Must-Have Travel Gadgets for Different Kinds of Travelers

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There are different kinds of travelers out there and most of them require different tools and gadgets for their trips. Most of them go lightly unpacked, while others bring heavy-duty equipment with them. Which traveler are you?

Business Travelers

Business travelers make their trips for only one purpose- business. Time is money and these kinds of people make the most of it. They require gadgets that are direct and simple to use. But along the way, it’s a nice luxury for them to enjoy life’s little pleasures to make the trip a bit enjoyable.
1) Bose Quiet Comfort

Bose Quiet Comfort cancels out all droning noise if you want to doze off while you’re traveling. This gadget effectively silences the low frequency noise and an accomplished pair of headset to boot if you want to listen to your favorite music while on the go.

2) ASUS PadFone

If you need a larger screen to watch your presentation on, ASUS PadFone will be all that you need. Just dock the tablet to the PadFone station and show them what you prepared. If you need a physical keyboard, it also comes with one that you can use for ease of access.

3) Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

It’s a compact yet stylish camera with an easy-to-use touchscreen that matches your business style. It’s perfect if you want to document your photos and videos in a much better quality. When your done with your business, the camera features 14 filters to choose from if you want to bring in the fun.

4) Toshiba Portege Z930

Businessmen can’t possibly tear away from office and business e-mails. Toshiba’s lightweight netbook will let you go online easily. It measures 15.9mm which is as thick as your normal magazines. Store it anywhere and take it out anytime.

Casual Travelers

These are your a simple tourist who just want to get R&R and experience new things on a foreign land. All they want is a hassle-free holiday where they can immerse in the culture for entertainment. They love gadgets that they can easily use for preserving memories and communicating on mobile.

1) Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

If your phone runs out of juice while you’re still on the road, don’t worry. Simply transfer your SIM card to your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 where you can send messages and place calls wherever you are. It’s a tablet, and a phone. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is suited for entertainment needs while on the move during those hours of plane or train ride.

2) Nikon Coolpix S800c

Nikon Coolpix S800c is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It’s a 16-megapixel camera with a 10x optical zoom lens and a 3.5 inch OLED touchscreen where you can organize and see your pictures easily. You can even go online with it if you want to share your photos to Facebook and other social media networks.

3) Apple Macbook Air

If you need a machine where you can check your emails or Facebook, this nifty netbook is the right one for you. It’s a netbook running on new Intel i5 and i7 processors. It’s the fastest you can get while on the go.

4) Tiltpod Pocket Tripod

It’s a super small tripod you can comfortably fit in your bag. If that’s still too bulky for you, Tiltpod Pocket Tripod is attachable to your camera’s wrist strap. It’s an easy tripod that gives you your desired angle shots without the hassle of bringing it with you.

Road Trip Maniacs

These are your hard-core travelers willing to go the distance all the time. They’re petrolheads that love to be on the road for the thrill. These gadgets will help get an entertaining and comfortable ride for passengers and drivers alike.

1) Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers full frame 22-megapixel shooting that shoots at 6 frames per second. It also has an easy to handle body if you want to shoot while on the road. It’s a heavy-duty camera capable to withstand harsh weathers and everything your road trip can throw at it.

2) Joby GorillaPod Focus

Of course, you’d want to take the best shots with a fast and heavy duty camera. Joby GorillaPod Focus will get you the position you need when you need to take shots in difficult angles. It’s a stainless steel tripod weighing up to 5kg for the best stability for the perfect shots.

3) I’m Watch

There are times when it’s unsafe to take your phone out of your pockets during a speedy road trip. This is where I’m Watch comes in, it’s an extension to your smartphone featuring a 1.54-inch color touch screen that lets you access your phones updates easily.

4) Google Nexus 7

Google’s nifty tablet goes the extra mile with all of its features. Entertain yourself with interactive apps when you’re bored. If you’re lost, access a mapping application to get accurate directions. It also has a long battery life that will keep you entertained throughout lengthy hours of your adventure.

Rugged Travelers

Rugged travelers are independent, adventurous, and individualistic. They are the into the wild and prefer to travel alone with minimal equipment packed. Hence, the gadgets they need are the smallest and most useful ones they can get their hands on.

1) SteriPEN Classic

Trekking the unknown is a very scary and tiring thing to do. If you run out of water, the wild may provide you potable drinks. However, there may be dangers if you intake something especially when you don’t know where it came from. SteriPEN is a pen-like device that zaps microbes in water the can make you ill. Don’t let water-related diseases ruin your grand adventure.

2) Sony Ericsson Experia Active

If you need a smartphone that can take a beating, Sony Ericsson Experia Active will withstand knocks, scratches, and even water while you trek. It also comes with a wet finger tracking technology which lets you use your smartphone even when your hands are wet. This is very useful if you’re soaked with your own sweat right after trek rocky mountain passes.

3) PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Mobile Charger

PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Mobile Charger is a nifty tool that generates electricity on the go. Just add water and the mobile chargers will convert hydrogen into electricity. The process is safe and its by-product is water vapor. Charge your phone wherever you are.

4) G-Shock Mudman G9000-1V Watch

If you like traveling into the wild, you’ll need a heavy-duty watch that’s mud and shock-resistant. It can withstand low temperatures up to -20 degrees Celsius if you want to trek snowy mountains. It can also display 29 time zones so you can check which time it is in different countries.

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Reese Jones

by Reese Jones

Reese Jones is a tech and gadget lover, a die-hard fan of iOS and console games. She started her writing venture recently and writes about everything from quick tech tips, to mobile-specific news from the likes of O2, to tech-related DIY.

6 Responses to “Must-Have Travel Gadgets for Different Kinds of Travelers”



Nice post, but In my opinion there is on item missing 😉
Among the Rugged Travellers items you mention a charger for the iPhone, but I guess you should include a mophie case charger or similar in all the groups. It is impossible to rely on the iPhone battery during most trips. You have to go to the airport, checkin, wait (ok, some times you can charge waiting), flight, get to the other airport, taxi or public transportation and then hotel/hostel/etc.
And during all the time you’ll be reading, listening, playing, watching, GPSing, etc. So, I’d strongly recommend some kind of extra power 🙂
BTW, love your podcast!

Chris Christensen


That is a good suggestion. I have an external iPhone battery I have often taken on trips.



Good ones. Love the Tiltpod Pocket Tripod and I’m Watch, adding both to the Christmas list this year.



Do you go back to your hotel at the end of your vacation day and try to remember enough details for your blog or podcast or do you record on the go – handwritten notes, digital recorder, digital pen? Thoughts or reviews on any of those products? What about voice to text software such as Dragon for the recorder?



I usually just takes notes on my iPhone in the notes app. But I also just have a really good memory. I hear great things about the Dragon app, although I have not used it in recent years.

Adam Rich


Just Love it.

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