We're grateful for the countless ways in which technology has changed travel for the better—and we're thrilled to be adding new gear and gadgetry to that list every week. Here are our in-house experts' top 10.
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For the traveler who has everything — but can’t keep track of anything—Barracuda may be a revelation. With a built-in battery that holds up to five iPhone charges, a patented ergonomic Halo Handle System®, optional location tracking and a collapsible frame for slim storage, the Barracuda is THE bag to beat.
Ditch your heavy daytime tote for the ultimate out-on-the-town bag: the Sakroots Artist Circle Phone-Charging Wristlet. It’s got just enough room for your ID and credit card, your phone and favorite lip gloss. Phone running on empty? That's cool, because this cute graphic clutch will charge it for you, STAT.
Maybe you're traveling for business, and you'd like to block out the twin toddlers in aisle 21 while you finish your Prezi—or maybe you're blasting Pitbull en route to your BFF's bachelorette party. Either way, Bose Quiet Comfort® 35 Wireless Headphones are the absolute pinnacle of listening (or not) pleasure.
Take the anxiety out of separation with the eBags Connected Luggage Tag! This innovative, app-enabled essential allows you to store your contact information privately in the cloud. If your bag should try to see the sights without you, use the app to mark it as lost—then, when somebody finds it, the app will tell them how to get in touch.
You don't want to lug a bunch of cords and adaptors on your vacation. But in a #picsoritdidnthappen world, you DO want to make sure all your devices are fired up at a moment's notice. The Belkin Mixit Lighting-to-USB Leather Tassel keeps you connected AND feels like couture. Win-win, ladies.
Whether you’re catching up on email or streaming a movie, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 will keep you productive—or entertained—during your flight. Features a display that’s over 10 inches, wi-fi direct, a 2MP front camera and an 8MP AF rear camera with flash.
For those trips when you want SLR capabilities but don't want to lug multiple lenses around, the Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone is the perfect alternative—with four lens options (Fisheye, Wide-Angle, 10x Macro and 15x Macro) that can be tucked into a bag or worn pendant-style around your neck.
Healthy travelers agree: maintaining your exercise regimen during your trip can help alleviate jet lag and prevent dreaded "road bloat." Track your progress with the TomTom Spark 3 GPS Watch. It measures time, distance, pace, speed, calories and more—and will even tell you where you are.
Nothing kills your travel mojo like a lost wallet. Luckily, the Tile 4pk Mate is designed to avert just this kind of disaster. The world’s best-selling app-enabled Bluetooth tracker enables you to “ring your things” when they’re out of sight. Works with both Apple iOS and Android devices.
Talk about instant gratification! The Fujifilm Instax Mini 25 Instant Camera is a compact and totally self-sufficient memory-maker, with user-friendly, point-and-shoot functionality that enables you to print your pics on demand. It’s the perfect travel companion for destination weddings and group trips.