The 11 gadgets and tech accessories I used the most while traveling abroad

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Taking in a new city, especially one in a different country, is an amazing cultural experience.

Packing for an international trip is, well, an experience.

It is a source of stress for many people, myself included.

For my most recent trip to Edinburgh and London over the holidays, questions like “will my hair dryer work abroad?” and “should I buy a power adapter or voltage converter, or both?” were top of mind while I was putting together a packing list.

Below are the specific tech gadgets and accessories I used on my trip.

Some allowed me to recreate my favorite creature comforts from home, while others let me get some work done in my Airbnb.

A portable battery

Being able to keep your phone charged no matter where you are isn’t just a convenience in 2017, it’s basically a necessity.

Prior to traveling to the UK, I already owned a couple Anker batteries I used all the time. They proved even more essential on my trip, since Google Maps and Trip Advisor were constantly open on my iPhone. I’m recommending Anker’s 5,000mAh portable charger for its excellent blend of power and compactness. It served me well.

Anker PowerCore Slim 5000 Portable Charger, $29.99

A smart carry-on suitcase
Away Travel

Speaking of portable chargers, this carry-on I reviewed last summer comes with a removable interior 10,000 mAh battery and two USB ports, so you can easily charge up your phone and other devices before a long flight. 

Beyond its handy built-in portable battery, Away’s made a carry-on with a very considered design. The inside has two compartments, one designed for clothes, the other for shoes, toiletries, and other hard objects. The outside is an impenetrable shell that has some give to it so it doesn’t break. I have only good things to say about it. 

Away Carry-On, $225

Extra-long charging cables

I never knew I needed these, but after I lost my original iPhone charger, I ended up buying a few of these six-foot chargers from Anker, and they’re absolutely amazing. They reach all the way to my bed super easily. They’re lazy, sure, but convenient.

I like my Anker cables for a couple of reasons beyond their length, too. I like that they’re bright red (Anker makes them in four colors), so I’m always able to spot them, and I like that the cables are coated in a thicker braided nylon material, instead of the usual hard plastic. They’re a little more expensive than some of their competitors for these reasons, but they feel great, work reliably, and, most importantly, hold up over time. 

Chances are you’ll end up using them every day — well beyond the length of your trip. 

Anker PowerLine+ Micro USB Cable (6ft), $9.99
Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (6ft), $16.99

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