As a frequent flyer, traveling over 75,000 miles annually for both leisure and business, I've learned a thing or two about travel--- while sometimes its great to unplug, tech gadgets aid tremendously. Below is a list of my top three essential tech gadgets every traveler should never leave home without.
1. Sony WH-1000XM2 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Once on a flight from Detroit to Portland, I forgot my noise cancelling headphones. Subsequently, I resorted to the in-house, airline issued headphones. Given an inoperable left earbud and a spotty right earbud, my five-hour flight was entirely unproductive. As a business traveler, whether you are looking to read, work, watch a movie, sleep, or reflect on the day, constant noise makes it almost impossible to concentrate. If you're like me, time spent on airplanes (and perhaps in your case trains too) is precious and productive.
You definitely want to invest in headphones that not only plays music but also cancels -- not isolate -- noise. Sony's WH-1000XM2 is the successor to its MDR-1000X and is really 1000x better. The noise cancellation is effective, the sound is great, and the design is slick.
2. Skyroam Global Hotspot
I recently traveled to London where my cellular carrier alleged I had coverage. Half way through the trip my service was interrupted and dodgy at best going forward. On my return, I scoured the internet for hotspot devices to ensure my lack of connectivity never happened again. What I found was, Skyroam your own portable WiFi hotspot to get secure mobile WiFi wherever you go.
You can buy or rent Skyroam Solis or Skyroam Global Hotspot based on travel plans starting at $8/ day. There are no SIMs, tedious configuration, or roaming fees. Its great because you can turn on the hotspot, and press 'start' to activate 24-hour access in 110+ countries for up to 5 gadgets at once.
3. Samsonite Luggage Electronic Scale
Have you ever packed your luggage for a trip only to find when you get to the check-in counter your luggage is overweight? Whether you're traveling on vacation or raising a seed round, you don't want an unpleasant surprise of extra luggage resulting in additional costs or worse being forced to check an intended carry-on. The answer to this problem is Samsonite's digital luggage scale to track your bag's weight.
The Samsonite luggage electronic scale is super light and fairly simple to set-up and use with accurate readings. The scale also measures in kilograms, pounds, ounces, and other options to choose from.
Next time you travel don't forget to pack these three essential travel gadgets no matter the distance.