There are so many gadgets around nowadays that it’s difficult to find, let alone decide on something that is worth your time and luggage space.
This list solves that. We’re proud to have narrowed down the 22 gadgets that have been praised by frequent flyers that we know actually use them. Check out the result of our research, so you don’t have to trawl the internet to find the gadget you need for your next business trip.
#1 Formé Shoe Shapers stretch
Every woman has shoes she can’t wear because they are too tight or cause pain. This is the ideal gift for women! Formé is the first and only shoe shaper that safely stretches shoes up to a half a size, eliminating the pain that occurs when the toe box gets tight as the day wears on. Formé is made by women FOR WOMEN and can make every pair of shoes in your closet more comfortable and your feet healthier and happier! You can customize the amount of stretch and they work in any shoes (heels, flats, boots, sandals, sneakers) of any material (leather, fabric, even synthetic). Or use this sleek, lightweight device simply to help shoes keep their shape when you’re not wearing them.
#2 Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II
Working outside the office certainly has its perks. However, you’ll often find yourself struggling to focus in places that are not really designed for productivity, like airport lobbies, cafes and airplanes/trains. Bose QC 35 II noise canceling headphones are my favorite travel gadget, because they block most annoying outside sounds, allowing me to enter a mini sensory deprivation mode. Honestly, the active noise canceling function is perfect to mute any distracting frequencies in your environment.
#3 Courant’s CARRY
Courant’s CARRY is the first-ever fully wireless portable charger, and it’s as sleek as it is functional. CARRY is wrapped in premium, pebble-grain Tuscan leather, and can hold up to two full phone charges, making it the perfect gadget for business travel.
It is compatible with any smartphone or device that is Qi-enabled (which is most wireless charging devices) and is just smaller than a smartphone making it easy to use on the go. It retails at $150.
#4 Time Timer Audible Countdown Timer
This miniature visual timer is the perfect companion when traveling for business. Its small and compact size allows you to easily stow it in your luggage, briefcase, purse, or backpack. The Time Timer is a visual timer that has been proven to increase focus and productivity – exactly what you need to stay on track while you travel. Keep meetings running efficiently and on time, meet deadlines before jumping on a plane, or use it discreetly to make sure your presentation stays on time.
#5 Pluggerz Travel Earplugs
Does traveling by plane become a pain because you get discomfort in your ears when you rise and fall? Pluggerz Travel Earplugs are hearing protectors with a special pressure regulating filter. This way you have control over sound and pressure changes, allowing you to enjoy your journey!
#6 Sleep Mask Headphones
The mask allows you to control two of the most important factors in creating quality rest: light and sound. Our high quality sleek speakers, 3D eye contours, and ergonomic nose cover allow you to relax into sleep no matter where you are. They are also great for napping, airplane travel, meditation, listening to ASMR, audiobooks, music, podcasts – whatever your heart desires!
We live in a world of non-stop, over-stimulation. People are constantly on high-alert, bombarded with text messages, emails, work updates, social media posts – you name it. When you’re constantly on edge, it can be a challenge to slow yourself down, to relax and, more importantly, to sleep. Our Sleep Mask Headphones help you disconnect, recenter, relax and recharge. Whether you need to catch some Z’s in a loud airport or plane, take short break from a difficult day, grab a quick nap between meetings, or guarantee a terrific night’s sleep in a hotel room– our Sleep Mask Headphones are the perfect solution.
#7 Roll-Up Tech Kit by Moral Code
Keep all of your tech accessories nice and tidy with this stylish roll-up kit. Its soft leather interior contains three separate pockets to cushion your cables and charger, and its leather tie secures the whole package together.
#8 Airplane Pockets
Airplane Pockets is an amazing travel gadget for when flying on jets. Airplane Pockets is a sleeve that covers your tray table that allows a germ-free tray table to even eat off of and you can store your personal items at arms reach. It helps keep you clean and organized! Don’t walk off the plane ever again without your sunglasses, headphones or cell phone!
