Some of them are just too fun to miss, others add extra convenience to our experiences, yet others open up new realms in the world of technology. You’ve guessed it: we’re talking about travel gadgets! These smart tools that have forever changed the way we experience the world are life-savers for today’s travelers.
Here are 27 cool travel gadgets ready to make your trips safer, easier, or simply more enjoyable.
Pocket-Size Washing Machine
Whether you are backpacking through Europe, going on an African safari, or traveling on a budget in South Asia, you are going to love the Scrubba Wash Bag. Equipped with a flexible washboard, this lightweight, pocket-size wash bag will not only help you do your laundry anywhere on the road, but also save you money and time. With only 2-4 liters of water and a bit of washing liquid you’ll have your clothes fresh and clean in less than 3 minutes.
Sandless Beach Mat
Calling all beach lovers! The Sandless Beach Mat is a revolutionary beach accessory that’s literally impossible to cover with sand. Initially intended for military uses, this clever sand-free ground sheet is perfect for a fun and stress free beach outing. Finally, no more annoyingly sticky sand! Now you can make the most of your seaside experience while lounging in the warm sunshine, reading a book, or spreading out a picnic.
World’s Smallest Travel Steam Iron
Featuring a 420-watt motor and three fabric heating levels, this mini travel steam iron is the smallest of its kind in the world. The compact device is about the size of a computer mouse and can be extremely useful for business travelers who are on the road and need to remove the inevitable wrinkles from packed clothing.
Transparent Inflatable Bubble Tent
Made from durable, high-quality materials, this inflatable bubble tent is an excellent travel accessory for camping and outdoor enthusiasts with a penchant for stargazing. So, if you fancy sleeping in a bubble or dreaming under the starry sky, minus the bugs and mosquitos, this cute transparent structure might be exactly what you are looking for. The Outdoor Single Tunnel Inflatable Bubble Tent is roomy enough to accommodate a family and comes with free repair kit, glue, and blower.
A practical, stylish, and fun travel accessory, the Micro 3in1 Luggage Scooter helps travelers move around quickly and easily. Moreover, designed in collaboration with DJ Steve Aoki, this innovative trolley that doubles as a kickboard scooter also has Bluetooth Sound2Go speakers incorporated for listening music while gliding your way through the airport. Carrying your luggage will never be boring again with this multifunctional travel gadget!
Hi-Tech Foot Warmers
Foot warmers are known for making winter activities as comfortable and enjoyable as a day at the beach, but the innovative ThermaCELL Heated Insoles will take your feet comfort to the next level. Equipped with state-of-the-art thermal technology, these remote-controlled foot warmers will keep your feet warm and dry thanks to a thermostat-driven control system and a water-resistant fabric liner which protects them from moisture.
Backpack Drink Dispenser
Ideal for outdoor gatherings, music festivals, and sport events, the ingenious Tailgater Dual Tank Backpack Drink Dispenser allows you to kick off the party by pouring mixed drinks for friends and family straight from your backpack.
Flash Drive Vibrator
Although it features 16GB of storage, a USB plug, and a sleek, discreet design, the Duet Lux is not your usual flash drive, by any means. Instead, it provides pleasure to the modern sophisticated ladies who aren’t afraid to try something innovative. Part flash drive, part vibrator, this waterproof, 24-karat gold-plated toy makes for an excellent travel companion for solo women on the road.
Female Urination Device
Travel is not always glamorous, especially when seeking to experience the world on a budget. Unsanitary hostel bathrooms, camping sites with poor facilities, and dirty public toilets are just some of the problems travelers have to deal with while abroad. Well, designed exclusively for women, GoGirl solves many of these issues by allowing girls to pee while standing up. Besides, this smart hygiene product made from medical grade silicone is small enough to fit in your purse.
Designed by Jakob Wagner, the Menu Baggy Winecoat is a stylish and practical wine bag ideal for picnics, romantic beach dinners, and other alfresco occasions that require meals away from home. Despite being easily portable, this hard-wearing, adjustable wine tote is quite fancy, and, if you want your wine chilled, it also has room for an ice pack.
Inspired by the disaster rescue and recovery operations following Hurricane Sandy, goTenna has been designed to keep Android or iOS devices connected even when there is no cellular service. Made of rugged materials, this pocket-sized two-way radio and antenna uses Bluetooth-LE to pair with a smartphone. This innovative technology allows users who possess the device to share messages and location info instantly within a range of up to 50 miles in ideal conditions.
Avalanche Survival Backpack
With its ground-breaking dual airbag system, the Avalanche North Face Patrol 24 ABS is a lifesaver for climbers, riders, and backcountry skiers venturing into the mountains in search of snow, adventure, and awe-inspiring sights. In case of an avalanche, two integrated 85 liter airbags filled with compressed Nitrogene gas deploy, helping you stay on the surface and increasing your survival rate by as much as 95%. This clever backcountry pack also stands out for its light weight and outstanding durability, and has plenty of room for additional equipment.
Tampon Flash Drive
Well, if a luxurious vibrator with a USB plug and 16GB of storage may seem too sophisticated for your tastes, maybe the Tampon Flash Drive would be a better solution to store and protect your important files when traveling. This USB tampon-shaped flash drive might be weird, even embarrassing for some, but think again – no self-respecting thief out there would want to steal your tampons.
Personalized Sand Imprint Flip Flops
Leave your thoughts in the sand with these fun, original, and affordable sandals by FlipSidez. All you have to do is choose your size and color, add a creative text or symbol, and wait for your made-to-order flip flops to be delivered. You can wear them as a cool beach accessory that will cheer up your friends, give them as a personalized gift, or use them to express your individuality and send messages.
