Six Wanna-Have Travel Gadgets

Travelling with technology can enrich your experience and keep you connected to friends, family and work at home.  The must-have items include mobile phones, watches, cameras and computing devices. Whether you carry laptop, tablet or just smartphone, we’ll that leave for you to work out.

The next category of travel technology is the wanna-have gadgets, which can make your trip more fun, keep you safe and, in some cases, provide interesting topics of discussion with the attractive person beside you on the plane.

Movie-Screen Eyewear: The cool-looking Vuzix Wrap 920 Video Eyewear lets you plug your iPod into your glasses and watch movies – a great option if you don’t like the in-flight entertainment. Available for $240 from Amazon,  the glasses have a rechargeable lithium battery that will provide up to five hours of continuous play.

Keep Track of Your Luggage: If you’ve travelled enough, your luggage has gone missing one time or another. You’ve flown to Hong Kong and your suitcases winged their way to Rio. With the Trakdot Luggage Tracker, you can track down the missing valises pronto. Just hook up this GSM chip-equipped monitor to an app on your phone, and you can pinpoint its exact location. You pay an annual subscription of $13 on top of a $50 sign-up fee.

Don’t Get Lost in Translation: It’s nice in a foreign country to be able to come up with the phrase you need to order a drink, book a hotel room or give directions to a cabbie. Get help instantly with the $170  Franklin’s 14-Language Speaking Global Translator, which includes visual dictionary. You will find over 2.5 million entries across the 14 included languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. And not only can you view the translations, but you can hear them too, all in recorded human voice.

For Germ-a-Phobes and Clean Freaks: If you are like comedian Howie Mandel and have a morbid fear of viruses, bacteria and so on that exist in abundant supply in many hotel rooms, then you need a Zadro Nano-UV Dual Scanner. Shine its UV light on your pillow, bedspread or whatever and the $100 pocket-sized device will annihilate everything from dust mites to E. Coli. Sleep easy.

Foil Pickpockets: Worried about light-fingered thieves stealing your phone, or wallet, or digital camera or whatever from your pocket? Rest easy. Attached by a ripcord to  your $10 Doberman Mini Mobile Alert, the item will start a “panic alarm” if someone tries to pilfer it.

Stay Charged: Nothing is more annoying that when you are on the road and your cellphone, or tablet or computer runs out of juice just when you need the device most. No problem. The $60 Innergie PocketCell is a universal rechargeable mobile battery bank designed to provide you power on the go for for all USB-powered devices, including tablets, smartphones, mp3 players, portable game consoles and more.



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