This is a fun easy gift for employees to use themselves and share with family. They will love the germ-free tray tables and not to lose their expensive personal items. If you have ever gotten home from a trip and got a cold you automatically think the plane did this to me! People would love to reduce that risk and feeling!
#9 Ember® Travel Mug2
When using your Ember Travel Mug2 ($149.95) without the charging coaster, you can expect a battery life of about two hours at a target temperature of about 130°F (54.4°C). Using patented temperature-control technology, Ember maintains coffee or tea at the user’s preferred drinking temperature (between 120°F – 145°F).
#10 Pocketalk Language Translator Device
Pocketalk uses WiFi, mobile data, or a personal hotspot to provide two-way foreign language translations in real-time. With 74 languages (and an option for built-in data), travel to foreign countries and converse with someone that speaks a different language. Our device accesses translation engines as you speak to break down language barriers instantly and accurately. To operate, press and hold the button as you are speaking.
When finished, let go of the button and Pocketalk will provide a translation. Dual microphones with noise cancellation pick up your every word. Pocketalk keeps the conversation loud and clear—in an office, noisy café, or outdoors — with two built-in speakers. Seven hours of usage or up to ten days in sleep mode. Press the power button to quickly put Pocketalk to sleep and preserve battery charge.
#11 Conquest V.H.P.
Longines designed its Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting as an indispensable tool for travel lovers to update and switch between time zones in a flash. The innovative ‘Flash Setting’ system sends light pulses from a smartphone application to a receiver on the dial, hidden at 12 oclock, to program the watch with the desired time zone, with no external Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection required which is why this watch is perfect for people in business who are looking for travel gadgets.
#12 Decibullz Custom Molded Earplugs
If you’re not familiar with Decibullz, they make a DIY moldable pair of earplugs. Basically, it’s like molding a mouth guard – you place the earbuds in warm water and then mold them perfectly to the shape of your ear. Reusable and extremely comfortable, this creates a perfect fitting, low-profile earplug that will never hurt, never fall out and provide superior noise isolation. They’re perfect for flying on a plane, train, or any type of transportation as well noisy venues.
#13 Clear Quartz Crystal Roller
Saje’s 100% natural and plant-based products offer something for everyone – from the home entertainer to the yoga enthusiast to the frequent flyer, Saje boasts a wide range of wellness and beauty items for everyone on your list.
#14 Portable Ultra Slim Tri-Fold Bluetooth Keyboard
Aluratek’s portable Bluetooth keyboard is foldable and collapsible, making it the perfect travel companion. Connect wirelessly to any iPhone, smartphone, iPad, or tablet and start typing away. At just under 7 inches and it’s tri-fold features, bring it with you in your backpack or carrying case.
#15 Zmodo 1080p Full HD Outdoor Wireless Security Camera System
Why is Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor WiFi Cameras one of the best business travel gadgets?Check-in on your home wherever you are, even on your business travel
Very good value – feature loaded at an affordable price.
- The cloud monitoring and night vision features and the clarity of these cameras is super great and I would highly recommend purchasing them.
- I bought and returned Arlo cameras due to their INCREDIBLY high cloud packages that offer no additional benefits versus Zmodo.
- Zmodo offers a more affordable yet totally equal in every way cloud package. Awesome cameras! Connected in minutes, clear picture and good outside or in!
#16 EQUERRY Electric Shoe Shiner
Equerry is a British invention. It’s aim is to make people’s lives easier and to give your shoes a mirror like shine that is second to none. Gone are the days of keeping all your shoe polishing equipment in a box under the sink. Equerry is a complete shoe care and polishing system in a compact package, ideal for a business travel who needs to clean shoes quickly with no mess. No refills exceed the amount allowable within flight baggage.
