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Even though you’re out of the house and cautious about using precious data, you can still take some tech gadgets with you to make your travels a little more enjoyable. Below, are the top five must-have gadgets for traveling, whether it be a local beach or to your favorite city.

1. Balanzza Handheld Digital Luggage Scale

If you’re worried about pesky baggage fees, you can easily avoid paying for them using the Balanzza Handheld Digital Luggage Scale. All you have to do is attach it to your luggage straps, lift, and see what your weight is at. If it’s over, you can easily rearrange your belongings from bag to bag. This can help you reduce your weight time getting on the plane and prevent losing money throughout check-in.

2. Smartphone

If you don’t want to spend the extra money to purchase a camera for your travels, your smartphone can double as one to save you a few hundred bucks. However, even though it may not be a DSLR, it’s still a quality (especially newer smartphones like the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X), functional camera that should be able to take both panoramic and selfie photos. Plus, it’s easier to carry around than a bulky camera too. One other thing you may want to consider purchasing is an external lens for your smartphone, such as the Moment lenses, which retail between $89 and $99. Also look into downloading apps like Camera+ to further enhance your photos.

Smartphones have a lot of other benefits as well. Your smartphone also comes loaded with features, such as the ability to download apps, such as Uber, GrubHub, Maps, and more. Plus, you can access the internet to check your email, browse the web, and play online games like casino games.

3. Mobile Chargers

To go with your smartphone, another must-have gadget is a mobile charger also known as power banks. Without a doubt, you’ll be doing plenty of walking around while traveling, which is why it’s so important to have your phone charged at all times. Especially when using Maps to know your way around, your phone’s battery can start dissipating quickly.

Not to forget, another closely related must-have tech accessory is an external battery charger. These brick-shaped gadgets can charge your mobile devices a number of times over, with only needing minimal recharging time. Two of the most popular companies that sells them are Anker and Mophie which make portable chargers that can charge your iPhone up to six times (depending on the battery capacity). Plus, most of them weigh in at less than a pound and can easily fit into your pocket or bag.

4. Noise Cancelling Headphones

If you’re the type of person who isn’t into screaming children or loud engines, you might want to look into purchasing noise-canceling headphones while traveling. This genius gadget can help eliminate all outside noises while giving you peace of mind that no one else will be able to hear your music. A popular noise-canceling headphone is the Sony H.ear, which is not only affordable but perform exceptionally well. If you have a bit more money to spend on nose cancelling headphones another popular model are the Bose QC35 headphones.

If you don’t feel like you need noise cancelling headphones there are many other excellent choices starting at $40. The $40 Koss Porta Pros are small, lightweight and even fold up all while sounding awesome and packing great bass–these are also really great headphones for exercising. Other excellent choices include the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 headphones or the Bowers & Wilkins P7 (both of which also offer a wireless model in addition to the standard wired version).

5. Camera

The last gadget you may need for your travels is a camera to capture every place you visit, as well as the unforgettable people you meet. Plus, when you arrive back at home, you can make memoir albums to share with your friends and family.

Fortunately, you don’t exactly need the largest or most expensive camera to take pictures while traveling. Affordable point-and-shoot cameras are more than capable of capturing great shots of your trip, and most times even look as good as DSLRs. However, if you want more to take advantage of interchangeable camera lenses and nearly limitless features, a DSLR may not be a bad choice for you.

In the end, it all comes down to what makes sense to bring on your trip and what fits into your budget. Least of all, you should be having fun taking pictures of your trip, it shouldn’t be a hassle or annoyance of any kind.

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