As much as we love quick getaways and fun adventures around the globe, making sure we pack all the essentials – without going over the luggage limit – can be a stressful task to say the least. But with these five handy travel gadgets, you’ll definitely be off to a good start, wherever you plan on going.
1. Ostrich Pillow GO
Comfort is key when you’re on the move and in desperate need of some sleep, but that isn’t always easy to get when you’re forced to sit upright on planes, trains, and automobiles. Enter the Ostrich Pillow, which boasts an ergonomic design that lets you drift into dreamland while providing 360º support for your head and neck, no matter where you are. While the high-density memory foam provides superior comfort and allows you to fit the pillow into an accompanying travel bag half its size, the velcro fastening at the base of the pillow enables you to fit it perfectly around your neck. The easily removable and washable sleeve also makes it ideal for frequent travellers who want to stay snug on the move.
Available for USD60 (around HKD470) from Ostrich Pillow
2. SmartGo Pokefi
With the handy SmartGo Pokefi, you don’t have to worry about searching for Wi-Fi everywhere you go because you can carry it with you right in your pocket. This portable hotspot device allows you to connect to the internet with one simple click of a button, and comes preloaded with 5GB of data. There is also no expiration date, meaning you don’t lose any money in the long run. The Pokefi can also be used in more than 70 countries worldwide, so unless you’re planning on dropping off the edge of the planet, you can always stay connected. This gadget is particularly useful for finding locations on Google Maps when you’re abroad, and staying in touch with loved ones over WhatsApp.
Available for $1,318 from Pokefi
3. Wacaco Minipresso
If you can’t function properly without a decent coffee, and want to avoid caffeine withdrawals when you’re on the go, this portable espresso maker from Hong Kong startup Wacaco is an absolute godsend. The compact, sturdy, and lightweight hand-powered Minipresso allows you to make the perfect cup, just the way you like it, wherever you are. All you have to do is add your favourite ground coffee, fill it will hot water, push down on the semi-automatic piston that controls the amount of coffee extracted, and watch the rich espresso pour from the bottom. With an espresso cup and scoop built in, this handy gadget barely takes up any room, meaning you can easily slot it into your bag and enjoy gorgeous shots whenever you like.
Available for $699 from K11 Design Store
4. EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter
There is nothing more frustrating than being stuck in a hotel room with no way of plugging in your electrical appliances, so packing a universal travel adapter is always a smart move. The all-in-one world multi-function travel adapter from ERICKA offers support for more than 160 countries, including the U.S, Europe, and Australia. It has a universal design that allows a multitude of plug options, and the inclusion of four USB ports, 1 USB type c, and 1 AC socket enables you to charge six devices simultaneously at any one time. It’s compatible with all USB devices such as iPhone and Samsung phones, tablets, digital cameras, and so on, so you can ensure that you’re always topped up with enough juice to keep you going.
Available for USD21.99 (HKD170) from Amazon
5. SoftFibre Travel Towel
Trying to cram a huge beach towel into your luggage is never a fun task, so investing in a super lightweight, ultra compact, and highly absorbent soft fibre one is well worth it in the end. This beauty absorbs nine times its own weight in water and dries eight times faster than a conventional towel, making it an ideal travel companion, no matter how far your adventure takes you. The extra soft fabric feels gentle on the skin, and has been treated with Polygiene, a naturally occurring antimicrobial that provides permanent odour control by stopping the growth of bacteria. So, as well as saving precious room in your suitcase, you can spare yourself the smell of a stinky damp towel too.
Available in floral pink or cool blue for $251.10 from RC Outfitters