6 Tech Gadgets You Probably Didn’t Know You Needed to Travel With

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USB Data Blocker

You should never use public USB charging ports without a USB data blocker! Most USB ports in public places are USB 3 or 3.1, which have 4 pins. Two others are for data transfer – in and out. When you plug your phone into an airplane, monitor, or in any other USB port in the airport or a public space, you don’t know what kind of information transfer is taking place between your phone and the airplane or airport software you’re connected to. The way around this problem is to travel with a USB adapter that blocks data transfer pins in USB ports. You can find these for about $15 by doing a simple search for a USB data blocker. Using a USB wall charger will help you avoid this problem altogether, and help you charge your phone  faster anyway.

USB Wireless Antenna

Sometimes it can be a challenge to find and maintain a strong wireless internet connection while you’re traveling, and especially when you’re in the airport or at a hotel. A simple and portable way to fix this problem and make sure you stay connected is by bringing a USB wireless antenna.  A USB wireless antenna can put out more power than the wireless adapter in your laptop.

Retractable Lock

I’ve mentioned, but it’s worth mentioning again: a retractable lock is an effective way to secure your laptop and multiple bags/items while traveling. You can lace a retractable lock through your bag’s zippers, and even directly to the laptop itself.

Apple AirTags

On the topic of security, Apple AirTags are a great way to keep track of your belongings while on the road. Place an AirTag in your luggage for example and keep track of your bags on your way to your next destination. Likewise, you can throw one into your daily bag in case you lose track of your bag in that busy café. Finally, you can put one In your rental car as you go on that road trip… just in case!

AirFly Pro

The AirFly Pro isn’t a necessity, but more of a convenience. The gadget is a wireless headphone adapter that allows you to use wireless headphones/earbuds in places where you can’t use Bluetooth, and where there is only a headphone jack available. You can use the AirFly Pro to watch in-flight movies without having to use pesky wired earphones or use earphones provided by the airline. You can also use the AirFly Pro to connect your phone to your car’s stereo if you would normally have to use an AUX cord.

Plan and Pay Reasonable Prices for Your Gadgets

These are just a few gadgets that make travel easier, but before you hit “buy now” make sure you shop around. There are several USB data blockers, USB wireless antennas, and retractable locks to choose from, so find the best one for you and your needs. You can usually find refurbished tech gadgets at lower prices that still provide optimal performance. And if the AirFly Pro sounds useful, make sure you have a pair of wireless earbuds to use with it!

Post written by Tech Guide staff.

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