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Every traveler has a different stockpile of gadgets to choose from before embarking on a new trip. Some will save you time, while others will help keep you safe; then, of course, there are the gadgets that are meant for pure fun. Here are 10 of the coolest travel gadgets of 2017, sure to take your travel experience to the next level.
1. Skyroam Solis
This handy little device gives you unlimited 4G LTE data in over 100 countries including the US, most of Europe, Israel and Australia. Pay a flat $8 fee and you’ll get 24 hour Wi-Fi hotspot access. Worth noting is that the Solis doubles as a power bank to charge your phone. This smart travel companion allows you to connect up to five devices at once with 16+ hours of battery life. There are no SIM cards needed, just one touch and you’re connected. Buy: Skyroam, $149
2. AirSelfie Drone
AirSelfie is a pocket-sized drone packed with a 5-megapixel camera, 3-minute flying time and self-generated Wi-Fi. Fly up to 20 meters (about 65 feet) away and capture that full view selfie you’ve always dreamed of. Perfect for high-tech travelers that want to capture every moment. It’s time to ditch the selfie stick! Buy: Air Selfie Camera, $340
3. Travel Aromatherapy Kit
After a long and hectic day of travel there’s nothing like winding down with some essential oils. This USB-powered aromatherapy device infuses the air with your favorite essential oils. Say goodbye to that stuffy hotel smell and welcome in the calming scent of lavender. It comes with a travel bag, charger and three essential oils to get you started: lavender, lemongrass and peppermint. Buy: Uncommon Goods, $30
4. Moleskine Smart Writing Set
The immediacy of pen to paper finally teams up with the advantages of digital convenience. Watch as your freehand notes transfer from page to screen in real time. You can sync them to your calendars, set reminders and even share them with friends. The best part ? You can save all of your notes off-line and download them once you return to Wi-Fi. Buy: Moleskine, $199
5. Tile Mate
Arguably the best little travel companion on this list. Marketed as a key finder, phone finder or more appropriately, anything finder. Attach this tiny bluetooth device to any of your precious belongings and you’ll know exactly where it is at all times via the Tile app. The perfect stocking stuffer for any type of traveler. Buy: Amazon, $20
6. Phaiser Bluetooth Ear Buds
Finding a good quality pair of Bluetooth ear buds that aren’t hundreds of dollars wasn’t possible until now. For under $50, get HD sound from these 8mm speakers combined with Bluetooth 4.1 technology. The noise-canceling microphone makes it easy to make phone calls when you’re running through the airport. Every traveler needs a good pair of ear buds to get them through long days in transit and these little guys might just be your new best friend. Buy: Amazon, $36
7. AllreLi USB Charger
Charge up to four USB devices from one single socket with this compact and light little gadget. Perfect for airports or hotels, it comes with clip-on adapters that allow you use it in 150 countries. A no-brainer investment to save you time and juice when you’re on the go. Buy: Amazon, $20
8. JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker
JBL made some serious upgrades from their wildly popular Flip 3 speaker when they introduced the Flip 4 in early 2017. This powerful little speaker fits in the palm of your hand, yet packs a punch in terms of sound clarity and bass. It’s waterproof and has the wireless capability of connecting up to 100 JBL connect+ enabled speakers to play the same music from one source. Fully loaded with Siri and Google Now voice assistant, as well as 12 hours of playback time. Buy: Amazon, $90
9. Belle Hop Travel Door Alarm
For extra peace of mind, attach this pocket-sized alarm to your door or window. It’s super easy to install and remove on any door or window in seconds. The alarm is triggered by a sensor and will produce loud, high-pitched sounds with flashing LED lights to alert you and deter any intruders into your hotel room. A great little accessory to have. Buy: Amazon, $9
10. Energi Pro Power Backpack
Smart wearable technology is on the verge of becoming the next new trend if it hasn’t already happened. This charging station travel backpack charges up to three devices using a powerful built in rechargeable 10,400 mAh battery. Your devices will never be without juice when you’re on the move. The pack works with all USB charging cables and has 12 water-resistant pockets for all of your devices including a 15″ laptop. Buy: Tylt, $149
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