Millions of Americans are truly vacation deprived. So, when you decide to take the plunge and head to exciting new destinations, what tools do you need? No need to worry yourself with research, because we have done it for you!
In no particular order, here’s our list of travel gadgets that are useful must-haves for a successful vacation.
1. Swiss Army Knife
The all-in-one traditional tool is perfect for those campouts with the kids in the Smoky Mountains or the Ozarks. You have your spoon, fork, knife, corkscrew, screwdriver and bottle opener at your immediate disposal.
2. Digital Compass
Sticking with electronic advancements, the compass, thermometer, stopwatch, auto calendar and alarm clock serve a host of functions for your trip. Get lost on a hike through one of Aruba’s national parks? This nifty device will come in handy as your traverse back through the Caribbean wilderness.
Paperback books are on their way to being obsolete with the invention of the Kindle. The electronic book reader has revolutionized how travelers read these days. With thinness similar to a US Weekly magazine, it won’t take up much space. The 10.2-ounce device stores over 1,500 books, and has no glare when reading. Not even sunlight will prevent you from moving through chapter by chapter.
With this handy gadget, your iPhone, keys, cash and/or digital camera will be safe from the outdoor elements. The waterproof case keeps your valuables just that, valuable, and not ruined. Now that your valuables will be safe, you can focus on your intellectual stimulation.
5. Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger
Outlets. Sometimes you just need more. With this gizmo, you can add up three AC outlets and two powered USB outlets to cover all of your electronic needs.
6. QuietComfort Acoustic Headphones
Have the need to drown out the noise around you while listening to your favorite tunes? With these comfortable headphones, the sound around you is expertly drowned out and the lightweight fit is a blessing to your ears and head.
7. Keychain Flashlight
Also another must-have on your trip is a keychain with flashlight. The portable mini LED flashlight can fit in small spaces and help you out when darkness ensues. The water-resistant device can also be added to your key ring for easy access.
8. Twisted Speakers
Powered by USB or 3 AAA Batteries, these mini-speakers conveniently connect to your iPod to provide splendid sound while you sit on the beach or relax on the deck overlooking the lake. An LED light indicates how much life your batteries have left.
The perfect food companion, this bag of cheesy, crunchy snack bites are perfect for the car ride or plane ride. We challenge you to become a “Combivore” on your next travel excursion. Soft bread-like dough hollowed into tube-shaped goodness and distributed in bite size perfection. There’s nothing like it!
10. Good Attitude
And, finally, we recommend that you have a positive outlook when you embark on your vacation. This comes only from inside your head and heart. There’s nothing worse than a “Negative Nelly” or a “Debbie Downer.” Don’t worry about the flight, money woes, food choices, etc…
Ok, the last two items on our list may not technically be considered gadgets, but we feel they are truly important. So remember, make your life easier and go on your vacation prepared with all the right tools.