7 Must-Have Tech Gadgets to Make Travel Easier

Before you hit the airport, rail station, or highway this travel season, make sure you take these devices with you.


Mophie Powerstation Plus External Battery

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Forget fighting for an unused outlet at the airport anymore. Now, you can charge your iOS, Android, and USB-powered devices with this compact battery. It charges two to four times faster than average smartphone external batteries, too, so your battery icon will be in the green in no time.

To buy: $80, bestbuy.com.


JBL Clip+

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Clip this small speaker—it’s about the size of your hand—to your backpack or suitcase to bring your favorite tunes wherever you go. The rechargeable device allows for five hours of playtime, and connects through Bluetooth or an auxiliary cord.

To buy: $50, amazon.com.


Relays Sport Headphones

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You’ll need a good pair of headphones to drown out that crying baby on your flight. This lightweight pair has a built-in microphone and volume control that syncs up to most devices. And since it’s water- and sweat-resistant, it’s great for working out, too.

To buy: $53, amazon.com.


Google Chromecast

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You don’t have to be without Netflix, HBO Go, or Hulu on your vacation. Plug this small streaming device into a TV’s HDMI port, connect it to your smartphone or tablet through Wi-Fi, and watch your favorite movies and shows on the big screen.

To buy: $35, target.com.


Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer

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Now you don’t have to wait to get home to print out your favorite photos from your trip. Sync this device to your smartphone or tablet through Bluetooth and print out some snaps to share with family and friends.

To buy: $130, amazon.com.


Headphone Splitter

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To prevent your kids from fighting over who gets to watch a TV show or movie on the tablet, use a headphone splitter so they can both enjoy it at the same time.

To buy: $15, target.com.


TYLT Y-Charge Vehicle Charger

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If your car doesn’t have a built-in charger, plug in this portable one to charge two devices at the same time. It’s USB-compatible so it can charge most smartphones and tablets.

To buy: $40, bestbuy.com.