#17 Bosvision Ultra-Secure 4-Digit Combination Lock
when you are working on the go, having to continually keep track of your valuables and bags can cause a lot of unnecessary (but warranted) stress. With this easy-to-use extendable lock, you can securely join your bags together in a few seconds.
#18 AmazonBasics 4 Piece Packing Travel Organizer Cubes Set
While not necessarily a “tech” gadget, packing cubes have been steadily growing in popularity among frequent travelers for the last few years. They have changed my life when it comes to packing and organizing my suitcases.
You will save so much time by conveniently breaking up your belongings into these easy to separate cubes. Say goodbye to unpacking and repacking and repacking again every time you need to find that one pair of socks or a particular shirt buried under your piles of clothes. Turn your business trip packing into a veritable art, all while protecting from wrinkling (no more ironing in hotel rooms!).
#19 Tile Pro with Replaceable Battery
Keeping track of all your gadgets and important work supplies can be a hassle when traveling for work. Ever found yourself running late, frantically searching your hotel for where you put your phone, keys or wallet? With a set of Tile Pros, you will never have to again. These time-saving handy mini-GPS finders are straight out of the space age but in 2019. With a click of button (either in an app on your smartphone or clicking the tile itself) you will “ring your things” causing an alarm to go off and direct you right to whatever you’re looking for. Even if your phone is on silent, tile will wake it up and have you out the door right on time.
#20 Skyroam Solis: Mobile WiFi Hotspot & Power Bank
The Skyroam Solis: Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot & Power Bank is the perfect gadget for business travellers on the move, who require constant connection to their colleagues, clients and even their loved ones back home while travelling.
The Skyroam Solis provides instant internet coverage in over 130 countries. So, as long as you research into the destinations you will be visiting before purchasing, you can be sure that you will be connected for those all-important conference calls or event emails during your business trip.
This helpful device ensures you’re online at all times during your break, which is crucial when working abroad where internet connectivity can pose a serious threat on completing your work, thanks to its promise of 16+ hours of battery life.
#21 STEAM CLIP Multi-tool
Wrinkles aren’t acceptable on your business trip. Use STEAM CLIP™ to get rid of wrinkles without an iron in the hotel – it works on all shower types and with all hotel-hangers (like the pesky ball-top). No one has time to iron, right?
It’s ALSO a multi-tool for hotel room survival – a smartphone stand, bottle opener, thread/tag cutter, ruler and more. You can even use it to keep your purse off the restroom floor in the airport.
#22 Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle
The uniquely portable Nomader® Collapsible Water Bottle makes travel hydration easy and sustainable by taking up minimal bag space, and eliminating the need for wasteful single-use bottles.
Designed with a flexible BPA-free silicone body, the reusable Nomader® bottle can be rolled-up and stashed away when not in use, yet it’s as comfortable to drink from as a hard-sided bottle. This innovative travel water bottle features a patented leakproof cap, an ergonomic carry strap, and a wide mouth for easy cleaning. Additionally, the 22oz capacity (tops off at 25oz) bottle is freezable, heat resistant, and backed by a lifetime warranty.
The recommendations of products and books within this article where sourced from industry experts. Their names and websites are listed below.
Megan Brown Bennett from Light Years Ahead
George Mouratidis from WeedCopyRriter
Lauren Bunde from Courant
Christen Barbercheck from Time Timer
Casey Keshner from Trent and Company
Brody Elkins from Lets Just Sleep
Erika Lopez from Pace Public Relations
Jesse Nicassio from Airplane Pockets
Nicole Sands from Ember Technologies, Inc.
Rob Molke from Pocketalk
Carolina Peña from Ana Martins Communications
Amanda Evertz from Backbone Media
Amanda Castelli from Nike Communications
Pauline Nguyen from Aluratek
Jenny Ji from Zmodo
Charles O’Ferrell from EquerryShine
Kalev Rudolph from Insurantly
Katie Derrick from Africa Travel
Bryan Sarlitt from Nomader, Inc.