Going around the world is both an amazing adventure and a demanding endeavor. It’s nice to be able to see the world, but if you travel unprepared, you will have less than an ideal time. And in this modern world, ‘prepared for a trip’ means getting the best gadgets, like portable irons or handheld translators.
Down below, we’ll list five gadgets that every single world traveler ought to have. But before we do that, let’s talk about the impact of gadgets on the modern world. There are entire YouTube channels and popular blogs dedicated to modern travel tech, and we think this phenomenon is worth exploring.
A Fascination with Gadgets and 21st Century Travel
Right now, our world is more open than it has ever been before. People are constantly finding new and inventive ways to globe-trot. Some hike an entire continent up and down; others take a bike and scale mountains and hills. And then there are divers, swimmers, hitchhikers… Of course, traveling the old-fashioned way, by train or plane, is still an option.
Financing oneself during a trip has also become much easier. In the old days, a world traveler would have to stay for a few months or even a year in one place. They would have to earn their keep before moving forward.
Right now, though, the concept of ‘work and travel’ has given the younger generation a perfect opportunity to see the world. With the advent of the Internet, they can do any number of jobs that aren’t physically demanding. In addition, they can earn money AND pay for services digitally, so there’s no need to always carry cash.
And right there we have our first major way that gadgets influence our daily life. Modern smartphones, tablets, and laptops keep getting more portable and more powerful year after year. The same goes for cameras, GPSs, headsets, watches, flashlights, chargers, and even tools. If you buy something with a Bluetooth connection or a Wi-Fi hotspot, it’s probably a modern travel gadget.
But we won’t get into our top 5 list just yet. First, we need to discuss what our list IS and what it ISN’T going to cover.
Gadgets Not on This List
When you look at different lists of ‘what to take on your trip,’ you’ll often see the same items. Usually, they would list miniature laptops, Kindle, tablets, flashlights, foldaway tents, powerful cameras, etc.
However, we won’t do that here. And to be clear, it’s not because we think these gadgets are useless — far from it. You definitely should have a laptop or a flashlight nearby. The same goes for power banks and multiple chargers.
We won’t list these items because they appear on so many lists so often. So, everyone knows how important they are. What we want to do is focus on niche gadgets — the ones that will further enrich your traveling experience. They might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re packing, but they will definitely help you on the road.
Top 5 Must-Have World Traveler Gadgets
1. Skyroam Solis Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot
The Internet is a must anywhere on the planet. But if you’re out in the wilderness, you probably won’t get the best cell phone signal. For that reason, a decent portable hotspot is a perfect solution.
Skyroam takes a little time to set up. Once it’s on, it will take a few hours to find the best network around. The moment it does that, it works at full speed, and you only have to pay $9 for a day pass.
Skyroam has a running time of 16 hours before you need to recharge it. And speaking of charging, it also acts as a 6000 mAh power bank. In other words, you get two devices in one.
2. GoTenna Mesh Devices for SMS and GPS
Once again, we’re in the wilderness, and we don’t have any Internet or network signal. So how do we text our friends and find out where they are? Or how do they find out where we’re heading? The solution is simple, and it’s called GoTenna Mesh.
GoTenna Mesh devices are portable antennae that allow two people to text and share their location within a three-mile radius. They can download full maps of an area you’re visiting and use them for offline navigation. In addition, they are Android and iOS-compatible. You just download an app and strap them on.
3. Iain Sinclair Cardsharp2 Folding Card Knife
That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? Let’s just shorten, or rather ‘fold,’ that name to Cardsharp2.
This portable knife is probably the best gadget in both urban and rural areas. If you find yourself in the woods and need a sharp blade, just whip Cardsharp2 out.
Its 2.2 mm thick blade is perfect for cutting stubborn branches or vines. The card shape allows you to put it in your wallet or pocket. What’s more, because of its design, the blade is never exposed, so it doesn’t get dull when you’re not using it.
If you travel around cities, you might need some means of self-defense. In case a thug attacks you, a knife that folds into a card is the best defense. Nobody will suspect it, and you’ll feel safe.
Like any Iain Sinclair knife, it comes with a serial number and is made of top-notch surgical steel. Wherever you go, Cardsharp2 will serve you well.
4. Mpowered Luci Pro 2.0 Solar Light
Sometimes, the nights can get dark and full of terrors. Of course, you can and should take a flashlight, but there are other options that are a bit more high-tech and gadgety, like Mpowered Luci Pro 2.0.
Luci provides 50 consecutive hours of light without using any batteries. We’re talking 150 lumens of solid, reliable light in a tiny waterproof lantern. You ‘charge’ it by leaving it in the sun for about 14 hours. If you can’t wait that long, just plug it into a power bank or a laptop via USB and charge it for 2 hours.
Speaking of, Luci can also work as a power bank once it’s fully charged. Just connect your phone to the USB port on the lantern and give it a boost.
5. Language Translation Devices
Our final entry is for travelers who love meeting new people but don’t have the time to learn a new language.
There are so many reasons to get a portable translator, and you will definitely benefit from getting one. Some models, like Muama Enence, can handle over 40 languages and even work offline.
The cool thing about translation devices is that they aren’t just for travelers. Even if you’re a businessperson, a bartender, or someone who can’t afford lessons, you’ll enjoy using these devices. The technology keeps improving, and in a few years, language barriers will be a thing of the past.