Best Gadgets for Business Travel
Business travel can be exhausting and stressful, but there are many gadgets that have been created to make travel easier than ever before. Sure, they can't make airport food better, and they won't eliminate the long, LONG lines at airport security, but you'll find that you'll miss your home office a little bit less with some of these handy tools at your disposal.
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Business travel requires you to carry more devices than ever before, whether they're for conducting business or to entertain you as you wait in airports. Grid-It will help you maintain order as your luggage is tossed onto and off of airplanes. There are handy compartments for everything from chargers, phones, earbuds, pens, and anything else you can think of. The sturdy elastic bands ensure that your stuff won't move, no matter how hard they toss your bags!
You probably don't think "wallet" when you hear the word "gadget", but this wallet is different than most. It's made of durable leather, it has ample room for your passport, credit cards, and cash, and there's a Bluetooth tag hidden inside that syncs with your phone. Should your wallet be misplaced or stolen, your phone will start to beep, alerting you that it's missing. Bonus—there's a RFID shield that will protect you from hackers who could potentially try to breach your data from the RFID chip in your passport. The Royce Freedom Wallet provides double protection for the price of a really nice wallet.
This gadget LOOKS like a pocket knife, but when you open it up, you find a convenient array of cables with adapter ends, suited for use with Apple and Android devices. A fourth cable connects you to your laptop or wall charger, allowing you to charge your devices anywhere. Not only will this reduce clutter, but you will never forget your adaptor cord again.
So we've given you the device with the cords and adaptors, but what can you use for power when you're on a transatlantic flight, or if you've been in meetings all day and you don't have access to an outlet? Enter the Kensington AbsolutePower Laptop, Phone, and Tablet Charger. This triple threat provides 100 watts of power can charge your laptop while it charges your phone or your tablet. It's light, it's powerful, and once you've introduced it into your travel life, you'll never want to be parted from it again.
5. EatSmart Precision Voyager
This state-of-the-art luggage scale will help you avoid exorbitant fees when you go over the luggage weight limit that most airlines insist upon. It's compact, it's light, and it's accurate. You can purchase presents for the kids without fearing that you'll get dinged at the airport. It's a win-win.
You love working with your tablet—it's lightweight, it's easy to pack, and it's convenient. However, it takes forever tap out an email on the on-screen keyboard. The Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 offers you a removable Bluetooth keyboard that you can secure to your tablet with a handy velcro fastener.
All work and no play, etc., etc. Google Chromecast will enhance your viewing options when the typical offerings found on cable leave you cold. Most modern TVs have a USB port; plug the hand device directly into the TV, use your smartphone as a remote control, and watch whatever you like. Bliss.
You've got extremely important information on your laptop, and you'd like to keep it confidential. The Yubico FIDO Security Key allows you to lock your laptop; it supports the U2F authentication standard, which is widely considered to be unhackable. Simply download Google's Security Key for Chrome, then load it onto the USB key. Finally, stop using passwords. Everything in your laptop will be all but impenetrable—the Ft. Knox of laptops. In case of theft, you can rest easy.
Noise cancelling headphones can be a lifesaver during a long flight. The BackBeat Pro headphones have bluetooth capability or you can use a standard audio cable. Additionally, these state-of-the-art headphones recognize when you're not wearing them, and they turn themselves off automatically, allowing them to last up to 24 hours between charges.
10. Equil Smartpen 2
This incredible pen syncs to your tablet, taking everything you've written on a pad of paper and transferring it to your tablet. You can look at them in real time, or record them and sync them at a later time. You'll have your notes with you wherever you go, and you'll avoid the smudges or stray markings you might get when you take notes on your tablet with a stylus.
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