Travelling for business has been severely curtailed over the past year and more, but it won’t be long before it’s back on the cards. Whether you are raring to go or dreading the thought, there are a few items that can really help the whole experience be as smooth and relaxing as possible. Just like no visitor to the Monte Carlo should be without their jacket – and you can read more here about casino dress code – no business traveler should embark on a trip without most of the gadgets on this list.
UV Phone Sterilizer
Staying germ-free has never been more of a priority when travelling. We can carry an alcohol gel for our hands, but mobile phones need a bit more than just a quick wipe. Some of the UV sanitizer boxes on the market also come with built in wireless charging, so you can clean and charge your phone all at the same time.
Smart Sleep Mask
Sleep is incredibly important if we want to be on top of our game for meetings and presentations. Unfortunately, it is more difficult to get the best sleep either while in transit or in unfamiliar surroundings. A smart sleep mask blocks the ambient light, replacing it with warm or cool light tones to help you sleep and wake naturally.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Hotels, planes, airports – none of these places are known for their quiet and peaceful atmosphere. Whether you need to concentrate on work or have an uninterrupted snooze, a pair of noise cancelling headphones should be in every business traveler’s luggage. For a more discreet option, some earplugs now have noise cancellation tech built into them.
Smart Luggage Lock
Today’s padlocks can do much more than the old mechanical or combination locks. Smart locks can be controlled via your mobile device for unprecedented security, and they can also contain GPS trackers in case the worst happens and your case goes missing. These locks will give you peace of mind when travelling with valuables.
Self-Cleaning, Filtering Water Bottle
This may seem like a bit much to spend when you can just refill an old plastic water bottle, but it is a worthy investment for frequent travelers. For a start, you never need to worry about the quality of the water from taps and water fountains, as the bottle filters and purifies everything. The best bottles also self-clean, so there is no buildup of bacteria and the water stays smelling fresh and tasting great. It is also much better for the environment – with a gadget like this you will never buy a plastic bottle again.
Digital Scale for Luggage
This may be more primitive tech than some of the others on this list, but its usefulness is undeniable. Every airline has different weight requirements these days, even for hand luggage. Nobody wants the hassle and indignity of repacking at the check-in, or the expense of paying excess. With a small digital luggage scale, you can know exactly how much everything weighs before you even get to the airport, helping to remove one common source of travel stress.
Universal Travel Adapter
Another old but essential item is the universal travel adapter. Modern versions come with USB charging ports that can be used even when the adapter is in use by another device. This handy feature cuts down on packing, as the adapter serves as a charger for any USB device as well.
Anyone who relies on an internet connection for work while travelling needs a backup. Connections in public spaces, Airbnbs, and hotels can be very unreliable. A travel router can work as a wireless extender or even a hotspot, so you never need to worry about losing your connection.