My 5 Favorite Travel Tech Gadgets

Today I’m sharing my 5 favorite tech gadgets that I legit love and bring along with me on every trip!

5 travel tech gadgets

Hey guys!  I’ve been getting lots and lots of questions from you all on Instagram lately, asking about some of the random tech gadgets that I bring along with me while traveling.  (Plus tons of questions about travel photography…more on that to come!)  So while I should probably disclaim that I’m about the least tech-gadget-savvy person I know, I do happen to be a mega fan of this little collection of electronics that I bring along with me on every trip.

So today, I thought I’d take a break from recipes and pop in to share a few deets with you!

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From a tiny camera lens that has completely changed my photography, to a miraculous charger, to my favorite way to read and work while traveling, to some affordable earbuds that I never lose, to our favorite way to make any place we stay feel extra fun and cozy…these are 5 tech gadgets that I wholeheartedly love and vouch for.  I literally just pulled them out of my suitcase to snap some photos, so get ready for some awkward hand modeling.  Here they are!

(Amazon affiliate links are included below.)

Moment Wide Angle Lens (iPhone)

Moment Wide Angle Lens

Why I Love It: This Moment Wide-Angle Lens has been my favorite tech purchase of the year, hands-down.  It’s a small wide-angle lens that clips easily onto my cell phone, and I have been blown away by the quality of photos it takes.  Truly.  For years, I used to lug my huge DSLR camera around (with a wide-angle lens) on trips.  But thanks to this little lens, I’ve now switched to 100% iPhone photography when I travel.  It’s wonderfully tiny (small enough to fit in my purse), it’s easy to clip on and off, it only costs $100 (a fraction of the price of a DSLR and wide-angle lens), and it captures those sweeping wide angle shots like a pro.  Totally recommend.

Details: This wide-angle lens currently retails for $99.99 on Amazon, although you also have to purchase a special phone case to go with it.  (They offer options for different brands/sizes of phones, some with battery packs and some without.  I went with the cheaper $30 case).  They also offer a Telephoto LensSuperfish Lens and a Macro Lens.

Tips: Moment also offers its own app, which gives you the option to override your phone’s camera settings, and choose the settings that are just right for whichever lens you are using.

Anker charger

Anker Charger

Why I Love It: Trips aside…I literally never leave the house without this Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger.  😂  It holds about 4 iPhones’ worth of charges (and can also charge my iPad), it’s super small and lightweight (fits in my purse), and it has saved the day countless times when my phone has run out of batteries.  It also charges itself fairly quickly, and lasts forever.  (Barclay and I still use my 5-yr-old Anker in addition to this new Anker, and both are still going strong!)

Details: My Anker currently retails for $25.99 on Amazon, and comes in three colors (black, white and red).  I have the PowerCore 10000 version, but they offer other versions with more power for slightly higher costs.

Tips: Get in the habit of charging this puppy each night, and then you’ll never be without power.

iPad with Texture App

iPad

Why I Love It: After being a Kindle-lover for the past decade or so, I decided to purchase my first iPad (with this pretty gold case) when we moved to Spain so that it could double as both my reader and computer while traveling.  And I’ve gotta say — it’s pretty dang awesome.  Granted, I still mostly use the Kindle app on mine each day.  But I’ve also become a daily user of the Texture app on my iPad (think: hundreds of magazines — plus their back issues — for $9.99/month), which is also great for traveling.  And we love downloading shows/movies on Netflix ahead of time for long plane rides.  And if you happen to be traveling in a country with a new language (or hey, trying to survive daily life as expats), the new camera feature on Google Translate is freaking brilliant.

We’ve also designated the iPad as our Spotify player in our house on a daily basis, and have it hooked up playing music on our Bose all day long, which we also love packing along on trips with us.  (See below!)

Details: There are, of course, all sorts of options when buying an iPad.  I went with the iPad Pro, which currently retails for $583.28 on Amazon.

Tips: Some of my current favorite iPad apps (also available on iPhone) include:

  • Reading:
    • Kindle (books), Texture (magazines), Overdrive (library books), Feedly (blogs)
  • Listening: 
    • Spotify (music), Podcasts (pods), Audible (ebooks)
  • Watching: 
    • Netflix, Hulu, HBONow
  • Travel:
    • Google Translate, DuoLingo

Bluetooth Headphones

Bluetooth Earbuds

Why I Love Them: I know that everyone’s buzzing about the new Apple Airpods when it comes to bluetooth earbuds.  But I can’t bring myself to bite the bullet yet on the price…nor do I think there’s any chance that I won’t lose those puppies in the first week. 😂  So I’ve been using these (much-cheaper) Phasier Bluetooth Headphones with my iPhone for the past year or so, and am happy to say that they travel well, work like a charm, and haven’t disappeared yet.  Plus, they come with like 8 different tip attachments, so that you can choose the ones that perfectly fit your ears, plus a handy little carrying case.

Details: These earbuds currently retail for $35.99 on Amazon.

Tips: If you use these regularly during the day, I also recommend getting in the habit of charging them at night.

