• Wondering what the best travel gadgets out there are? Here are all the ones I absolutely swear by and have for quite a while!

Best Journey Gadgets: I Swear By These!

I’ve tried my fair share of gadgets and gizmos over my years of travel, and it seems like there are new things coming out every day. Here are some of the best travel gadgets I personally use and swear by and have for quite a while. Whether it’s to make my trips easier or safer, these have all come in hand plenty of times!

Best Journey Gadgets

Luggage Weigher

You guys – GET a luggage weigher! If you travel a lot, this is so necessary. I am always packing right up the maximum allowance so love to weigh it on the dot so that is one less stress to think about at the airport. I can go to the check-in counter sure that my luggage isn’t overweight.

Portable Charger

Even with more and more of us using technology, it seems like finding an open and working outlet is still always a challenge. Portable chargers are the BEST if you’re stuck on a train for 10 hours and your phone’s battery (with all your maps and notes) is in its last 10%. I LOVE the Anker Portable Charger since it’s small and lightweight, but here are some similar options:

Conair Adapter/Converter Combo

This is perfect to charge my computer and phone at the same time. Because it has a surge protector, you don’t have to worry about blowing any fuses or any of your electronics going on the frizz.

World Journey Adapter

I travel with a world adapter so I can put any plug I own in any socket in the world! Can’t beat it. This one is special because it has two USB ports AND works as a power bank. You can buy these cheap as chips in Walmart or anywhere else, but keep in mind the cheap ones break SO easily then you’re abroad without a plug which is pretty unfortunate.

JOTO Mini Power Strip

When you travel with a phone, kindle, and camera it seems like there are never enough plugs. This has an extension cord, 2 USB plugs + regular plugs, and has a surge protector. They make these so tiny now that it really doesn’t take up much extra space and keeps you way more organized when you are working.

Master Lock 8147D Combination Bike Chain Lock

Master Lock 8147D Light Weight Combination Bike Chain Lock, Red, 4-Foot

The exact one linked above is lightweight and four feet long. I put this on the top of my Osprey 65L and the weight never bothered me. I did a lot of research on bike chains/locks for trains and this one came up over and over. I slept like a baby knowing this was keeping my bag safe on the base of the train. I simply locked it around my luggage and the train seat poles.

Master Lock 4688D TSA Accepted Cable Luggage Locks

I use these on my closed backpack zippers while I sleep. These come in handy all the time and are lightweight. I actually have some that I’ve lost the key too, but keep them because it at least scares theives off and they look for a new bag to try and open. When you’re on trains and buses traveling in Asia and South America, you might consider using these so no one opens up your luggage while you sleep.

Petzl Headlamp

It was worth its weight in gold. In India, you’ll learn power outages are very common and overnight buses are pitch black. I used this constantly, even on pre-sunrise hikes. You definitely don’t look cool, I’ll admit that. But, it was SO worth it.

Casio Journey Alarm Clock

It’s a genius little thing. It knows what time it is wherever you travel and changes automatically (I think it’s solar?). It has thermometer reading, is very tiny, and great when you want to save battery on your cell phone overnight. Perfect for making sure you don’t miss your train stop. In sleeper class, nobody is going to wake you up.

Noise Canceling Headphones

Once I got a pair of Bose, I really couldn’t go back to regular headphones. The sound is so much better it really does cancel out any other noise. The downsize is they take up more space than the little ear buds. I know that I will always keep traveling with my Bose, though!

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. hopskipjaunt March 27, 2018 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Totally agree on the Charger and Adapter, great post!

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  3. Melanie April 3, 2018 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Such good gadgets! I can’t live without these as well.

  4. Faith April 5, 2018 at 6:42 am - Reply

    The Worldwide adapter with USB is my fave thing to travel with. I have products that I have picked up around the world all with different plugs so the universal adapter is the only thing I need to make sure I can straighten my hair AND charge my camera.

  5. Steven on aFabulousTrip April 5, 2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    I never realized of much I needed a portable charger or a powerbank, before I actually got one ! Nore more dead phones and getting lost at the end of the day because of it…

  6. theperfectmillennialwriting April 15, 2019 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    I’ve just bought a pair of noise cancelling headphones and I’m in love with them. I didn’t carry them for one trip but I don’t want to leave them behind for the next one. How do you pack them? Do you have one of those hard cases or do you just put them in your backpack without a case?

    • Rachel Jones April 15, 2019 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      I used to take the case to be safe, but slowly stopped caring as much and just throw them in my tote bag now. The bose kind of wrap up into a ball when you twist them!

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