On vacation, your first inclination may be to unplug. But some tech accessories can make your travels even more enjoyable. We’ve selected the top 7 trip-improving gadgets—from a video camera that documents underwater experiences to a battery-powered backpack that recharges phones. Whether you’re headed out on a beach vacation or a city escape, these accessories will help you get the most out of your next adventure.
A notebook can be incredibly useful on extended trips, letting you research restaurants and local excursions, change your bookings, and back up photos and videos on the road. The 11-inch MacBook Air is incredibly thin and weighs just 2.4 pounds, giving you added functionality without extra weight. It’s also a great choice for keeping you entertained en-route.
The most powerful point-and-shoot camera you can buy is also one of the most expensive, but the Sony Cyber-shot RX100M III is a fantastic pick. Small enough to fit in your pocket, with a battery that will last all day, the Sony will allow you to snap hundreds of shots and plenty of HD video without weighing you down. With a large sensor and a very capable lens, it can keep up with larger, more advanced models.
The camera itself may not look like much, but the footage you’ll get out of this tiny rectangular shooter is professional-grade. In fact, the HERO3 is so reliable that it’s even used for high-end television shoots, particularly when it comes to action scenes and aerial footage.
We all hate baggage fees, and while you may not be able to avoid paying them altogether when you check a bag on a domestic flight, you can at least avoid overweight charges. Simply attach the scale to your luggage straps and lift. If you’re over the limit, you can move clothes and other items from one bag to another before you arrive at the airport, helping reduce wait times or stress on your wallet.
If you travel with your laptop, you’ve probably run into issues connecting to a hotel’s WiFi. The hardwired Ethernet option is typically much more reliable, and if you bring along a wireless router, you can create your own WiFi network by tapping into the cable attached to the desk in many hotel rooms. This TP-Link model is one of the most affordable and compact—roughly the size of your laptop’s power adapter. There’s also a built-in USB port for external storage devices or charging other gadgets.
Most electronics can handle the full range of international voltages, from 110-240 volts, but if you travel overseas, there’s a good chance you’ll need an adapter to match your gadget’s plug to the outlet. You can pick up a very basic version for a couple of bucks online, or you can step up to this all-in-one adapter that’ll have you covered in more than 150 countries while also providing a pair of USB ports.
If you need faster international performance or don’t have a T-Mobile SIM, you can purchase Keepgo’s global data service, which ranges in price from $4/day for 50MB of data to $12 for 500MB of usage each day, depending on your destination. Speeds are unlimited, so you can browse without restriction, assuming you stay within your daily limits. Once you hit that cap, you can’t use the SIM for the rest of the day, so keep that in mind when choosing a plan. Keepgo also offers AT&T SIM cards.