Many people are still postponing vacation plans due to the ever-changing nature of the ongoing pandemic. Others are embracing their immunization status and traveling for work or pleasure as they did in the past, but with a face mask firmly in place. Whether you’re flying to exotic locations or driving little distances, there are plenty of gadgets to make your trip more enjoyable. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a gift for a former or prospective road warrior, you’ll find something to make the journey go more smoothly here with best travel tech gifts.
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1. WH-1000XM4 (Sony)
Get rid of the engine noise.
You’ll need a good pair of noise-canceling headphones whether you’re attempting to filter out the sound of a flight or just your neighbors. Take, for example, Sony’s WH-1000XM4 headphones. They retail for $350, but you can virtually buy two of these for the price of one pair of AirPods Max during Christmas promotions. They provide outstanding sound quality, especially on voice calls, and good noise cancellation, as well as the ability to switch between two Bluetooth-connected devices, such as your phone and your laptop.
2. Solgaard Lifepack Solar 2.0
For the backpacker
It’s an essential to have a good backpack with lots of pockets. Pockets, among other things, keep your tech items organized. The Solgaard Lifepack is CNET’s top selection. It has all of the expected features, such as a padded compartment for your laptop and handy pockets for your phone and sunglasses, but it also has a few hidden pockets for valuables and an anti-theft lock on the inside. The built-in power bank with Bluetooth speaker is one of the most useful features. It can be charged using a standard power outlet, and it also has a solar panel on the front that allows it to recharge slowly while you’re out and about. You’ll save $24 if you forego the speaker in favor of a slimmer powerbank.
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3. JBL Go 3
Tunes on the go
The JBL Go 3 is the best travel companion money can buy. It has a terrific sound for its (small) size, is waterproof, and charges through USB-C. The Go 3 also comes in a number of bright colors. It’s a fantastic way to listen to music in your hotel room, on a picnic, or anywhere else.
4. iPad (9th gen, 2021)
Lighter than a laptop
This is a must-have whether you’re cuddling up on the couch or trying to keep the kids entertained on a lengthy car trip. The ninth-generation iPad is our pick for 2021. It comes with Apple’s A13 chipset, which makes it ideal for recreational gaming. When you combine the first-generation Apple pencil with the Apple Smart keyboard, you’ve got yourself a passable makeshift laptop. The 64GB model is $329 at retail, but don’t pay more than $299.
5. Insta360 One X2
Travel pics you can’t get from your phone
Try the Insta360 One X2 if you’re looking for something a little different from your typical action camera. For $430, you can take cool 360-degree video and edit it effortlessly on your phone with this handy tiny camera. It comes with a “invisible selfie stick” and excellent image stabilization, allowing you to take drone-like shots without the use of a drone. There’s also a unique bullet-time mode that allows you to swing the camera around your head for incredible aerial panning films. This will be a lot of fun for both adults and children.
6. Aukey PB-N83 Mini Power Bank
Charge all those USB gadgets
The Aukey PB-N83 Mini USB-C Power Bank packs 10,000 mAh of power into a space smaller than a credit card. It has both USB-C and USB-A connectors, as well as an LED power indicator. You may charge two devices at the same time or plug it in to charge both the power bank and your device.