Travel Tech Ultimate Guide: The Travel Gear Our Editors Can’t Leave Behind

Travel Tech Ultimate Guide: The Travel Gear Our Editors Can’t Leave Behind

Everyone has a list of essentials. Whether they be practical, technological or jovial, these are the items our editors won’t leave home without.

Travel picture from Shutterstock. Posed by models with much cleaner shoes than actual editors.

Luke Hopewell, Gizmodo

Globalgig Wi-Fi Hotspot

Sure, the battery is ropey and the networks it supports aren’t lightning-fast, but the thought of being without connectivity when I’m overseas gives me a nervous feeling in my stomach. Constant connectivity is a must, and not having to pay through the nose for it is amazing. That’s why the Globalgig Wi-Fi hotspot is always in my bag when I travel. [clear]

Apple Earpods


I know they’re only crappy in-box headphones that come with iPhones and iPods, but I really have taken to the Earpods over the last few months to the point that I can’t leave home without them now. It’s so easy to stick in just one ear or both and block out the world around you. Plus, they’re cheap to replace when you eventually put them through the wash cycle and they take up next to no space in a pocket. [clear]

Remington Rotary Shaver


Looking sharp is important when you’re both at home and abroad, and part of that image control for me is being clean-shaven. Not everyone looks like a bum when they haven’t shaved for four days, but this is my curse. The easiest way to stay clean and shaven on the road is the Remington R7150 Black Diamond Rotary shaver. With a battery that lasts for an hour and a flick-out trimmer attachment, the Black Diamond is the most convenient travel shaver imaginable. It will give you a good shave in a jiffy. [clear]

Angus Kidman, Lifehacker

Telstra 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot

I do an awful lot of domestic travel, I don’t want to pay for crappy and overpriced hotel Wi-Fi, and I want to be able to work in conference centres and on trains and in hotel lobbies and in random food courts. Telstra’s 4G Wi-Fi hotspot ticks all those boxes, and thus occupies a permanent space in the top of my travel bag. (It never gets used overseas because of the pants-browning roaming fees; I’m still waiting to see if I’ll feel the same love for Globalgig as Luke does.) [clear]

Philips StyleShaver

Luke needs to shave his face; since late last year, I need to trim my beard to avoid resembling a modern-day Ned Kelly with fewer fans. For those depilatory purposes, I’m a firm devotee of the Philips StyleShaver. As well as making short work of my long and curlies, it holds enough charge that I can mostly get away with just taking the unit itself and leaving the charger behind. And it’s partially orange. If it can’t be red, this is the next-best alternative.




Yeah, it’s no high-tech wonder like the Kindle (I gushed about that last week). But for any trip involving more than a night, taking a powerboard ensures I won’t run out of charge and I might make some new friends when we’re all squabbling over the one available power outlet. Works for me.


What are your favourite travel gadgets?


  • That’s a good wrap up, but i have a couple of comments, mostly down to personal preference:

    I prefer noise cancelling headphones myself, but if you really want compact in-ear headphones, surely something like the Brainwavez M1/M2, or the Sound Magic PL50 would provide vastly superior sound, and better comfort?

    Buying a razor and some shaving cream in my destination is what I prefer for shaving. Granted some people aren’t going to have that kind of time, but even if i’m interstate for a conference, a visit to the local supermarket is always on the agenda for me.

    I always buy a cheap powerboard that is very compact, and either leave it in the hotel room afterwards, or bring it back if I have the space (but I usually leave it – you can pick up a 4 outlet for $3-5 these days, there’s no need to spend a fortune when you’re only going to use it for a couple of days) but yes if you travel for work every single week, buying a “decent” one to carry around makes sense, but size is going to be important here. There are some really compact ones you can get (even with surge protection)

  • A travel plug with a USB port that works for multiple countries – along with a power board. As I travel to many different countries for work – this is invaluable especially in conjunction with the powerboard so I can re-charge all my devices at once – or share with a colleague who’s forgotten their travel adaptor.

  • As another country hopper, the globalgig wifi sounds appealing. However, it’s limited use in Oz, US and UK at present makes it a no-deal. It is the kind of gadget that could really take off if/when they can access 3G networks throughout Asia. That would be a must have

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