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Travel Gadgets

To bring on your next trip

Concerned about your safety when traveling? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to a Global Rescue Travel Safety Survey, more than eight out of 10 travelers are anxious about their safety when traveling. To help you calm your anxiety, we’ve listed some of the most important safety gadgets you should bring on your next trip.

Personal Safety Alarms

Personal alarms and keychain alarms draw attention to any crisis. Personal safety and keychain alarms are small, lightweight, easy to carry and perfect self defense for women, men, the elderly and children. Keychain personal alarms are great for walking, running, hiking, biking or traveling. Some personal alarms have a hidden disarm switch that only the owner can deactivate. A personal alarm can also be used as a panic alarm or medical alarm.

Portable Door Locks

Have you ever found yourself in a hotel room unsure that the door is locked or worried about the lock itself? Portable door locks provide a layer of security and peace of mind from a locked door being opened with a key or jimmied open while you’re inside the room. Plus, they are small enough to fit in your handbag and suitcase.

Anti-Theft Sleeves

Protect your personal information from being electronically swiped with a specially designed anti-theft sleeve that blocks virtual pickpockets. When purchasing anti-theft sleeves, look for items are labeled “electromagnetically opaque.” These sleeves can be put in your bags, wallet and pocket, and will keep identity thieves from getting info from your credit cards, passport, or vacation rental key.

Portable Chargers

This might not seem like an obvious gadget to bring along, but you’d may be surprised how much your battery can drain while Googling directions or listening to music. Portable chargers are small, lightweight and easy-to-use. You can also get a wind-up charger that makes it’s own power—requiring only a little elbow grease to keep your phone battery full. Plus, some of the chargers come with a built-in light for extra safety. Having a portable charger not only allows you to stay out and sight see, it also helps keep you safe when you’re out of juice.

Travel Apps

Travel apps are a must! There are apps that can help you get around town, apps that make communicating with others easier, emergency safety apps that allow you to call for help no matter where you are. There’s pretty much an app for everything. Some of the travel apps I like to use, include WiFi Map, Google Translate, TravelBank, AccuWeather, Mobile Passport. Before you head out for your next adventure, go to your phone’s app store to check out the latest travel and safety apps available.


Make sure you always have light by packing a reliable, sturdy travel flashlight. You can either bring a handheld light or a headlamp, but make sure you select a flashlight that is lightweight but still offers at least 150 lumens. Also, if you go with LED lights, you’ll use less energy, which helps the battery life last longer.

Tracking Apps

Tracking apps and gadgets are becoming more popular. I mean, no one wants to lose a family member on vacation. A good tracking app for worried parents is Picniic. It allows for parents to keep tabs on their kids. There are also tracking apps that can track your luggage and even track your vacation all together.

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