Travel Tips

Travel Tech Checklist

Pack the right gadgets, and you'll never get stuck with a dead phone, sub-par vacation selfies, or staring at the SkyMall catalog ever again. Nikki Ekstein rounds up a dozen ultra-portable tech toys that marry style and function.
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Whether you’re catching up on Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels or flipping through a casual beach read, the last thing you want is glare on your screen. Enter the Paperwhite, with an E-ink display that's always easy to read and carry.

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Jawbone UP2

The easiest way to enjoy your ten-course tasting menu guilt-free? Knowing that you’ve burned off hundreds of calories exploring a city thanks to this slick watch-like gadget. You're welcome.

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UE Boom Portable Speaker

No pool party is complete without a soundtrack. Pack this lightweight speaker and you'll have all the tunes you need to bring your villa, apartment rental, or hotel pool deck to life.

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Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones

These headphones don't just look good — they also block out all kinds of ambient sounds, from crying babies to snoring seatmates. Consider them necessary objects on any long-haul flight.

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Apple Watch

It was already convenient to get turn-by-turn directions, currency conversions, and spoken translations right from your wrist. Now that you can also get an Hermes-made model, the Apple Watch has become as much a style essential as a travel essential.

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GoPro Hero 4 Action Camera

What’s the point of shredding powder all day if you’ve got nothing to show for it? The GoPro is still the coolest way to document your high-octane adventures — and share them with friends.

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DxO One

Go ahead, leave your camera at home. This little contraption plugs into the Lightning port of your iPhone and turns it into a bonafide DSLR camera.

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Sony Alpha A5000 Mirrorless Camera

When you're heading on a trip of a lifetime, you need the photos to match. Get them with this super-slim camera, which is easy enough for amateurs to use and powerful enough for pros.

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iPad Air 2

Can’t wait to binge watch the new season of Orange is the New Black? The iPad Air 2 is still your best bet. The retina display is crisp and clear, and the battery life is long enough to keep you entertained through most transatlantic flights. (Just be sure to download your shows before leaving town!)

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Mophie Powerstation

The Powerstation can charge multiple gadgets at four times their normal speed, and it's smaller than a deck of cards. It means your phone (and your social media streams) will outlast your flight delay, no matter how dire the situation.



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