From inflatable chairs to desks you can carry around with you everywhere, here are 15 of ultimate up-the-minute travel hacks that will make your globetrotting adventures a piece of cake in 2017. Get ready to be revolutionised and become a 21st-century intrepid nomad….we promise you’ll be wondering how you ever coped before!
1. The Smart Pack Organiser
Designed by a group of backpackers with over 30 years of experience between them, the Smart Packis designed to make one of life’s annoying bugbears – packing – much easier! Instead of shoving clothes willy–nilly into your backpack, simply fold them into the cleverly designed Smart Pack (which then inserts into your backpack). You can also organise your clothes into neat little sections (perfect when going away on longer trips) and then access them very easily when you reach your chosen destination. It also keeps dirty and clean clothes separate so it offers a fab alternative to living out of a backpack, and also eradicates the dreaded ‘backpack stench’ too. A must for all backpackers who still want to keep friends in the hostel!
This is the ultimate in portable luxury and a must for all seasoned campers, festival goers and anyone else who like to relax on a long hike or on the beach. Begone the reed mats and hard logs to sit around the campfire, instead recline in absolute decadence to sing Kumbaya and toast your marshmallows with the very cool inflatable lazy chair from Trono. We promise the envy of all your fellow travellers whilst you wallow in comfort, VIP style.
3. Erase the World Map
There is nothing worse than the post-holiday blues when the memories of your trip starts to become a distant memory as everyday life starts to erase the holiday euphoria. Instead of succumbing to the after-holiday anti-glow, focus your attention on erasing the map instead! Thisbeautiful travel accessory makes a great gift or provides ample inspiration for your next trip. Akin to the excitement felt at opening the doors of the advent calendar, there comes a certain satisfaction when you scratch away the black matte image of your holiday destination to reveal the shiny copper foil beneath. This is your prize intrepid traveler – aim to reveal as much pretty coppery goodness as possible!
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4. The Solar Panel Charger
If you didn’t post a picture of the view, were you really there? Never doubt your existence with this solar panel charger and get power anywhere. You can attach it anywhere, your tent, the ground or even your backpack. To add to its general greatness, it has an inbuilt sundial which means it automatically aligns with the sun to ensure maximum energy intake. Never be stuck for a social media update again!
5. The Stick and Shoot Camera
There’s probably quite a few travellers out there too embarrassed to use a street cred reducing selfie stick, so now it’s time to upgrade, and here is the selfie stick’s bigger, better and bolder and much less cringe-worthy older sister. This pod-like camera is app-controlled and can be adhered and re-adhered to any surface to provide the ultimate hands-free shot. Kiss (or pout) goodbye to annoying selfie stick shots with half your forearm taking up the best of the view and convert to this ultimate in cool travel accessory instead.
6. Sandless Beach Mats
While sandy socks might fill us with nostalgia for childhood seaside trips, there is no need for the discomfort to continue. These sandless beach mats are actually military designed- listen now, here comes the science bit! The top layer allows sand to pass through while the bottom layer prevents sand from coming up. It’s a small piece of beach genius. No more suncream-sandy caked bodies, sandless beach mats are how to get the ultimate beach body- sandless!
7. The Fitpod Healthy Hydrator
Any seasoned traveller knows the importance of hydration but it becomes even more important when you venture off the usual holiday to-do list for something a little more adventurous and Fitpod has the solution, they’ve embedded serious tech into this product which allows for the storage of protein, electrolytes etc, within the bottle itself. This is a serious and important piece of kit for anyone who is not planning on lying beachside with a Pina Colada for their trip.
8. Bobby Anti-Theft backpack
This is a godsend for any backpackers planning on traipsing across the world whether its South America, Europe or Asia, or anywhere else. Every day 400.000 pick pocket incidents occur worldwide but enter the Bobby Anti-Theft backpack whose key features include cut-proof material, hidden zipper closures, and secret pockets will keep your belongings safe during your jaunts. Besides being one of the safest (and looking pretty cute too) backpack’s around it is also the most convenient too with features such as an integrated USB charging port, weight balance, water repellent fabric, illuminating safety strips and luggage strap. Definitely worth the investment, especially if you’re planning a globetrotting adventure.