Bose Mini Soundlink II Speaker

Bose Speaker

Why I Love It: We’re totally that house that has music playing in the background all day long.  And awhile back, we realized that we could just as easily pack our favorite little Bose Mini Soundlink II Speaker in our suitcases on trips, so that we could have some tunes in our AirBnBs and hotel rooms, too.  Maybe we’re music weirdos, but I’ve gotta tell you, it makes us so happy and adds such a fun touch while traveling!

Also, I cannot begin to tell you how much we love this speaker.  We literally recommend it to everyone we know who comes to our house and comments on the music.  It’s small but freaking mighty, and its sound quality is amazing.  It also holds a charge forever, connects to multiple devices, looks sleek, and keeps the tunes flowing in our casita daily.

Details: We have this Bose Mini Soundlink II Speaker in silver, which currently retails for $189.80 on Amazon.

Tips: If you’re in the market for a speaker, trust me, this one is so worth it!

Other Faves:

  • Travel Adapter Power Strip
    • If you happen to be traveling internationally with different outputs, I highly recommend purchasing a power strip (vs. trying to keep track of a handful of small individual adapters).  We love this one because it also has 4 USB inputs at the bottom of it.  So it can charge all of our devices easily at once.
    • Currently retails for $23.99 on Amazon.
  • Canon PowerShot G7X
    • When we’re looking to shoot some nicer-quality videos while traveling, this is the tiny little camera that we recently purchased and love.  (Most of our lifestyle vids on YouTube are shot with it.)  It’s insanely more portable than our large Canon 5D DSLR camera, shoots great video in various lighting situations, and just generally performs well.
    • Currently retails for $679.00 on Amazon.
  • External HardDrive
    • On the trips when we’re shooting a bunch of video, we also pack this small hard drive, which holds 2TB of storage.
    • Currently retails for $159.94 on Amazon.

This post contains Amazon affiliate links, which provide zero extra cost to you and help to support this blog.  Also, the prices listed here were current on the day this post was published, but are sure to change in the future.  ;)


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15 comments on “My 5 Favorite Travel Tech Gadgets”

  1. Thanks so much for the great post! My husband and I are going on our 30th anniversary trip to southern Italy and your recommendations are so timely. Just did a little shopping on Amazon👍

  2. Darn, just tried to purchase that lens and it seems to be sold out on Amazon. 🙁 Just wanted to let you know. It looks amazing!

  3. This is such a great list!!!

  4. Thanks for the recommendation on the Anker 10000 mAh charger. I have a 13000 Anker charger with 2 USB ports that I absolutely love, but it’s a little heavy in my everyday bag. I’ll pick up a smaller one for everyday use and save the bigger one for weekend events. I also carry a Kindle, earbuds, and a Bose soundlink speaker whenever I travel. Great recommendations.

    Another thing I keep in my travel bag if I’m going to be renting a car or driving someone else’s car is a cell phone mount and a USB car charger so that I can use my cellphone hands-free for navigation or calls. Some cities and states have laws about hands-free phone use, so bringing a mount with me ensures I always I can always use my phone hands-free and won’t break any laws if I want to use my GPS or make a call and don’t have a bluetooth headset on.

  5. I love Anker products and have that charger! Great quality and price! I’ll have to wait on camera lens-not available. Thanks for info!

  6. Definitely would recommend the AirPods. Always in my pocket and one of my favorite 2017 tech purchases.

  7. What a great list. Thanks for the recommendations!

  8. Question. Does the power strip work in Spain?

  9. Thanks for the ideas! Great gift for my husband for our anniversary. I was stumped until I saw the wide angle lense for the phone. Amazon was out of it but ordered directly from Moment.

  10. Love my Moment wide angle and telephoto lenses. Work so great with the iPhone and got great shots on our trip to Big Bend National Park. Some really great tips!

  11. Perfect timing! Planning a trip to iceland with the hubby! Quick question–have you found that the iPad pro works well for photo editing? (e.g., the CC suite) And do you use anything specific for getting pics off an SD card to the iPad pro?

  12. I am saving this list! I need to up my tech game
    Thanks !

  13. We have that Bose speaker—it is amazing! I am glad to see the recommendation on Bluetooth headphones-thanks!

  14. Our family has four of those Anker chargers you recommend. We bought 3 of them when we were really into Pokemon GO. :-) They are reliable and compact – easy to store in a purse or pocket.

    Things that I keep in my bag when we travel:
    * A bandana – multi-purpose! We’ve used them as eye shades, for keeping the sun off our necks, for wiping up messes, and for tying things together.
    * Metal travel chopsticks – I have a set of four that unscrew and collapse to half their length. You never know when food is going to appear.
    * SpotHero App – this one has saved our bacon when looking for affordable parking in large cities. It is SUPER comforting to not have to worry about finding parking when you get there!

  15. My top 3 would be :
    1.) The Anker Charger.
    2.) The Bluetooth Earbuds.
    3.) The Bose Speaker.

    Thanks for sharing