Essential Vacation Gadgets

Tech Tips

Summer is for traveling and with that comes the stress of packing for your big summer adventure. We’ve compiled a list of essential vacation gadgets that you can consult if you’re worried about forgetting something. 

An Antenna For When You Can’t Get Service

Heading somewhere remote? That doesn’t mean you have to be without service or a signal! Stay connected by bringing along this little goTenna. You can use your GPS and stay in contact with important people back home, even if you don’t have any cell coverage or wifi. Plus, the goTenna offers detailed worldwide maps offline to help you navigate when you’re off the grid.

Headphone Splitters For Sharing Entertainment

Simple vacation gadgets can often be overlooked. This one may seem small, but it’s absolutely essential for watching a movie with another person on your tablet or computer while in flight. If you only plan on sharing the entertainment with one other person? Pack a simple single splitter like this one. Got a lot of friends or kids who need to share? Try this handy 5 jack splitter from Belkin.

A Treasure Tag So You Don’t Leave Anything Behind

Ever accidentally lose a piece of luggage or your Airbnb keys? You won’t have to worry about that anymore if you use Nokia’s Treasure Tags. Simply attach the tag to your belongings and download the corresponding software and your phone will alert you when you’re about to leave something important behind. You can sync up to 4 Treasure Tags on the app. Another option is the Tile Mate Finder, which works very similarly. It uses Bluetooth to keep track of the things you never want to lose like your phone, wallet, and keys.

A Portable Battery So You’re Never Out Of Power

The last thing you want when you’re on a long flight or road trip is for your devices to run out of juice. If you want your tablet or smartphones to keep you company over the long haul, it’s imperative that you have a portable battery on hand for when their power begins to dwindle. They come in all shapes, sizes, and potencies. For a basic power bank, try Anker’s PowerCore or check out our portable battery guide for more options of these vacation gadgets.

A Home Monitoring System For While You’re Away

You want to be able to enjoy your vacation and not worry about the safety and security of your home while you’re away. If you don’t have a neighbor keeping an eye out for you or a security system in place, use a home monitoring system while you’re gone. Piper is a great option for this and has lots of features like a siren, motion and sound detector, 2-way audio, and 180-degree camera view. Use the integrated app on your phone to keep track of everything at home while you’re gone.

A Universal Adapter and USB Charger To Keep Everything Juiced

If you’re traveling abroad, packing a universal adapter is absolutely essential. Different countries have different outlets, and you need to be prepared! Try the Loop World Adapter Plug. It’s fitted with US, UK, EU, and AU/CN plugs, as well as 2 dual USB ports for easy charging.

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