Everyone wants to make their travel experience easier, but no one wants to pay more than they have to for travel gizmos they do not need. Here’s our list of low-budget travel tools
that will pay for themselves the first time you use them.
Finding Your Lost Luggage
It’s a nightmare we’ve all had. The bag you painstakingly packed to perfection was not at the baggage claim. A luggage tracker can tell you the exact location of your bag, how long it has been there, or if it is moving. The tracker is smart. It knows when it is in transit and will switch itself on and off to save battery as needed.
This device may be a little on the pricier side, but it could mean the difference between your family transitioning from plane to condo to beach painlessly or camping out at the airport while you look for lost luggage. They start at $40 and can be found anywhere electronics are sold.
If you’re someone that needs to be connected constantly then a USB battery pack is the gadget for you. As a secondary source of power, you charge it with your computer, then save the battery pack for a time when there is no power near you. Simply plug in your phone, tablet, or other handheld devices for enough juice to get you to a power source. Prices for the battery pack range, but you can purchase a decent one for about $10 at Wal-Mart or Target.
By ports, we mean electrical ports. Different countries have different outlets to charge your electronics. An all-in-one travel adapter can remove some of the guesswork about whether or not you’re about to fry your laptop by plugging it into something that doesn’t quite look like the picture you Googled. The adapter can fit any plug and has a built-in surge protector. It’s also compact, lightweight, and can be purchased for $20 or less online.
Besides confusing electrical ports, foreign travel gets a bad rap because of language barriers. Charades are universal, but no one wants to be standing in Rome trying to act out “Pantheon” or “public bathroom now” to an amused local. Try a translation device. You can download one for free onto a device you already own or pay for a handheld universal translator.
They can sometimes have a bit of trouble with slang but do just fine with getting the general point of the conversation across. Your app store will have the free basic version. Handheld translators start around $50 on Amazon.
Day Trip Packing
If you have little ones or just don’t like the idea of carrying a bulky day pack then the ROLO bag might be the accessory for you. It has enough room to carry your clothes and essentials with the added bonus of not having to dig through it all to find the one item that is inevitably buried at the bottom of the bag. It rolls up to the size of a small yoga mat with a carrying strap. When unrolled it hangs over doors as a space saver.
This piece is a great addition to any traveler’s toolbox whether you’re solo hiking in Oregon or the whole family is visiting Disney. The ROLO can be purchased online directly from their website for about $40 plus shipping.