Traveling the world can do wonders for your happiness, but it can also be incredibly stressful. To help you prepare for whatever the road throws your way, we’ve compiled a list of 15 awesome travel gadgets that may come in handy on your next vacation.
Like all of the products we feature here on Crowded Creations, each of the travel gadgets that made our list first launched on the heels of a successful crowdfunding campaign. But unlike the Kickstarter and IndieGoGo backers that pre-purchased these travel accessories, you don’t have to wait months to get your hands on them – each one can be purchased immediately Amazon with free two-day shipping.
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1. MOGICS Donut Universal Travel Power Strip
Without electricity to power them, most of the gadgets on this list are pretty useless. That’s why our first pick on our list of Kickstarted travel gadgets is the MOGICS Donut, a smaller-than-a-donut universal power strip with seven (count em, 7!) outlets. The Donut’s unique ring design prevents plugs from getting crowded, so you can make full use of the five three-pronged and two USB outlets. Donut becomes even more valuable when you travel internationally, as it comes with a matching universal travel adapter. All of the sight-seeing time you save by charging multiple gadgets at once make the Donut’s $49.00 price tag on Amazon well worth it.
MOGICS Donut raised $$437,738 on Kickstarter in February 2016.
2. The Luminoodle LED Light Rope
Don’t let a setting sun ruin your outdoor fun. The Luminoodle LED Light Rope can be plugged into any USB power source (like the ones we share further below) and provides between 180 lumens (5 foot rope) and 360 lumens (10 foot rope) of night brightening light. Each LED light rope comes with noodle ties and magnetic loops so you can hang it on your tent, strap it to your bike, or clip it anywhere that needs some illumination. I’ve been using a Luminoodle both at home and on the road for a few months now and can vouch for it being well worth the $19.99 price tag on Amazon.
The Luminoodle raised $388,464 on Kickstarter in October 2015.
3. MacroBoom Solar Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
No matter how far off the beaten path your travels take you, the MacroBoom bluetooth speaker can provide a soundtrack for your adventures. This rugged little bluetooth speaker is waterproof, dust-proof and shockproof and packs an impressive 15 hour battery life. Even if you drain the the battery though MacroBoom keeps bumping thanks to a built-in solar charger that can recharge the speaker and your external USB devices. Add a MacroBoom to your pack for your next on or off-grid adventure for just $179.00 on Amazon.
The MacroBoom raised $110,449 on Kickstarter in July 2016.
4. ChargeTech Portable AC Outlet Battery
Three-Pronged Power For All Of Your Travel Gadgets
If your USB-only battery charger isn’t cutting it, the ChargeTech portable AC outlet battery gives you 27000mAh of three-pronged power to recharge all of your travel gadgets on the go. For those of you that don’t speak electrician, that level of power can recharge an iPhone 7 more than 13 times or a MacBook Air nearly 4 times. Stay juiced up with the ChargeTech portable AC outlet for just $220.00 on Amazon.
ChargeTech raised $444,275 for their portable AC outlet battery on IndieGoGo in August 2014.
5. SunJack Portable Solar Charger
For longer off-the-grid excursions, the Sunjack Portable Solar Charger keeps your devices alive with charging speeds similar to what you get from a wall outlet. Grab one of these weather resistant 4-panel solar chargers for just $99.95 on Amazon.
The SunJack Solar Charger raised $60,617 on Kickstarter in May 2014.
6. Grayl Filter Water Bottle
Don’t risk your health and well being by drinking unfiltered water from a questionable water source. The Grayl filter water bottle removes 99.9999% of waterborne pathogens with a single and simple pushing motion. Stay healthy and hydrated with this crucial travel gadget for just $58.00 on Amazon.
The Grayl ultralight filter water bottle raised $222,450 on Kickstarter in March 2016.
7. VSSL Flasklight Survival Kit
In addition to carrying 10 ounces of your favorite fireside beverage and two collapsible glasses to drink from, VSSL’s military spec aluminum body houses an LED flashlight and compass to help you find your way home. If you don’t have a need for the flask function, VSSL also makes a similarly sized flashlight canister that contains essential survival tools (available for purchase here). Add a VSSL to your backpack for just $72.45 today on Amazon.
The VSSL flasklight raised CA$53,344 on Kickstarter in May 2015.
8. goTenna: A Travel Gadget For Off The Grid Mobile Service
Our phones might be the most useful travel gadgets we own, but only if you have network coverage. goTenna lets you create your own off-grid mobile network to send texts and share your GPS location even when your phone shows low or no coverage. goTenna also has built-in GPS and goTenna’s free smartphone app includes detailed maps that let you pinpoint your location anywhere in the world, sharing it with others at the push of a button. goTenna is an ideal communication solution for group travel, whether you are at a festival or sporting event where everybody is trying to use the same network tower or when you are “roaming” out in the wild. Grab a goTenna for $149.00 on Amazon.
goTenna raised $582,473 on Kickstarter in October 2016.
