From festivals and glamping to exotic beach escapes, there’s so much to look forward to, and no matter where your adventure takes you this summer, there’s probably a gadget that can help.
Whether you’re looking for something to keep you and your possessions safe or a product to help capture memories and stay connected, we’ve rounded up ten travel tech must-haves you need to upgrade your life this summer.
Harman Kardon Esquire Mini 2 Premium Speaker System
The Esquire Mini 2 is the perfect traveling companion for the jetsetter that likes to work and play hard. The lightweight, portable speaker provides powerful sound for those poolside or late night villa turn-ups and features a conferencing system with noise cancellation for crystal clear conference calls on the go. Bonus, the speakers also have a built-in power bank to keep you, and your devices charged up.
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available at amazon.com $130
Skyroam Solis Global Wifi Hotspot
No one has time for wifi struggles or expensive cell phone bills on vacay, that’s why travelers in the know make sure they always have a Skyroam mobile hotspot in their bag. Skyroam allows you to stay connected on up to five devices in over 130 countries with their pay-as-you-go unlimited wifi plans that start as low as $9 a day.
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available at walmart.com $150
Osmo Action Camera
Documenting all of your amazing bucket-list moments on vacation is a must and the Osmo Action makes it easier than ever. In addition to shooting and capturing video in 4K, even underwater (yep, it’s waterproof), the killer feature of this lightweight camera is its front-facing color display, perfect for group shots and selfies.
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available at dji.com $350
JOBY GorillaPod 325 Compact Tripod
Step your selfie game up this summer with this carry-on ready portable tripod from Joby. Attach your phone or point-and-shoot-camera, then wrap the flexible legs around anything from tree limbs to chairs to capture the perfect vacay shot every time – no fancy photographer required.
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available at joby.com $25
Pocketalk Language Translator
It can be scary traveling to a country where you don’t speak the language, but with Pocketalk’s two-way voice translator, you can communicate in up to 74 languages in real time. The built-in data means you also don’t have to worry about connecting to wifi.
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available at amazon.com $300
Basu Personal Alarm
This mini device packs a big punch for solo travelers. Basu is a personal safety gadget that you can clip to your backpack or keychain, then in cases of emergency, just pull the pin to sound the alarm and it will play for up to 30 minutes.
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available at amazon.com $19
Tile Slim Bluetooth Tracker
ESSENCE readers love their gadgets, that’s why Tile’s Bluetooth tracker is always a major hit. Not only does Tile help you keep track of your most prized possessions from keys to iPads, but it also does so without costing a fortune.
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available at thetileapp.com $30
Dodow Sleep Aid Device
Jetlag stealing precious hours from your dream getaway? Dodow combines the calming breathing techniques of yoga with soft blue light to help trick your body into a restful sleep. Focus on inhaling as the blue light grows and exhaling as it disappears, and before you know it – lights out.
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available at amazon.com $60
Mophie Juice Pack Access
You already need a case to protect your phone, so why not get one that protects and charges it at the same time. With the Juice Pack Access your phone is not only shielded from falls, but it can stay charged for up to 25 hours with just the push of a button. Winning!
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available at mophie.com $100
Portable Air Purifier
The air in hotel rooms and home rentals can often feel stuffy and stale, but you can solve that problem easily with a portable air purifier. You can keep the air around you fresh and clean no matter where you are, and the aromatherapy feature allows you to add a little smell good into the mix too.