Between work and leisure travel I’ve figured that in 2013 I will have been on the road around 220 days traveling around 80,000 miles. I’m happy to be constantly moving but at the same time it’s tough so I’ve put together my favorite travel gadgets and accessories that I use to make life easier on the road. If you’re planning on a weekend getaway or a year of backpacking I’ve got something to make your life easier. Let me know your best travel tips and gadgets in the comments section below.
Monster Outlets To Go MP 3 Outlets, 2 USB – $14
This little gadget comes in handy in hostels when power outlets are sometimes hard to come by, it has three outlets and two USB outlets, this should be enough for all of your gadget charging needs.
Satechi Smart Travel Router – $45
Satchei provides a another option to travel power and it has a built-in router…and it’s a travel power adapter that works in 150 countries, this thing will get you some serious geek traveler points.
Nomad Lightning Cable – $20
Charging gadgets requires lots of cables and if you want keep down the clutter consider getting a key chain charging cable, they are super handy and don’t ever get tangled. This lighting cable works with Apple devices. (iphone 5/5C/5S, iPads, etc.)
Eagle Creek Travel Compression Sac Set – $20
I use these bags to keep my carry on bag packed tightly so it fits in the overhead bin. They are also useful for keeping dirty clothes separate from clean clothes. When not in use they pack down to almost nothing.
Rolling clothing Technique – Free
Using the rolling technique along with the compression sac you get maximum space in your bag. It’s simple you fold then roll your clothes to efficiently use the space in your luggage.
Outlander Packable Travel Daypack – $20
When traveling space is at a premium and weight can wear you down. For daily excursions out I like to keep a packable ripstop nylon daypack with me so that I can bring along my gear for the day.
TSA PreCheck – $100
If you travel often TSA PreCheck is a must have. As of now you can enroll in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Global Entry program and once you complete the application and conduct your in person interview you will be granted access to TSA PreCheck. You will be given an identification number that you input when booking your tickets and you will be eligible to use the PreCheck lane when passing through airport security. When using the PreCheck lane you do not have to take off your shoes, remove your laptop or take out your liquids and the line is often completely empty so you can pass through airport security in a couple of minutes. Currently the program has a $100 non refundable application fee and once approved your membership lasts for five years.
ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Boxer Brief – $20-25
When packing light how many pairs of underwear would you bring for a trip? How about two? ExOfficio underwear are made for traveling and it takes some getting used to but with two pairs you can hand wash or launder and always have a clean pair. They are light, breathable and odor resistant. They make women’s undies too.