Nothing ruins a perfectly good trip quite like that moment when you realize you are without something essential like forgetting to pack your cellphone charger. To help you avoid that, “Oh crap!” moment, I’ve compiled a list of the five most useful tech items and accessories I take with me when I travel. I do a fair amount of traveling and have had plenty of, “Oh crap!” moments, so here are the five items I have found useful on the road or in the air.
Rocketfish Vehicle Charger
A Rocketfish vehicle charger ($26.99) is a must have for anyone that owns a smartphone or tablet. It’s such an inglorious accessory, but seriously, I have come to love it. It has been a life-saver in many recent trips. While it is certainly great for traveling, it’s also handy in my day-to-day life. For one thing, it charges my iPhone and iPad really fast. It is noticeably faster than the wall outlet charger that comes standard with iPhones/iPads. I’m charging my iPad right now as I write (riding in the passenger side of the car, don’t worry). My only complaint is that it doesn’t have decent teeth in the plug so it can pull out of the device very easily… it’s a fairly short cord, so you have to be a bit careful… but most people probably just need to plug in for some juice and don’t actually work in the car! Since I have a fairly decent commute every day, it is great to have this in the car to recharge on my way home so my phone can still be used once I get home. Additionally, it’s nice to charge my phone on the way to work if I am listening to music/radio/audiobooks so I can go into work fully charged and now down on my battery. Get one!
Aside from the actual devices I travel with (currently an iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air), the accessory I appreciate most is my messenger bag. I don’t even remember what kind it is, but the one I have is durable and helps me stay organized. I use it every single day going into the office and take it on every single trip (business or otherwise). A good messenger bag can fit your gear and all the various accessories you need like cords and a tablet keyboard, for instance. It can ...