opener, a compass, and a powerful LED flood beam flashlight. If you ask me, I’m pretty sure this would also make an inspired gift for the outdoor adventurer in your life.
Finding the best carry-on luggage for your next vacation depends on a number of factors, including your personal style, needs, and design preferences.
A practical, stylish, and fun travel accessory, the Micro 3in1 Luggage Scooter helps travelers move around quickly and easily. Designed in collaboration with DJ Steve Aoki, this innovative trolley that doubles as a kickboard scooter also has Bluetooth Sound2Go speakers incorporated for listening music while gliding your way through the airport. Carrying your luggage will never be boring again with this multifunctional travel gadget!
Video Recording Sunglasses
Snapchat (now Snap)’s fans will fall in love with the company’s newfangled video recording glasses called Spectacles. The product is not just cool and good looking, but it actually protects your eyes from the sun, too. Its main function, however, is to record snaps of your day and sync them to your Snapchat Memories, which makes it a fun travel accessory, whether you’re playing tourist in your own city or heading overseas.
The eyewear comes in three colors (black, coral, and teal), and has a small camera built into the frame, allowing users to capture 10-second clips and send them to their iPhone or Android smartphone via the Snapchat app, all without using their hands. The glasses’ bright yellow case doubles as portable battery charger and includes a USB cable and a ghost-shaped cleaning cloth.
Portable Cocktail Kit
What better way to get in the vacation spirit than with a portable cocktail kit, equipped with everything you need to craft two proper beverages in style, anywhere, anytime? Compact enough to fit in a pocket, W&P’s slick Carry-On Cocktail Kit is the best bet for mixologists on the go, offering a handy recipe card, stainless steel spoon/muddler, linen coaster, and all the ingredients for two proper in-flight concoctions.
Depending on your preferences, there are a variety of travel sets to choose from, from Champagne and Bloody Marry to Gin & Tonic and the original Old Fashioned.
Hi-Tech Foot Warmers
Foot warmers are known for making winter activities as comfortable and enjoyable as a day at the beach, but the innovative ThermaCELL Heated Insoles will take your feet comfort to the next level. Equipped with state-of-the-art thermal technology, these remote-controlled foot warmers will keep your feet warm and dry thanks to a thermostat-driven control system and a water-resistant fabric liner which protects them from moisture.
Backpack Drink Dispenser
Ideal for outdoor gatherings, music festivals, and sport events, the ingenious Tailgater Dual Tank Backpack Drink Dispenser allows you to kick off the party by pouring mixed drinks for friends and family straight from your backpack.
Best Travel Drone
With its 4K camera, intuitive smartphone control, and a staggering 27 minutes of flying time, DJI’s Mavic Pro is no doubt, one of the best travel drones out there. The compact, portable device is packed with intelligent features and can fly as far as 4.3 miles away, allowing you to capture the beauty of your surroundings in flawless HD video at 4K/30fps or 1080p/96fps, as well as photographs in 12MP Raw or JPG format.
Perfect for travelers always eager to immortalize and share their adventures on the go, this sleek & silent high-tech flying camera comes with GPS, front-facing optical sensors that help it avoid obstacles, as well as 11 cool flight modes, including tripod and selfie settings.
Female Urination Device
Travel is not always glamorous, especially when seeking to experience the world on a budget. Unsanitary hostel bathrooms, camping sites with poor facilities, and dirty public toilets are just some of the problems travelers have to deal with while abroad. Well, designed exclusively for women, GoGirl solves many of these issues by allowing girls to pee while standing up. Besides, this smart hygiene product made from medical grade silicone is small enough to fit in your purse.
Designed by Jakob Wagner, the Menu Baggy Winecoat is a stylish and practical wine bag ideal for picnics, romantic beach dinners, and other alfresco occasions that require meals away from home. Despite being easily portable, this hard-wearing, adjustable wine tote is quite fancy, and, if you want your wine chilled, it also has room for an ice pack.
Inspired by the disaster rescue and recovery operations following Hurricane Sandy,goTenna has been designed to keep Android or iOS devices connected even when there is no cellular service. Made of rugged materials, this pocket-sized two-way radio and antenna uses Bluetooth-LE to pair with a smartphone. This innovative technology allows users who possess the device to share messages and location info instantly within a range of up to 50 miles in ideal conditions.