If you consistently lose track of the things in your life, you are in dire need of a Tile bluetooth tracker. These nifty little travel gadgets comes in two sizes – the Mate is smaller yet thicker and perfect for your keychain, while the Slim is more suitable for your wallet. You can track down your Tile (and whatever it’s attached to) using the bluetooth pairing on your phone to “ring” your Tile or reverse the process by pressing the Tile to ring your lost phone. With prices starting at just $19.00 you might as well buy a few Tiles and stick them on all of the easy to lose items in your life.
Tile’s self-hosted crowdfunding campaign raised $2.6 million in 2013.
10. RinseKit Pressurized Portable Shower
If you are tired of tracking sand and dirt into your car or if you just want to freshen up with a hot shower at your campsite, the RinseKit pressurized portable shower super simple way to keep things clean when traveling. The two gallon RinseKit can deliver 3 full minutes of hot or cold water pressure without ever having to pump or replace any batteries.
RinseKit raised $396,299 on Kickstarter in June 2016.
11. Kammok Camping Hammock
The Kammok camping hammock lets you sleep peacefully under the stars or grab a quick nap in between classes. Kammok’s ripstop fabric packs down to the size of a coke can and can handle weights of up to 400 pounds. With a lifetime warranty to boot, Kammok’sprice tag is a steal.
The Kammok Camping Hammock raised $208,853 on Kickstarter in September 2011.
12. Acteon Travel Towel
I know what you are thinking: a towel is too low-tech to be considered for a list of the best travel gadgets. But the Acteon travel towel is made from supersoft microfiber that is treated with silver ions that prevent bacterial growth and stinky odors. Combined with air-drying speeds 3x faster than cotton towels thanks to microfiber strands that are 10 times thinner than a human hair and a compact carrying shape (about the size of a water bottle) despite being a full sized towel, the Acteon rightfully deserves its place on our list of essential travel gadgets.
The Acteon travel towel raised $115,797 on Kickstarter in May 2016.
13. Ostrich Light Travel Pillow
Traveling wreaks havoc on your sleep schedule. If you need to catch a snooze on the go the Ostrich Light travel pillow will be a godsend. As pictured above, the Ostrich be placed over the eyes, around the forehead, or wrapped around the neck to help sleepers of all varieties shut their eyes for a bit. We think the Ostrich pays for its $45.00 price tag in a single session of sleep.
The Ostrich Light Travel pillow raised £94,211 on Kickstarter in November 2013.
14. Espro Travel French Press Coffee Maker
If need a good cup of coffee for long days on the road, you know that instant blends and hotel/gas-station/fast-food coffee just doesn’t cut it. For those of you seeking an excellent cup of joe on the go, why not just brew it yourself? The Espro travel french press coffee maker has a built in double micro-filter that brews a delicious cup of grit free coffee in minutes. Once you press it down, the brewing process stops (keeping your java smooth, not bitter) before Espro’s double-walled stainless steel insulation steps in to keep your coffee hot for hours. Grab an Espro for your caffeine fix for juston Amazon.
The Espro travel french press coffee maker raised $33,923 on Kickstarter in December 2014.
15. Collar Perfect
No matter how good of a packer you are, your luggage will inevitably end up wrinkling your clothes. Iron out the wrinkles to get your clothes looking presentable again with the Collar Perfect Travel Iron. This compact travel iron has 6 heat settings and can be used to quickly clamp down a tight crease on your collars. With the flip-out wings unfolded Collar Perfect can then can be used to iron your entire garment. Sure, your hotel or Airbnb should have a full sized iron at your disposal, but with a price tag of just $34.95 why risk it? Collar perfect is one of the must-have travel gadgets for any business traveler.
Collar Perfect raised $42,792 on Kickstarter in November 2014.
16. Laundreez Portable Clothes Washer
For longer jaunts on the road you will inevitably need to do a load of laundry. If you want to avoid the pricey hotel laundry service or the wasting your time waiting around at a coin-operated laundromat, theLaundreez portable clothes washer is the simplest solution. With a little detergent, a few liters of water, and some vigorous shaking, you can do a quick load of laundry in less than 10 minutes.
Laundreez raised £8,269 on Kickstarter in October 2014.
Hopefully you found something on our list that will help you out in future travels! If we left any of your favorite other Kickstarter travel gadgets off our list please let us know in the comments below! If you want to hear about other awesome Kickstarter projects as soon as they launch, click here to sign up for our CrowdedCreations newsletter or start following us social media using the links below. Otherwise, safe travels!