Envy-inducing travel gets even more of an upgrade, thanks to this group of handy gadgets — compact, lightweight, efficient, and sophisticated enough to keep close at every destination.
Battery chargers, a necessity abroad, are always in. Noise-cancelling headphones, the old airplane standby, have been reduced in size: They can now fit in your ear, not on top. You can even take photos from the future with a drone and your smartphone, then print them out instant-film-style (cue the nostalgia). And so much more.
1. The Noise-Cancelling Earbuds
Headphones that block noise have been a decades-long mainstay for frequent flyers. But those bulky, sweaty cans? Fitting into a case the size of a phone book? This is 2018 — and all that sound-blocking technology can now be found in earbuds no bigger than the ones that came with your smartphone. Some even come with wireless technology for maximum convenience. When you’re out and about, space and portability are everything, and let’s all agree snagging a wire that yanks out of an earbud is infuriating.
2. The Smart Luggage
This isn’t your parents’ luggage. New-age suitcases come equipped with rechargeable battery packs, USB ports, and tracking, so you can finally stop feeling antsy at baggage claim. Once you’re over the initial strangeness of having to charge your suitcase, you’ll never go without a fully-charged phone — thereby eliminating one of the most grating airport inconveniences. You’ll still have to pay $4 for a bottle of water. No suitcase can help with that.
3. The Camera Drone
The popularity of drones in past years has always hinged on the promise they bring: see the world from new heights, new perspectives. Given how quickly technology advances, it shouldn’t be a surprise that drones are now cheaper and more portable than ever before. You could conceivably pack one in your carry-on bag: imagine the vacation photos and home movies you could take! You could fly a drone out over the sea, or bring one along on a hike or ski trail. Whatever you shoot, it’ll be guaranteed to be more interesting than your neighbors’ vacation footage.
4. The Vape System
A vape system can make traveling that much more enjoyable for adult smokers. When you’re moving from airport to hotel to potential tourist trap, you don’t want to deal with anything fussy or complicated. The VUSE Alto® features a simple, slim, modern design that fits into the pocket of a jacket, blazer, or pretty much any travel-friendly outerwear.
5. The Smartwatch
A dizzying array of smartwatches on the market today sparks the question of what kind of traveler you might be. A mountain explorer? Rugged models will feature military-grade toughness, temperature and barometer readings, and location tracking. Urban explorer? Count your steps and discover new routes and recommendations. Obsessive airplane worrier? Instant notifications always help assuage one’s fear of blowing past schedules.
6. The Mirrorless Camera
It used to be that if you wanted to take good photos, you could spend thousands of dollars on a bulky, expensive professional SLR camera setup, or carry a low-quality point-and-shoot that made your photos look flat and dull. The mirrorless camera is compact, quiet, and feature-packed, with professional-grade features — think manual controls, light and zone metering, huge flip-out screens, and interchangeable lenses. Pick one up for great photos, and carry it with you for retro styling points.
7. The Portable Photo Printer
Sometimes, it takes a little retro charm to truly cement a memory. A slew of portable printers, from brands you’ve likely heard of in the faded world of film, offer a tangible, sharable touch to your phone snaps. Think of them as the modern-day equivalent of instant film, but with the ability to add effects, filters, and other social-friendly accoutrements from your smartphone.
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