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5 awesome travel gadgets you need for your summer vacation

5 awesome travel gadgets you need for your summer vacation
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Is there anything more fun than getting ready for a trip? Well, yeah, maybe taking the trip itself! As always, your friends at Komando.com have tech-related gifts to make your vacation safer, easier and more fun.

You'll find on this list gadgets to keep your identification and financial information safe, as well as fun stuff to make travel a little easier.

If you need tips on planning for the trip itself, check out these websites that help save money on travel expenses, download this app that makes sure you don't forget anything on your trip and make sure you understand the new identification requirements for travel.

1. Protect your travel documents with RFID-blocking technology

Whenever you travel, security is always a concern. With innovative technology, criminals can rip you off without ever touching your credit or debit cards.

But not if you have RFID blocking technology built-into your wallet or purse. This Zoppen multi-purpose RFID blocking travel passport wallet will do the trick.

Keep identity thieves away and protect your personal information with its RFID blocking shield material. It has a passport pocket, room for a boarding pass, three credit card slots, an ID slot, a sim card pouch, a cellphone pouch and more.


2. Best portable charger for iPhone, Android and more

We've learned not to take it for granted that there will always be a place to charge your phone and computers while you're on the go. Yes, airports and airlines have gotten better at creating charging stations, but not all planes have gotten into the 21st century of technology. And, you know what it's like during busy travel times -- good luck finding an open outlet.

This little gadget is about half the size of a smartphone, and it a fully charged Anker PowerCore 10000 is as fast and powerful as its descriptions say it is. It will recharge your phone in no time.

anker power core 10000 usb charger


3. Compact selfie stick for travel

Before the days of selfie sticks, we'd have to bother strangers with, "Will you take a photo of us?" Now you can annoy passersby in new ways -- by clogging up a walkway with a group photo! Seriously, say what you will about selfies and selfie sticks, but they've made it fun and easier to pictorially document your trips and events. We've found one here that is compact and will easily fit in your backpack or suitcase.

It works with iPhone and Android-powered phones.

wevon compact selfie stick for iphone android


4. Portable water purification

Vacations are the perfect time to explore nature. There’s no better time to be adventurous and get out of your comfort zone to check out all the beauty Mother Nature has to offer.

But that might lead you off the beaten path a little and find yourself in the middle of nowhere, without enough supplies to make it through the night.

This LifeStraw personal water filter is a way to make sure you have water that’s safe to drink, no matter the source. It removes bacteria and parasites.

The microfiltration membrane removes 99.999999% of waterborne bacteria including E-coli and salmonella and 99.999% of waterborne parasites.

The filter will provide nearly 1,000 gallons of clean and safe drinking water. It really could be a lifesaver.


5. Another way to stay hydrated on an outdoor adventure

Speaking of drinking water, this TETON Sports TrailRunner hydration pack can keep you hydrated on those long hikes.

It’s lightweight and comfortable and can keep you hydrated while running, biking, hiking or any other exploration you decide to do on your trip.

It works for anyone - men, women and children - and adjusts to fit all frames. It also holds plenty of water with its 2-liter hydration bladder.


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