Credit Card Folding Utility Knife
With its sleek design and surgical blade technology with an extra long 65mm cutting edge, Cardsharp2 makes for an excellent travel gadget. Ideal for explorers, adventurers, and any well-prepared traveler, this stylish 13-gram credit card folding knife is made of ultralight polypropylene, making for a sophisticated cooking knife or an extremely useful survivor tool, especially when hiking or camping in the woods.
Solar-Powered Inflatable Light
If you’re looking for a smart and sustainable source of light for your next adventure, look no further than LuminAID. After 6-7 hours of charging in the sun, this innovative inflatable lamp produces up to 16 hours of LED light. Not to mention it’s portable, waterproof, and weighs around 56 grams.
Outdoor enthusiasts will fall in love with this folding product by maarno. Featuring a clever and functional Swiss design by Max Frommeld & Arno Mathies, the folding sled is made from locally sourced ash wood and durable, recyclable engineering plastic (HDPE), which make it easy to assemble, store, and carry around. Thanks to its portability and versatility, this smart, innovative product makes a great winter travel companion, and it can be used for both racing and leisure.
The Sandless Beach Tote
The Sandless Beach Tote stands out from the crowd thanks to its special material, which, due to its two layers of patented woven PVC/PE, prevents it from filling with sand. Moreover, the bag is designed to keep mold and mildew away, and comes equipped with shoulder straps, reinforced box stitch seams, and an internal pocket to fit your wallet or phone.
Best Camping Hammock
Rated the best camping hammock in the world by American Survival Guide and many other leading magazines specialized in travel gear, the Blue Ridge Camping Hammock is essential if you want to experience the wilderness like a pro. Designed for difficult climates and terrain, this waterproof tent hammock made of ripstop nylon features a net canopy, and can also be used as bivy tent.
Wireless Portable Speaker
Allowing people to listen to music anytime anywhere, a portable speaker is a must-have for any traveler who wants to make the most of the outdoors without compromising on any of the luxuries of the indoors. Featuring two 40mm speakers, a built-in microphone, and a 10-hour rechargeable battery, Scosche’s boomBOTTLE is one of the best in its category thanks to its remarkable mix of rugged waterproof construction and high-end audio.
Water Purifier Bottle
Most of travelers’ health problems are caused by contaminated drinking water, which means a water purification system is a must when traveling abroad. This is especially useful when venturing in remote locations with harsh environmental conditions, but destinations such as the Middle East, Central America, Asia or Africa are also known for their unsafe tap water. Fortunately, these days there are many products designed to help in such circumstances.
CamelBak All Clear, for instance, is a state-of-the-art device capable of transforming almost any tap or clear natural water source into pure drinking water in just 60 seconds. The 0.75-liter water purifier bottle is equipped with rechargeable lithium ion batteries and uses UV light to neutralize viruses and bacteria. Overall, this is an excellent way to save money on bottled water and get safe drinking water while on the go.
Cheeky Suitcase Stickers
Intended to adhere to anything, these controversial suitcase stickers by Cheeky will certainly make your luggage stand out at the airport’s carousel. Their daring design gives the illusion that your baggage is stocked with illicit goods such as cocaine, cash, snakes, or even a kidnapped stewardess, hence don’t be surprised if they may cause offense to airport and immigration staff.
Ostrich Pillow is an extremely useful accessory for when you’re on the go and just need a quick nap to refresh and increase productivity. Envisioned by Kawamura-Ganjavian architecture and design studio, this groundbreaking product prevents jet lag – a common problem for long distance travelers – by providing you with a micro sleeping environment. Although it might seem a little weird, its design is fun and intuitive, featuring polystyrene filling and a soft interior that allows you to sleep anytime, anywhere without being distracted by noise, light, and other things going on around you.
Iron Man Charger
A unique Marvel-inspired gadget, the Iron Man Mark V Armor Suitcase Mobile Fuel Cell comes equipped with an outstanding 12,000 mAh battery capacity, helping you power your mobile devices on the go. The charger is compatible with most smartphones and any other USB-compatible gear, and its two USB ports allow you to charge two devices simultaneously. Bound to thrill any Iron Man fan, this cool gizmo is actually a 1/4 scale replica of the original suitcase that brings to life Tony Stark’s armor in Iron Man 2’s Grand Prix de Monaco race track scene.
Cutting-Edge Wireless Multi-Speaker
Ranked as one of the most technologically advanced and best designed wireless speakers and FM radios out there, HiddenRadio is the ultimate gadget for parties, outdoor gatherings, and any other occasion when you are feeling in the mood for some music. With its state-of-the-art features, including 360° sound dispersion, intelligent touch sensors and outstanding sound quality, this stylish and compact portable speaker makes for a fantastic stereo experience, wherever the road may take you.
Portable Suitcase Stereo System
Although considered more of a cool accessory than a necessity, the Cherry Wood BoomCase is still an eye-catcher for partygoers and young, fashionable holidaymakers. Born in the vibrant Inner Sunset district of San Francisco, the rechargeable suitcase comes with a sustainable retro design, a 40 Watt amplifier, two 6.5″ woofers, and two fabric dome tweeters. Additionally, each BoomCase is a unique, hand-made piece, it boasts a 10+ hour lithium battery, and can be connected to any device with a headphone output. Bluetooth connectivity is also available.
Compatible with iPhone and Android devices, the BACtrack Vio Smartphone Keychain Breathalyzer is a fun and affordable way to estimate your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). The gizmo is shaped like a USB flash drive and connects to your smartphone via the free BACtrack app. Be aware though, this breathalyzer doesn’t have a professional-grade sensor integrated, so don’t use it to judge whether or not you are sober enough to drive.