Check out this sampling of cool travel gadgets and gear, all of which perfectly combine form and function.
Some meeting planners can never have enough cool tools, whether to help ease the pain of travel or to make life easier once on site. Here are a few suggestions of travel gadgets for your next time on the road:
Tools at your fingertips. You never know when you’ll need a Phillip’s head, but tools can be bulky. AllTtul Multitools from KeySmart combine up to seven tools in one artsy compact design that’s small enough to fit on a keychain. The Raptor, for example, includes a bottle opener, Phillips head, flat-head, wrench, wire-cutter and spoke tightener. The company also makes RFID wallets with rechargeable trackers, key organizers and other innovative products and can be customized with a logo if desired.
Hold that phone. Juggling bags and belongings to flash your boarding pass can be challenging. The built-in flexible band on Grip2u sleek, protective phone cases is designed to help users keep a secure grip on their phones as they make their way through life. Cases include a kickstand, ideal for watching videos or working on plane, and a built-in cardholder. The cases are also compatible with wireless charging.
Quiet, please. The unfamiliar sounds of travel can be stressful. More comfortable than earbuds or bulky headphones, SleepPhones are soft headbands with thin removable speakers. Designed to block out the noise of travel and unfamiliar hotel sounds, the washable headbands come in wired and wireless/Bluetooth forms and can connect with smartphones, laptops and other devices.
Stylish acupressure bands. For those who struggle with motion sickness when traveling, Psi Bands has a stylish, FDA-cleared answer—acupressure wrist bands. FDA-cleared, these devices do not have the side-effects of medications, which often cause drowsiness and/or dry mouth. The wrist acupressure bands come in a choice of designs and are waterproof.
Eco-Friendly Hydration. Looking to ditch plastic and single-use containers? Hydro Flask is BPA- and BPA-Free and Phthalate-Free. Made with pro-grade stainless steel, the bottles are designed to be leakproof so they can travel in a briefcase or carry-on. Double-wall insulation keeps beverages cold for 24 hours or hot for up to 12. Another cool option is Hydaway, a collapsible water bottle with a funky, colorful design. Made of food-grade silicone and plastic, it is dishwasher safe.