Top 11 travel gadgets for 2023

Many of us probably own at least one gadget that helps us navigate our daily lives, and the world of travel is no exception. From working on the go in remote areas, to entertaining on long flights, to documenting your entire trip, having a handy accessory at hand is always a plus for convenience and ease of use.

Now that travel is back in fashion, there’s no better time to stock up or stock up on your travel gear closet – here are 11 of them that will make your trip from home a breeze.

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1) Baseus 65W 3-Port USB-C Wall Charger

Nothing can be worse than when your laptop, earbuds and phone die at the same time and you have to decide which to charge first and which to die. The Baseus 65W 3-Port USB-C Wall Charger lets you charge all three at the same time with its two USB-C ports and one USB-A port. In addition, the fast-charging capabilities will charge your iPhone to 50 percent in 25 minutes and fully charge your Macbook in just two hours.

Not only is the charger extremely travel-friendly with its slim design that fits easily in any carry-on or luggage, but it also generates less heat when in use, so you don’t have to worry about overheating.

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The Baseus 65W 3-Port USB-C Wall Charger is available now from Amazon for S$29.59.

2) Baseus 100W USB-C to USB-C Fast Charging Cable

Baseus 100W USB-C to USB-C Fast Charging Cable is an investment for eternity, made of high quality Zinc Alloy with suitable texture for long-term use without damage. It also includes 8 strands of 324 cores to enable fast charging, resulting in a 50 percent charge in 35 minutes.

The cable is available in a 2-pack from Amazon for S$15.99.

3) Sony WH-1000XM5 Noise Canceling Headphones

Enjoy a quiet flight with the headphones’ Automatic Artificial Intelligence Noise Canceling (AINC) function, which constantly analyzes ambient noise components and automatically selects the most effective noise-canceling filter for your environment. In addition, the built-in lithium-ion battery provides 35 hours of operation on long-haul flights with just one charge and 60 minutes of operation with just 10 minutes of charging.

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The headphones’ Ambient Sound Mode also makes them ideal for commuting – when you turn them on, you can listen to your music while still hearing the most important everyday sounds you protect, like traffic noise and transport announcements. The combination of these two characteristics, among others, has led many to consider the WH-1000XM5 as one of the best, if not the best, in its class.

The Sony WH-1000XM5 noise canceling headphones are available on Amazon for S$372.75.

4) Cable Matters Retractable Ethernet Cable

Trying to work somewhere with poor WiFi can ruin a trip. Cable Matters solves this with its retractable Ethernet cable, a 3-foot retractable patch cord that connects a computer, printer, media streamer, Blu-ray player, and more to RJ45 Ethernet ports. In addition, processing time is not an issue as the cable’s Cat 5e certified network cable automatically supports 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet network connections.

Not to mention that this ethernet cable is retractable and perfect for travel as it slips into every little space you left in your luggage.

The Cable Matters retractable Ethernet cable is available in a 2-pack on Amazon for S$10.49. Finally, for laptop users who lack port variety, you can buy the TECKNET USB-A to Ethernet Adapter (with USB-C add-on) from Amazon for S$36.11, which comes with 3 USB A connections is supplied to get your money’s worth.

5) Collection of Criacr smartphone lenses

Beautiful trips deserve equally beautiful photographic or videographic souvenirs to take home with you. The Criacr Smartphone Lens Collection includes 3 lenses: a 0.4-0.6x wide angle lens, a 180° fisheye lens and a 15x macro lens. Each lens can be used separately and the clip is designed not to scratch your phone.

The Criacr Smartphone Lens Collection is available on Amazon for S$11.99. The RØDE VideoMic Me, available from Shopee for S$59, is a great add-on that you can connect to your phone to ensure smooth and clear audio for videography.

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6) Kindle Oasis e-reader

The perfect companion on long flights or road trips, the Kindle Oasis e-reader features an adjustable warm light to change the screen color from white to amber to minimize eye strain during prolonged use. Designed with the latest E-Ink technology, Kindle’s rapid page turns will make you feel like you’re holding a real book. It’s also waterproof so you can enjoy a day at the pool or even a nice long relaxing bath in style.

The Kindle Oasis e-reader is available from Amazon for S$440.42.

7) Epicka Universal Travel Adapter

There’s no pain than being in another country and finding that none of the outlets match your plugs. The Epicka Universal Travel Adapter is multifunctional and covers more than 150 countries including US/EU/AU/UK. With its five USB ports (four USB-A and one USB-C) and AC outlet, it can also charge six devices simultaneously without overloading it, thanks to its 8A overload double fuse, safety shutters, plug-lock system , ROHS, CE and FC certification, which guarantee safety.

The Epicka Universal Travel Adapter is available from Amazon for S$22.99.

8) Anker PowerCore Fusion USB-C Wall Charger

Oh, to experience firsthand the convenience of having a wall charger that doubles as a portable charger! The Anker PowerCore Fusion USB-C Wall Charger simultaneously delivers 30W with Power Delivery and 12W Power IQ for fast charging in charge mode. On battery power, this hybrid can power your iPhones for up to 23 hours. Additionally, its palm-sized design and scratch-resistant coating make it extremely travel-friendly.

The Anker PowerCore Fusion USB-C Wall Charger is available on iShopChangi for S$39.95.

9) Apple Airtag and Tile Mate

Losing something during a trip is an absolute nightmare and clouds the rest. Luckily, this worry can be easily solved with Bluetooth tracking gadgets like Apple Airtag (for iOS users) and Tile Mate (for Android users).

The Apple Airtag is easy to set up with a tap in Find My Devices and also allows you to play a sound through the built-in speaker to help you locate your stuff or simply ask Siri for help. Even if your Airtag moves out of range, Find My Network can detect it when it’s in Lost Mode and notify you automatically.

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The Tile Mate requires you to download the Tile app, which will ring your Tile when it’s within Bluetooth range or ask your smart home device to find it. Then, just like with the Apple Airtag, you can enlist the help of the Tile Network if it moves out of Bluetooth range.

Apple Airtag and Tile Mate are available in a 1-pack from Amazon for S$34.00 and S$24.84 respectively.

10) Sunwoo Foldable Silicone Keyboard

Sometimes there might not be enough space for a laptop in the day bag, but you still need to get your work done. The Sunwoo foldable silicone keyboard is extremely flexible, so you can easily roll it up and put it in your bag, and its waterproof construction eliminates the need for an additional protective case. Of course, an adapter is required to turn the keyboard’s USB-A port into what your device needs for newer phone, laptop, or tablet models.

Sungwoo’s foldable silicone keyboard is available on Amazon for S$35.05.

11) Peak design tech pouch

Now that you have all your devices, you need a place to keep them all easily accessible and make sure none of them get damaged before you can use them. The Peak Design Tech Pouch is weatherproof and waterproof with 100% recycled 200D nylon and DWR-treated outer shell.

Small is indeed mighty for this bag, with multiple top and side soft-lined pockets offering multiple storage options so you can organize your various devices. The bag also features a cable port so you can charge your device without having to take anything out.

The Peak Design Tech Pouch is available from Amazon for S$99.00.

Sasha was a lover of all things geek before she could read as she got her mother to make geek material available as soon as possible. While fantasy was her greatest love, Sasha never says anything horror, action packed or sci-fi!