Hot List: Must-Get Travel Tech

I know few people who speak passionately about their luggage. More important to frequent fliers is what’s in the carry-on. And these days, it’s all technology. Our laptops, smartphones, and tablets have become essential travel companions—so much so that they require their own on-the-go accessories to keep things running smoothly. Here are five add-ons to pack for your next trip. 

The Mophie Space Pack is a life-safer for iPhone power-users. (Photograph courtesy of Mophie)
The Mophie Space Pack is a life-safer for iPhone power-users. (Photograph courtesy of Mophie)

> Mophie Space Pack

Mophie’s popular battery case gets a major upgrade in the Space Pack, and it’s ideal for travelers. This super-powered case not only extends battery life, it has built-in storage, allowing owners to download more movies, music, and photos without maxing out their phone’s capacity. Fourteen more hours of iTunes for that next long-haul flight? Yes, please. Small downside: This one’s for iPhone users only.

> LaCie Fuel 

What Mophie’s Space Pack does for phones, LaCie Fuel does for tablets and laptops. This compact external hard drive boasts ten hours of battery life and a terabyte of wireless storage, so travelers can go nuts downloading prior to a trip and still not fill the space. For MacBook Air users looking for more storage on the go, the Fuel doubles as a good data back-up plan.

> Accell Home or Away

Accell's power station makes one plug exponentially helpful.  (Photograph courtesy of Accell)
Accell’s power station makes one plug exponentially helpful. (Photograph courtesy of Accell)

Flight delays are a given these days, and spats over limited airport outlets could spiral into Knee Defender territory as travelers struggle to keep devices charged while waiting for take off. With Accell’s Home or Away, one plug magically multiplies, making dying iPad, iPhone, and laptop batteries a thing of the past. The power strip is small enough to fit in a pocket, yet provides three outlets as well as two USB ports. The best part? The plugs are appropriately spaced so you can utilize all at the same time. Added bonus: Surge protection keeps devices safe.

Fuse Chicken Bobine

This multi-tasking tool can be used to dock, sync, or charge your phone. But, in a twist, its sturdy-yet-bendable cable holds the position you create, meaning it makes an ideal stand, great for holding your phone in place when you squeeze in some quality FaceTime with the folks at home while you explore a new destination or take in a flick on your red-eye home. Say goodbye to wrist cramping!

The Fuse Chicken Bobine doubles as a smartphone stand. (Photograph courtesy of Fuse Chicken)
The Fuse Chicken Bobine doubles as a smartphone stand. (Photograph courtesy of Fuse Chicken)

> Bose QuietComfort 20

Bose’s full-size noise-reduction headphones are on plenty of must-have travel lists, but their bulk has always deterred me. Enter the QuietComfort 20, a much smaller in-ear device that makes peaceful flights compatible with my packed carry-on. Warning: These don’t come cheap, and should probably rank as essential for people who are either very sensitive to noise or very frequent travelers. But if you’re regularly hopping a flight for business and trying to work or sleep, they’re a sound investment.

Henley Vazquez is the co-founder of Feather+Flip, a new travel website for globetrotting families. Find out more @featherandflip

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  1. Traveller
    January 19, 2015, 9:02 am

    How I wish to bring all my gadgets just to enjoy my travel. However, bringing a lot of things when you travel could burdensome for you while travelling.

  2. Eliana
    September 29, 2014, 9:38 am

    This blog is very helpful and it does make for “intelligent travel.” I just find it very unfortunate that a blog such as this is needed. When my family goes on a huge out of country trip and visits an exotic place, like Greece or Peru, we have a “no technology” rule (the only exception being cameras). We do this because we believe that technology can distract us from family bonding and exploring the new culture around us. Instead of enjoying a sunset, we’d be too busy trying to Instagram it; instead of engaging in a nice family conversation, we’d be trying to contact our friends on Facebook. Back at home our lives revolve around technology, so why should our vacations and family time do the same?

  3. David
    September 29, 2014, 1:40 am

    I was excited when I saw the mention of the Accell Home and Away Power Station. I loved the size, plug layout, and the folding plug. Imagine my disappointment when I checked the website and found that the unit is only rated for input of 120 volt use rather than general, international standard of 100-240 volts. For any of you that travel internationally, as I do, this unit is not for you. Unless they come out with a new unit that does input of 100-240 volts, I’ll have to stick with my Belkin Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protector. It is a bit bigger and not as well laid out but does do the 100-240 volt input needed for international travel.

  4. David
    September 29, 2014, 1:12 am

    The sound quality of the Bose QuietComfort 20 is quite good, however there is one thing that kept me from buying them. Unlike the Sennheiser CXC 700 noise-canceling, in-ear headphones I bought (and a number of other available brands) the Bose earphones have a built-in, non-replaceable battery. While the Bose battery is stated to last 16 hours and you can still use the earphones if the battery dies, that is not the same as being able to pop in a new charged battery to continue having noise-canceling capabilities, which is what you bought the earphones for in the first place. The Sennheiser earphone battery is also rated for 16 hours but is an easily replaceable AAA battery. The Sennhesier’s sound quality and noise-canceling capabilities were not noticeably different than the Bose and they were also about $70 cheaper.