Holiday gift guide: Cool new gadgets and gear for travelers
Take technology on a vacation this winter; it’s a great travel companion.
Here are our favorite new gadgets and gear for travelers for the holiday season—all great gifts for the traveler on your Christmas list, or the perfect partner for that much-needed getaway when the holiday craziness takes over.
Sleep tight; don’t let the bedbugs bite
Whether your travels take you high or low (some of the best adventures are off the beaten path), you can keep yourself safe and clean with—you’ll never believe this—your luggage. The ThermalStrike heated luggage actually kills bedbugs and their eggs. Lift the handle and plug it into the wall, and the luggage will warm up your possessions inside and eliminate any unwanted hitchhikers that you may inadvertently be packing. ThermalStrike luggage, $199, thermalstrike.com
Only hear what you want
Block out noise, unfamiliar sounds in your hotel room, your snoring travel companion, that screaming baby on the airplane or the stressful hubbub of the airport with SleepPhones headphones. Connected to a comfortable fabric headband, these noise-blocking headphones are designed to be comfy enough to sleep in, as an alternative to having to take sleeping pills. SleepPhones, starting at $39.95, thinkgeek.com
Don’t lose power
You may be partial to your Otterbox, but the Jackery Leaf phone case is super practical for those long flights where you want to use your phone for entertainment but don’t have access to an outlet to recharge. This phone case has a rechargeable phone batterythat you can just snap right onto the bottom of the case for extra juice. No cords, no bulky chargers. Just a sleek case and an inconspicuous bonus battery. Jackery Leaf, $49.95, amazon.com
A personal assistant on your wrist
This personal assistant will place phone calls, write your notes, notify you when you need to do something, take photos, inform you about the weather and show you your messages—without you ever having to lift a finger or hold anything. The Samsung SM-V700 Galaxy Gear Digital Smartwatch sits right on your wrist and proves fashion really can pair well with function. When your hands are full with suitcases and you’re trying to text your partner where to meet you, you’ll be grateful you invited your helpful watch along. How futuristic does that sound? Samsung SM-V700 Galaxy Gear Digital Smartwatch, $134.99, walmart.com