As we are deep into 2023, it brings me immense pleasure to present the fifth edition of “The Best Travel Gadgets.” For half a decade, I’ve had the privilege of curating this annual round-up, highlighting the cutting-edge devices, innovative apps, and travel-friendly luggage that every globe-trotter should consider adding to their arsenal.
The world of travel technology has surged forward with exciting new offerings that promise to make your journeys more convenient, efficient, and enjoyable. This year’s selection showcases the pinnacle of travel innovation.
Whether you’re a jet-setter, an adventure seeker, or a digital nomad, The Best Travel Gadgets for 2023 is your ultimate guide to staying connected.
Best Travel Gadgets 2023
12. Scosche GoBat™ 10K Battery Pack
No matter how long a manufacturer boasts their device will last between charges, we all get caught short. The Scosche GoBat 10K battery pack offers the perfect balance of size, power capacity and price, offering dual USB charging and Fast Charging for compatible devices.
11. Urbanista Malibu Solar Speaker
Urbanista’s latest solar-powered device, the Malibu Portable Speaker, continues the brand’s sustainable sun-powered audio offerings in partnership with Exeger’s Powerfoyle™ solar cell technology, previously used in the Phoenix ANC Earbuds and Los Angeles Headphones. Crafted from recycled plastics, the Malibu is highly durable, with an IP67 waterproof rating, making it ideal for outdoor use.
10. Apple Watch Ultra 2
There are more affordable options out there, but if you require the best, then the Apple Watch Ultra 2, unveiled at the Wonderlust event, introduces significant enhancements. Firstly, it incorporates the innovative S9 SiP chip, custom-designed for superior performance, and introduces a user-friendly double-tap gesture, allowing one-handed control for various actions. Secondly, the watch boasts a revamped display with exceptional brightness, reaching 3000 nits.
9. Lenovo ThinkPad X13s
Not everything has to be a flagship device, and I believe Lenovo has hit the sweet spot for power and portability with its new ThinkPad X13s laptop. The X13s laptop is an ideal choice for frequent travellers, especially hybrid workers and global travellers, due to its lightweight design at just 1.06kg, which minimizes the burden of carrying it. It ensures consistent connectivity with features like Wi-Fi 6E and 5G mmWave or sub6 Wireless WAN, making it perfect for on-the-go professionals.
8. XD Design Bizz Backpack
The Bizz Backpack is the perfect companion for frequent travellers, combining functionality and convenience for both professional and personal needs. Its main compartment offers easy access with a 180-degree opening and an expandable section to keep travel essentials well-organized, while a waterproof zipper and padded sleeve safeguard laptops up to 16 inches in the rear pocket.
7. DWARF II Smart Telescope
The DWARF II digital smart telescope is an exceptional tool for outdoor travellers due to its versatile capabilities and user-friendly features. Equipped with dual cameras and AI technology, it allows users to capture stunning shots of the Sun, Moon, galaxies, and nebulae while also offering the ability to record videos of wildlife and birds, making it suitable for both day and night use. The telescope is easily controlled through a mobile app, making it hassle-free for users to operate and capture photos or videos wirelessly.
6. Flighty App
Flighty is an elegantly designed and highly powerful travel app, making it an ideal choice for those constantly on the move. The app stands out with unmatched notifications, providing instant, clear, and unfiltered updates. Flighty is unique in its ability to predict delays, automatically monitoring the leading causes of delays, including late inbound aircraft and airspace mandates, and offering FAA access to alert users in advance of potential issues.
5. Ugreen Nexode 65W GaN Travel Charger
Digital nomads will find the Ugreen Nexode 65W Charger to be the perfect travel companion. It’s suitable for global travel with adaptable US/UK/EU plugs. This charger is a game-changer for those with multiple devices, thanks to its two USB-C ports and one USB-A port, enabling simultaneous charging of up to three devices at a rapid 65W speed. Powered by GaN chips, it can swiftly charge a 13″ MacBook Pro to full capacity in under 2 hours.
4. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5
The inclusion of any foldable into a Best Of… article from me is a testament to how far they have come, and it is down to the external display rather than the larger folding one inside. The latest Galaxy Z Flip5 has a 3.4″ Super AMOLED that is now integrated with so many apps we use when travelling, it is now not only convenient but almost a necessity for a seamless mobile experience through the airport. Better yet, navigate any major city with Google Maps, and you’ll be sold, too.
3. July Carry On Pro SnapSleeve™
The July Carry-on Pro SnapSleeve™ is a must-have addition to any luggage collection. It features a detachable padded sleeve with a 16″ laptop compartment and space for documents. Removing the sleeve is a breeze and is capable of holding up to 60kg. The suitcase comes equipped with SilentMove 360° spinner wheels and is crafted from aerospace-grade German polycarbonate. It even features an ejectable power bank that charges both your phone and laptop.
2. Rolling Square AirCard
While Apple AirTags are invaluable for frequent travellers using the Find My network, they have a design limitation in their shape, requiring additional accessories for attachment to various items. The Rolling Square AirCard addresses this issue by offering a slim, credit card-sized tracker that fits effortlessly into wallets, purses, and even travel tags, and it works globally. With full compatibility with Apple’s Find My network, it provides real-time tracking and precise location updates.
1. Sony WH-1000XM5 Headphones
The Sony WH-1000XM5 Headphones are the ultimate choice for travellers seeking top-tier audio experiences and advanced features. Sony’s reputation in the over-ear headphone space has solidified its status as a traveller’s preferred headset, and the WH-1000XM5 takes things to the next level. These headphones feature an array of improvements, such as enhanced Active Noise Cancelling with eight microphones for a “Noiseless design,” making them perfect for travellers. The design boasts a thinner headband, single-point earcup connections, and an improved fit for added comfort. They’re lighter than their predecessor, thanks to a smaller carbon fibre driver.