Here are 6 fun gadgets for backpacking and travel that you can easily throw into your pack the next time ya hit the ground running. Do ya need ’em? Probably not. But will they make your transition from the comforts of home to the bare practicalities of life out on the road a little bit smoother? Easier? Perhaps even a bit more fun? Absolutely!
Great for listening to IPods, IPhones, or MP3 players with friends on buses, trains, planes – you name it! Stuck inside your hostel during a monsoon? Crack open your laptop and watch a movie together! With the Belkin RockStar 5-Jack Multi Headphone Audio Splitter, activities involving earbuds no longer have to be experienced alone!
What I appreciate the most about the Belkin 3-Outlet SurgePlus Mini Travel Swivel Charger is obviously it’s swivel ability, but also that all three plug ports are 3-pronged. Fantastic at home instead of a bulky power strip, and small enough to pack for your stay in hostel rooms, or in transit on buses and trains with outlets, etc. If traveling outside of the U.S, be sure to grab a power adapter as well. My personal favorite that I’ve used for a few years now is the Yubi Universal Travel Power Adapter, which I review here. These two gadgets combined are the perfect pair for traveling abroad! Check out “Mac Deezy’s” review below! He’s pumped about his Belkin!
Trakdot Luggage Tracker adds a little more piece of mind for those terrified of losing their suitcases or backpacks in transit. This device is operated by cell towers, not gps. So there is no, “line of sight” necessary for it to perform effectively. In the video review below, the Trakdot is shown being linked to an Android phone. However, IPhone also has a Trakdot App.
Anker has some fabulous portable chargers. This Mini is rated as Amazon’s Choice, and for it’s price-point and fantastic compact size, I can see why. This “Lipstick Sized” portable charger comes with it’s own small mesh pouch and USB charging cable. If you’re interested in a solar charger, check out this gift that keeps on giving – The WakaWaka! Take a second to check out my review here. It’s absolutely my favorite charger while I’m out backpacking!
The top and bottom of this handy little speaker pops down into itself, making it pretty compact and easy to pack. It plays up to 12 hours straight, which means it would probably outlast you at your next epic-but-still-small-enough-to-only-need-a-portable-speaker party!
Okay, so I’ll be honest – I’ve not used these. I haven’t purchased a pair, and if I’m being super truthful with you, I don’t plan on purchasing a pair. HOWEVER, with that said, not everyone likes the same things I like. Just because I don’t see these as necessary or practical, doesn’t mean they aren’t fun or that I wouldn’t play with them if one of my friends had a pair. Actually, I’m pretty sure that I would. There also may be a targeted age group here, and perhaps I’m on the higher end of that age group. But I do use Snapchat! So I’m not that old! I like to share cool new gadgets with others and get their opinions. Do any of you have a pair of these? Or anyone you know? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!