Best Multisport GPS Watch
Combine style and adventure with the new Garmin Fenix 5, one of the best multisport outdoor watches on the market. Complete with a wide range of tracking capabilities, plus built-in GPS and smart notifications, this versatile, lightweight device has you covered whether you’re skiing in the Alps, swimming in the Med, of hiking off the beaten path in Nepal. Available in multiple models, with a selection of QuickFit interchangeable bands (in premium leather, metal, or silicone) to choose from.
Personalized Sand Imprint Flip Flops
Leave your thoughts in the sand with these fun, original, and affordable sandals by FlipSidez. All you have to do is choose your size and color, add a creative text or symbol, and wait for your made-to-order flip flops to be delivered. You can wear them as a cool beach accessory that will cheer up your friends, give them as a personalized gift, or use them to express your individuality and send messages.
Credit Card Folding Utility Knife
With its sleek design and surgical blade technology with an extra long 65mm cutting edge, Cardsharp2 is indeed an excellent travel gadget. Ideal for explorers, adventurers, and any well-prepared traveler out there, this stylish 13-gram credit card folding knife is constructed from ultralight polypropylene, making for a sophisticated cooking knife, but also an extremely useful survivor tool when hiking or camping in the woods.
Solar-Powered Inflatable Light
If you’re looking for a smart and sustainable source of light for your next adventure, look no further than LuminAID. After 6-7 hours of charging in the sun, this innovative inflatable lamp produces up to 16 hours of LED light. Not to mention it’s portable, waterproof, and weighs around 56 grams.
Best Camping Hammock
Rated the best camping hammock in the world by American Survival Guide and many other leading magazines specialized in travel gear, the Blue Ridge Camping Hammock is essential if you want to experience the wilderness like a pro. Designed for difficult climates and terrain, this waterproof tent hammock made of ripstop nylon features a net canopy, and can also be used as bivy tent.
Wireless Portable Speaker
Allowing people to listen to music anytime, anywhere, a portable speaker is a must-have for any traveler who wants to make the most of the outdoors without compromising on any of the luxuries of the indoors. Featuring two 40mm speakers, a built-in microphone, and a 10-hour rechargeable battery, Scosche’s boomBOTTLE is one of the best in its category thanks to its remarkable mix of rugged waterproof construction and high-end audio.
Water Purifier Bottle
Most of travelers’ health problems are caused by contaminated drinking water, which means a water purification system is a must when traveling abroad. This is especially useful when venturing in remote locations with harsh environmental conditions or destinations such as the Middle East, Central America, Asia, or Africa, which are also known for their unsafe tap water. Fortunately, these days there are many products designed to help in such circumstances.
CamelBak All Clear, for instance, is a state-of-the-art device capable of transforming almost any tap or clear natural water source into pure drinking water in just 60 seconds. The 0.75-liter water purifier bottle is equipped with rechargeable lithium ion batteries and uses UV light to neutralize viruses and bacteria. Overall, this is an excellent way to save money on bottled water and get safe drinking water while on the go.
Ostrich Pillow is an extremely useful accessory for when you’re on the go and just need a quick nap to refresh and increase productivity. Envisioned by Kawamura-Ganjavian architecture and design studio, this groundbreaking product prevents jet lag – a common problem for long distance travelers – by providing you with a micro sleeping environment. Although it might seem a little weird, its design is fun and intuitive, featuring polystyrene filling and a soft interior that allows you to sleep anytime, anywhere without being distracted by noise, light, and other things going on around you.
Iron Man Charger
A unique Marvel-inspired gadget, the Iron Man Mark V Armor Suitcase Mobile Fuel Cell comes equipped with an outstanding 12,000 mAh battery capacity, helping you power your mobile devices on the go. The charger is compatible with most smartphones and any other USB-compatible gear, and its two USB ports allow you to charge two devices simultaneously. Bound to thrill any Iron Man fan, this cool gizmo is actually a 1/4 scale replica of the original suitcase that brings to life Tony Stark’s armor in Iron Man 2’s Grand Prix de Monaco race track scene.
Compatible with iPhone and Android devices, the BACtrack Vio Smartphone Keychain Breathalyzer is a fun and affordable way to estimate your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). The gizmo is shaped like a USB flash drive and connects to your smartphone via the free BACtrack app. Be aware though, this breathalyzer doesn’t have a professional-grade sensor integrated, so don’t use it to judge whether or not you are sober enough to drive.