Gear for Tech-Savvy Travelers


I wrote this roundup of the best gear for travelers that became one of the most popular stories of the year. Link:

Oscar Raymundo
September 25, 2012

In this tech-boom age, every season brings a new set of products that promise to simplify our lives.

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But technology can be a double-edged sword. Travelers fond of the newly unveiled iPhone 5 and other state-of-the-art gadgets can be wary of bringing all that expensive gear along with them when they go abroad.

That’s why I put this list together — to highlight some stand-out gear that will fit easily into your carry on and make your next trip virtually stress-free.

Here are my recommendations for the tech-savvy traveler in no particular order:

1. The last thing you want to be doing on that once-in-a-lifetime trip is untangling a bunch of meddlesome cords. AViiQ’s portable travel bag charges your phone, camera, and other electronic gadgets via a USB hub and comes equipped with a cable rack system that will keep your cords in check.

2. Misplacing your hotel key, wallet, or smartphone is a surefire way to ruin a vacation. Keep a digital eye on all your important travel accoutrements with the Cobra Tag. Just attach the device to your keychain — after downloading the accompanying (and free) mobile app — and it will remind you when you’ve left something behind.

3. Whether you’re skiing in the Alps or surfing in Cabo, the waterproof and shock-proof Hitcase has your iPhone covered. Hitcase Pro even comes with an extended wide-angle lens that will let you capture more of the action – even underwater. You can even mount the Hitcase-enclosed iPhone to your helmet to document your adventures.

4. Music is a universal language and, in the beach-party towns like Sao Paulo and Barcelona, can heighten your appeal with the locals. NuForce’s cube-shaped speaker is tiny, weighs less than a pound, and comes in four vibrant colors. If you have a connector, you can hook up your iPod Nano and groove to a custom soundtrack on your travels.

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