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10 best travel gadgets for 2019

The Best Travel Gadgets For 2019

The wind is blowing colder, familiar songs fill the air, lights and decorations are up, Christmas, the season of giving, is definitely just around the corner. This holiday is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but choosing the perfect gift for each of our loved ones could be quite a challenge, and not at all happy. If you have travellers on your list (or if you are a traveller looking for the perfect gift for yourself), though, fret not because we got you covered, fam!

Gadgets make our lives easier, especially those who often leave the convenience of their homes to quench their wanderlust. Almost all of these jet-setters prefer to pack light to avoid lugging heavy luggage around, as well as the hassle of going beyond the baggage allowance in airports. Hence, we made sure that the items on our list are as portable as they are useful.

Here are 10 gadget gift ideas travellers would need and want for 2019:

1. Garmin inReach Compact Satellite Communicator

Communication can be a challenge when travelling, since not all places have active cell sites and Wi-Fi connections, especially when you go off-grid. At 4 inches tall and 2 inches wide, this small and compact device allows you to send and receive text messages, plus track and share your whereabouts during your journey. Moreover, you can use it to set off an SOS alert to get in touch with GEOS emergency response team anytime.

Though this could go a little bit over budget, your peace of mind and staying in touch with loved ones regardless of where you (or they) are in the world is priceless, right? Right.

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2. Optical Camera Lens for Smartphones and Tablets

When travelling, it is imperative to leave unnecessary items behind to give space to more important items, you know, items that you absolutely could not live without.

In this age of digital era, photos are an essential part of our travels. These are creative expressions and keepsakes as well. However, bulky cameras are a thing of the past. If you have a smartphone, but you are not really satisfied with the camera it came with, an optical camera lens will solve that problem.

Unlike space-consuming cameras that you need to carry around vigilantly, these optical lenses are small, portable, and easy to use. You just need to clip it on your device, and you are good to go. Shoot brilliant landscapes and like-worthy selfies, and still have a lot of space in your travel bag.

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 3. Wireless Router with USB Media Storage


Internet connection is a necessity nowadays. You could have data connection on your phone, but that isn’t always reliable, especially when you go out of the country, out of your service provider’s reach. In cases like this, a wireless router can be handy for converting a wired network to wireless, and bridging an existing wireless network, creating your own secure Wi-Fi network. It also doubles as a USB storage device to store photos and videos, as well as keep your phone from running out of disk space.

The device only weighs 1oz and fits perfectly in the palm. It is so portable and convenient that it could fit inside your purse.

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4. Travel Door Alarm

Though a lot of motels, hotels, and inns comply to security standards, it is still better to err on the side of caution. With this travel door alarm, you don’t have to sleep with one eye open at night, because if an intruder tries to break in, this alarm will emit high pitched 91 dB sounds loud enough to alert you, the neighbors, and deter burglars away.

This is also small and easy to set up, so you don’t have to worry about security on your next travel. This can be installed on doors and windows. It weighs less than 2 oz,  so it fits conveniently well on your travel bag  or purse.  It also has a built-in flashlight that’s useful if you are travelling at night.

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5. Lifeproof Case


For anyone who’s ever had an iPhone, they know how fragile this phone model could be. Yes, it is high-end and its features make up for its price, but the breakability is its biggest letdown so much so that if you fell down the stairs while you’re holding your iPhone and you hear a crack, you’d wish and pray it was your leg. This Lifeproof Case is also waterproof and snowproof, so whatever the terrain on your destination is, you can rest assured that your iPhone will remain intact.
If you’re bothered about the control, though, the built-in scratch protector is virtually invisible to the sight and touch.

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6. Portable Safe

Portable safe? Aren’t  safes supposed to be heavier than life? Well, yes, if you were referring to safes in the 1970’s. In this modern age of technology and portability, almost everything is made with the user’s convenience in mind.  With this innovative contraption, you don’t have to lug your tablets, kindle, and other delicate valuables around, which also put your security at risk.

Furthermore, it doesn’t involve any complicated instructions. You just put your valuables inside, pull it shut, and lock it around the sturdiest thing you can secure it on, like a heavy-duty pipe or a heavy piece of furniture.

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7. Gadget-Charging Backpack

There’s nothing more inconvenient than your gadgets running out of juice at the most inopportune times. When you are on the go, you can’t just lounge near a socket while waiting for your phones or cameras to finish charging. This bag comes with a built-in rechargeable 10,400 mAh battery that can fill up 2-3 gadgets at the same time. So you can still use and charge your gadgets while you are moving.

The bag is also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about your gadgets short-circuiting even under the rain. It also has cord routing anchors to keep cables organized and padded tablet or computer compartment your laptops and tablets.

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8. Travel Adapter

Different countries have different power specifications for their electric outlets. Trust me, you do not want an extra problem when you head to your hotel room and you see that your charger isn’t compatible with their outlets. This wall charger is compatible with over 150 countries with US/EU/UK/AUS plugs and durable dual USB ports.


This item also passed the FCC, CE and RoHS safety requirements, so you need not to worry about overheating, over-current, and short circuits that could potentially damage not only your gadget but the property as well. Property damages incur a lot of penalty charges, amigo!

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9. Lifestraw Personal Water Filter

Travelling is relaxing, but diarrhea and dehydration in a foreign land will turn your dream trip into a nightmare you  wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Potable water is a relentless problem in a lot of countries, especially third world countries. These countries, though, have exceptional sights and natural resources, and with Lifestraw Steel Personal Water Filter, potable water (or lack thereof) will not hinder to quench your wanderlust.

This gadget removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and waterborne protozoan parasites.  Moreover, it filters to 0.2 microns, and it surpasses EPA filter standard. Its replaceable carbon capsule offers 2-stage filtration that reduces chlorine, odors, bad tastes, and other chemicals.

Another great thing about this is that it’s easy to use, doesn’t need batteries, durable, and portable.

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10. Translator

Language barrier can make or break your vacation trip. Some countries don’t speak English, and it would be challenging to communicate with locals and establishments. This voice translator is efficient, but small so you can take it anywhere you go. It has high fidelity speakers, so you just need to speak into the receiver, and it will recognize what you said and speak out loud the translation result.

It recognizes and translates to 52 languages and offers life-long maintenance services.

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There you go. These gift ideas will surely paint a smile on to the receiver’s face. Whether it’s you or a loved one, these gadgets will help keep the travels as enjoyable as possible.

Written by alan egan
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