Top 9 Gadgets You Should Have In Your Go Bag

Top 9 Gadgets You Should Have In Your Go Bag

We share a lot of cool gadgets around here, but there are a few tech essentials we think should be in every geek’s laptop bag. Here are the 9 coolest (and most useful) gadgets you should always have with you.

Photo remixed from an original by Kagaya.

9. Cable Shorteners

grab some cable shorteners like the stylish, cheapApplecoresQuirky PowerCurlwrapping that cord correctlysimple binder clip makes a dandy headphone wrapper

8. A Space-Saving Wallet

Storus Smart Clipthe wallet/notepadPocket BriefcaseBookBookvery nice wallet/iPhone case combo as well

7. A Thumb Drive For Your Key Chain

a suite of portable appsfull-fledged privacy toolkitLaCie iamaKey

6. Touch Screen-Friendly Gloves


5. Mini USB Cables

these great mini cables from Griffin

4. Lenses That Power Up Your Phone’s Camera

Photojojo has a trio ofbrush up on a few tips to make sure you’re getting the best possible photos out of that smartphone

3. An Emergency Battery Charger

Nothing runs on good ol’ AA batteries anymore, which means if you get caught in a bind and run out of battery, you have to plug your device into a wall. When you don’t have a wall, there’s the HyperJuice battery, which you can plug into your laptop, smartphone or other device to give it another charge.

You can also grab something like the Mophie case for your smartphone, which contains a built-in extended battery to keep power flowing to your device.

2. A 3G Or 4G Hotspot

Wi-Fi is nearly everywhere you go these days, but you don’t want to rely on it for data connectivity — after all, there seems to be some law of physics that says it’s never there when you need it most. If you’ve jailbroken your iPhone, you can use MyWi to tether it, or tether your Android phone with PDANet. Of course, tethering has its downsides, so be aware of those before you go that route.

1. The Grid-It Organiser

Arguably one of our favourite go bag accessoriesGrid-It organiser

Many of these products can be found pretty cheaply on sites like staticICE, so be sure to do some Googling to find the best price before you buy.


  • A surprising amount of existing, normal gloves work fine on a capacitive touchscreen.

    Not the really thick fleecy ones of course. But before going out and buying special ones, just test your own, just in case 😉

  • Item #2 says you need to jailbreak iPhone to get WiFi tethering. That’s incorrect.

    Since iOS4 came out in mid 2010 the iPhone has a setting called PERSONAL HOTSPOT that you turn on-off from the SETTINGS menu, and wha-la’ instant WiFi hotspot.

    You can access the WiFi hotspot via WiFi, Bluetooth or USB cable… I use WiFi and use it most days to give easy 3G access to my MBA 11″ or iPad when i”m not at home. is IDEAL when travelling and you don’t want to pay $20+ per day for hotel WiFi.

  • Android 2.2 and above also has WiFi hotspot capability built-in without requiring root access or any other software.

    I’ve found a solar powered charger worthwhile a couple of times, as well, when away from power points for extended periods. Mostly it just acts as a USB-rechargeable battery, but it can slowly recharge itself and give you that emergency phone call or Google Maps access when you really need it!

  • #9 “in her backpack”, when did LH accept copy and pasting articles word for word now?

    “Cable Shorteners & Mini Cables” are the same type of gadget where the goal is to have a short cable run. (This makes the Article a Top 8)

    #3 (A second battery makes more sense, excluding an iPhone situation)

    #2 another copy and paste, more obvious because it’s such old references.

  • My Tech Bag:
    1 – Key Ring USB – For storage of course.
    2 – Blank DVD/CD – For making boot disks and needing to moving data to infected computers. Cause I do not want to plug my keying USB in and get a virus.
    3 – A couple of pens – biro pen, a pencil & permanent marker
    4 – Small roll of electrical tape – with the permanent marker you can label cables or boxes, or equipment.
    5 – diary – writing down notes / configurations.
    6 – Retractable network cable – cause when you need it you will not find one.
    7 – Very short PSTN phone cable – I always have a use for one when out in the field.
    8 – blank usb keys that are cheap that can be through away or given to someone without worrying about the cost.
    9 – Iphone cable – because I always need one. Can use it for tethering my iphone or getting photos off it.
    10 – a paper clip to take the sim out of my iphone.
    11 – Leatherman or multi tool – screw driver, cutters, etc
    12 – micro usb cable, mini usb cable for hard drives and phones.

    If you pack this stuff right it does not take up much room.

    I have never had the need to whip another lense on to my camera phone or need gloves that would work with a touch device….Those two are just silly.

  • I probably read it on Lifehacker but here goes anyway:

    Rather than using Applecores to shorten cables use cardboard toilet roll cores. To prevent tangles, don’t wind the cable around your hand before putting it in the cardboard tube; gently fold the cable into say 120mm loops in the palm of your hand.

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