Prepping for a flight or long trip can be a pain, especially when you need to worry about separating what you can carry-on and what you have to stow away in your checked baggage. Even worse, on top of planning what you need to pack for the trip, often you need to worry about packing all of your mobile devices, tablets, chargers, and necessary adapters. Forgetting just one thing can mean you’re carrying around a dead, unusable brick, at least until you can get to a shop to purchase the charger or adapter you need.
Believe it or not, there are quite a few gadgets that can make things easier, either by making it so you have less to carry around, or by adding additional support to devices you already own. If you’re shopping for a frequent flier this holiday season, these would make great gifts.
1. LaCie Fuel
The LaCie Fuel is essentially a network drive designed to work with a variety of devices, namely iPhones and iPads. You can purchase one with either 1TB or 2TB of wireless storage, which can be used to stream movies, TV shows, photos, music, and much more.
Why would anyone want such a thing? Well, mobile devices only have so much internal storage. You can’t exactly carry your entire movie library with you, which stinks if you travel a lot. The LaCie Fuel will allow users to wirelessly stream content to up to five devices at a time and it can hold virtually anything data-wise, which means important documents can come along for the ride, too.
It doesn’t require internet or a local network either; however, it can connect to Wi-Fi hotspots nearby. In addition, up to four other devices can piggyback off the wireless connection.
Think about how great it would be to have all your content available on any device you brought with you, even on a long flight across the country. This is an easily appreciated gift. The 1TB model is $179.99 while the 2TB model is $229.99.
2. The Grid-It Organizer
While not technically a gadget of its own, the Grid-It Organizer can certainly hold a few gadgets, chargers, and cables.
These organizers are comprised of nothing more than a tight-knit grid of elastic bands. The best part about them is that you can use it any way you want. You can store cables, pens, smaller gadgets, valuables or jewelry, and so much more. They can go inside your luggage or your carry-on, whichever you prefer and they come in a variety of sizes and styles. There are some that will even hold large devices like a laptop or tablet.
Having one of these handy beats trying to shove a tangled web of wires into your carry-on. Prices start at $14.99 and vary depending on how many and what size organizer you want. If the traveler you know has a lot of trouble with clutter, this might be right up their alley.
3. AViiQ Portable Laptop Stand
Many travelers bring a laptop with them wherever they go. It’s certainly understandable because it’s much more convenient to carry your workspace with you. The problem with that is that those fold-down shelves on the back of airline seats aren’t the best at providing a decent workspace, especially when you need to do a lot of typing.
That’s where the AViiQ portable laptop stand comes in handy. It only weighs 5.5 ounces, which is barely enough to cause a dent in your carry-on or overnight bag. Furthermore, it’s metal so you don’t have to worry about damaging it at all.
It folds up when you’re not using it, and unfolds to create an angled workspace for any size laptop. You can even sit it in your lap if you so desire. This is great for the friend or loved one who wants to stay productive even in the skies. It will set you back about $44.95.
4. Satechi Smart Travel Router and Adapter
Whether you’re traveling nationally or internationally, this smart travel router and adapter from Satechi will definitely come in handy. It comes with power adapters for several countries including the U.S., Asia, and Europe. In addition, there are two ports — USB and AC power — to charge your devices.
What’s most interesting is that it functions as a portable router and can be configured as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Just slap it into an available ethernet port, and you’re good to go.
When you’re at home, you can still use it as a repeater to boost your existing Wi-Fi connection. This is great if you have a large house and certain areas have spotty Wi-Fi coverage.
Just $39.99 and the smart travel router and adapter is ready to be wrapped up and gifted to the world traveler in your life.
5. TravelCard Portable Charger
Portable chargers are all the rage these days because, let’s face it, we’ve all been stuck out and about with a dying — or dead — mobile device that would have made things much easier if it still had enough juice. The problem is a lot of these things are pretty bulky, even if they are small, and they’re not exactly what you’d consider comfortable to lug around in your pocket.
Cue the TravelCard portable charger which is about the size of a credit card. It’s so slim it can even fit inside your wallet. This thing is nothing to scoff at either, you can stretch another five or so hours out of your device by charging it up. It works with a variety of Android and iOS devices and only costs $39. It makes a great gift for the person who can’t put away their phone for a minute.
How’s that for portability?