9. The Portable Cocktail Kit
Travel doesn’t always have to be about charging phones or being weather-proof, there’s a fun side to travelling too. After all you could always find yourself relaxing under the stars and the only thing lacking in this utopian scene is a cocktail. Never fear! The portable cocktail kit contains the tools to create your own al fresco cocktail- don’t forget the alcohol though, unless you just fancy syrup!
10. Wireless Waterproof Speakers
After you’ve poured your cocktail, charged your laptop, and relaxed on your inflatable lazy chair now it’s time to listen to some tunes on these wireless, waterproof speakers. With this ingenious device will give you the tools to create a home from home atmospheric bar or nightclub. The highly regarded Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker gives you 10 hours of non-stop musical ecstasy with immersive sound and its waterproof capability allows you to place it just about anyway – showers, pools, beaches, muddy fields, rainy days, the edges of boats since it is completely waterproof and it can even float. If it gets dirty, just rinse it off – simples!
11. Sunscreen Detector
This is actually a must for all holidays, whether it’s a family trip to a sea resort or a backpacking adventure. The idea of this ingenious miniature camera is that it tells you how well you’ve protected yourself against UV rays from the sun with your suncream, thus providing you with the ultimate protection against melanoma. Don’t forget, towelling off after being in the water removes suncream so you have to reapply and retake your shot. The Sunscreenr should be as essential to your travel arsenal as your passport!
12. GuardPeanut Smart Anti-Theft Alarm
The genius and ultra compact GuardPeanut Smart Anti-theft alarm connects to your smartphone so you can actually track your stuff and more importantly gives you notifications if anything happens, and can alert you if your bags are moved. It’s not just for luggage, you can use it for any of your valuables at home or abroad, including your bike, car, jewellery box- anything. With an impressive range of 100 feet, it is certainly an invaluable piece of kit for your valuables!
13. The Sleeping Bag Suit
If you’re planning a trip which involves sleeping outdoors and are a little unnerved by the creepy crawlies, this is the answer! Zip yourself right in and you will be snug in a rug just without the bugs. However, aside from the bug issue, the sleeping bag suit is water-proof and extremely toasty so if you’ve ever gone out in the Arctic circle hunting for the northern lights like I have in the middle of the night, this is what you need- I wish I did!
14. The World’s Smallest Travel Adapter
There is nothing worse than trying to figure out which travel adapter you need for which country or trying to stuff them in your hand luggage at the airport when you’ve forgotten until the last minute that you need one. Micro is the answer to all your problems- tiny, works in 150 countries and so versatile that you can use it every day, anywhere. The age-old travel problem, solved.
15. The Portable Desk
One for the digital nomads or anyone who needs to work on the go. This neat little device comes complete with suction pads allows you to work and update from almost anywhere. The ultra smart DeskView allows you to have a desk with a view wherever you may roam – which might make the idea of a working holiday a little more bearable!
16. Alpine Hearing Protection
With long flights, salty sea swimming, noisy hostel mates (or even hotel walls that are way too thin), ear plugs have always been an essential part of a traveller’s kit. Although this is 2017 so not just any ol’ ear plugs will do – savvy travellers should aim to pack the best and most innovative, your ears are very important after all! Enter Alpine Hearing Protection, the canny Dutch designers at Alpine have pulled out all the stops (including using their patented AlpineThermoShape™ material and the AlpineAcousticFilters™) to ensure their earplugs are unprecedented in terms of comfort and dampening, offering the gold standard in hearing protection. Oh and they’re also award winning and offer a whole range of specifically designed ear plugs for a variety of purposes such as sleeping, motorcycling, festivals, making music, flying and swimming. Phew!
With itchy feet, an inquisitive nature and an ardent wanderlust, Emma Clair has always been a traveller at heart. Hailing from the Emerald Isle she calls a tiny coastal town near Dublin home, but has lived in a few countries including Saigon, Vietnam where she resided for over a year. She counts supping on Bloody Marys on a rooftop in Manhattan, downing Singapore slings at the Raffles Hotel, daring a paraglide on the Grand Cayman, spending an exotic Christmas in Malaysia and exploring the Angkor Wat Tomb Raider-style as her all time favourite travel moments. Although, she’ll always have a special place in her heart for the city where she makes her annual pilgrimages – Paris, her true city of lights.