Best portable tech to keep you connected


It used to be that travelers spent weeks or months cut off from loved ones or even the world at large. Nowadays, there are plenty of gadgets to help you stay connected, no matter where you are. Whether you’re backpacking across Europe, or just looking to stay informed on your daily commute, we’ve put together a list of the niftiest tech to have on hand, even if you’re away from your phone.

From $279*

Samsung Galaxy Watch

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is your own personal trainer on your wrist. It measures your heart rate and tracks your activities, so you focus more on exercise and less on planning. With 4G LTE standalone connectivity, that enables you to receive calls and check messages with a simple tap wherever you are**.

*Prices vary by model.
**Standalone functionality limited if paired phone is not on or connected to a wireless network.
$130

Samsung Galaxy Buds

Comfortable, sweatproof, and holding six hours of battery, the Samsung Galaxy Buds are the pinnacle of true wireless earbuds. They also sound great, with warm bass and a “Dynamic” equalizer that adjusts based on your music.
$350

Amazon Kindle Oasis

Love reading on the go, but not lugging your books around? Amazon’s Kindle Oasis is a top-of-the-line e-reader with a sharp display, slim profile, and plenty of options to customize text. It’s also waterproof, if you want to read at sea.
$400

Incase ProConnected Carry-on Smart Luggage

You’ll never have to scramble to find a power outlet in an airport with this carry-on roller. The ProConnected roller has enough juice and USB ports to charge all your gadgets, and the battery pops out for easy security screening.
$900

Dell XPS 13

Whether you’ve got work to do or people to speak with, a good laptop is essential to staying plugged in to modern life, and Dell’s XPS 13 is our favorite, with a stunning screen, quick CPU, and stark exterior.
$170

Ultimate Ears Boom 3

No matter where you go, you can start a dance party with the Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3, which provides mighty sound and 20 hours of battery life. It’s also durable, built to withstand impacts, dust, and water; it even floats!
$52

Tile Mate

Losing your keys or wallet can be a disaster while traveling. Attach a Tile Mate to them, however, and you’ll be able to track them down via smartphone app.
$500

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

One of the best Android tablets on the market, the Galaxy Tab S4 is lightweight and svelte, with a vivid display and unobtrusive bezels. The S4 is also powerful, so you can jump between apps or play games smoothly.
$130

Gear VR headset

You don’t need to spend a long flight staring out the window or flipping through an in-flight magazine. With the comfortable Gear VR headset, you can step into another world, immersing yourself in games, movies, even concerts.
$132

GlocalMe U2 mobile hotspot

It’s hard to stay connected when you don’t have an internet connection. The GlocalMe mobile hotspot grants you 4G access in many countries, and without roaming fees. You don’t even need a local SIM card!
$300

Activo CT10 music player

For an audiophile out and about, a phone just won’t do for listening to music. The Activo CT10 is a tiny music player with big sound, capable of playing hi-fi audio files, and it supports streaming services like Tidal and Spotify.
$100

Anker Powercore 20100

Trips can get stressful when watching your phone’s battery dwindle on the road, but with this handy, portable power bank, you’ll never languish below 30 percent charge again.
$300

Nintendo Switch

Handheld gaming has never been as good as on the Nintendo Switch, which offers a great mix of AAA and indie games, a wide display, and detachable controllers that allow for multiple people to play.
$350

GoPro Hero7

Share your adventures with the world with the GoPro Hero7, a top-flight action camera with incredible image stabilization. The Hero7 is also able to live stream footage, so you can broadcast your travels as they happen.
$30

JellyComb Bluetooth keyboard

If you’ve got writing to do while you’re out and about, a keyboard that’s convenient is essential. The JellyComb keyboard can connect to your devices via Bluetooth, and it even folds up for easy carrying.