The top travel gadgets you need in your suitcase

Holiday in style with these essential travel gadgets

Marcus Webb – Virgin Money Living Mentor

by Marcus Webb | Independent Money Mentor

Editor of Delayed Gratification and independent journalist

As much as it’s tempting to disconnect from tech when you’re on the beach or exploring a new city, travel gadgets offer the kind of convenience, communication, comfort and pure enjoyment that’s difficult to resist when you’re far from home.

Here are six of the very best travel gadgets on the market.

1. Cygnett power banks

If you’re planning on using your smartphone as a combined guidebook, camera, translator and sat nav while away, you probably shouldn’t travel without a decent-sized power bank in your suitcase. Cygnett make durable, lightweight and super-reliable power banks for every need, from the slim line 5k model, which will give most smartphones a couple of refills, to the surprisingly sleek 27k bank, which will fully and quickly charge a laptop should you really not be able to leave work behind.

2. Fitbit Charge 3

Keeping fit isn’t everyone’s number one priority when on holiday. But if you’re looking to offset the buffet counter calories with a few morning runs, the FitBit Charge 3 is a sleek waterproof gadget that slips comfortably onto your wrist to offer heart-rate tracking, sleep analysis, step counting and all the other tools needed to plan your exercise schedule and measure your health while you’re on the road.

3. Bose SoundLink Micro Waterproof speaker

Not that long ago the cassette Walkman was considered revolutionary, but with a smartphone and a streaming subscription you can now carry 40 million songs in your pocket. Don’t let the entire history of recorded music go to waste when you’re away from home – pick up this light (290g), long-lasting (six hours of continuous play) and waterproof Bose SoundLink Micro Waterproof speaker and listen to your travel playlist when you’re on the beach, by the pool or lazing in your hotel room.

4. Lightweight travel drone

A selfie stick without the irritating stick part, the Hover 2 is a flying camera that can deliver stunning self-portraits from 20 metres above ground. At just 240g it’s the most lightweight and portable of drones, and it uses face-detection software to follow you around (up to ten minutes at a time), shoot video in 4K and take stills at 13 megapixels. Look to the skies and say cheese! But remember before you do, check the rules in the local area to ensure you’re okay to use a drone.

5. Dreamlight smart sleeping mask

Most sleeping masks just block out light. The Dreamlight smart sleeping mask, however, will do everything in its power to help you get some quality shut-eye. It’s got a few tricks tucked behind its lightweight, hypoallergenic, wrap-around design, including light therapy and audio to help travellers enter a deep sleep while on long-haul flights and avoid jetlag afterwards. The mask uses internal LEDs to guide your breathing while four embedded speakers play ambient sounds such as rainfall or white noise. It even gives you the option to send off a DNA sample so you can tailor your sleep schedule according to your genes.

6. Masterlock bluetooth padlocks

If you’re overwhelmed by all the passwords and four-digit combinations modern life requires, you’re not alone. The Masterlock bluetooth padlock offers forgetful travellers peace of mind while keeping stuff secure. It’s easy to use – just approach the smartlock with your phone bluetooth switched on, and hey presto, it clicks open. If you forget to charge your phone battery you won’t lose your stuff forever – you can hop on a computer to generate a temporary access code.

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